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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!

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Enough Time To… Visit New Zealand’s North Island (Part 1)

In April, Mr. ETT and I travelled to the New Zealand’s North Island. I won’t torture you with my daily musings on the trip – instead, I’ll be a gracious host and keep it to two posts, one for each week we were travelling. I’ll also have a summary post for the financially minded that will detail the ways we saved (and lost) money on the trip. Why New Zealand’s North Island? Originally, we had planned on travelling to Japan. In preparation, at the end of 2016, Mr. ETT and I both applied for annual leave. Unfortunately, a close family member was taken ill, then passed away early this year. … Show Me More!

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A Tale of Two Retirements – My Perfect Retirement

Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) usually has a focus on the financial aspect. After all, it’s unlikely you can retire early if you don’t have your finances under control. However, there is a subset of the movement that highlights the emotional aspect of retirement; ensuring you have a plan for your days when those days are no longer controlled by someone else. I recently came cross two examples of retirement that crystallised what I do, and don’t, want. I’m formulating my perfect retirement. The Retirement I Want To Avoid This came from a totally unexpected source. Mr. ETT and I were both browsing the web in front of the TV (yes, we … Show Me More!