I get a lot of emails from people saying the things I blog about are possible because I must make around AED 40, 000 or something a month. OMG! I wish. If I made AED 40,000 a month, I would retire within the next 2 – 3 years and live like a queen. Unfortunately, I make the average Joe income like everybody else. Continue reading
So, I was expecting a significant raise this year and I found out what it was yesterday. I was left disappointed. While it was a lot, it’s still below the standard for my industry and the position I’m in. I’d made a Plan B in case it didn’t meet my expectations but eventually, my employer and I reached another compromise to make up for my disappointment. Continue reading
I’ve been busy since last October putting together and editing my second e-book about How to Earn Extra Income in UAE. I had planned to publish it in December but work got in the way a lot and I had to put it aside several times. I finally finished with it last weekend. Prior to writing it, I had received a lot of emails from people worrying about how to get a second income going due to UAE labour laws. Continue reading
I didn’t intend to participate in the shopping festival but I needed a few things for my wardrobe so I figured I’d look around and see what’s up for grabs. I did an eenie minnie miney moe thing and ended up in Festival City. I kept my scouring to Anne Klein, Marks & Spencer & Nine West. I know, boring but I hate the crap out of shopping and if I’d chosen more shops, I’d have gotten bored after the first three and gone home. Continue reading
I had announced a 2013 giveaway in December last year with an AED 200 Jado Pado gift card as the reward. The giveaway closed on 10th January 2014. My apologies for the delay in announcing the winner. Everyone who followed the rules of the giveaway was entered into the list at www.random.org and the winner the system chose was: Continue reading
I was sorting out some receipts and papers from last year to file away when I came across a AED 200 discount voucher from Homes R Us. Good news all around except the voucher expired about a month ago. I needed a work desk for my home in December and while at Ibn Battuta Mall, I stepped into the store. Prior to that, I’d taken a liking to another desk at Home Centre but with a price tag over AED 1, 500, it was necessary to look around other places. Continue reading
I’d blogged earlier about my scrooge splurge for 2013. I thought I’d get a nice bag or some great shoes then it dropped to 15 degrees and started raining everyday. I completely forget about all that and dived into the nearest mall to buy a bunch of new sweaters and a coat. I combined my spare change with an allotment from the running fund and forgot all about a splurge. Comfort over desire, necessity over want. So boring but at least I’m warm! Lol.
So, I’ve had a tough start to 2014 with lots of stress on the job and little time for anything else but I keep it going, one day at a time, keeping my eye on the end goal. While setting my financial goals for 2014, I paused to take a look back at the things I’d planned for 2013 and how I did with them: Continue reading