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Your Plan

Take control of your life by taking control of your money. Ensure your money works to create the life you want. Get 1-2-1 help with your finances.

Online Courses

For those that want to manage their own finances and learn how to make good financial decisions, Small Acorn Money’s online courses will empower you to take control.


Start taking control of your money by becoming educated. A great place to start is the book ‘Your Path to Prosperity’.

Money Musings

Check out my thoughts on financial planning and investing, timeless money lessons, tools and techniques for managing your money.

Britain's Debt Disaster

Find out how we have gotten ourselves into a mess with debt and what we can do about it.

Guide to Financial Advice

This guide will explain all you need to know about obtaining financial advice. I can also help put you in touch with the right financial adviser.

How Can I Help You?

Small Acorn Money has been established to teach you how to take control of your money and make better financial decisions.

This will be achieved by writing ebooks, producing giveaway guides, creating educational digital courses, posting regular tips and opinions through the blog money musings, and answering your general money related queries via ask about money.

If you would like a more bespoke, educational, financial planning service, you can create Your Plan, where I will help you take control of your finances and develop a comprehensive financial plan to ensure your money is aligned to your life and goals.

Two lessons that provide the foundation of Small Acorn Money are based upon the two quotes to your right. These lessons are simple to learn, yet are so often entirely ignored:

1. Spend less than you earn.

2. The power of compounding interest.

When you combine the two most important lessons outlined above, you will find your prosperity will gradually increase and your life will be enhanced; much in the same way as an acorn grows into an oak tree over many years.

But these two lessons are just the foundation. There are many lessons to learn.

With all of the available investment options, how do you invest wisely? How do you ensure you have financial freedom? How can you enrich your life and increase your family’s prosperity?

This is where Small Acorn Money will help. I will teach you how to manage your own money. Don’t leave your future prosperity in someone else’s hands.

Take control.

Mark Underdown

Financial Coach, Small Acorn Money

Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it … he who doesn’t … pays it

Albert Einstein

Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen shillings and six pence, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.

Charles Dickens, from the book David Copperfield

Knowledge Creates Wealth

Build your knowledge with e-books and giveaway guides

Britains Debt Disaster

Your Path to Prosperity

Don't Lose Your Shirt

Wealth Beyond Borders

Guide to Financial Advice

Money Worries

Your Plan

Financiallly Repressed

Money Musings

Are you ready for challenging conversations

I have no intention of disagreeing with you during your financial planning process. However, you are paying for independent thought and unbiased counsel. An important part of this is challenging conversations, and playing devil’s advocate on occasion to test the...

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Truly unbiased financial planning

You pay me an explicit fee to solely work in your best interests. I have no ulterior motive, sales targets, or conflicts of interest. I have no financial products to sell you. I am going to pick on the traditional financial advice model a little bit to explain why I...

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Two big changes to work and life

There have been two big developments in the world which I believe are game changers to how you should live your life and manage your finances. Well, at least for me personally. Work is a thing you do, not a place you go In the early years, humans were nomadic hunter...

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What do you want from your life?

At first glance, this may seem like an obvious and easy question. Yet give it some thought and it becomes the big question and one that is always changing. Those who have spent time contemplating what they want to achieve in life, and considered how they will use the...

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The benefits of a diversified investment portfolio

With the uncertainty of the future, changing local and global economies, political upheaval, and unpredictable and sometimes unstable financial markets; our savings are always at the risk of some form of loss. Savings kept in the bank can assure the security of your...

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Ask About Money

How old do you have to be to start your retirement fund?

This question and answer originally appeared at Quora. As early as possible; yesterday would have been better. In the UK you are able to start a pension from birth. Your parents or grandparents can contribute up to £2,880 pa and you will receive basic rate tax relief,...

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How can I make 50k in a year?

This question and answer originally appeared at Quora. I'm a sophomore in college, therefore I have no degree yet. How can I make 50k in a year while still being a full time student? I'm specifically interested in making passive income. The passive income you are...

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