Freeing up more money for the things that matter most

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As many people have observed throughout history, it’s really difficult to imagine ever having “too much money.”

No matter what your particular situation is in life, whether you’re single, or have a family who depends on you, it’s inevitable that you will find yourself feeling – at least sometimes – that it would really be great if you’d have a bit more income, and a few less expenses.

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Twenty years at Bluewater

This week I was sent a press release from the team behind Bluewater, sharing the details of their twenty year celebrations. Because when you start a blog that’s the random kind of stuff which comes into your inbox.

It did get me thinking though, twenty years. Where did that go?

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Twenty Nineteen Good vibes only

As I sit, writing this with a Terry’s chocolate orange beside me (well, more specifically, two segments and the stalk which has to be saved till last #fact), it’s pretty clear where I stand on New Year Diets. more “Twenty Nineteen Good vibes only”

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Happy Christmas: Over and Out

Christmas Eve is finally upon us. As always the grown ups in our house are probably more excited than the kids; but that’s what happens when two children who throw up with excitement on Christmas Eve grow up, meet and get married. more “Happy Christmas: Over and Out”

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How to instill healthy financial habits in kids early

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Parents want the best for their kids, so it’s only natural to want children to be financially healthy. Since eight of every 10 Americans are in debt, the fear that kids will struggle with future bills grips many parents. But most are in the dark as to how — and when — they should start talking to their kids about money. more “How to instill healthy financial habits in kids early”

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Don’t Forget Those who Live Abroad this Christmas

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Do you ever think that Christmas traditions are dying out because we’re all too busy? I read recently that four-in-ten of us won’t watch the Queen’s speech this year, while a staggering 16% will have a takeaway instead of a Christmas roast! more “Don’t Forget Those who Live Abroad this Christmas”

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Small steps towards a more sustainable Christmas

I’m sure that each year as the piles of stuff in our house seem to grow higher and higher, Christmas just feels more and more excessive to some of us fortunate to be living in the right place at the right time. Growing up, my parents were far from rolling in it, yet they always went all out (and in fact, they still do) to make sure every Christmas morning had the wow factor for all of the children at this magical time of year. more “Small steps towards a more sustainable Christmas”

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Could you cope as a one car family?

There was a time when the thought of having one car between Dad Muddling Through and I just would have sent me running driving for the hills. In the days when we both worked, and lived a pretty active social life that covered a 50 mile distance across Kent.

However, at some point in time, whilst we were both still working, we made the decision to join forces and share a car. more “Could you cope as a one car family?”

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The most annoying habits in the Muddling Through household

As a family of four who are probably far too often all based at home, it’s fair to say sometimes we can all get on each others nerves a bit. I’m not wanting this to be a man bashing post, or a ‘I hate my family’ rant, but can I just exorcise some of the things that drive us all up the wall?

Great – I know you love a moan as much as me really. more “The most annoying habits in the Muddling Through household”

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GUEST POST: How to Be A Savvy Spender in Your Twenties

When I think back to my financial situation in my twenties, the phrase ‘if I only I knew then, what I know now’ sums things up. That first taste of freedom, an income and no real ties left my healthy financial situation, in inexperienced hands, a little unhealthy as I approached my thirties. In fact, I spent most of my twenties repairing the damage of a couple of years of big spending, wrong financial decisions (particularly when it came to cars and car loans!) and fast living. Of course, if I had my time again, perhaps I wouldn’t change a thing, but this guest post certainly sums up the financial things I should have done better, perfectly.  more “GUEST POST: How to Be A Savvy Spender in Your Twenties”

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