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 redundancy payout. I was fortunate to get a new job shortly after getting the payout, so I didn’t technically need the money. With a full emergency fund … Continue reading Investing a Lump Sum Redundancy Payout. Make the best of a bad lot.
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 – Achieve FIRE 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.
I’m delighted to present Ms Playingwithfire.uk. She is my girlfriend and has taken the time to guest post an article for you all! Enjoy! I moved to London from Australia in 2014, expecting to stay about 6 months (it’s been … Continue reading ‘Hi, I’m the new girl!’ Expat financial mistakes learnt the hard way.
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