Pinch, punch, first of the month!
Wow – where did January go? Everyone was complaining that there seemed to be thousands of days in January but for me it went so quickly….and as for Christmas and New Year – they passed in such a whirlwind that sometimes I wonder if they really happened already… or are just around the corner? Oh dear!
Well, it’s over. Christmas and New year came and went in a food and booze filled blur.
Time was taken to relax with the family and achieve nothing in particular.
Now comes a 3-month sprint up to the tax year end on April 5th, and our non-negotiable annual family all inclusive holiday blow out at Easter.
Reading other bloggers monthly updates it seems like everyone’s had a busy November, and it has been no different in the FU household.
The kids have settled into school, and Mrs Fu and I are back in the routine of being a taxi service for all the kid’s activities and social lives. Continue reading
Today we have our first Guest post on this blog.
Our special (in our eyes) guest blog post is by none other than our first born, little FU#1.
It actually feels quite strange to read his thoughts on paper as a third person, and also makes me feel quite emotional as he has grown up into a young adult with his own life ahead of him.
So without further ado, introducing FU#1. Continue reading
I haven’t updated for a couple of months as there has been quite a lot going on in the FU household.
September is always a busy time with the little Fu’s going back to school after the summer holidays and everyone getting back into new routines and activities. Continue reading
There seems to be lots of FI blogs out there now from all over the world, especially the USA.
When I initially found FI I couldn’t read enough about it, and subscribed to virtually every blog I came across. Continue reading
Do you get basic rate tax relief (20%) or higher rate tax relief (40%) on your pension contributions?
In this post I’ll explain how to blow those figures out of the water and get 150%+ uplift on your pension contributions! Continue reading
Mr Fu and I have just listened tonight, open-mouthed, to a programme on Radio 4 called Retiring Retirement, which outlined the future for retirement – or rather, the lack of it. With the official retirement age abolished and life expectancy going up, the crux of the broadcast was that people should expect to work until their 70s, even 80s, and how to prepare for that.
Since my June update I have failed miserably in getting any posts or updates out. This is down to a number of factors.
I think I had my first writer’s block, as many of the topics I was thinking about writing a post on appeared in my inbox as new posts by other bloggers, as if they were reading my mind…! or the topic had already been covered before in a far better way than I thought I could express it, anyway. Continue reading
Yesterday was the first full day of the school holidays for us. Little FUs #5 and #6 are home educated but the other Little FUs broke up from school on Friday.
I dread the start of the holidays.
There’s always a hellish few days while they all get used to each other’s company again. That might sound weird as they spend weekends and evenings together anyway but it seems they can tolerate their siblings (and their respective annoying habits) for up to a couple of days but anything more and the house descends into squabbles and chaos. Every single school holidays to date I’ve lamented not purchasing a pair of ear plugs just to get me through those first days. When it’s all calmed down we can enjoy a reasonably harmonious time together but it’s often a really wobbly start.
Little FU#4 and a new friend
One thing I refuse to do to remedy that initial fractious few days is cram our time with an endless amount of expensive activities and days out. I suspect many parents who throw themselves into such a situation do so after a couple of days of hell at the beginning of the holidays (or maybe, having experienced the hell of the holidays beginning before, they feel compelled to keep their little darlings occupied from day one). By spending.