Ski holiday 2020 booked! FIRE & Snow

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”

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Wild Strawberries and Wild Gardens

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”

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”

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”

Month-end Accounts: February 2019

In theory, February should have the lowest spending of the whole year since there is only 28 days (most of the time) but life’s not as simple as that and our frugalness went a bit backwards last month with higher spending but still saving money.

It was a good month for the family and we even got a bit of a working holiday on the cheap out of it!

Continue reading “Month-end Accounts: February 2019”