Category Spending & frugality

These ain’t yo mama’s frugality tips…

I don’t know about you, but I don’t get excited about small scale frugality tips. You know, things like: cut out the daily latte, bring your lunch to work in a Tupperware container and buy value toilet tissue.  It all seems a bit, well, unglamorous. I can see both sides of the argument.  Cutting out […]

All the smartphone you’ll ever need…for £7.50 a month

Today I’m going to tell you how to buy and operate a phone in the UK. Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe in respecting individual choice and the wisdom of crowds etc etc. But it has been brought to the attention of The Escape Artist that most people are doing it wrong when it […]

Turns out it IS possible to go one month without alcohol

Well that was easier than I thought. Just over a month ago, I wrote here about how I was gonna try not to drink alcohol during February. Its been a fascinating experience. When I first started, it honestly felt like this could be one of the harder challenges that I’ve set myself. And that’s not […]

Top Cars for smart people

The Escape Artist recommends cycling or walking wherever possible. The main reason is not to save money (although the savings are huge over time). Its the extra life force, happiness and vitality that you get. Oh and great legs as well. But you may want a car for longer journeys. Just remember that cars are Money Incineration […]

Is renewable energy now cheaper for you?

I mostly stick to personal finance around here…but occasionally we catch a glimpse of The Escape Artist’s secret environmental mission. So today we are talking about renewable energy in general…and electricity in particular. In the future, electricity will be cheaper.  And, as long as we don’t spend the money saved buying more crap, this will […]

There is always some clown with a bigger boat

Behold the good ship Saint Nicolas, floating gin palace and testament to mankind’s engineering capability. I recently saw this boat up close, moored in the marina near where we were staying on holiday in Sardinia. I’m not sure whether my amateur photography skills adequately convey the sheer scale of the boat. But take it from […]

Save money on car insurance…with The Aggregation of Marginal Gains

Apologies in advance if today’s post contains a large element of stating the obvious. But I’ve come to realise that the bleedin’ obvious needs to be spelt out. Repeatedly. Part of the problem is that almost everyone thinks they’re normal and sensible when it comes to money. I wouldn’t be surprised if Boris Becker thinks […]

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