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Saving money can be tough. You might feel like there's no way to cut your expenses or increase your income. You decide instead to commit to tracking everything you spend. After a month or so of tracking your spending, you find that you can create a small gap between your expenses and income by forgoing some expenses that gave you little contentment anyway. You repeat this behavior the next month and the month after. Slowly but surely you've creat [...]

With Sunday and the week ahead of you, money may be weighing on your mind. Improving your personal finances may mean any number of things. How can I save more? How can I increase my income? How do I start? Here, we've put together a list of three small steps you can take now to improve your finances: 1) Ask yourself why: what is it about today that has made you stop and think, "I really need to do something about my money." Have you just received [...]

TV is Bad…Most of the Time TV is bad. We all know, deep down, it’s not good for us. It leads us to inactivity, away from creativity and the adverts make us feel like we want more. If you don’t believe me, watch this TED talk from 2:10. I’ve recently been sucked back in to watching television and allowing myself a brief period of lapsed ‘good habits’. Unexpectedly, it was a TV show that brought me back to LLB and reminded me why I write regularly. [...]

“Those who are more accomplished are those that habitualize most of their day.” ~ Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit. I came across the Good Life Project through a friend and now habitually watch 2 – 3 videos every week. Even though I enjoy my current job, work’s been pretty uninspiring lately. As a result, I’ve found myself gravitating towards more videos on the Good Life Project to give me a boost of inspiration. Coincidentally, that [...]

This will be my last post of 2013. It has been a year of huge personal growth for the team at LLB, and I would like to share some of the insights we have picked up during the journey. Life-Life Balance is now nearly one year old and has over 100 posts, which add up to over 60,000 words. That’s about the length of a novel. Now whilst I say that in part to boast, I also say it because we never set out to write that much. We just committed to the pr [...]

Kirstie Allsopp recently penned an article titled Getting on the property ladder has never been easy. In summary, she argues that “young first-time buyers (FTBs) are losing the concept that they need to make sacrifices to get on the property ladder”. There’s no doubt that I agree you can’t do every thing to your heart’s desire and at the same time save for a deposit on a property. A lot of her arguments fail to recognise issues faced by many youn [...]

I am a personal finance junkie. Back when I was 16 I googled “save money” and my affair with personal finance began. When I talk about money it sounds like I love money but it’s not quite that simple. I love the feeling I get when I find a great deal, I love getting a windfall that I can invest, I get a thrill from finding an interesting new investment – even if I don’t end up putting any money into it I feel better about my situation having exp [...]