Comments for Playing with Fire https://playingwithfire.uk My journey to financial independence in the U.K. Mon, 10 Aug 2020 15:17:07 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 Comment on July update – more boredom and a nice holiday by weenie https://playingwithfire.uk/july-update-more-boredom-and-a-nice-holiday/#comment-296 Mon, 10 Aug 2020 15:17:07 +0000 https://playingwithfire.uk/?p=644#comment-296 Firstly, congratulations on the new job! Your updates since losing your job have been positive and forward-looking and this attitude no doubt came across in your interview!

I spent around 15% of my redundancy pay – I was out of work for just under 5 months. I invested half of the rest (in ISA and SIPP), with the other half used to buy premium bonds (hedging risky vs safe due to my age!).

The main thing was to do something with the cash – it couldn’t be left in my current account, as it would end up being spent.

Ex-colleagues of mine had similar payouts and 3 years later, have nothing to show as theirs has all been spent.

Since you got a job so quickly, I’d be tempted to spend a little of it and like you say, invest the rest in ETFs.

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Comment on I lost my job… what now? by Simone https://playingwithfire.uk/i-lost-my-job-what-now/#comment-294 Sat, 08 Aug 2020 08:38:12 +0000 https://playingwithfire.uk/?p=373#comment-294 It’s so great that you did more than simply recognise that you needed to make a change. The rejections on the way build us up for the role awaiting us so big congrats to you for sticking to it & being persistent!

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Comment on My Air BnB Diaries – Side hustle or not? by The Full English – Tesla doesn’t need advertising – The FIRE Shrink https://playingwithfire.uk/air-bnb-diaries-side-hustle-or-not/#comment-289 Sun, 26 Jul 2020 12:11:22 +0000 https://playingwithfire.uk/?p=612#comment-289 […] Playing with Fire has some reflections on being an AirBnB host () […]

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Comment on COVID-19 in the UK – it’s still an emergency by Mr MedFI https://playingwithfire.uk/covid-19-in-the-uk-its-still-an-emergency/#comment-287 Sat, 25 Jul 2020 19:10:05 +0000 https://playingwithfire.uk/?p=570#comment-287 Thanks for this article – a nicely worded and timely reminder to people that we’re not out of the woods yet! I too hope that the UK public is more sensible about the minor inconvenience of wearing masks than the small, vocal, senseless and selfish minority in the USA.

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Comment on My Air BnB Diaries – Side hustle or not? by playingwithfire.uk https://playingwithfire.uk/air-bnb-diaries-side-hustle-or-not/#comment-285 Sat, 25 Jul 2020 13:33:11 +0000 https://playingwithfire.uk/?p=612#comment-285 Yea I always think that most people who use the platform are decent enough. I started only allowing people with previous landlord reviews stay which worked out better. Also, listening to your doubts when something is off and cancelling a booking if it doesn’t feel right.

If you’re at all sociable it’s a lot of fun mostly.

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Comment on My Air BnB Diaries – Side hustle or not? by SouthWalesFI https://playingwithfire.uk/air-bnb-diaries-side-hustle-or-not/#comment-284 Sat, 25 Jul 2020 13:18:31 +0000 https://playingwithfire.uk/?p=612#comment-284 Really enjoyed reading, I have (so far) unsuccessfully managed to get my wife on board with renting a spare room in our house to airbnb people. So its nice to hear that mostly its fine, but a home is a home- so I guess you are trusting other people to look after your home etc. Have to stay, I do really enjoy staying in airbnbs, the ability to eat food you cook- or even a cold beer, over being forced to sit in a hotel bar after a long day (holiday or business), just means airbnb wins out everytime for me.

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Comment on My Air BnB Diaries – Side hustle or not? by Dr FIRE https://playingwithfire.uk/air-bnb-diaries-side-hustle-or-not/#comment-283 Thu, 23 Jul 2020 11:30:03 +0000 https://playingwithfire.uk/?p=612#comment-283 Very interesting insights PWF, thanks for sharing. Some funny stories there. I don’t think I’d want to rent out my own home though, sounds far too intrusive.

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Comment on My Air BnB Diaries – Side hustle or not? by playingwithfire.uk https://playingwithfire.uk/air-bnb-diaries-side-hustle-or-not/#comment-282 Wed, 22 Jul 2020 21:52:27 +0000 https://playingwithfire.uk/?p=612#comment-282 In reply to weenie.

Haha well that’s interesting indeed! I have a name which could be either male or female… but trust me I have a full beard in my profile pic!!

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Comment on My Air BnB Diaries – Side hustle or not? by weenie https://playingwithfire.uk/air-bnb-diaries-side-hustle-or-not/#comment-281 Wed, 22 Jul 2020 21:45:52 +0000 https://playingwithfire.uk/?p=612#comment-281 Thanks for sharing – found it fascinating as always wondered what it was like to rent out your own place as Air BnB. Not something I’ve ever considered but who knows in the future.

By the way, not sure if this is anything to do with people assuming you are female but years ago, there was a woman who went by the online name ‘PlayingwithFIRE’ – her name was Emma and I met her at a FIRE meet once! Or maybe just a coincidence and people really don’t look at photos properly!

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Comment on Lebanon is in crisis and it is a lesson to us all to appreciate what we have. by playingwithfire.uk https://playingwithfire.uk/lebanon-is-in-crisis-and-it-is-a-lesson-to-us-all-to-appreciate-what-we-have/#comment-280 Tue, 21 Jul 2020 09:21:38 +0000 https://playingwithfire.uk/?p=530#comment-280 In reply to Dr FIRE.

Its really sad. It’s also entirely man made and an example of why corruption is so bad.

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