Under the weather but extra money in the coffer this week

IT’S no fun being sick, but boy have I saved money this week. I was struck down with some sort of chest infection due to my workplace’s love affair with air conditioning and have for the last few days been housebound supping on cough medicine and nursing a fuzzy head. However, it’s been a great week...

Kidnap the spender within you

HOW many times have you tried to save money? If you’re anything like me the answer is probably tens of times and always with the best of intentions. But it’s difficult – isn’t it? So what exactly is the problem? Why is it when trying to save money, it seems to melt away in our hot-to-spend little...

Money’s too tight to mention, but does that mean taking any old job?

LATEST estimates suggest unemployment in Spain will continue to climb – with the number of people out of work expected to reach the critical five-million mark. Meanwhile, Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot at a lavish ceremony attended by family, friends, ex-lovers and celebrities on...

Holidaymakers – the last of the big spenders!

I HAVE just waved goodbye to two good friends who came to visit me in Spain for five days. It’s always brilliant to have visitors over, but one thing it’s not – is cheap. A normal week may involve eating out once or twice, but when guests are over it’s breakfast, lunch and dinner pretty much...

Bag a bargain but don’t get snowed in

NOWADAYS it’s not necessary need to wait until after Christmas or the summer season to pick up a good deal. Thanks to the internet – a good bargain can now be found online, 365 days a year. But with deals galore literally at our fingertips via the net, many people may find themselves caught up in a...

Top up on savings in the sun

THE outlook for the Spanish job market is gloomy, but one thing we can be thankful for, is the fact we live in sunny Spain and its heart-warming rays don’t cost a cent to enjoy. The sun is at last peeping its head out from the last of winter’s clouds, so it’s high time to see how we can put the good...

It looks like we’re going to get soaking wet

SO much for saving for a rainy day! A new survey from Britain has revealed that there is a thunderstorm on the way and that many don’t even have enough savings stashed away to buy an umbrella. A fifth of Britons admit to having no savings whatsoever while only just over a third of adults say they have...

Resolutions to cash in with good New Year habits

Financial New Year resolutions can be rather like a wardrobe clear out, after sifting through three decades of clothing just to find a sock or a scarf – with the tidy up always starting with the best intentions. The mission usually starts with the precision of a military operation. There will only be...

Shopping around to save festive cash and stress

THE Christmas streetlights are bright reminders of the jolly season and celebrations that lie ahead. They add festive cheer to cold winter evenings and encourage Christmas shoppers of all ages to go for it until they drop. But this year there is something different about the Christmas lights. Due to...

When spending money does not add up to commonsense

WHERE exactly does all the money go? Quickly….slowly….but always very surely it disappears, leaving us wondering what remains to show for it! It’s as though there is a leak in our savings and the money is just draining away. A quick glance at bank accounts might reveal everything to be in order, but...

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