The FIRE (Financial Independence/Retire Early) unicorn and its impacts on your career

The FIRE unicorn is ruining my career!

I loved my job Before I discovered the FIRE (Financial Independence/Retire Early) movement, I was somewhat of a workaholic. Consequently, getting ahead at work and securing a better position were hugely important to me.   In fact, my beloved used to complain that my work and work colleagues were the most important thing to me. […]

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The Flawed Consumer brings you the Switch Off series, post 1 - how to save money on coffee

Switch Off: 1. Coffee + Convenience = Stupidity

Switch Off is a new regular series that focuses on how switching off from the ploys of corporate marketing can save you money. Each month, we’ll post an article that explores marketing concepts and the genius ways in which corporations use clever marketing tactics to make you spend money on products and services you don’t […]

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Save money on travel: 8 tips to help you save money at your destination!

My beloved and I have returned from our epic European adventure. It was indeed epic, amazing, and the best trip of our lives. Along the way, I learned a few more tips to help you save money on travel that I’d like to share with you…   Choose apartments as much as possible Apartments are […]

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Immunity rich foods such as oranges to keep you healthy on a frugal budget

Looking after your health is critical for your finances

I spent about a third of last year sick. I caught 4 colds, one awful stomach bug, and the flu which turned into bronchitis. As a result, I had to have 10 sick days off work, including 4 in a row, which is just unheard of for me.   One could argue that the reason […]

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Cheap Cleaning Products: How to make a cheap, natural glass and bathroom cleaner

The latest addition to my cheap and easy cleaning products repertoire is my homemade glass and bathroom cleaner.   Like the all-purpose spray I’ve been making for about 15 cents per bottle, my glass cleaner only contains a few ingredients that are cheap and easy to find.   The key active ingredient in this recipe […]

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If I could turn back time I would take back my car loan costs

If I could turn back time

I’ve made a lot of unintelligent financial choices over the years. Despite my modern day frugal living, I still make silly financial decisions. I don’t regret a lot of them, as I’ve experienced some pretty great things throughout my life thus far.   The one thing I do regret however, is succumbing to the fancy […]

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Save money walking your ass off!

During my normal working week, I run 5-6 kms every lunch time and walk another 5 kms in total before and after walk.   However, when I go on holidays, I really go on holidays! As a consequence, I eat a lot of food, don’t run… And drink far too much!   Back in 2009, […]

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5 Tips To Help You Save Money On Travel

Travel is a wonderful, eye-opening experience. However, the cost of travel can be off-putting. Fortunately, there’s many different ways you can save money on travel:   1. The trick with accommodation is to do your research Firstly, figure out where is going to be a convenient location to base yourself at. For me, I always look […]

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Are you a mindless sheep or a flawed consumer?

Are You A Mindless Sheep?

Most of you have probably heard of the Follower, Leader and Loner analogy about personality types. According to the analogy, most people in the world can either be defined as a follower, a leader or a loner.   If you’re a follower, you tend to prefer to be led by others and just go about […]

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Beware! The Lifestyle Creep May Be Stalking You

Are you earning more income, but not saving any more of it? Have possessions, foods and entertainment that were once luxuries become necessities? Beware!… The Lifestyle Creep may be stalking you.   Lifestyle Creep is defined by Investopedia as “a situation where people’s lifestyle or standard of living improves as their discretionary income rises either […]

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