Simple Living

The real cost of houses: Part 1

The real cost of houses: Part 1

How big is your house? Mine’s 85 square meters. It houses 3.  There’s 6 rooms. Four rooms are used frequently, the other two mostly collect dust. And junk. When we announced we were expecting, friends asked wide eyed, “Where are you going to put the […]

Looking Rich Versus Being Rich

Looking Rich Versus Being Rich

Cleaning up my computer recently I came across an article that I’d copied and pasted for safe keeping back in the days before Google was a verb. “Simple living yields simply millions in savings” was a real eye opener at a time when I had […]

A Beautiful Life Can Be Frugal

Frugal. What springs to mind when you hear that word? I think spinsters, darned stockings and a housekeeping money box. To me ‘frugal’ feels like watching other people enjoy life’s luxuries while I eat a packed lunch consisting of soggy sandwiches and a semi-squashed banana. […]

Financial freedom without a budget?

The day he moved into his newly bought, 1950’s style complete with cardboard-boxes-for-furniture home, my future mother-in-law gave her son this piece of sage financial advice: “Write out your budget so you know how much you have left over after you pay the mortgage each […]