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
Are you being paid less than your male colleagues? I am. Does this matter for your financial well being? Absolutely. Last week something happened to me that is both amazing given our current financially tight situation and the home buying process but also annoying. In the place that I used to work, it turns out … Continue reading Wage Gap Crap
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
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)
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
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
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