Portfolio Update and More

portfolio update

Since the website was down for what felt like an eternity, I thought I’d give you a little update on what’s been happening in the meantime. I will start with what happened to the site, and then tell you what happened to our dividend-paying value stocks portfolio recently, and what changes that will have on…

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Quarterly Review – Q1 2015

There's Value Goals

Well, I can hardly believe it, but we have already seen the first quarter of 2015 go by! Amazing isn’t it? We are on this journey to slowly increase our wealth in order to have more freedom and hopefully retire early, but time is just flying by at such a rate, that I wonder if…

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Understanding Money – Retirement Planning

saving whilst working is like pennies flying into your piggy bank automatically

Welcome to our series on understanding money. We hope this will help you make some headway into understanding, and getting a hold of your financial matters. So far, we’ve looked understanding money in everyday life, how to budget, and how to start saving. These basics are important to understand, as they are the core of…

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Understanding Money – Budgeting

I'm too broke to pay my bills

    Welcome to our series on understanding money. We hope this will help you make some headway into understanding, and getting a hold of your financial matters. This is written from the UK perspective, but we welcome comments, comparisons, and questions from any country! It’s always good to know how money works on an everyday…

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Dividend Timing – The UK vs. the US

The US and the UK are Different Well, it doesn’t take a genius to know that we are two countries separated by a common a language… here in the UK, we often make jokes about America and all the things we think are totally crazy about the country… and I know you guys ‘just dig…

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Meat on the Bone is GOO-UH-OOD

Sorry to the vegans and vegetarians, you may want to skip this post… I am an omnivore, but I love my chicken, as you may have noticed, and I also love a bit of red meat. Who could turn down a nice bit of oxtail stew, leg of lamb, or a typical Sunday’s roast chicken?…

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Downshift Trials – Part 1

In order to save money and squeeze my budget, I’ve downshifted quite a lot of different grocery and household items. What is downshifting? Well, it’s where you find an alternative product that costs less. For example toothpaste. You could go with the teeth-whitening, breath-freshening, dentist recommended Colgate/Aquafresh/etc. or you could buy the supermarket own-brand, which…

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Why a Whole Chicken is Brilliant Value

cheap cuts of chicken

If you’re a meat-eater, sometimes it can really send your grocery bill sky high. Luckily, there are some ways to get fantastic value for money when shopping for meat, in particular, chicken. Chicken is an all-round great meat. Just 100g is full of vital nutrients you need every day, such as 25% of your necessary…

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Gas Bill – OMG!

how to reduce your gas bill

OMG! WTF! and all that sort of thing. Is it just me, or have gas bills gone up LOADS in the last few years? I was just looking at our utility provider, as I do every month when I do the meter readings, and I was shocked to see the proportion of the bill that…

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Control Your Grocery Budget

control your grocery budget

I always seem to go over on my grocery budget, but reading about fellow blogger’s decision to go back to a cash system reminded me that I never went over in the days I ran cash! So… we have also moved back to a cash system. I am losing out on a bit of cashback…

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