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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

The simple way to avoid debt at Christmas

Spend less than you earn. Don’t spend money you don’t have on things nobody needs. These tips, like many aspects of managing money, are rather simple, and yet I can guarantee there will be thousands, perhaps even millions, who ignore this sound advice and get...

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Do depressions no longer exist?

Rather than dealing with the issues created by decades of ever increasing debt, we appear to prefer a policy of denial and repetition of the same mistakes. Our politicians and central bankers appear to be playing a modern game of hide and seek, as poorly played by...

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7 steps to financial freedom

Here are the 7 steps to financial freedom: 1. Avoid debt like the plague. If you are in debt you owe your time and labour to someone else. You are a serf. To have financial freedom you need to be free from debt. 2. Spend less than your earn. Spending more than you...

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Inheritance Tax Allowance

The inheritance tax allowance is important when planning to mitigate your inheritance tax liability. In simple terms, it's what the government allows you to pass on tax free, with everything in your estate above this figure subject to inheritance tax when you die. But...

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Ask About Money

What does invest every month mean?

This question and answer originally appeared at Quora. Invest every month has two main benefits: It uses the PAY YOURSELF FIRST principle. If you commit to putting money aside every month before you get a chance to see it (and spend it) you are less likely to miss...

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What should I invest $50k in?

This question and answer originally appeared at Quora. To answer that question you need to think about what it is you wish to achieve, what your timescales are, what other needs are there for this money, what your personal views are, how you will respond to market...

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