Is it Time to Sell Direct Line?

is it time to sell direct line?

Is it Time to Sell Direct Line? I bought Direct Line Insurance (LON:DLG) in June – not that long ago. However, it was a purchase that didn’t actually fit in with our value investing criteria. ‘So why did I buy it?’ you may ask, and rightly so. Well, it was a blatant special dividend capturing purchase….

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101 Dividend Investing Tips from the Experts

Just a quick note to say:

I was honoured to be contacted to contribute to this epic article covering 101 Dividend Investing Tips from the Experts. You will also spot some of our blogroll compatriots are quoted on there e.g. Huw, Tawcan, No More Waffles, John Kingham from UK Value Investor, and Trevor from Dividend Life amongst many others.

Check it out, and share it with your friends – it’s an awesome resource!



How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half – The Final Word


As you know, we recently did several weeks’ of ThriftyLesley meal plans in a self-imposed ‘how to cut your grocery bill in half’ challenge. We found the majority of the meals were tasty, and they saved us an IMMENSE amount of money – in fact our grocery bill for an entire month was just under…

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How to Retire Early – Not!

How to Retire Early in the UK

I love to read FI and PF blogs and news articles extensively. Usually, I find them pretty good. Even if they’re just short snippets or trading updates, it’s still interesting to see other points of view and note which stocks are being bought by the FI community. However, one article on early retirement that I…

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October Dividend Stocks Watch List

Dividend Stocks Watch List

It’s been a while since I last did a UK dividend stocks watch list update (a whole quarter pretty much!). With all the recent volatility in August and September, and all the personal activity over the summer, I just didn’t feel it was worth doing updates for a while. Plus, we’ve been concentrating on curbing our…

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The FIRE Glossary

The FIRE Glossary

Following on from Jim McG’s post, I decided to put this question to YOU: Would a FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) Glossary be useful? Terms like HP, PCP, EBITDA, PE, FCF, and the like can often get pretty confusing, even if you think you know most of them, there seems to be new ones cropping…

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Q3 2015 Update

There's Value Goals

I realised in the summer that I’d forgotten to do a Q2/H1 trading and general goals update… I guess there was just too much going on with summer and the quietness at work etc. before all the stock market volatility started kicking off in August. I’ve not really made any big changes to our portfolios,…

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Do I Need an Emergency Fund?

do i need an emergency fund

In a word, YES! Post over, we can all read something else now. Haha, only kidding. I just wanted to be a little light-hearted, because sometimes thinking about money and financial planning can get a bit dry (not for me, but for some people I guess it must). Do I need an emergency fund? Now…

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How to Divide Your Income

How to divide your salary - the li ka shing way

Way back in January 2015, I was reading Kapitalust’s latest blog post ‘Advice from Li Ka-Shing: One of the Richest Men in the World’.  Now, you may think: ‘so what?’ and yes, so what, I was reading a blog post, whoop-de-do. But this is not just any old blog post, and not just any old…

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How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half – Week Four Report

Feed a family for less than £13 for a week

We’ve recently completed week 4 of the self-imposed ‘how to cut your grocery bill in half’ challenge – could you feed a small family on less than £13 for a week? Well, that’s what we just did! Two adults and a 2 yr old fed for £12.91 – and I’ve got food left over! I…

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