Author Archives: Steve Traylen

It’s Never Too Early to Save

Earlier in the year our 11 year old son (10 at the time), told us he wanted to save up for a Nintendo Switch game console and some games. This was the first time he had ever expressed an interest … Continue reading

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July Financial Update

We are now moving well through the summer, it’s hot and the kids are out of school. Much as it’s great to have kids around I do kind of miss our routine. So how did the major markets do during … Continue reading

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The Myth of European Driving

One of the great “truths” is that driving in Europe is expensive. My intention today is to bust that myth.

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The $500 Vacuum Cleaner

First of all apologies for missing posting the last week. With the kids off for summer, the whole structure of the week changes dramatically, which means that finding the time to just sit and blog is tough. So we just … Continue reading

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The Longest Three Months

The summer break is long. Kids in the US get out of school around the end of May and don’t go back until around Labor Day; so that works out at three months. When we were living in Houston and … Continue reading

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Brace Yourself for Expenses

The vast majority of US kids have orthodontic work done at some point in their childhood. My gut feeling is that there is a tendency to over brace kids. It seems to be a very American obsession with perfect teeth. … Continue reading

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June Financial Update

Halfway through the year already. The year seems to be flying! Based on the markets for the first six months we can have a reasonable idea of how the year is going to go. Most markets are pretty much flat … Continue reading

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Back From Vacation

So just a short post today to let everyone know we are back from our vacation. It was great to go back to the UK, we ate too much and saw lots of things and got to spend some quality … Continue reading

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Best Board Games – H1 2018 Update

Over the last few months I’ve become more involved in board gaming as a hobby. At the end of last year I outlined some of my favorite games. Here is an update of some of the best games I’ve played … Continue reading

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May Financial Update

May is now over and we are heading rapidly into summer. The kids will soon be off and we are heading off on vacation next week. So here is how the major markets and our own net worth did in … Continue reading

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