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Pretty quiet month for October.


Had one major expense pop up out of the ordinary which was having the cats shaved.


*Not actually my cat but basically the same (man boobs and all)

We have two cats who must be around 2-3 now but left them at M.F.(Mrs. Firebugs) parents house when we moved in together. It was just going to be too hard to move them when they were so settled and I’m pretty sure that the parents love the cats more than their own children (not kidding).


I once witnessed Mrs. Firebugs dad come home from work during the day in summer to turn on the air conditioning for the cats (not kidding) and leave. This is the same man that yells when a light is left on too LOL!


Anyway, the cats need to be shaved once a year which turned out to cost $550 for two this year  ???


I floated the idea of just buying two new cats every year to M.F. but it didn’t go down so well…


We still managed to come under our budget for October through which was a miracle.



Did everyone have good October returns wise for their shares?


We sure did.


It was our best month ever in terms of returns. We made around $5K from capital gains during October ????


Putting us up to around $118K worth of ETFs (we bought another $5K lot this month as per usual).


I recorded a really interesting podcast with Ms Frugal Ears in October.


Some of the topics were pretty deep and I’m glad Serina was brave enough to open up about sensitive issues, particularly what happens after a divorce and the power that comes with knowing your financial position.


I reflected on Serina’s story after the podcast and thought that if I ever have a daughter, how important it will be to make sure that she knows her financial position at all times and what the power of having your own money enables you to do…and not do.


Reading all the allegations about Harvey Weinstein can make you feel pretty sick pretty quickly. Even if it’s only half true.


I can’t think of many more vulnerable positions than an aspiring actress trying to ‘make it’ in Hollywood. You read countless stories of people in the entertainment industry often working for pennies trying to chase their dream of making it big. And this guy is one of the head honchos that decides who gets the role and who doesn’t.


Could you imagine the emotional roller coaster it must be for these girls to go meet him thinking they are about to be offered their first big role only to have him force sexual favours on them? It really is disgusting and an abuse of power to the highest degree.

I know Harvey Weinstein is only one of many though. And unfortunately these people exist everywhere in every industry.


I would hate to think that some of these victims couldn’t turn down the unwanted sexual advances simply because they needed the job to survive. A positions nobody wants to be in, but unfortunately some are.


Net Worth Update


$1.5K bump from Super, around $6K from savings and another $5K from the ETF bump bring us ever so close to the $400K mark!




No changes in the properties this month.



Various data sources (RP data, etc.) are used in combination of what similar surrounding properties were sold for to calculate an estimate. This is an official Commonwealth bank estimate and one which they use to approve loans.


Huge month for ETFs in October. About a $5K increase!!! ???



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