Sunday 29th March 2020

Life & Home

Get ready for the Great Valentine’s Day Rip-off

It’s restaurateurs, not lovers, who should claim Saint Valentine as their patron saint. His titular day is an annual gift to them and the entire catering trade. Outside London, the reality is that most restaurants are short of customers for large parts of the year, a status quo punctuated by seasonal bursts of activity. Christmas,…


Why an extortionate night at the opera means we should bring in rent control

Lots of outrage was sparked this week when it was revealed that tickets to the highly-sought-after performance of La Forza Del Destino at the Royal Opera were selling for as much as £3,435 each on the ticket re-selling site, Viagogo. Tickets with a cover price of around £125. The demand for seats at London’s operatic…


The ultimate 2019 survival guide for students

If you haven’t thought about how to tackle 2019, now’s definitely the time to do it. Or before you know, it’ll be time for Christmas all over again! Whether it’s January or December, being a student is an exciting, but also challenging experience. So, it’s often handy to get some guidance. Here are our essential…


Introducing our writers

They are students, mothers, artists, job-seekers, office workers, political activists – everyday people facing everyday money challenges.  Meet Mouthy Money’s new writers – they tell stories about their financial lives, dreams, successes and failures. And their words won’t just twang your heartstrings or make you clutch your sides with laughter – though they’ll certainly do…


Saving the planet is bankrupting me

I’m sat in my Mickey Mouse pyjamas in a grump because for the fourth night in a row, I’m dragging a reusable cotton breast pad across my face. It’s been two months since I embarked on finding an alternative to disposable cotton make-up removing pads, and I’m on my fourth ‘reusable’ product in the hope…


“I’m making a killing buying and selling LEGO on eBay!”

I blame Gary Vaynerchuk for this latest money making venture. He’s one my favourite marketing vloggers on YouTube, sharing wisdom on everything from wine to self-awareness. His latest series of videos revolved around visits to local ‘yard sales’ near New York, where he would buy other people’s junk with the goal of flipping it for…


My experience of emotional spending

I write about money for a living, but this doesn’t make me perfect when it comes to management of money. Far from it! I am well known for sharing my stories of financial challenges but more importantly how I overcome them and learn for the future. I can offer guidance to others on all sorts…


Still renting? It’s okay to be okay with not owning a property!

I was asked recently, for about the millionth time, why I haven’t bought a place of my own yet. I’m 42 and my husband is knocking on the door of 50, so it’s a fair – if frustratingly repetitive – question. Unfortunately, there isn’t a straightforward answer to this seemingly iniquitous inquiry. In simple terms,…


Ten simple foodie hacks that will blow your mind

Ever find yourself scrolling through Facebook watching soundless food videos with disembodied hands? Their fingers nimbly assembling elaborate unicorn shaped cakes or turning lumps of barbecue coal into giant diamonds – just by dipping them in peanut butter. Every once in a while you’ll come across a genuine foodie hack guaranteed to make your life…


The true cost to women of Russell Brand’s toxic masculinity

In his recent interview with the Sunday Times, Russell Brand explained why he was not a hands-on parent to his two baby daughters. “I’m sensitive and awake and aware,” he said, “so I have to dial a lot of shit down to go through normal life.” It’s an interesting feat of intellectual gymnastics. The inference that…



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