House-Hunters International, Billfold Edition: Six Stages of Grief, & An Intermission

When house-hunting, the system makes you its bitch. You can’t hack this. You just have to put everything else on hold and do what they damn well tell you to do. Keep your eyes on the East London prize.

House Hunters Int’l, Billfold Edition: A Mortgage With A View

Once we take on a mortgage, my expectation is that it will eat up every penny we ever make until the day we die.

I’ve Fallen Into the ‘Lifestyle Inflation’ Trap

I always assumed that inflation is about money, but now I know that it’s not.

House Hunters International, Billfold Edition: The Writing On The Wall

We’re looking at small flats in East London, because who needs stuff anyway, right?

House Hunters International, Billfold Edition: East London, Vol 1

We want to buy in a “cool” area of one of the most expensive cities in the world. The latter fact has affected our ability to save. Plus, we’re both freelancers and banks really seem to hate that.

A Fringe Festival Show Tour, By the Numbers

Last year, I undertook perhaps the greatest personal and financial adventure of my life: Producing, writing, financing, creating, and performing in a Fringe Festival production called The Hatter, which took me across the country to four cities I’d never visited—London, Ottawa, Toronto, and Saskatoon—over the course of two months. I kept some records to see what it cost me, to compare festivals in different cities, and to decide whether or not I’d do it again. Here’s what I ended up with.

One American’s Search for a Bank Account Abroad

Stocking up on GBP became my new hobby.

Places I’ve Lived: A Sunporch, Next to a Elevated Train and a California Cottage

I moved into my first apartment, one block off campus, the summer after my sophomore year in college. The unit was on the upper-floor of a craftsman-style duplex, with two real bedrooms and three pseudo-bedrooms that were actually converted sun porches, which were lovely and light-filled in the summer, but terrifyingly cold during the winter.

Places I’ve Lived: Trevethan Road, Glasney Parc, Pendennis Rise (England)

Where have you lived, Luke Bailey?