I spend a bit of time on this blog trying to dispel the misconceptions around ‘deprivation’. If you are to believe the brainwashed consumerist crowd, a balanced life consists of a couple of meals eaten at fancy restaurants, several barista brewed coffees and discretionary spending budgets of several hundred every single week.
Continue reading “Zoom out to see the truth of Extreme Frugality”
When Pat first spoke to me about retiring early, one of my initial worries was that our travelling days were over. I shared these thoughts in my very first post ‘A Shuffler’s other half – what the girlfriend thinks‘ as Steph the Shuffler.
As we spoke more, we agreed that we wouldn’t sacrifice the things that are important to us. However, any future trips between now and retirement will need to be super frugal.
Continue reading “Steph the Shuffler | Travelling on the cheap”
A quick post to just let you all know that Aussie Firebug and I had a fun chat about early retirement, happiness and investing!
Continue reading “Aussie Firebug and Pat the Shuffler have a conversation”
Something peculiar has been happening to me as of late.
I am increasingly enjoying my work. Even despite the fact that I am there for about 11 hours per day and even work some weekends.
What the hell, how is this even possible?
Continue reading “When work isn’t work anymore”
In a previous post I gave some basic tips for not spending a fortune when buying your groceries. This post here is more of a rant on the deplorable state of our modern supermarkets that have become hustlers of over-processed convenience foods. To make matters worse, swarms of sheeple further encourage the degradation of our supermarkets.
I have wanted to write about this for some while, but I recently got the spur of energy I needed. It all started when Steph wanted to buy a hummus dip.
Continue reading “Things to steer clear of in the supermarket maze”
This is the final post of a 3 part series on how I got to where I am today. See Part 1 and Part 2 before reading this if you are interested.
Still not thinking long term
So I finally get to the end of my degree and I score a paid Engineering internship…
So what do I do with this new found income? I move out of the nice, warm and cosy nest that my parents freely gave me! Continue reading “The Making of a Shuffler – Part 3: The start of my full time working life”
I sometimes like to think that I am a disciplined, unwavering warrior with fortitude guiding my every decision. My logical brain analyses every circumstance in my day-to-day life and makes the best choice possible for my finance and future.
This may even seem how I describe myself right here on this blog. In a way, Pat the Shuffler is an impossible, perfect abstraction of a hard-working, good decision-making frugal mastermind.
But alas, it is not true.
Continue reading “Convenience is tempting | Give yourself no option but to shuffle”
So we finally did it.
We have been a couple for a very long time and this has been a while coming. Steph and I have decided to move in together. Yay! Exciting times ahead.
Continue reading “Big moves in a Shuffler’s world”
In my admittedly anecdotal view of the world, I often see what I consider to be some unusual behaviour. Daily habits from driving to locations a short walk away, to reaching for the air conditioner a bit too readily. Resorting to eat take away or microwave meals several times a week, or the habitual use of disposable cutlery and crockery.
All of this has one thing in common. That is convenience.
Continue reading “Going obese on convenience”
This is the 2nd of a 3 part post about how I got to where I am today. See Part 1 here.
Now that we have the discussion about my upbringing out of the way, let us delve into how I dealt with money in my early 20’s.
Despite a lot of extravagant spending in the past, I have somehow still managed to make it out of my university years in one piece. There are certainly people that have done much better than I. Nonetheless here is the next part of my story. Continue reading “The Making of a Shuffler – Part 2: My Early 20’s”