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Reasons to Start a Vegetable Garden

When I was young, I was gardening with my father in our house. And before that, my grandfather was often taking me to his big garden. I always enjoyed it. However, since I moved into my current apartment, I never took the time to start a vegetable garden. Now that my girlfriend moved in with me, we decided it was time to start a garden again.  The idea was to grow some of our own vegetables.

With our apartment, we have a large lawn, filled with grass and a few trees. We asked the owner if we could remove the grass to start a garden. Since she accepted, we started our garden.

I am going to present all we did with our garden in this post. Neither of us is any gardening expert. We maybe did some mistakes, but we are having fun :) And I wanted to share this project. Also, my English gardening vocabulary may not be great. So, gardening experts, do not get offended ;) I would be glad to hear all your tips!

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I Will Teach You To Be Rich – Book Review

I just finished reading I Will Teach You To Be Rich, by Ramit Sethi. This book will give you a lot of advice on how to improve your finances. It may not make you a millionaire. But it is a great book, full of helpful recommendations on how to improve your finances!

This book has been great to read. It is one of the best from the personal finance books I have read so far. Like the last book I read, I have been able to buy it for a few dollars on Kindle. If you want to be lucky, look at my techniques to find cheap Kindle ebooks. It is nice and light to read. It is not too dense and still contains quite a lot of information.

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How To Buy an ETF on DEGIRO

In this post, we are going to see how to buy an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) on DEGIRO. The process is going to be the same regardless of the ETF you want to buy.

I decided to use DEGIRO after comparing it with several other brokers. The main advantage of DEGIRO is its very low fees. You can read my full review of DEGIRO if you want more information.

We are also going to see how to deposit money into your account. You will need money on your account before you can buy an ETF.

Update: DEGIRO stopped access to U.S. ETFs, but this process works for any ETF still available, VUSA or VWRL for instance.

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My Investor Policy Statement – You Need One Too!

We can all agree that having a clearly defined strategy is very good for your investing and your personal finances. It is very important to have goals and a long-term vision.

An Investor Policy Statement (IPS) is a tool helping you do just that. It is a way of writing down why and how you are investing. Your IPS helps you have a clear view of why you are investing and how you should invest to attain your goals.

It has been a long time now since I wanted to write my Investor Policy Statement (IPS). I just took some time over the last week to write it down completely. It took me about two hours. It was a really good exercise for me.

In this post, I am going to give you my own IPS and explain exactly the goals of an IPS. Each IPS will be different because each investor is different. You can follow my own example in order to start your own. But you still need to think about each point and adapt it for your own needs.

Stay tuned to learn about my Investor Policy Statement!

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The Millionaire Next Door – Book Review

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy, is a book by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko. This book is a study of millionaire households in the United States. In this post, you will find out precisely what this book is about and what I thought about it. I was lucky to find it very cheap on Kindle.

This book is one of the best personal finance books I have read. The authors have gone into a lot of effort to collect all the data from millionaires. And they have drawn some fascinating conclusions from this data.

I am still reading many new personal finance books. And so far, it has been a great ride. There are some great books about personal finance, investing, and frugality. It is just a bit sad that most of these books are missing any international content. They are made for the United States. However, a lot of their lessons can still be translated into Europe.

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April 2018 – Birthday and new savings record

After a record-breaking March 2018, April 2018 is even better :) In fact, in terms of savings rate, it is the best month ever! I am really glad I achieved that good result.

Although I had some significant expenses this month, the savings were great. This is partly thanks to the gifts I received this month for my 30 years birthday! I also managed to keep my expenses quite low. And my net worth made a very nice jump. Overall, a great month!

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You Need a Budget – How to Budget

Everybody manages its budget in its way. There is no one single way of doing it. But everybody needs to track their expenses. It is essential. There are many reasons why it is essential.

You need to know how much you are spending. Then you need to know how much you still have at the end of the month. Seeing your entire monthly budget will help you a lot to manage your spending.

In this post, I am going to go over the reasons why you need a budget. I am also going to talk about the way I am managing my own. It is only one of them, but if it works for me, it may work for you!

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February 2018 Update – Vacation and wedding

Update: I changed the way I am accounting for my life insurance, this gives me a savings rate of 4.2% now. It is still a very bad month.

February is now done, it is time for another monthly update! This was not a good month at all for the financial side. But we had a lot of fun in China. And I was happy to see my fiancee again!

I have not posted on this blog since the last update, I was on vacation in China for more than half the month. I hope to post more in March.

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