Now that 2018 is finished, it is time to review my 2018 goals. At the beginning of 2018, I set myself several goals in several different categories that I wanted to achieve during the year.
All over the year, I have tracked my goals in each of my monthly updates. Some of the goals went very well and some did not do as well. But overall, my goals were probably too simple. And some of my goals were not really well chosen. But this is all fine since it was the first year I set myself yearly goals. I need to learn from my mistakes. And next year, I am going to try to set myself better goals.
In this post, I am going to go over all my goals from last year and see how it went. I am also going to examine whether the goal was a good one to starts with or not.
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Do you like Family Guy? I know I do! Have you ever wondered whether you could learn some money lessons from an animated sitcom like Family Guy? If you have, this post is for you! Today, we are going to try to get some money lessons from five Family Guy episodes!
Recently, I have done the same exercise for South Park, trying to learn money lessons for five South Park episodes. I really had a lot of fun writing the previous post. The post did not generate a lot of views. But it is still fun enough so I am going to give it another try with Family Guy. For this post, I selected five episodes related to money. Now, in Family Guy, there is often no real focus during most of the episode. So it is actually a bit more difficult to find episodes related to money. Sometimes, only a part of the plot is related to money. But that is logical given the craziness of the show! Which is one of the reasons I really like this show!
For those that do not know, Family Guy is about the adventures of the Griffin Family. There are Peter and Lois Griffin, the parents. They have three children, Meg, Chris and Stewie, the baby. And they have a dog, that can talk, Brian. Peter is very dumb and so is Chris. And nobody likes Meg. Oh, and the baby is a genius that wants to kill his mom. They have highly unlikely and dumb adventures. And this makes the show really funny.
The pictures in this post are the property of Fox.
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Today, I am going to go through a simple thought experiment: What would I do if I were given one million dollars. I am thinking of several things I could with one million dollars. I am currently at the beginning of my journey towards Financial Independence. One million is more than eight times my current net worth. So this could mean a lot of different things for me!
Now, I did not invent this thought experiment at all. It was introduced by the Saving Ninja. Actually, I did not discover it on the Saving Ninja blog. I discovered it by reading about this experiment on Retire In Progress blog. You can find many answers by other bloggers in the original post. I thought it was interesting. So I decided to try it and report my thoughts on the blog.
The original thought experiment, proposed by The Saving Ninja, was in British Sterling Pounds. And Mr. RIP did it in Euros. In this post, I am going to talk about a million Swiss Francs (CHF). But, this is currently the same as a million U.S. Dollars. So, it is the same thought experiment as getting one million USD.
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In the Personal Finance community, many people are advising everybody to automate as much as their personal finances as they can. I am not one of them. I do not automate anything in my personal finances. In fact, I do not like automation for my personal finances. I think it is a big mistake. It is a lazy excuse for not being rigorous enough to manage them yourself. The worst is actually the “set it and forget it” advice for automating your personal finances!
I will not deny that there are some advantages to automate some things in your personal finance routines. But I believe there are mostly disadvantages in doing it. Many people will not agree with my point of view. But this is something I have wanted to write about for some time.
In this post, I am going to describe the reasons why I do not like money automation. In fact, I believe it may be a bad idea for most people to automate their finances. This is an advice that is given on way too many personal finance media. As you will see in this post, there are many reasons why this is a bad advice!
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This year was our first year with a vegetable garden. There were several goals in growing our own vegetable garden. The first was because we wanted to have fresh vegetables. The second was that we actually like gardening. And finally, we also wanted to see if it was possible to actually make a profit with a garden.
Since it is now the end of the gardening season, I am going to summarize the results of our garden. It is pretty empty right now since we only have a few winter vegetables. During this season, we kept a precise list of what we got out of our garden. And we of course also kept the list of our expenses. With this, we should be able to know if our garden was profitable or not ;)
Regardless of its profitability, it was a great experience for us. It is so good to be able to enjoy healthy and home-grown vegetables in our dishes! In this post, we are going to show what we got from our vegetable garden. I am also going to share what we learned and the mistakes we did for our garden.
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I just finished reading another tiny book. I read “If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly”, by William J. Bernstein, on my Kindle. This is a quite recent book, from 2014. This is a simple book about how you can get rich slowly. It is specially tailored for millennials. The book is organized around five different hurdles in order to reach the goal of getting rich. I was lucky enough to find it for cheap on Kindle.
There is something very important in this book. The author insists on the fact that you can only get rich if you really want to go there. You need to do the job. There is no get-rich scheme where you have nothing to do. You need to save money and invest it. If you are not willing to save more money, nobody will do it for you!
Even if this book is titled for millennials, everybody can profit from it. In this post, we are going to see what this book has to offer you.
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Have you ever wondered if you could learn money lessons from animated sitcoms? If you have, this post is for you! Today, we are going to learn money lessons from five South Park episodes!
This post is going to be very different from my usual posts. We are going to learn money lessons from animated sitcoms. I do not know you about you. But I really like American animated sitcoms. I watched several of them in their entirety. I cannot count the times I laughed uncontrollably at some of their episodes. Yes, they are incredibly dumb. It is the point. But that is what makes them incredibly funny! I like dumb things ;) I have watched the entire collection of South Park, Family Guy, The Simpsons, American Dad, and Rick And Morty. And I have watched many episodes many times. I even know some of them almost by heart.
So let’s see if we can learn something from these dumb episodes. The lessons learned can be about investing, personal finance or anything money-related. The first post will be about South Park. For this, I chose five episodes who can teach us something about money. If this post ends up being popular, I am going to try to make several of these posts. I already have several ideas for the next episodes.
The pictures in this post are the property of Comedy Central.
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Our food budget is something that we are managing to keep quite low. Last year, it was still too high. So I changed some of my habits and how we manage to keep our food budget around 400 CHF on average. For two people. This may seem high. But for Switzerland, I think it is quite reasonable. And several months we are quite lower than this. It is the months we are inviting many people over that are increasing the average.
To reach this low food budget, we are doing several things. And by following these simple tips, you can also keep your food budget low! Mainly, the idea is to compare several shops and only shop where you can get the best bargain. If you want to go all the way, you should compare each shop for each product. But who got the time? The idea is more to select one cheap shop as the main shop and then buy some cheaper things in other shops but less often.
So, in this post, I am going to list 7 simple things we do, and that you could do too, to keep our food budget low.
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Today, I am going to talk about a subject that most people would rather not talk about: death. More specifically, we are going to talk about what will happen to your family after your death. Even if it is not a funny concern, you should prepare for your death. Not for you, but for people who depend on you. The bills will not stop to come after your death.
Your loved ones just went to the tragic event of your death. Now, they may be faced with new difficulties. What if you are the only one that knows how to get access to the banking system? What if you are the only one with access to all the insurances policies?
A disaster file is one way to help your loved ones during this trouble. This will help in that case, but it will not solve all the possible problems of course. It is a first step to be better prepared.
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One thing I did not cover yet on this blog is how do we get around. You may be surprised to hear that we mostly use a car. If you follow several personal finance blogs, you may have heard that cars are almost evil. Most people will actually advocate you to ride a bike or take public transportation.
However, I do not think cars are evil. I do not really like driving, but I like the freedom that a car gives me. Moreover, where I live, it is almost mandatory to own a car. We use it to get around almost everywhere.
In this post, we are going to see how we get around with our car and how we are traveling abroad. I am also going to detail the cost related to my car. I am not going to advocate you to have a car. The choice is for everyone to do. I can totally understand people who do not want to drive. If you live in a city, for example, it is not as useful. But cars are not evil! You can become financially independent with a car ;)
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