Frugal February: A one-month long frugality challenge to detox the wallet

This month I’ve joined one of my favourite personal finance bloggers, Canna Campbell, in her annual ‘Frugal February’ challenge. It’s a post-holiday season, start of a new year frugality challenge to intentionally try to find creative ways to reduce existing lifestyle expenses by finding substitutes or maximising benefits and rewards to counter costs. I’ve attempted…

January Net Worth & Spending: +$130,614

For new and existing readers, this is my journey as an anonymous 30-something Australian blogger progressing from -$20,000 net worth in Nov 2016 to financial independence. Scroll to the bottom of the page and hit subscribe to stay posted! Welcome back to the blog and another monthly update of my net worth and spending. After…

December Net Worth & Spending: +$133,045

For new and existing readers, this is my journey as an anonymous 30-something Australian blogger progressing from -$20,000 net worth in Nov 2016 to financial independence. Scroll to the bottom of the page and hit subscribe to stay posted! December closes a big year and time to reflect on some major achievements. While financially I…

6 Frugal Wins and 0 Frugal Fails

This week was relatively quiet. Lockdown restrictions in Melbourne have eased and life is returning to a somewhat normal pace now. However the impacts are being seen – in the CBD the streets are quiet and many shops have ‘For Lease’ signs on them after the tenant went under. When government support ends in March…

7 Frugal Wins and 2 Frugal Fails

This past week has been abundant in frugal wins. Since lockdown restrictions eased, I’ve run around doing errands and ticking off the big list of things I had to put on hold for the past 4 months. 7 FRUGAL WINS I had a long overdue dentist appointment on the weekend for a clean. It was…

October Net Worth & Spending: +$108,373

What a rollercoaster year 2020 has been. It’s early November as I write this in my living room in Melbourne, Australia. The COVID restrictions have eased in the past week – no more curfew, retail shops, cafes and restaurants are back open, and soon an end to the 25km travel distance limit. There are barely…

May Net Worth & Spending: +$74,754

For new and existing readers, this is my journey as an anonymous millennial from -$20,000 net worth in November 2016 to financial independence and early retirement. Subscribe to my blog to stay posted! We’ve now reached three months since the beginning of the heavy COVID restrictions and life in self-isolation has become normal. Things are…

April Net Worth & Spending: +$66,747

For new and existing readers, this is my journey as an anonymous millennial from -$20,000 net worth in November 2016 to financial independence and early retirement. Subscribe to my blog to stay posted!   The last time I posted was exactly a month ago when the coronavirus crisis was still in its early stages. We’re…

March Net Worth & Spending: +$60,134

For new and existing readers, this is my journey as an anonymous millennial from -$20,000 net worth in November 2016 to financial independence and early retirement. Subscribe to my blog to stay posted!   Wow. What a year. What a ‘first quarter’ of the year. First there were the worst bushfires in Australian history which…

Gratitude in the time of the corona-crisis

Life as I know it in Australia changed so dramatically in the past 2 weeks. We have gone from normal, everyday life going to and from work, going out for drinks at a bar with friends and dinner for dates, to being in lockdown in our homes, businesses forcibly shut down, hundreds of thousands of…

5 Frugal Wins and 2 Frugal Fails

Hi everyone! I’ve been missing in action for over six months and I’m not sure where the time went. While I haven’t been posting for a long time, I’ve been in the background still keeping my spending and net worth spreadsheets up to date. Throughout all the life changes over the past 3 years this…

July Net Worth & Spending: +$43,156

Happy new financial year! The month of July was a great one! What did I get up to? After years of stress in a toxic work environment, I bid so long and farewell to my old job and started a new exciting job I got a pay rise! I had a week break in between…