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Kiama – Bombo, Blowholes and Bluebottles

Mr. ETT and I visited Kiama, on the NSW South Coast, home to the largest blowhole in the world (according to a single tourist website). Fact check fail! We’ve been to Kiama a few times before, but only always as a short stop on the way to somewhere else. We had never made the time to stay there. It turns out this was an oversight I’m glad we corrected. Initially, the idea was that I would finally get on the back of the motorbike for a reasonably long trip. Mr. ETT had suggested Tamworth—a bit ambitious considering it is 5 hours away! I quashed that idea pretty quickly, so we … Show Me More!

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October 2017 Spending and New Habits

After our expensive year in 2016, we set ourselves a goal to reduce our spending by 10% in 2017. We want to do this because it has a double effect. Firstly, it frees up more money to invest for our future. Secondly, if we can live on less, then it brings that future much closer. In 2016, we spent $80,000. To generate that using passive income and the 4% rule, we would need $2,000,000 invested! Yet another huge surprise this month because we stayed below our target. “Big deal, Mrs. ETT,” I hear you say. “Why wouldn’t you?” Because our food spending was “YUUUUUGE”. It was beyond yuge, it was stratospheric. … Show Me More!

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Boardgames! On a Houseboat!

A colleague introduced me to roleplaying games (Dungeons and Dragons) when I was going to Uni and working as a trainee. She played regularly with another colleague and three friends near where we lived. Roleplaying turned out to be a lifelong love of mine – and it was where I met Mr. ETT! My History of Gaming Back in those halcyon days when we were all still living at home, we paid a token couple of dollars each to a local business that one of our parents worked for, located in a re-purposed house. Here we played into the wee hours of the morning, before rolling into sleeping bags, ex-communicating the … Show Me More!

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How We Saved (and Wasted) Money On Our New Zealand Holiday

We recently took two weeks to explore New Zealand’s North Island. If you haven’t yet checked out what we did, you can read about our first week’s adventures around Taupo and Wellington, then our second week’s doings around Rotorua, Waitomo and Auckland. As we all know, wonderful holidays often aren’t free. This time I will be detailing how we saved (and wasted) money while travelling through New Zealand’s North Island. Hopefully you will be able to learn from our failures, as well as come away with some ideas for saving. Planning I’m a planner. I like to have lists to tick off, and plenty of time to organise. That wasn’t … Show Me More!

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Enough Time To… Visit New Zealand’s North Island (Part 2)

We continue on our adventure in New Zealand’s North Island for the second and final week. To read part one, click here. Day 7 New Plymouth – Hamilton I had enough time to tackle the river walk before we had to leave One Burgess Hill. While the loop walk is a clearly marked path with steps and gravel and boundaries, once you step out over the fence, you are in uncharted territory (OK, not really, but that’s how it feels). I was on a high hillside, looking down a steep slope to the river. A slightly worn path showed where others had made the trek, so gave me some guidance to … Show Me More!