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Brits Burning £192 Million in Card Charges Abroad

This year 30 million consumers are planning on going abroad and a new study from credit comparison w

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Have you got financial fatigue?

Sometimes I feel like if I hear the words ‘credit crunch’ again I will scream.  Does anyone else feel this way? The markets are in turmoil, but there’s so little that anyone can do about it, so some days I just feel like tuning out and skipping to the entertainment pages of the newspaper. I’m… Read more »


Don’t get screwed by your landlord. Top Tips.

Anyone who has ever been in the private rental game will know that sometimes it can be a real pain in the a**! If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will probably already know that I am actually a big fan of renting.  I have never understood why young people stretch themselves… Read more »


The stay at home wife debate

This morning I was having a look around Girls Just Wanna have Funds, a personal finance blog that you’ve probably heard of.  It was with some surprise and an increasing sinking feeling that I happened upon the article ‘Stay at home wives: the new status symbol?’ Note, that’s ‘wives’, not ‘mothers’. The article considered the… Read more »


Un-frugal habits I cannot kick!

Yesterday I had a mild panic attack. I realised that it was exactly five months to the day of our wedding.  I’ve known all along that, obviously, the big day was going to arrive eventually, but for some reason five months seems like absolutely no time at all, compared to six months, which is where… Read more »


Let it ride… all the way to the curb.

I recently had dinner with an old friend of mine. We’re quite close, even though we only see each other a few times a year due to geographical constraints.  But a few weeks ago she was in town and we met up for margaritas and a good ol’ chin wag. As you do. This friend… Read more »


Would you ever move back home to save cash?

I read an article this morning written by Cosmo Landesman, a 52 year old man who had recently moved back home with his elderly parents thanks to the unhappy impact his divorce, and the credit crunch, has had on his finances. I have two friends, both in their mid-late 20s, who moved back into their respective… Read more »


Should homeowners be bailed out?

Another week, another plan by Gordon Brown to inject life back into the housing market.  Some of the plans so far this year have included stamp duty exemption for homes under the value of £250,000; and the expansion of shared-equity housing schemes where first time buyers buy half of their chosen property and the government… Read more »


A not-so-FruGal day…

My frugal ways went to pieces today. Firstly, I overslept. That means I didn’t have time to eat breakfast at home so had to buy something on the way to work. I also couldn’t bring myself to make a salad this morning for my lunch today (just sort of died a little bit inside when… Read more »


The Savings Hump

This morning I had the joyful experience of spending £2,000 in one hit. No, wait, not joyful, actually a little painful.  All for a good cause of course: the second instalment of our wedding photography package.  The good news is that there is only one instalment to go on that particular part of the wedding;… Read more »


It’s never too early to think about retirement

Following on from my last post about my lack of savings, I was a little freaked out by Miss Thrifty’s post the other day, which warned that many 50-something women are finding themselves with no savings to speak of, and no way to fund their retirement.  More than a little reminiscent of the Sex and… Read more »