Getting on the property ladder has been notoriously difficult in recent years, or so many people would have you believe. Fortunately, as ever, the housing market is simply not as volatile as other markets, and since the financial crash in 2008, efforts to keep property investments stable have increased tenfold. For the average person looking to pinch the pennies and potentially invest those wise savings in something tangible, investing in property can sometimes seem like a frivolous and useless pursuit. View Post

If you own a house and you’re having money troubles then the answer to your problems is surrounding you. Your home isn’t just a valuable asset when it comes to selling the place on the market; it can be a valuable asset to you whilst you’re living in it. There are so many costs and so many potential avenues to profit related to your home that you may well be missing every day.

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Times are hard for most of us: the global economy doesn’t seem to be doing anyone any favours and the majority are having to tighten their purse strings to get by. But there are only so many cuts you can make to your personal spending while ensuring that your family still maintain a good quality of life. So where else can you start to look at reducing expenses? View Post

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My weakness and biggest extravagance in life is holidays.  I try really hard to be thrifty.  Honestly I do.  I shop in Aldi, I can’t even cope anymore with the choice at Tescos and Waitrose.  I take the car out of gear when driving down hill.  I save coupons, I buy bulk discount.

But I dream of beaches, I fantastise about laying by the pool with a best seller in hand, listening to the happy noises of my children playing in the pool.  When I close my eyes I can feel the sun kissing my face.

For all my new thrifty ways, holidays are something I just don’t seem to be able to live without.

I surf the net in the evening looking for a bargain holiday that I can book without telling the husband.  He asks what I am doing, and I cough, and say ‘working darling’ and he buries himself back in the sports section of BBC news.

I have tried alternatives.  I have tried to camp, but for me, it is simply not relaxing or meets my description of a vacation.  I have had some glorious weekends holidaying in the UK, but still, it doesn’t touch the enjoyment we share as a family when we holiday abroad.

So can I be thrifty and still journey abroad?

This is how I justify it to myself…

We always book late deals or well in advance to ensure we get the best price.

We save for our trip abroad all year round, but we have to make sure we save a certain amount first before contemplating booking a trip.

We go all inclusive and spend next to nothing when we are on holiday.

Plus – the kids love it – and I am trying to be thrifty to give them a better start, so that makes it ok…


We have all heard of payday loans, and certainly as someone who has struggled with finances in the past, they have been an idea I have entertained.  Yet I have worried about the repayments and some of the press and had concerns.

Hence why I wanted to explore more into the topic and see – are Payday loans, a good or a bad thing?#


How they work

The Vivus website explains the concept well,  payday loans are all about helping someone manage a short term financial need.  The loan provider will lend you a small amount of money which needs to be repaid when you get paid.

It is a high cost short term credit agreement, which Vivus is keen to highlight, it shouldn’t be used for long term borrowing over a long period.

Difference between a short and long term loan


Payday loans are very different to long term loans that we take out on our house or car.  It is only sutiable for a short term.  In stories where people have used them successfully it has been because they have had outstanding bills which should payment not be met the fees would be higher than interest on the loan.


You should always know that you have the funds coming in order to meet the terms of the loan.

The bad press seems to originate from third party lenders and in situations where people have taken desperate action knowing that they would struggle to make the actual repayment.

You need to make your own decision and read the terms carefully, again Vivus do a great guide so you can go into the agreement with your eyes wide open.

Have you ever taken a payday loan?  How was the experience for you?


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