Beg or Borrow but Don't Steal, Footnote Frivolity***, Guest Post, Money Matters

GUEST POST: Signs your partner/friend is budget fail

We all know one. They turn up to the pub/restaurant/show knowing they can’t afford it, fumble around counting their coins in front of you, muttering about how they will cover the drink they just ordered by doing without vegetables until their next pay comes in. They complain about always being sick because they can’t afford to buy actual food, while punching a text on their latest model iPhone to the friend they’ve been out getting trashed with all week about the new pair of fashion stockings they just bought ‘on sale’!

I realise I must sound bitter and this post is something of a rant, yet I seem to find myself with this type of ‘budget-fail’ friend again and again. I’m fairly certain I once supported an ex’s lifestyle to the tune of $10,000 (his savings) while I watched my nest egg evaporate. Either I ooze ‘I’m a Sucker’ or I’m afflicted with a combination of minimal immunity to manipulation and an over-active ‘taking responsibility’ gland. I figure the least I can do is share my experiences so that others can see the red flags and run Continue reading

Clever Cooks, Footnote Frivolity***, Guest Post

GUEST POST: On thriftiness and pizza

Everyone loves pizza, right? And with good reason – it’s delicious and it’s fairly cheap as far as takeaway options go. As a poor, starving Masters student, I probably love pizza more than most people my age. It’s kind of obligatory for uni students, you know? Anyway, what seems like a cheap meal can add up quickly, especially if you’re ordering pizza once a week. (I once had a more or less unemployed housemate who ate takeaway pizza five nights a week. I STILL have no idea how he paid for it…)

Making pizza from scratch may seem too much like hard work – not to mention giving the impression of being time consuming – but it’s surprisingly easy, and pizza dough freezes really well. Which means that you can make one batch, use part of it, and freeze the rest for the following weeks! Continue reading

Cheap Dates, Guest Post

GUEST POST: ‘Not so perky?’ Part one of my search for single perks

For the better part of a year I have been enjoying life as a swinging single, meeting loads of new people, and loving my life. Unfortunately my bank balance doesn’t feel the same.

Turns out, being single is EXPENSIVE.

I’m not just talking about the old adage that two can live almost as cheaply as one; I’m talking about the cost of socialising as a single (unless you spend your nights curled up on the couch with your cats eating tubs of sadsack from the freezer). There are costs before you even set foot outside the door. Then there is the expense of the dates themselves, and finally the price of getting home afterwards.

So how do we do swinging single and keep the house as well? Firstly, let’s look at grooming and meeting people Continue reading