An insane waste of dough

HAVE you ever wondered where your money goes?  Well for some girls in the US, part of their savings has gone on helping to raise money for a woman to marry a cardboard cutout of Twilight movie star Robert Pattinson. The lucky bride-to-be of a cardboard Pattinson raised over $1000 (€756) from the public. ...

Hard work trying to buy local in a Chinese dominated world

IN our house over the last month we have set ourselves a challenge to try and buy Spanish, or European, if possible.  Boy has it been hard. First off we needed to buy a fan heater for the bathroom.  Every model in our price range came from China.  And in the end we couldn’t stand shivering in the shower...

The ghastly price of being a guest makes a wedding just too costly

  WHEN it comes to a wedding I really want to say ‘I do’ but sometimes I just can’t. I mean I want to get dressed up in a beautiful dress.  I want to walk up the aisle and take my place. I want to enjoy the party with all my friends, but the thing is – with finances as they are at the moment...

Keep that smile with savvy plan

OK, so many may have a smile on their faces because it’s the start of the month and their salary has arrived. But those grins could quickly disappear once the realisation sets in that it’s December and that means Christmas, presents and a whole load of unexpected expenses. So how to make December...

Save the planet and then save those expensive material items

WHEN disaster strikes suddenly people are worried about the world around them and their own possessions. A perfect recent example is Hurricane Sandy and the amount of concern people are showing over the devastation left in its wake. Some people lost their homes, cars, belongings or liveli-hoods. Compassion...

A healthy investment to protect against summer

When it comes to spending money, it’s funny how we chose to splash the cash. On many occasions we’ll easily fork out for a nice meal, hand over our credit card for a new summer top, or rush to the bar to pay for the next round of drinks for friends. But when it comes to other types of purchases, we...

Big fat lies costing women a fortune

The ‘does my bum look big in this?’ question is costing British women 2 billion pounds a year. When women and men shop together and women ask their other half whether an ítem of clothing suits, seven out of ten men will say it does, despite the women looking hideous in the garment, a new study has...

Stop the whinging and get on with it

SOMETIMES work-life can take its toll. Jobs can be stressful, boring or monotonous and it’s easy to start complaining and grump and groan our way around the office. But a recent newspaper article made me think that with Spain in such a deep crisis, maybe some employed people should be more grateful for...

Plan ahead and leave a good taste in your mouth

If you plan to save a part of your salary each month, the chances are higher that you’ll actually tuck something away in a savings account. If you plan to set aside €50 a month towards a summer holiday, then you will more than likely find yourself soaking up some rays on a beach or mountaintop...

Bilingual expats are healthier and wealthier

BEING able to speak two languages can help keep your health in tip-top condition, according to research from sociologists at an American university. So, with many of us ladies being expat residents in Spain, are we physically benefiting? The study reveals...

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