Steph the Shuffler | Travelling on the cheap

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.

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Things to steer clear of in the supermarket maze

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.

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The Making of a Shuffler – Part 3: The start of my full time working life

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”

Convenience is tempting | Give yourself no option but to shuffle


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.

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Going obese on convenience

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.

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The Making of a Shuffler – Part 2: My Early 20’s

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”

Why I write what I write

It has been over 6 months now since I started my FI/RE blog, Life Long Shuffle. It is here that I endeavour to challenge societal norms, unveil the frugal habits which were ingrained during my childhood, share how I’ve saved money and highlight my view on topics such as superannuation, franking credits and real estate . Sharing my early retirement journey with others has been bloody awesome.  I’ve also gained inspiration from others that have already successfully reached their goal.

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