Reality Check- We bought a lot of stuff

This was perhaps the best thing that could have happened to us- a reality check. This post had started completely different. We felt that we did really good last year especially with our clothing and heeling purchases. Guess what that didn’t happen. The Past When we started working I was very much interested in getting myself a shoe collection to rival Carrie and a decent set of clothes to go...

Why we chose to pay more to live close to work

In most of the big cities around the globe people live around 20-30 Km away from where they work. There are many reasons for this decision but one of the most important one is rents are higher closer to work than 20Km away. When we shifted to the new expensive city we also had to make the same decision. We considered our options at length and came to a few conclusions: None of us wanted to spend...

Real-Estate followup: Was buying a house right decision?

Last month I did a post about buying a house and in the comments we discussed whether we were crying over nothing. We also started looking into real-estate as a potential income source. So we decided to do a bit of follow up on that. The background When we bought our property in 2013 we took out a 10 year loan which we equated in April last year. Since then we have run the numbers and invested a...

Was buying a house right decision?

It is common knowledge that we own a flat back in our old city and we have made considerable progress in paying off the mortgage. However every now and then I am forced to rethink if we made the right choice. There are a lot of things we did right (and wrong) but was that the best thing we could have done with our money. Was Buying a house worth our hard earned money? This is the question we want...

Update 2016: How did Royally Frugal household do?

Why are Updates necessary? You ask. When we work towards a long term goal it can be very easy to get distracted. Are you looking at retiring in 10 years by saving aggressively? You are lucky if you can retain the gusto every month and every day. This is what makes it important to set smaller goals and keep reminding ourselves that there are smaller and seemingly needless decisions which will make...

The Way November Went

November was almost near October in terms of spending but a lot better in terms of comfort. The memory foam mattress we spent on in October is finally rewarding us with great sleep. Overall it was one expensive month, with a lot of changes both in how we look at things and actual changes which will affect our lives in the long term. We spent around 27000/- this month apart from rent and mortgage....

Update-How have we been?

It's a time for update. Diwali was just a few days ago and the few days of holidays we had have again reinforced our desire to retire and that too as early as we can. October was probably the busiest month in terms on our jobs and we have barely had time to think about anything except meeting the deadline. This has resulted in silence on this blog and a lot of delayed decisions personally. But...

Royally Frugal Life: What it means for us?

What exactly is a royally frugal life? If you have ever had this question, prepare to be answered today. When we were wondering what to call the blog this name stood out and called to us because it is exactly the kind of life we have and want. We are not Royals. Yes a lot of people in our country can actually boast of royal blood we are not one of them. We are not rich either, when both of us...

Becoming a Landlord- Lesson Learnt

August for all means and purposes was a good month and if September could take a cue from that it would be nice. You can read our monthly update here. In August we found a tenant and became landlords ourselves. Renting without an agent We are the kind of people who forgo services of agents and other service providers for renting. We do this for two reasons. Firstly, it saves us some money (quite...

August-Monthly Update: the month of better health

August was a month of some big changes and a lot of realizations. I am confident that the changes we made last month will have their ripple effects on coming months for sure. We also decided in August to stop publishing our monthly expense reports because they don't give a clear enough picture since most of the expenses are rolling. Instead we would like to talk more about the financial and other...