Sheds in the back yard of the new house. I'm convinced that the big bad wolf could huff and puff and blow them down, so I should be able to dismantle them in no time. But what do I do with the materials once everything is pulled apart?

Can we renovate with less waste? I sure hope so!

I don’t consider myself to be a hard-core environmentalist, but like many aspiring early retirees, I do like the idea of living more efficiently. This means reducing waste wherever possible, especially if it’s really not too inconvenient, and one activity in my life that could produce a lot of waste is the upcoming renovation… We’re about to…

What sort of picture do you use to illustrate a boring tax break? Evidently this, which was one of the first images that appeared in a Google search. Strange.

Negative gearing – a bizarre Australian tax break that’s under attack

Today’s post focuses on some technical tax jargon from the Australian system, and while this might sound tedious to you non-Australian readers I will try to keep it high-level so that we don’t have to get stuck in legislation… What is negative gearing? Negative gearing is essentially a tax break given to Australian taxpayers who invest in property…

A village of display homes - take one look inside and there's a good chance that your existing home will forever be a disappointment from then onward. Everyone knows this but they still go inside anyway!

Is it better to not know what you’re missing?

Today’s post is a bit more philosophical, but it reaches to the heart of the whole consumerism problem that most of us (especially my clients at work) struggle with, so I thought it would be a good one to discuss with you. Have you ever heard the phrase “you don’t know what you’re missing”? That’s obviously a rhetorical…

Look at this minimalist office - I wish we could do something like this in our workspace.

Image credit: endofwork.com.au (how appropriate)

Can you practise minimalism at work?

Today’s post touches on minimalism, which is a topic that I haven’t written about much at all but one that aligns quite well with the FI/RE community. But not just minimalism in our personal lives, but whether you could actually practise minimalism in the workplace where many people would subscribe to a theory that is the…

Spying over someone's shoulder at their bank balance on their phone is  pretty poor form.

Oh no, my wife’s sister saw our bank balance

It’s Christmas holiday time, and in Australia that typically means that your immediate family travels back home to spend time with everyone. Our family is no different, and this has meant that my wife’s siblings have returned to our fair city with their families to enjoy the festivities. All of this was going swimmingly (and it still is really),…