You do not need to pay for a budgeting app!

Categories Budget

I strongly feel that most people need a budget. And everybody should track their expenses. However, I think that there is no need to pay for a budgeting app at all!

You should not spend money on your budget to save money on your budget!

Nevertheless, there are still many people that pay for their budgeting application. And I think for the immense majority of them, there is no need for their fancy application.

I do not think you will recoup any of the costs. And I believe that most of the features are useless if not harmful.

Let’s get into why you should not pay for a budgeting app.

Continue reading “You do not need to pay for a budgeting app!”

6 Steps towards a Solid Budget can make you Debt-Free

Categories Budget

Today’s post is a guest post by Aiden White, a San Francisco Writer. She enjoys writing about debts and many other financial subjects. She is the author behind consolidatecreditcard.org. I am happy to have her as a guest poster for the second time!

“Are you worried about your increasing weight? Did you already plan your daily gym routine and diet chart after consulting an expert?”

If I ask these questions to any normal people, most of them will answer me by saying Yes!

But what if I ask someone this – “How much debts you have?” or “are you making payments on your high-interest credit cards?” or “are you worried about your increasing debt load?”

The answers you might get would not be so encouraging, trust me. But it is also a fact that a maxed-out credit card or few unpaid payday loans may increase your debt weight more than you can imagine.

So what is the option you have? Just get out of debt and improve your financial status, that’s it! And in this case, a proper budgeting strategy will help you a lot to reduce the debt burden.

How? Read on to know more.

Continue reading “6 Steps towards a Solid Budget can make you Debt-Free”

Guide to Taxes in Switzerland – Reduce your taxes!

Categories Budget, Switzerland

Taxes in Switzerland are quite complicated due to the multiple states. Each state has its own rules and even its software to fill your taxes. Nevertheless, it is essential to know how the taxes work to be able to fill your tax declaration.

I want to go over the details of how the Swiss Taxes work. We are going to talk about the multiple levels of taxes in Switzerland. Also, we will cover how is your income taxed and how is your wealth taxed. We are also going to see the things you can deduct from your income when you file your tax declaration and how you can pay your taxes.

Of course, we cannot talk about taxes without talking about optimizing taxes. That is probably the only reason people want to learn about taxes! In this post, I am going to share all I know about optimizing taxes in Switzerland!

Stay tuned to learn all about the taxes system of Switzerland and how to reduce your taxes!

Continue reading “Guide to Taxes in Switzerland – Reduce your taxes!”

How to Avoid Lifestyle Inflation in 2020?

Categories Budget, Financial Independence, Frugality

You have probably already heard of lifestyle inflation? I have already talked a bit about that since I fell into this trap myself. It is a very important subject because many people are subject to it. And lifestyle inflation can ruin your financial life. It is important to learn how to avoid lifestyle inflation!

Lifestyle inflation is happening when your spending is going up and up. Many people when they get a raise or some extra income, they simply go with spending it all. They do not only do it for one month, but they also do it the next month as well. And the following time they get a raise, they do exactly the same. Some of them can afford it, but some people go into debt in that vicious circle.

The main problem is that most people do not consider everything there is to consider when getting some extra income. For instance, they do not consider that they will have to pay more taxes when they get more income. And they do not consider the upkeep costs of some of the things they buy. Moreover, they also do not think of their retirement. The more you spend each month, the more difficult it is to retire.

In this post, we are going to discuss about lifestyle inflation. I am also going to talk about a few rules you should consider if you want to avoid, or limit, lifestyle inflation.

Continue reading “How to Avoid Lifestyle Inflation in 2020?”

Swisscard Cashback Credit Card – Free and 1% Cashback

Categories Budget, Switzerland

Recently Swisscard announced a new offer for credit cards: Swisscard Cashback. They offer an American Express (Amex) and either a MasterCard or a Visa. They already offered several cards in the past. But these new Cashback cards are really interesting.

First of all, all these cards are free! This is very important because unless you spend a lot of money, a little fee will render your cashback totally useless. But these are not the only free cards in Switzerland! What is very interesting is that they are offering 5% cashback in the first three months. After that, the cashback bonus becomes 1% on the American Express card and 0.2% on the MasterCard and Visa cards.

A cashback of 1% is more than other free cards in Switzerland are offering! Of course, you need to be able to use the card as much as possible in order to use that extra cashback. This may be difficult since American Express cards are not as well accepted as Visa and MasterCard, especially in Switzerland.

In this post, we are going to see if this offer is really interesting and if it is worth ordering a new Swisscard Cashback credit card.

As a bonus, I also share a promotional code at the end of the post that you can use to receive a 10 CHF bonus.

Continue reading “Swisscard Cashback Credit Card – Free and 1% Cashback”

5 Money Lessons from The Simpsons #1

Categories Budget

It is time for yet another post about learning money lessons from animated sitcoms! This time, we are going to learn five money lessons from The Simpsons!

I am sure I have some fans of the Simpsons among my readers! I watch many animated sitcoms myself. And while The Simpsons is not my favorite sitcom, I often have a lot of fun watching episodes of this show! I already found five money lessons from Family Guy and five money lessons from South Park. Now, it is time to find out if we can learn something from Homer. Compared to the other two animated sitcoms, The Simpsons is a bit more logical and down to earth, although it is often pretty stupid.

I have tried to find some interesting episodes from The Simpsons with real money lessons. Some of them are all about money. And some others have only small lessons. But I hope you will enjoy both the episodes and the lessons we can learn from them!

All the pictures from this post are the property of Fox.

Continue reading “5 Money Lessons from The Simpsons #1”

Best Personal Finance Books

Categories Financial Independence, Budget, Investing

Since I started my journey to a better financial state, I have read many Personal Finance books. I have mostly read books about Investing. I have also read some more general personal finance books that are going all around. I thought it would be interesting to compile the list of all the books I have read so far.

Here, you will find the list of all the best personal finance books I have read. I have put them into several different categories. I will keep this page up to date with the future books I am going to read.

If you have any suggestions for book for me, I would be glad to hear about it!

Continue reading “Best Personal Finance Books”

25 Money-Saving Life Hacks for 2020

Categories Budget, Frugality

Today’s post is a money-saving post by Aiden White, a San Francisco Writer. She enjoys writing about debts and many other financial subjects. She is the author behind consolidatecreditcard.org. I am very happy to have her contribute a guest post to my blog!

People may have started this New Year with lots of hope and life goals to improve their financial life. They are making new plans to reduce their monthly expenses, consolidate multiple debts, create savings accounts and an emergency fund to handle their money well.

Controlling your money and life may require some new hacks for saving money more easily and achieve financial freedom in 2019. These money-saving hacks are related to your day-to-day life with the goal of helping you cut costs.

In order to improve your savings this year, you will definitely require a few money-saving hacks so that you may easily wipe out all of your financial problems!

So, try to implement these money-saving hacks and save more in 2019!

Continue reading “25 Money-Saving Life Hacks for 2020”

How Much We Spent in 2018 – Detailed Expenses Report

Categories Budget

Now that the year 2018 is finished, I thought it would be interesting to go over our entire expenses of the year. The idea is to see the aggregate view of the entire year. Most people only look at their expenses on a monthly basis. But a yearly basis can have a lot more information than that.

For instance, if you spend a relatively low amount on something, you may think at the end of the month that it is OK. But if you do the same thing every month, it can quickly pile up. Therefore, I think it is important to view the total amount of expenses as a whole for the year.

Moreover, there is also another advantage to this. It makes you check your expenses to be sure they are well categorized. Sometimes, I mix French and English names and therefore the categories are a bit screwed. Once this is fixed, it is better to have a good view of the entire budget.

In this post, I am going to go into details on the biggest expenses and the most important of the year 2018. I am also going to try to see where we can improve our expenses for 2019.

Continue reading “How Much We Spent in 2018 – Detailed Expenses Report”

Buy or Rent – Which is Right for You?

Categories Real Estate, Budget, Frugality, Investing

This is a guest post by Jasper L. Stojanovski from Stojfinance.com. Jasper is a 19 years old man with a passion for investing that hopes to pursue a career in finance. I am very happy to have him contribute to this blog. 

Are you moving out of your home and cannot decide whether to buy or rent?
Many people prefer owning a home. However, financially, this might not be an option for you now. In this post, I will explore the pros and cons of each, so you can decide what is best for you. But before I begin, you will need to answer a few questions:

  1. How long do you plan to live here?
  2. What is the price of housing in your area?
  3. Do you have any savings?
  4. Do you have a good credit rating?
  5. Can you afford to perform regular maintenance?

Once you will have the answers to this question, you will be ready to consider whether you should buy your home or rent your home.

Continue reading “Buy or Rent – Which is Right for You?”