How much? Is someone pulling my leg?!

House hunting is time-consuming and extremely stressful.  In addition, when you are broke, it is also thoroughly soul-destroying.  How do you get on the property ladder when you can´t get a mortgage, and you don´t want to live in matchbox?

285,000 euros, seriously, someone is pulling my leg!  This is what I call daylight robbery.  And, as importantly, what is the local council doing to ensure that cities provide affordable property for local residents?

As an aside, Edward Elgar is a well-known, and much-loved, British composer from the 20th century. He composed one of my all time classical favourites, so if you want to switch off, chill out and forget your daily problems, then why don´t you listen to Elgar´s Nimrod; it is a life-affirming piece which will warm even hearts made of stone.

To treat somebody= to pay for something for somebody

to pay for someone as a treatTo treat somebody has a variety of meanings depending on the context. Today, I’m using it as an expression which means that you are going to pay for something for somebody else. For example:

  • Janette: Fancy going to the cinema Pepé?
  • Pepé: Sorry Janette, I can’t because I’m broke.
  • Janette: Don’t worry Pepé , I will treat you.

Money Dilemma: Lost and Found

Imagine you found 5000 Euros on the street, what would you do with the cash?

Money Dilemma: Setting up a business

retirement nestYou are an extremely successful business person and you would like to set up a new business to boost your retirement nest egg. What would you do?

Money Dilemma: Inheritance

Imagine, you have been extremely fortunate as a great-aunt has left you a lot of money in her will. That’s correct; as a result of this inheritance you are no longer as poor as a church mouse. If this situation happened to you, what would you do with the inheritance?

To save up

to save upTo save up is a phrasal verb which means that you are deliberately keeping money aside so that you can buy something in the future.  For example,  I’m saving up at the moment so I can afford to go on a thrill-seeking adventure holiday to Sri Lanka and India next year. Unfortunately, at the moment, my piggy bank is completely, and utterly empty!  Holy smokes, I need to cut down on buying bottles of wine, bars of chocolate and stupid saucepans!  Somebody save me from myself!

To be loaded

To be loaded.

The expression: ‘to be loaded’ means you have a lot of money. For example: I’ve just won the lottery and now I’m loaded.

By the way, do you know who the richest 10 people in Spain are? I reckon they are footballers.

Oh, before I forget, to be loaded, also means to be extremely drunk. In fact, on Saturday night I was loaded. Luckily, my friends helped me to find my home as I wasn’t sure which city I was in and I couldn’t remember my name! I also slept in my bath which was not comfortable. Drinking, wine, beer, spirits and shots on the same night is not advisable!

Anyone got any good recipes for hangovers?