Happy 1 year blogging anniversary to me!

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!”

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Booze and Babies

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”

Jet-setting childhood expectations: are parents setting their kids up for disappointment?

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?”

What I learnt from my Dad’s early retirement (aged 60) Part 1

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.

See part 2 and part 3: Continue reading “What I learnt from my Dad’s early retirement (aged 60) Part 1”

6 Family Friendly tax reduction ideas

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”