Things have been tough in the suburban homestead. My husband has been put on furlough and then told that his job will be made redundant. I work in a sector where I seem to have a job now but not quite so sure 18 months from now. We are trying to put as much of … Continue reading Monthly Food Planning
This weekend we were supposed to be in France, enjoying an anniversary getaway. I had picked out a cute vacation spot in a small village I had been to once before, on the sea. So much fantasy, indeed. Life is currently so very different from my aspirations when I booked that trip. While I managed … Continue reading Week 5 of self-isolating
Living in a country where your parents do not live is expensive. When both you and your spouse have parents in different continents, and neither lives where you live, it is even more expensive. I was recently at a work conference and was chatting to my taxi driver on the way to the airport. We … Continue reading Family Overseas
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?
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
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?
I mentioned a number of goals in a previous post that I wrote for my birthday. 1 quarter of the way into the year, I thought I would do a recap. My main goal was to buy a house and invest some more money into myself and I have managed to do this! These were the … Continue reading Shaving off debt, centimeters, and my renter status
The start of this blog was really about two things: 1. How to climb out of debt and save for a house / downpayment and retirement and 2. How to decide whether we wanted to live in the city or the countryside, and in what city / countryside that might be? While we have had … Continue reading The little house that Jane wanted (Jack is not so sure)
Today I logged onto my bank account in the country that we used to live in and the balance was positive! OMG it is positive! I saw a little plus next to the balance and the little plus next to the savings account and I wanted to scream with joy! This is monumental for me because … Continue reading It’s positive (mostly)!