Spending money on clothes right now is a bit confusing. On the one hand, there are a lot of very good deals. On the other hand, it seems even more useless than ever, because I am basically living in Marks and Spencers elastic waist trousers and a muji t-shirt. However, I still have a plan … Continue reading My Luxury Wardrobe (part deux)
This post doesn’t contain affiliate links. All links are to be helpful. If you have been following me, you know that I am constantly confused about whether I should be not buying things or buying things that last. A couple of people that I follow in the FIRE movement have clothing shopping bans. My best … Continue reading My ~500 pound new luxury wardrobe
According to the Tate, For centuries artists used different shades (tones) of brown or black ink to create monochrome pictures on paper. The ink would simply be more or less diluted to achieve the required shades. Shades of grey oil paint were used to create monochrome paintings, a technique known as grisaille, from the French … Continue reading Monochrome Dressing
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?
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
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?
So I’ve been away for awhile on the blog but not in real financial life. I’ve been looking at, putting offers on, backing away from, and purchasing a house. It’s been crazy, to say the least. I started this blog because we didn’t know where to live. One of us works in the city and … Continue reading Househunter Insanity
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
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)!
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