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Books

From the basics right up to advanced

Your Money Or Your Life


Being one of the first books I read on finance, YMOYL was responsible for a very simple but powerful “light bulb” moment. Really ramming home the principal that money does need to be taken deadly seriously as it is tied so heavily to our life, how we spend and experience it as well as how to effectively gain control over it.

In Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin shows readers how to gain control of their money and finally begin to make a life, rather than just make a living.


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I Will Teach You To Be Rich


Fantastic for a simple start to learning about money as well as automation and investing IWTYTBR is not only a great book, but also a fantastic source of extremely advanced tactics for all walks of life which you can find at their website.

At last, for a generation that’s materially ambitious yet financially clueless comes I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi’s 6-week personal finance program for 20-to-35-year-olds.


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Early Retirement Extreme


A slightly more advanced (and extreme) version of how to manage your money for maximum efficiency. Whilst a lot of the concepts are too extreme, even for me, you can easily water them down a little bit and still come out ahead. Furthermore it introduces some amazing concepts of how to view your money and choices in life.

A strategic combination of smart financial choices, simple living, and increased self-reliance brought me financial independence at 30 and allowed me to retire from my profession at 33.


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The Millionaire Next Door


A fascinating look inside the REAL world of millionaires, how they live, what they buy and importantly how they came to be millionaires. TMND debunks a huge number of “common knowledge” surrounding not only the rich but also the poor that often just look like they’re rich.

The Millionaire Next Door identifies seven common traits that show up again and again among those who have accumulated wealth. Most of the truly wealthy in this country don’t live in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue-they live next door.


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Where Are the Customers’ Yachts?


Moving more into investing WATCY helps to illuminate and drive home the point of why financial advisers often do far more harm than good.

Humorous and entertaining, this book exposes the folly and hypocrisy of Wall Street.


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The Four Pillars of Investing


For more advanced readers of investing this highly detailed and revised book is a classic to help you learn the basic fundamentals of investing and what you must pay attention to to succeed.

This down-to-earth book lays out in easy-to-understand prose the four essential topics that every investor must master: the relationship of risk and reward, the history of the market, the psychology of the investor and the market, and the folly of taking financial advice from investment salespeople.


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Fashion

Amazing products that will elevate your style

KK & Jay Shirttail Garters


Hey Muffin Top! Keep your tucking shirts tucked with the one and only KK & Jay Shirttail Garters. Custom patterned plush cotton elastic and patent pending full grain leather “stay tucked stabilizers” make these the most comfortable, stylish, and effective way to keep yourself looking so tucking sharp.


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Photography

DSLR, waterproof, drones and more

Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR


We own the Canon 550D however this unit is even better. We’ve traveled the world with it and no matter how many shots I take or far we go, the pictures always get rave reviews when we get back.Perfect for families, budding photo enthusiasts and first-time SLR users alike, the EOS Rebel T5 makes it easy to capture movies and photos that are nothing short of fantastic.


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DJI Mavic Pro


The DJI Mavic Pro is one of the best drones, probably THE best drone out there. It’s expensive yes and 100% will not make you or save you any money… but it’s amazingly fun to fly and shoots gorgeous quality videos.

If you’re a big traveller, love the outdoors or are just into photography this is the drone for you. I’m not saying it’ll pay off your mortgage faster (quite the opposite in fact) but it IS possibly the coolest toy I’ve ever owned.


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Smart Home

Automation, security and sweet gadgets

LIFX Smart LED Light Bulb Color 1000


LIFX light bulbs may seem like a bit of a stretch at first, but having our entire house full of them for many years now has been nothing but bliss. Auto timers that completely automate most of our lights, amazing colours that can make parties better and relaxing easier, full control over colour and dimming abilities as well as my personal favourite, hoping into bed at night and turning every light in the house off with a simple button or voice command.Many people also bulk at the price as they are quite expensive compared to everyday lights, however the huge power savings thanks to their LED technology combined with their exceptional 20+ year lifespan means we never have to buy or replace lights again and the power savings have already paid for their upfront costs. Their software is also hands down the best of any smart product I’ve seen out there.


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August Smart Lock 2nd Generation


The August Lock is one of the best selling and most mature home smart lock products out there. Easy to setup and install (even in Australia) it can automatically lock the door behind you and more importantly, auto-unlock the door as you approach. I no longer carry any house keys and don’t even need to take my phone out to open the door.

It’s also fantastic to use as you can setup notifications to tell you when children or partners get home. Other features also include remotely allowing other people access to your home when you’re away with your smartphone. The August is a stylish and extremely helpful smart home upgrade that works great.


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Tech Accessories

All the best gear to go with your tech

IOGEAR Smart USB Type-C to USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 2 Cable


With USB Type-C taking over you’re going to need some new USB cables. There’s a LOT of different brands, versions, speeds, power profiles etc etc out there. I’ve done the hard work and found what I think is the best of the best.This cable is USB-F certified, runs at the maximum 10 Gbps data transfer rate and supports the USB-P power profile for up to 100W of 5A@20V power enabling you to power anything from your USB Type-C phone, to USB Type-C laptop. This is the absolute extreme, maximum a USB cable can be and has proven to be durable and excellently priced too.


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AmazonBasics USB Type-C to USB-A 3.1 Gen 2 Cable


With USB Type-C taking over you’re going to need some new USB cables to make sure they’re still backwards compatible. There’s a LOT of different brands, versions, speeds, power profiles etc etc out there. I’ve done the hard work and found what I think is the best of the best.

This cable is USB-F certified, runs at the maximum 10 Gbps data transfer rate and supports the maximum power profile allowed when you have a USB Type-A plug which is 15W of 5V@3A. This is the absolute extreme, maximum a USB Type-A to USB Type-C cable can be and has proven to be durable and excellently priced too.


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