4 Tips for Downsizing Your House and Your Life


I'm getting ready to move across the country. We're going to start out in an apartment that is 250 square feet smaller than our current home. However, we will also be without the under-house crawl space we've had for storage. So this new state of affairs has been interesting as we get ready to downsize. However, it's not just the house we're hoping to downsize in this move. We've also got a few life issues we'd like to downsize as well. There's a lot of clutter in our lives and in our home, and we're hoping to get rid of…

Is Payday Loan Negativity a Storm in a Teacup?


There's little the press hate more than payday lenders. While politicians get plenty of heat, there are few UK industries which are subject to as much newspaper venom as short term lenders. Rain or shine, when something’s awry in the short term the media came down on companies like Wonga and their ilk like a proverbial tonne of bricks, once again giving the UK's best-known short term loan providers the usual, demonising treatment. A storm in a teacup? While mistakes and missteps have certainly been made by the short term lenders, is this treatment a storm in a teacup? The…

Banks fake legal letters are ‘worse than the payday lenders’


The press is a curious beast. Just a couple of weeks ago there was furore across the board when details of a payday lender’s use of spurious legal letters was released. For this historic debt collection activity, employed from 2008-2010, there was widespread condemnation in print and broadcast media. The company involved has since issued a public apology for this practice and is in the process of compensating its customers to the tune of £2.6 million. Given the comparative lack of coverage it has received, you might be surprised to learn that many of the UK’s biggest banks have been…

Why You Should Consider Adopting Minimalist Principles


In the last few years, there has been a lot of interested in the idea of minimalism. The idea that you can do with less in your life is a powerful one. How many of sometimes wish that our homes and our lives were a little less cluttered? The good news is that you don't have to reduce your belongings to 100 of your favorite things, and you don't have to move into a tiny house to adopt a few minimalist principles. Adding a few minimalist principles to your life can have the following benefits: Help the Environment By definition, living…

What Duck Dynasty Can Teach You About Finances


Oh, I love those goofy rednecks. If you're unfamiliar with the show, you've obviously been missing out. It follows the Robertsons, a tight-knit stereotypical southern family from Louisiana, who are in the business of building duck calls. The business is ran by Willie, who employs two of his brothers (Jase and Jep) and his goofy uncle Si, who is clearly being fed hilarious one-liners by the producers. The business was started by the boys' father, Phil, who these days just hangs out in the woods shooting and fishing. Each episode, the boys get into some wacky adventure. Once they snuck onto…

What To Do with the Extra Produce from Your Garden


One of the best ways to enjoy fresh food is to grow a garden. There's plenty of fresh food to enjoy during the summer, and it doesn't cost very much when you grow it yourself. But what happens when you have extra produce? You don't want it to just rot. The good news is that you do have some options for making use of it. Here are some ideas for using the extra produce in your garden: Give It Away You don't have to just try to get rid of squash; you can give away other produce as well. Your…