IS MATCHED BETTING GOING TO KILL THE CASINOS?

This year I set out on a mission to claim £20,000 from the bookies using a system known as Matched Betting. In the FIRE (financial independence – retire early) community, matched betting is king. We abuse the offers casinos and online bookies offer us in return for cash. However, the bookies are starting to play catch-up. Blocking (aka. gubbing) those who they believe to be abusing the system so – is matched betting going to kill the casinos? Of course, it’s not just those playing the matched betting game who are giving the casinos a run for their money; The… View Post

HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR EMERGENCY FUND AMOUNT

  Last week Helen received an unexpected text from her sister it started with “Can I borrow £150…”. My head flung up from my desk as she started reading it out. The family car had gone in for repair again and they had no money to pay for it. This is a couple of 30 somethings with one child and steady jobs. Yet they were asking people almost a decade younger than them for help. That’s because they don’t have an emergency fund. Whilst the definition of an emergency fund is pretty self-explanatory (see the problem above) the amount you should… View Post

HOW TO TO AVOID FINANCIAL CONFLICT IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP

When I started this blog I never imaged I’d be writing about relationships. Yet here we are… That’s because one in five of us say that money is the most argued topic in our relationship. Whether you’ve just started dating someone new, been given a promotion that’s left the other green with envy or, have an out of control other half I plan to show you how to avoid financial conflict in your relationship. Attitude I’d be highly surprised if you managed to find a partner who had the exact same financial plans as yours. Whilst it does happen, opposites… View Post

YUSHOI REVIEW: LOW CALORIE, HIGH PROTEIN RICE STICKS

  If you’ve been following my fitness journey you’ll know that I’m are on a mission to complete Couch25k whilst eating healthily on the Lean in 15 plan by Joe Wicks. This all came about from something Mr1500 days said; “What’s the point of having financial freedom if you’re not healthy enough to enjoy it”* Since I started this plan things have been going great, I’ve noticed a significant increase in my energy levels and a significant decrease in my stomach size – win! Based on the theory of the Lean in 15 plan I’ve been on a mission to find products… View Post

WHY WE DON’T HAVE A TV LICENCE

  When people walk into our living room they’re always shocked. “Where’s your TV?” they gasp. “We don’t have a TV licence” is often one of our first responses. The pure shock horror on some people’s face (our parents included) is amazing. But seriously, how often do you find yourself saying “there’s nothing on” or “TV is poor tonight”… We found that if we had a TV in the living room connected to digital broadcasting then we’d sit and watch crap (for lack of a better word) without doing something productive and / or life enhancing. Then before you know… View Post

MR MONEY MUSTACHE RUINED MY LIFE

  This story starts way before I first found Mr Money Mustache’s (MMM) website. In fact it begins in the Summer of 2012, when I became an intern at IBM. I was the first person in history of my University department to get a placement (a year taken off from studying to work for a company) I remember going for that interview and my placement advisor saying to me “Don’t get your hopes up”. Reassuring! Luckily, I wasn’t the kind of person to be put off by negativity and weeks later I found out I’d been successful in getting the… View Post