This post may contain affiliate links. This means that sometimes if you click through to a website and register or purchase something, I may get a commission from that sale at no extra cost to you. Click here to learn more — It’s November! Not only does that mean that Christmas is around the corner, but it is also the month of my birthday – oh, and my husband’s too. His lands on the 6th of November and mine falls less than a week later on the 12th – which makes for a lot of celebrating in less than a week.… View Post

Today is Equal Pay Day – but don’t get too excited, it’s nothing to celebrate. Thanks to the gender pay gap, women still earn almost a fifth – 17.3 per cent to be precise – less than men. In other words, from today (November 14), up until the end of the year, us women are effectively working for free when compared like-for-like to men’s salaries. It’s enough to make my blood boil to be honest – and who can blame me? My time is just as valuable as a man’s. And guess what? So’s yours.   ISN’T ILLEGAL TO PAY… View Post

  Every year, I hang up the same advent calendar that my best friend Jamie made me in high school more than 20 years ago. It’s moved with me many times over the years; from where I grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada to a couple of apartments during university. Eventually, it made its way all the way to England where it hung in several flats around Brighton. Now, my daughter finds chocolate coins in the pockets each day in December at our home in West Sussex. But not everyone looks forward to Christmas. The truth… View Post

I like to think that when it comes to teaching my daughter safety and good manners, I’ve got it under control. Yet when it comes to educating our kids about money, few parents know where to start – myself included. But we parents are the biggest influence on our children’s financial habits – so it’s crucial that teach them that money plays a variety of roles in life, whether it’s spending today or saving for tomorrow. OUR SYSTEM With this is mind, we set up a pocket money and jam jar system for saving with our six-year-old daughter, Audrey. As… View Post

  Has there ever been a time in your life when you thought you could use the advice of a solicitor, but were put off due to the expensive legal fees? Perhaps you had a dispute with a neighbour or you felt that you were being discriminated at work? If you are anything like me, you probably did the mental maths to try to work out if the high cost of professional advice was worth it. To make matters worse, few of us actually know what getting help from a lawyer actually costs. I’ll give you a hint: it’s a… View Post

  On the school run this week, I noticed a mobile fishmonger outside the house of one of my daughter’s classmates and made a mental note to check out the service for myself. But later that evening I get a message from a local friend which said that there had been a couple of men in white butcher coats going door to door trying to sell “fresh fish” in an unrefrigerated van. But it turns out, they didn’t have price lists. In fact, they didn’t have any fish either. Yikes. After a little digging online, I discovered that, according to… View Post