If you’re on a low income it is actually easier to double your standard of living than if you’re on a higher income. First you need to do a little bookkeeping and identify your sources of income and what you spend it on. (more…)
Many people don’t understand compound interest and some people don’t even understand percentages. Compound interest isn’t too difficult, it simply means you get interest on the interest in the second year and subsequent years. (more…)
We all have expectations, but things don’t always go to plan. We can lose our jobs, have investments fail, have disasters on holiday or have a unexpected expense that leads to spiralling debt. Can we and should we prepare for the worst? Have you put some money away for a rainy day or is it raining already?
Our standard of living is usually determined by how much stuff we can buy. Many of the things are essentials like water, food, a place to live and clothing. I suppose many people would regard other things like telecommunication and transport as essential too. It’s the things that we buy with the money left over after we’re bought the essentials, that we seem to enjoy the most.
I read earlier that the average household in the UK saves around 10% of their income and this compared to Germany where they manage to save twice as much. In China they save an amazing 47% of their income but have no welfare state like us. How can you save when money is constantly devalued by the government? (more…)