Treacle the dog

Since South Coast mum stopped work last year we’ve had to ramp up the side hustles and alternative income streams. Here are six ways we make extra money for the family. 1: GCSE Exam marking A few years ago when…

From the 1st of April 2015 we’ve been allowed to take the money in our Child Trust Funds and transfer them to the new Junior ISAs. So, should we do this? Let’s have a look. The three South Coast Children…

Recently, I noticed something about a 0.1% ‘dilution levy’ in Vanguard’s LifeStrategy brochure. A little research revealed that this is a charge applied to investors entering the fund, which is supposed to offset the ‘dilution’ effect on the fund of…

I have just invested £190 in 4 shares of Brewdog’s new £25M crowdfunding round. I’ve wanted to invest in one of these crowdfunding things for a while, and Brewdog is probably one of the safer bets in this sphere, given…

At Christmas time, my 9 year-old got Python Basics Level 1:   We connected up our Raspberry Pi to a TV in his room (just as a monitor – no TV allowed), and worked through a few chapters. It was…

At the end of last month I set a batch of dry stout brewing. Last night I popped open a bottle and tried it. It’s been brewing in the bottles for nearly three weeks now so should be ready. A…

Yesterday I bought a 40-pint ‘harvest bitter’ kit and set it brewing. These beer kits seem to be incredibly good value, and are extremely easy to cook up. I’ll review this one properly, when it’s ready in about a month….

A year ago today I put £500 into the Vanguard LifeStrategy 80/20 fund and left it alone. Let’s see how it fared. Here’s a screenshot of its performance from my investment account:I’ve made just over 15% on my £500, before…

An update on the homebrew situation. Last Saturday I cooked up a gallon of amber ale.  A note on costs. The plastic fermenting vessel there cost £2.95, and the airlock for the top £1, from the local homebrew shop. It’s…

I spent an evening a couple of weekends ago making a batch of ‘dry stout’, using Brooklyn Brewshop’s classic dry stout grain mix. Accompanied by a couple of pints of the last batch homebrew, this is a very pleasant way…