Category Spending & frugality

The difference between frugal and cheap

So there was quite a turn-out at the London FI meet up last Friday. I don’t know exactly how many people came (too many to count easily) but it was a lot. I talked to as many people as I could but still didn’t meet everyone…and I was there over 4 hours(!). The event was […]

To defeat your enemy, you must first know your enemy

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.  ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War […]

Get Rich with de-monetisation

When I was about 13, I started getting into pop music. From a financial perspective, this started off harmlessly enough listening to the weekly top 40, free on BBC Radio 1. But it didn’t stop there. I started to throw my money around.  I bought blank cassettes (ask your history teacher) and a radio cassette […]

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 […]

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