Road Trippin’ – Part 1 – South East Utah.

Road Trippin' - South East Utah For this series of posts we thought we would cover our favorite, dare we say life-changing road trips that we enjoyed during our 13 year USA tenure. An underlying theme from a lot of our American colleagues and friends was that they had never ventured out of the particular state they lived in, we thought this was madness and after taking the time to see the vast...
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London daytrip and budget

London  Our first excursion while spending time in the UK was to London this past weekend. The visit coincided with the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle so it was pretty much impossible to book a hotel without blowing up our entire budget for the month so we decided to turn it into a day trip instead. Luckily the Virgin train from Liverpool Lime Street to London Euston really...
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Budget expenses…..Mayday Mayday!!

Mayday Mayday!!  The expenses have been truly tested this past 4 weeks, within this period we had the UK Mayday Bank Holiday which consisted of a 3 day event where we met up with various family members since that is what we are spending time here for after our years living in the USA. Additionally it appears a certain DN Jr has developed a taste for pitchers of Long Island Ice Tea from...
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Dividend portfolio trades update for May – Part 2

It's been an interesting second day of trading, we generally don't like to mess with the portfolio this much because per the analogy it is like handling a bar of soap. i.e. the more you mess with it the smaller it becomes. We didn't feel we had much of a choice though since British Telecom (BT) chose to freeze their dividend and our rule is that in the event of a freeze our position has to...
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Dividend portfolio trades update for May

We are very excited to announce our brief return to stock trading, in FIRE so far we have mainly been hoarding dividends in the hopes of buying in a meaningful pullback as interest rates have been rising, but this recent work has been a great reminder how much we love investing and how much we've missed it. We had been waiting for a good price opportunity to instigate a sell on our position in...
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Happiness is….giving up Social Media.

Being Social Media Free: Mr DN. It's been about 3 weeks since I gave up all forms of social media, in my case Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and to be honest it just feels very much a cathartic, freeing experience. Mrs DN continues to use her Instagram account but that has little to do with the blog or myself. So far so good too, on a personal level I feel like a much more happy person, like...
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