Ever heard of Property Crowdfunding? Maybe UOWN is what you need…
Dec17

Ever heard of Property Crowdfunding? Maybe UOWN is what you need…

Everyone knows that investment in property is ‘as safe as houses’. But of course getting on the property ladder these days is a total pipe dream; my 20yr old earns a decent salary, but accepts without question that house-owning is a far-off dream for his 30’s or 40’s. It’s simply not for him in the next decade at least. So I was genuinely interested when UOWN got in touch to explain their system; which is...

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6 Ways to Help Your Independent Teenager be Frugal
Jun25

6 Ways to Help Your Independent Teenager be Frugal

Saving money can be tough no matter what age you are. But when you’re young and all you want to do is get out and gather as many experiences as possible, it’s particularly difficult to say “no” to the things you can’t afford. Whether your teen is away at Uni, or out in the big wide world with a pay cheque every month, their focus is of course on regular nights out with their mates or racking up their gig...

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Facing The Possibility Of Death – Grown Up Life Is Hard.
Feb25

Facing The Possibility Of Death – Grown Up Life Is Hard.

Why don’t we see ourselves as adults? I don’t know about you, but when I realise I’m doing something considered ‘grown up’ I do look around, feeling a fraud, wondering when the grown ups will show up to come handle it for me… And yet. Here I am. A 40-something mother to four, running a business, paying the bills, clearing a mortgage… It appears Grown Up-ness was sneaking up on me while I was busy...

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6 small ways to save money on your weekly shop
Sep27

6 small ways to save money on your weekly shop

If you’re scanning your receipts with raised eyebrows and wondering where your week’s worth of cash has gone, you’re not alone. Lots of us are confused as to how we spend so much on our weekly shop, only to have all the good food vanish fast and still require a top-up mid-week. I’ve come up with a few pointers that have steered me well recently. Don’t be a slave to brands While we’ve all got our favourites, we don’t have to cave in to...

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This is scary – 18yr olds and that credit trap…
Sep26

This is scary – 18yr olds and that credit trap…

This year I became the scared-but-proud owner of an 18yr old (I know. Frankly I *am* too young, thanks for noticing). Aside from the general astonishment that I grew this huge man-thing that looms around the house and inhales the contents of my cupboards at regular intervals in the middle of the night, this age change has brought about a not-unexpected-by-us-but-apparently-a-total-shock-to-him alteration in life view. Because,...

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Why You Should Forget Everything You Learned About Child Saving
Apr05

Why You Should Forget Everything You Learned About Child Saving

I’ll never forget the day I turned 18, and was finally able to access the savings plan my parents had been paying into since I was born. Eighteen years of saving! It was going to be brilliant – I was about to get married (yes, really – five days later. And yes, we’re still married. So yah boo sucks to that thought you were just thinking) and had just bought a house (well, my older-and-actually-earning...

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