It’s been one year since I started this blog and after 90,000 words, 30,000 views and over 100 posts I think it’s been worthwhile. Hopefully you agree. Continue reading “Happy 1 year blogging anniversary to me!”
We’ve just booked our ski holiday for 2020 at a cost of £2,600. How does this stack up as far as frugality goes? Continue reading “Ski holiday 2020 booked! FIRE & Snow”
Last night I was walking around the neighbourhood on a warm summer’s evening. In part to give the Master and Little Lady some exercise and to give the Lady a few minutes of peace at home. In part to find some wild strawberries that grow near us. Nothing beats a bit of family foraging Continue reading “Wild Strawberries and Wild Gardens”
One of the agreements that my good Lady wife and I had before deciding to have kids was that if she wasn’t drinking during the pregnancy then neither was I. A Faustian 6-pack you could say – babies really change your life (even if you are just the sperm donor) but since men have the easier job in the whole baby making process, it seemed fair. Continue reading “Booze and Babies”
I was at the airport a few weeks ago and got to see hoards of school kids jetting off for their Easter holidays. Some were with full school club regalia. What happened to uncomfortable coach trips to local educational history parks? Nowadays school trips tend to be to anywhere. I saw one school group with matching hoodies going on a water polo trip to Norway, a Danish school trip to play hockey in Scotland and of course, lots of ski trips from the UK to the Alps.
Come on kids – it’s not like there’s skiing in Scotland? Continue reading “Jet-setting childhood expectations: are parents setting their kids up for disappointment?”
For many, FIRE is a bit of a strange concept- a theoretical crossing of one line (passive income) and another (living expenses) and then you just “retire early” – well, I have a case study to follow and that is my Dad’s.
This weekend three great things happened. First of all an old friend came to visit. Secondly, GFF and the Lady are back on the Sauce and finally, another couple (or two) staying with us announced that they are expecting another baby. Continue reading “4 Drinking and a Baby”
Having a family can be a struggle – it means changes to all aspects of your life, and if you are like me then you realise that you just don’t have enough time to get everything done.
When it comes to family finances, it’s no different.
But with a little fore thought and planning you can make big gains. Here are 6 family friendly ideas that combined can save you thousands in tax. Continue reading “6 Family Friendly tax reduction ideas”
With a heavy heart, we served notice on our Nanny last week. She’ll leave us at the end of March after almost two years of service.
Justifying the Nanny is something that rubs against Financial Independence and frugalism but hopefully this is the right way forward. Continue reading “Ready, Aim, Fire: Bye bye Mary Poppins”
After a cold, wet, windy and frustrating business trip to London last week, I got to come back home to my loving family. And who doesn’t want to give a stinking, stressed and near psychotic Gentleman a great big hug? Continue reading “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Calm”