So remember when I told you before that we are looking up and down the Greater Anglia line in search of the perfect abode? This morning, we are going to travel to the picturesque town of Dedham in an Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty (yes the British do declare parts of the Island particularly outstanding) … Continue reading Upgrading and downsizing at the same time?
We’re on a “workcation” and part of that stay involved going to the Arabah/Aravah desert. The desert has this wonderful way of entertaining you with its harshness. We were lucky that on day two of our stay, we managed to see both a sand storm and a rain storm in an area that gets less … Continue reading Vacation location extreme
So the last few weeks, I have been in said semi-undisclosed country for work and now, I am back in the U.K. Funny thing that happened, I forgot my PIN number for my debit card in said country, so I wasn’t able to take out any cash other than on my UK credit card, which … Continue reading Can not using cash mean smarter savings?
One of the things that I find particularly difficult about financial advice in the blogosphere is that most of it relates to people that live in one particular country and don’t move across countries. For example, some common advice is to max out on your 401K (or something equivalent) and take advantage of your employer’s … Continue reading Retirement planning when you’re global
The very first month I tried to increase our savings, I failed. Only one week in, I freaked out about the growing overdraft in one of our bank accounts and the pending cash I would have to transfer out of it for business expenses. As a result, I took the 20% of our monthly income … Continue reading The first-month savings failure
Yesterday I saved 2500 pounds by making a phone call to a department store that also runs a bank. It’s the place known in the U.K. for its affordable underwear and “covetable cashmere.” I re-read this sentence a number of times after I wrote it thinking it might be the first sentence of a dystopian … Continue reading Refinancing on the High Street
Last December I did one of those renovate your closet and put everything that you think you won’t wear, don’t fit into, might wear in the summer, items of clothes into two plastic bins at the bottom of my closet only to be looked at again once the snowdrops are up and maybe the tulips … Continue reading Expanding
After reading one of Frugalwood’s case study, where the couple made less money than we did and yet, managed to save a lot more than we did, I decided to implement a drastic (for us) austerity plan of saving 20% of our income this month and implementing a Sabbath round up (explained below). We also … Continue reading Saving more than you think you can – The Sabbath Round-up and monthly austerity cycles
I heard a story the other day about a Wandering Professor who was a single father looking for a nice place to live for himself and his son but somewhere he could still commute to work in London. He travelled up and down the Greater Anglia line, looking for a place to live between London … Continue reading The Wandering Professor
I’ve had the fortune of being able to move around, a lot. I moved from one side of my country to another, across the pond, over to the Middle East, back across the pond, and then back to continental Europe. My husband and I have recently relocated to the U.K. from undisclosed continental European country … Continue reading City mouse or Country mouse?