There is an interesting discussion on one of the online personal finance groups that I am on about Gen Xers and how we are, as someone said, the “sandwich” generation: stuck between two much larger pieces of bread. The term GenX was popularized by a Canadian writer and artist Douglas Coupland. His book (and his … Continue reading Financial independence is not about the money
Each month or quarter, I am inundated by offers for services by my bank, other competing banks, insurance companies, etc.. When our house insurance came up for renewal this month, the insurance company wanted more than 100 pounds more than they did the year before. I found a much more competitive introductory offer by our … Continue reading Saving £100 on home insurance but saying no to 0%-balance transfers. Why is it different?
I recently put up some photos about my bathroom revamp. I thought that I would show you what I am doing with my living-room also. There are a lot of challenges that I have with our furniture. Most of them boil down to the fact that almost everything that we have was given to us, … Continue reading Living-room refresh
In my last post, I mentioned that I was trying Stitch Fix. I didn’t have much luck with my first style and sent everything back but I then used it as an opportunity to try my own 5 styles (as if I was a stylist) but it turned out to be 9. So without further … Continue reading Summer/Fall Teaching Capsule
I was recently speaking with a friend of mine who has a child with serious mental health needs. We were talking about the list of people that you have in your team that help you. By team, I don’t mean your spouse (though maybe he/she/they are very helpful), but I was actually thinking of the … Continue reading Yourname .Inc
Is the up-coming recession an item in your worry-journal? I’ve been thinking about and reading about things to do to secure ourselves from the economic shocks that (may be) on the horizon. Of course, everyone in the U.S. is talking about the inverted yield-curve, but don’t forget, even though the British public is taking vacation from … Continue reading Recession Planning Woes
So it’s been really hard for me to figure what I should write about since moving because, upon arrival, there are a lot of wants and not so much moolah to go around. So today I thought that I would walk you thru how I made a new overhead shower for only 162 pounds! The … Continue reading How to add a standing shower to a clawfoot tub on a budget
There has been a lot of talk lately on some of the groups and blogs about “F-You” money. I must admit that I haven’t really thought a lot about “F-You” money before because I generally really like my career. My job is (was) a pleasure. However, there have been a number of things at work … Continue reading A golden (financial) ratio or dog-paddle everything at once?
Are you being paid less than your male colleagues? I am. Does this matter for your financial well being? Absolutely. Last week something happened to me that is both amazing given our current financially tight situation and the home buying process but also annoying. In the place that I used to work, it turns out … Continue reading Wage Gap Crap
My significant other and I had an argument this morning and I’ve been sulking in one part of the house with him in another, and I’ve been perusing online retail for help with my feelings. I finally made a number of purchases on Amazon, for almost 100 pounds, even though we are in a non-buying … Continue reading Emotional Buyer