How to deal with fights about money

By Mr Chaos on June 26, 2021 in Family, Finance

Mrs C reminded me today that my annual appraisal is next week. I’d rather refer to it as our wedding anniversary. But either way, we’re coming up on 17 years. A thriving marriage is difficult to maintain. Which is why we should spend more time celebrating our anniversaries than our birthdays. There are many things that can lead to disagreements in marriage. But the most likely cause of stress in your relationship? Fights about money.

Keep it simple ….

By Mr Chaos on May 5, 2021 in Family, Finance, Living Abroad

As a family of 6, we’ve learnt the importance of keeping things simple. That’s not to say we’re always successful, but we try to apply it to all areas of our lives, particularly personal finance. ‘Keep it simple’ was what came to mind when I spoke recently with some friends looking for financial advice. Let’s call them Peter and Susan* (I’ve just finished reading the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to our kids).

Why didn’t I discover financial independence earlier in life?

By Mr Chaos on April 28, 2021 in Finance

A common lament I hear from fellow cult advocates of the financial independence (FI) movement is that they didn’t discover financial independence until later in life. I can relate, having come across it in my 40s.

We tell ourselves that if we’d come across these principles 20 years ago, we’d be financially independent and pursuing our passions like writing a family blog having the time to be better parents.

Why should I learn about personal finance?

By Mr Chaos on April 23, 2021 in Finance

Hands up who wants to learn about personal finance? Kinda pointless question as I’m sure you’re ALL putting your hands up. And by all, I meant our three readers. If we count both our mothers.

In all seriousness, surveys like THIS one, show that at least half of us struggle explaining concepts like interest and pensions. And this is hardly surprising given the lack of education we get on these topics at school.