Cheap Food: The fool proof way to stop buying takeaway on lazy nights

I’m guilty of buying takeaway when I can’t be bothered to cook. But, takeaway is not cheap food, especially if you only get one meal out of it.   Before becoming TFC, I would get takeaway for dinner every Friday night. Most of the time this would be pizza, sometimes Thai or Indian. This cost […]

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Cheap travel for tight asses: How to be thrifty when travelling

Travel is usually enjoyable and fun. Often it’s a reward for getting through another year at work. However, cheap travel is hard to find. I’ve only recently embarked on my path of effective money management to achieve comfortable wealth and financial freedom. So, I haven’t traditionally sought out cheap travel or been thrifty with money […]

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Financial Independence: What is f*ck you money and how do I get it?

Have you ever had one of those days at work where you just want to walk away? Maybe you don’t get promoted simply because you haven’t been around for as long? Maybe a bunch of clients treated you like shit because they were having a bad day? Or, maybe you’re organisation goes through a restructure […]

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If you live in the city and you still catch taxis, you’re a fool!

*This post may contain affiliate links. Ok, so I openly admit that I was rather hesitant to try Uber. The idea of using something that was unregulated in my State made the lawyer in me nervous. In fact, I was adamant that I wouldn’t use Uber until it was fully legal and regulated in Queensland. […]

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*Mic drop… I just joined a library. Obviously, I’m super thrifty these days.

As a new adoptee of a thrifty lifestyle, I have a confession to make… Eight weeks ago I spent $39 on a brand new Lonely Planet Guide about Western Europe. In my mind, I needed a last big “hoorah” trip before settling down and having kids. And Europe was to be it.   To date, […]

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Open your damn eyes

As I sit down to write this blog entry this evening, one thing is making me very happy.   I am currently sitting in the light of two down lights that are now only consuming 14 watts by being on, instead of the inefficient 100 watts that they were drawing less than two weeks ago. […]

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Changing light bulbs: The highlight of my week

My beloved and I have only been in our first house for about 4 months, 2 of which were spent just trying to keep our darling, sweetheart (read as turd) of a dog to stay in the yard.   That activity alone cost us about 4 weekends, 3 days of leave from work and about […]

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Becoming “rich” and forgetting your skills

When I was in high school and University I had a part time job at an auto retailer. During my time there, I learned a thing or two about cars. I learned how to change my oil and oil filter, how to change my air and fuel filters, how to flush my radiator and change […]

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Tell me a bit about yourself, The Flawed Consumer

Hi there. Considering that you’re here, I should probably tell you a bit more about myself (AKA, The Flawed Consumer)…   I am 30 years old, female, married, with 2.0 fur kids and no human kids (just yet). I am Australian and live in Brisbane. My beloved and I just bought our first house 4 […]

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Welcome To My Australian Financial Independence Blog

Hi there. You might have heard a thing or two about being the Financial Independence Retire Early movement (FIRE). Financial Independence seems to be all the rage these days (that and fidget spinners!). With rising housing costs and a volatile job market, one could be forgiven for thinking that it’s just simply too hard to […]

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