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How much stuff do you actually need?

Seeing your belongings packed up and stuffed in to a shipping container really brings home just how much stuff accumulates in our homes. This is the second emigration we’ve undertaken in 2 years and both times we made an effort to only ship what we valued. Having just spent 2 weeks in a campervan on Read More

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Assessing the impact of moving back to the UK on our monthly spend

Assessing the impact of moving back to the UK on our monthly spend With the next big change on the horizon being our impending emigration back to home soil it’s time for me to assess the impact this may have on our monthly spend. This is partly out of interest but also vital to understand Read More

Manual vs Automatic: A head-to-head comparison

Manual vs Automatic

A head-to-head comparison When it comes to buying a new car, or a new used car, one fairly major decision involves the choice between petrol and diesel engines. In the past I have based the decision on how I was feeling at the time. To illustrate, my current car (the beautiful but guzzling Discovery Sport) Read More

Monthly Spend February 2017

Monthly Spend February 2017

The best yet! Not a bad monthly spend for December 2016. I was expecting a bad month for the final of 2016’s roundup. Tis the season to overspend on food and gifts for your nearest and dearest after all. We were doing things a little differently this year because we spent the Christmas period on Read More

Petrol vs Diesel: A head-to-head comparison

Petrol vs Diesel

A head-to-head comparison When it comes to buying a new car, or a new used car, one fairly major decision involves the choice between petrol and diesel engines. In the past I have based the decision on how I was feeling at the time. To illustrate, my current car (the beautiful but guzzling Discovery Sport) Read More

Saving money with loyalty points

How I saved $2200 on a weekend away using loyalty points

Travel is my weakness, using loyalty points my strength.   Getting ourselves into a good spot when it comes to money would be so much easier if we didn’t have the travel bug. There’s just so many places to see in the world and we’re not above treating ourselves to some luxuries along the way. Read More

John Kay The Long and The Short of It

The Long and the Short of It – John Kay Book Review

  The Long and the Short of It I found this book after following a link shared on twitter to an article penned by John Kay, who for many years, has been a financial journalist for the Financial Times in the UK. It was described as a book for people not in the industry who Read More

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Monthly Spend January 2017

The best yet! Not a bad monthly spend for December 2016. I was expecting a bad month for the final of 2016’s roundup. Tis the season to overspend on food and gifts for your nearest and dearest after all. We were doing things a little differently this year because we spent the Christmas period on Read More

Westpac

Using Term Deposits to maximise returns on saved cash.

Getting the Tax-man’s money to work for you Being self-employed I have to be careful to squirrel away enough cash to keep the tax-man happy at the end of the year. More accurately there has to be enough money months ahead to keep him from being nasty to me and the following year I have Read More

How to talk about money

How to talk about money – 6 steps for effective communication

Approaching the Money Taboo Nothing ignites tensions better than the subject of money. We have a very intimate attachment to our own money and the relationship we have with our own finances has implications for how we manage them. I have read a few theories on our relationship with money which range from a greed-like hoarding Read More