Beyonce’s new business idea was right in front of her – maybe yours is to!

DID you know that about 27per cent of high net-worth individuals around the world are now female? And according to the World Wealth Report, the percentage of wealthy women in the United States alone, is even higher – at about 37 per cent – so overall us girls are definitely headed in the right...

Buy, reuse, recycle – get your wardrobe in financial order!

THE last few months have been frugal times in my household as we are investing every spare cent in reforming a house. While previously I was prone to a small spending spree on clothes come pay day, these days I have had to skip the monthly trip to the shops and control all my urges to buy a new top, bag or...

Is chatting about money still a social taboo?

US girls talk about friends, family, relationships, politics and travel, as well as our likes and dislikes, but when it comes to money it appears we’re a bit more tight-lipped. Would you tell a friend what you earn? Or how much debt you have? According to a new study, money is a taboo subject for many...

Sick of traditional lenders? It’s time for some feel-good finance

DID you know that banks charges in Spain are the highest in Europe? It always baffled me how I can extract money from any bank cash machine in Dublin without paying a commission, but here in Spain, if I want to withdraw money, I have to go to one of my bank’s machines or else I’ll be charged a small...

What hope is there for us?

THE golden rule of parenting is to set an example. If you don’t want your kids to smoke, then don’t puff away in front of them. The same goes for finance. How your peers deal with money often has a direct effect on how you handle money. It appears the “parents” of Spanish society however – our...

Money worries cause women to put babies on hold

THERE are some things that you just can’t put a price on. Love, for example, or quality time spent with family and friends, or how just funny it is sometimes when somebody trips and falls on the street! For women dying to start a family, becoming pregnant would have been one of those priceless moments,...

First-time buyers get crafty to bag a new home

There comes a certain time when most people get fed up of renting and consider buying a house. Thanks to the global crisis however, getting a leg up onto the property ladder is no easy feat. Andperhaps it’s no harm either, considering that 100% mortgages were always a bad idea. But without the financial...

Don’t spend your life waiting for a glass slipper. Buy your own!

IT appears no matter how far women have come in terms of earning as good a wage as men, come the end of the month, many find themselves way over budget and ultimately re-thinking that last splurge at the shopping centre. A new study reveals that women seem to take money far less seriously than men. The...

Don’t let hunger be a drain on your finances

There are a few ground rules when it comes to food and finance. A hungry stomach can often drive us to make stupid financial decisions, but if we’re smart about our choices it’s possible to eat well and not spend a fortune. The trick is to know the tricks. I have a friend who plans every meal of every...

Keep spending down on your holiday and your return will be some very happy memories

The holiday season for many expats living in Spain is a time to go home and see the family. But moving north out of Spain can play havoc on your finances as everything gets more expensive. A glass of wine can jump from a mere €2 to a whooping €5, while if you’re a smoker, you might as well give up at...

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