Stamp duty on residential properties explained

It helps that the United Kingdom, and London where my home is, boasts some rather attractive properties.

Let’s get to the point though.

Aside from paying for the purchase of the property itself, a person purchasing a home is usually liable for a tax called Stamp Duty. This tax is usually collected and filed by your solicitor/property conveyancer. It is a tiered tax with some variation between Scotland, Wales and England (and the Northern Ireland). Continue reading Stamp duty on residential properties explained

UK and EU nationals – how not to get kicked out of the country after Brexit

A good while ago I published a video about becoming British through naturalisation. With the Brexit deadline right around the corner, there has been a lot of change in how temporary and permanent residence, the pre-requisites to becoming a British national, are changing. The topic touches me personally – not only I have members of family and friends who are living in the UK on … Continue reading UK and EU nationals – how not to get kicked out of the country after Brexit

The true cost of being a male

Being a man is somewhat easier than being a woman. There, I said it. But – even if that is the truth in general, there is a whole host of things men are saddled with societally which can make everyday life challenging, unfair and costly. Here are the key ones. The pressure to succeed Whatever success means, and it usually just means being rich and … Continue reading The true cost of being a male

All the frugal habits in one place!

I often hear a misconception that being frugal equates to being cheap. Did Extreme Cheapskates really tarnish the word ‘frugal’ that much? In today’s post, I am giving you ALL (or almost all) of the useful frugal habits I developed over the years and, just for a good measure, a couple of the cheap ones too. If I see money on the ground, I pick … Continue reading All the frugal habits in one place!