Over $1000 given to charity through the $40 Grocery Challenge

Over $1000 given to charity through the $40 Grocery Challenge

You want to give more but you don’t think it’s possible, let me prove to you that you can. This year I’ve already given over $1090 to charity this year and some small hacks in your grocery budget can mean you too can eat organic, free range meat, eggs and milk, shop for $40 a week and give more to charity. Today I will share with you the story behind the $40 grocery challenge and show you how!

Book club: Minimalism – Live a Meaningful Life

Book club: Minimalism – Live a Meaningful Life

Minimalism defines a lifestyle different to what advertising campaigns sell us. We get up, exercise, commute, work, commute, eat, sleep and repeat the process five times a week. Weekends are spent recovering: cleaning our homes, washing clothes, grocery shopping, meal prepping, seeing friends and family and getting ready to start over again. But what if it didn’t have to be that way? The Minimalists preach a different life than the one advertising campaigns sell us: a smaller house, fewer possessions, rich relationships and better health. Today I will delve into three important messages I got from The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus’ book, Minimalism.

Second quarter 2018 expenditure breakdown

Second quarter 2018 expenditure breakdown

How are you going on your 2018 financial journey? This past three months have been really, really hard for me. On the 17 April I had an accident on my bicycle and fractured my coccyx and two parts of my sacrum. As someone that is normally really active, 2500km logged on Strava cycling before this accident, this has been mentally and physically hard. I have felt like I have lost a little part of my identity and I have been stuck at home. Here’s a quick rundown of my second quarter and how I’m tracking. Today I have $49,530 towards my house deposit and I’m still aiming to get to $60,000 for my house deposit by the end of 2018. There are now 12 pay fortnights for me until the end of 2018, I usually save $818 a fortnight, to reach this goal alongside 6 more interest payments on my savings which are a little over $100 a month. So please read on for my second quarterly spending report for 2018…

Millennial case study: Tasha gets frugal

Millennial case study: Tasha gets frugal

Something I found difficult before I started on my house saving journey was a series of evidence of different women and millennials achieving financially. In this new series of case studies I will share the knowledge of others. For my first case study I am proud to introduce you to Tasha, a 28 year old, Brisbane based, single, millennial that I connected with through Instagram. In June 2018 she successfully became debt free clearing $11,489 of debt in 12 months. She writes a personal finance blog, tashagetsfrugal.com where she shares advice and tips, from the best Brisbane birthday freebies, to her budget updates, her goals, interviews with members of the debt free community and her personal finance journey.

Beauty on a budget

Beauty on a budget

Did you know as well as a gender pay gap of 15.3% in Australia women are also expected to pay more for our deodorant and razors too? Every woman uses between 10,000-12,000 disposable menstrual products a lifetime and while men’s Viagra is GST free women are expected to pay GST on tampons and pads. Not the Economiss, This week’s article has some quick tips for women about beauty on a budget!

Getting the best deal for your mobile in Australia

Getting the best deal for your mobile in Australia

Step 3 of the Barefoot Investor Steps is Domino your debts, this means having a close look at your current bills and seeing whether you can negotiate or find a better deal. For me at the moment until I buy my house the only payments I am in charge of are my health insurance and my cell phone bill. This week I will share with you my investigation across current Australian cell phones to you and reveal to you which company I am changing to and how I am getting my next year’s worth of cell phone access for free.

Car vs Overseas travel – why I don’t own a car

Car vs Overseas travel – why I don’t own a car

Budgeting is all about decisions and reallocation, when choosing between owning a car and going on an overseas trip travelling has won for me. to date In 2017 I spent $6675.07 on overseas travel: three trips to New Zealand and a trip across Scotland, Spain and England. I’ve never been much of a fan of driving, at 30 I still haven’t owned a car. Growing up in Palmerston North, New Zealand, I drove my parents’ cars. When I lived in Wellington, New Zealand the public transport was sufficient. Upon moving to Brisbane, Australia in 2011 and living within the 10km radius of the city and with ample public transport across boat, bus and train and with the recent introduction of ride sharing services a car was still not a necessary. This week’s post provides some Brisbane transport comparison figures across car, public transport and bicycle.