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?
So the heatwave finally broke and we are back to normal weather for the U.K. Next week it’s back down to the mid to low 20s. My garden is ecstatic that it is raining. The dog, not so much. One of the things that I always did with my mom just before school started back … Continue reading Fall Work Capsule Wardrobe
Yesterday I read this post by the blogger Ms. ZiYou. If you haven’t checked out her site, you should. Her post isn’t about Brexit but it is about inflation. And it made me think that I should write something about how my small family is starting to think about planning for a “No Deal” Brexit scenario. There … Continue reading Inflation, Currency Volatility, and Brexit
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?
I must say that one of the motivations for me to not buy new clothes is that I would really just like to fit into the ones I already have. The last 2 years, since we moved from semi-disclosed European country on the continent to the U.K. has grown me in ways that aren’t ideal … Continue reading Instead of having a regiment, practice self-care
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
I figure that I pissed everyone off last week with my hating on the “your money or your life” book. If it makes you feel any better, I told my husband and my best friend to read it. It also prompted me to ask my husband when he wanted to retire. He said before 50. … Continue reading To fashion (or not to fashion)?
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