In the last two months, three things happened: I finally got the elusive permanent academic contract We saw a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom cottage house in a quaint country village that we both love and want to buy and can afford We spent a couple of days in London, ate delicious Japanese food, and decided … Continue reading My big (40th) bday present to myself — Me
Hello from Canada! We are in the middle of a fam-cation. One of the things about living far away from our parents is that most of our vacations turn into visiting the fam-cations. Sitting in my parents’ basement allowed me to spend some time doing something that I have been meaning to do: put together … Continue reading Budget Tracking with my Bullet Journal
I just spent the last two weeks in what was a relatively intensive work period. I learned a number of things about myself during this period. First, I learned that I am often much harder on myself about things than other people are (although I also learned that you can’t please everyone and sometimes I … Continue reading Financial Independence with an Open Heart?
I’ve been on a bit of a shopping hiatus. While I haven’t done anything like a “no buying month” or “no buying year” formally, I am very much trying to reduce what I consume. One thing that I have had to consume, however, since starting my new job is health related purchases. Without going into … Continue reading Buying Quality or Overspending?
Every couple of months, my poor husband comes home and has had it with commuting. And I don’t blame him. The last few weeks has been particularly bad with train disruptions, leaving him standing all the way home without a seat. He has to go back and forth on the metal machine every day, as … Continue reading The housing search in London town
We found our (my?) dreamhouse this weekend. We went to go look at it, decided we could both live in it, figured that it was a good investment, crunched the numbers, and then had to let it go. It would be doable but just too tight. I looked online today and saw it was sold. … Continue reading The (un)successful house bid
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