Belongings in my 20s vs belongings in my 30s

I have been pottering around the house today and noticed a life trend. As I moved from room to room I realised that my belongings no longer look like the belongings I had in my 20s. In today’s article I’ll take you through the key differences I have spotted between my things back then and now. Before I get into listing the differences out, it’s … Continue reading Belongings in my 20s vs belongings in my 30s

How you should be prepared for not having a job even when you have one

Well…if you haven’t felt it yet, it seems that our economy has turned from a big bowl into a sieve recently, and every minute people are falling through the holes as their jobs disappear. If you are suspecting that you might be heading in that direction too or just fancy a job change, here are some steps to help you prepare. The backup plan Sometimes … Continue reading How you should be prepared for not having a job even when you have one

Frugal habits that won’t make you seem ‘cheap’

While I personally don’t care all that much about what people think about my habits, I appreciate that this might be different for other people. And for these people frugality comes with a challenge – while it’s valid and important in everyday life, nobody really wants to come across as ‘cheap’ or ‘stingy’. In this article I’ll walk you through specific frugal habits which are … Continue reading Frugal habits that won’t make you seem ‘cheap’

The reasons I vote (in more than one country)

Maybe we should start with a background here. I have two passports – one from the country I grew up in and the other from the country I live in. Controversially, this allows me to vote in both countries. In this article I will explain why I execute that right and why you should vote too. The idea for this article was prompted by a … Continue reading The reasons I vote (in more than one country)

Expenses I cut during the lockdown and what they’ve been replaced with

I’m about to start week 9 of being in a lockdown. NINE. That’s full 8 weeks or 56 days done, almost two months. And a lot can change in a budget in the span of two months. Today I’ll tell you about the key expenses which are no longer a thing in my budget, and what they’ve been replaced by. Going out Everything is shut … Continue reading Expenses I cut during the lockdown and what they’ve been replaced with

5 biggest (non-obvious) drawbacks of living in Europe’s largest city

This article will kindly omit the topic of the pandemic, because enough has been said for now. Instead, let’s talk about London. I live in London. And the title was a naughty little clickbait. London is the 3rd largest city in Europe, not the largest, but somehow people often forget that Istanbul and Moscow, the two largest ones, are also in Europe. That aside, I … Continue reading 5 biggest (non-obvious) drawbacks of living in Europe’s largest city

Furlough scheme explained (information valid as at 5th April 2020 in the United Kingdom)

The British version of furlough British government has rolled out a furlough scheme in order to safeguard at least some of the private sector jobs currently being cut left and right, and through that salvage at least part of the economy. What is it? Furlough in the UK is a temporary leave of absence granted to employees or members of an organisation, on reduced pay. … Continue reading Furlough scheme explained (information valid as at 5th April 2020 in the United Kingdom)

Happy Monday (24th February 2020)

Uh oh! I haven’t done this since November, about time another one showed up! Welcome to the very first Happy Monday in 2020. Let’s get right to it. What I’m reading – ‘Prisoners of Geography’ by Tim Marshall. In fact, I finished it last night and it’s not on my ‘recommend to everyone’ list. The book is well structured, Tim’s view on the topic of … Continue reading Happy Monday (24th February 2020)