September came and went. We had a nice Indian summer here in London, with some hot and sunny days, followed by a plunge back into Autumn. Autumn is my favourtie season. Mainly because of the colours, the temperate weather, which suits my Scottish body’s ability to deal with heat, and it’s a great time to drink lots of beer. With Oktoberfest cancelled due to Covid 19, my plans to go back to Munich this year were scuppered, so I’ve had a few boozy days in London instead. Its been great catching up with mates and not worrying about spending thanks … Continue reading September 2020 – big spending alert!
As someone who wants to be financially independent, I have done many things throughout my life to help get me there (whether I knew it or not!). I am not from a wealthy family, so all that I have has been earned by yours truly. However, I want to share what could be the biggest life hack to getting you to FIRE. Working overseas! At the moment, working overseas is rather tricky affair with COVID 19. However, this is a time to think and reflect, and lets face it, moving overseas is a big deal that requires an element of … Continue reading Living and working abroad: can you get to FIRE sooner?
One of the most common cliches we hear in personal finance and FIRE is we can save money by skipping that morning coffee hit from your local coffee shop. I’m going to look at how much you can save and … Continue reading Did someone say Coffee? Could you save money with a Sage Bambino?
It’s that time again! The Playing with Fire monthly update that no one asked to see! I have some special news for you, so keep reading until the end! August has been a great month. Firstly, it was my birthday on the 4th, so that was good. Secondly, the same week, I got a job, my girlfriend got a job, and so did my sister. I’ve started my job and its great. Very different, but essentially I’m reviewing construction projects in dispute. The firm offered me the same money I was on before (£80k), but I have the opportunity for … Continue reading August update – some very good news!
In my article, I detail my decision process on investing a lump sum windfall payout from my redundancy. I was fortunate to get a new job shortly after getting the payout, so I didn’t technically need the money. With a … Continue reading Investing a Lump Sum Redundancy Payout
July update July was a month spent in suspense. The pubs opened on the 4th of July. I avoided attending on that day but did on Sunday. I also went several times as my confidence grew that I wouldn’t be … Continue reading July update – more boredom and a nice holiday
I was once an Air BNB host, and I thought I’d share some of my experiences here. Want to know what it’s really like being an Air BNB host? It was generally a positive experience, but these are the amusing … Continue reading My Air BnB Diaries – Side hustle or not?
I feel moved to write this article about Covid-19 in the UK and the government’s response, even though it falls outside of my blog’s primary topic of FIRE, simply because I believe it is so important and if it saves … Continue reading COVID-19 in the UK – it’s still an emergency
You’ve heard about Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) perhaps in the US, and want to get started. But what about doing FIRE in the UK? You have come to the right place! Let me help you get started. We are … Continue reading FIRE 101 – Financial Independence Retire Early in the UK.
In 2008, I as a young lad, moved to live in the Middle East in Qatar. when I arrived, It was a small country of around 1million people. When I left, it was 1.8million. People from all around the region … Continue reading Lebanon is in crisis and it is a lesson to us all to appreciate what we have.