Category Spending & frugality

Respect your enemy : Advertising

I was recently in London meeting a friend in Soho just around the corner from the Groucho Club. As I walked through Soho, I was struck by the achingly hip bars,  boutiques and offices full of bright young things in the film, music and advertising industries.  Obviously I blended right in. 😉 The Escape Artist has […]

Why cutting spending won’t harm your love life

You needn’t worry that pursuing Financial Independence and cutting your spending will stop you attracting the opposite sex. Here’s why: I’ve heard lots of different objections to pursuing financial freedom. Most of these objections are regularly discussed in other FI blogs. But one that I’ve not seen covered in any depth is the fear that as […]

Eliminate food waste with the CFO’s guide to fridge management

The Escape Artist is an environmentalist. I want us all to live in harmony with the birds, the flowers and the little kittens. At the same time, The Escape Artist believes in capitalism and getting rich. And I don’t see these 2 values as being in conflict. If the human race can reduce waste and its environmental […]

Cherrypicking from the modern world

Many people seem to operate on the assumption that the modern world comes as a bundled package…so we either have to buy everything that everyone else does…or nothing. Not true. The Escape Artist suggests you just take the good bits and leave the rest. This is key to getting your saving rate up above 50%. […]

Phew, What a scorcher! The £90 swimming pool

Summer is here! Its over 25C, the sun is shining and this year The Escape Artist will not be spending the summer stuck in an office. It’s even hot enough to use our new swimming pool.  I want to tell you about this, but not to brag.  Instead I want to give an example of how everything we think we […]

Ridiculous Spending? What Ridiculous Spending?

The Escape Artist often talks about ridiculous spending as one reason why many people aren’t as rich as they should be. This prompted one commenter on the blog recently to say that here in Britain they saw little evidence of ridiculous spending around them. Now this might be true for them. If you are a hill […]

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The Escape Artist recommends…

Yeah Mr TEA, we’re loving the fancy psychology…but what about some meat and potatoes?…how about some actionable consumer advice for UK FI-seekers.  Where can we get stuff for less? OK, so this week we are introducing the new TEA Recommends page. This is where I put up in one place where I buy my stuff from. The basic […]

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