June has been a long and tedious month here at playingwithfire.uk HQ. While on furlough, I’ve been dabbling in a few things to pass the time. These might have been called side-hustles if I had a main hustle! I must … Continue reading June 2020 – life, spending, and investment update
As a Scot, I’ve heard all the jokes about being tight-fisted, and of having deep pockets but short arms. It’s in my blood to be frugal, but I also don’t want friends to think I’m taking advantage of their generosity. … Continue reading How to NOT lose friends and alienate people with FIRE
May 2020 will, as the other months of lockdown, remain a scar on my psyche. I lost my job, and have been on furlough for 3 weeks. On the positive side, I have applied for dozens of jobs, set up … Continue reading May 2020 – savings and spending update
If like me, you dream of buying a property but live in pricey London or another expensive city, your budget probably only extends to purchasing a flat. That means the property you will end up buying is more than likely … Continue reading Leasehold property explained – a guide.
I lost my job and it sucks! Losing your job can be a very traumatic and challenging time. I know, because I lost my job recently I’m wondering what to do. From the blow to your finances to the dent … Continue reading So, you lost your job – 6 key steps you should take.
I have always been a fan of the phrase “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results”. The quote is frequently misattributed to Albert Einstein, but it is more likely its source is an Alcoholics … Continue reading I lost my job… what now?
April has been one the strangest months of my life. As with everybody, I have been confined to my flat. I’ve found it to be both exhausting and stressful. To top it off, I’ve been made redundant despite working harder … Continue reading April 2020 savings update
I’ve been expecting this letter for a while now. The big day of release for my company was today. I have been notified of my redundancy. I’ve been busting my balls to get a big project off the ground and … Continue reading Well, it finally happened
Everyone likes cars, or at least I do. They provide freedom, convenience, and for some, status. The FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) community advocates driving a car that is cheap to run and to buy in cash. How realistic is … Continue reading Car Finance: Why it is stopping you from reaching your financial goals.
One topic that has fascinated me since a young age is people’s wealth. Where did they get it? How do I compare? I take a look at the wealth and networth in the UK and where you stand in relation … Continue reading Wealth in the UK and where you stand; compare your net worth.