How do We Get Around in Switzerland and abroad?

Categories Budget, Financial Independence, Travel

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 recommend you ride a bike or take public transportation.

However, I think that cars are not evil for your finances. 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 nearly everywhere.

In this post, we are going to see how we get around our car and how we are traveling abroad. I am also going to detail the cost related to my vehicle. I am not going to recommend having a car for everybody. The choice is for everyone to do. But there are ways to be frugal with a car.

I can 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 and have a car! And it is a perfectly fine way to get around even for frugal people.

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Mid Year Review of My 2018 Goals

Categories Budget, Frugality, Investing

This year, I wanted to review my goals after 6 months. But I am really late ;) At first, I forgot about it. And then, there were too many posts I wanted to write so I delayed this review for too long.

Last year, I set goals for the year 2018. Setting goals is a very important thing. But it is also important to review them. If after six months the goals are going bad, it is important to take actions to improve the chances to meet the goals. Also, sometimes, the goals are not set correctly.

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My 7 Biggest Budgeting Mistakes – How to fix them!

Categories Budget, Frugality

Over the years, I have made many budgeting mistakes. In this post, I will try to list a few of the big mistakes I have made. I am talking here about mistakes in the way I did my budget. And I will also talk about spending mistakes. Some of the mistakes are not a big deal. But some of the others made me spend too much. Overall, I would be much better off if I had known this a few years ago.

Find out how I fixed my budgeting mistakes. I have learned a lot from my budgeting mistakes, and I hope you can learn a lot from them too! The idea is, of course, to avoid them now that you of them!

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I Will Teach You To Be Rich – Book Review

Categories Budget, Investing

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. One of the best read 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 really nice and light to read. It is not too dense and still contains quite a lot of information.

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You Need a Budget – How to Budget

Categories 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

Categories Monthly, Budget

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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Goals for 2018 – Reaching for FI

Categories Budget, Frugality, Investing

For the first year in my life, I am gonna try to set clear goals for this year! I have set up a nice spreadsheet for my goals for this year (credits to retirebyforty for the spreadsheets idea):

My 2018 Goals

I have tried to not set goals that are too high but still strive for better than this year. Since it is the first year I am setting goals like this, I do not want to be over-optimistic. This is my first attempt at setting yearly goals, so maybe I will add new goals during the year, but I will not remove any goal nor downsize any goal.

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December 2017 Update + 2018 perspectives

Categories Monthly, Budget, Investing

Happy new year to you all!

Now that we started in 2018, it is time for the last monthly update of 2017. After a rather poor November 2017, December 2017 is significantly better. I have been able to keep my spendings lower than usual. It was not a very eventful month. Except of course for the usual Christmas celebrations. I always spend Christmas with my family and it was great :)

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November 2017 Update

Categories Monthly, Budget

November 2017 is over, it is time for another monthly update. After a bad October 2017, I have seen some improvements.

November 2017 was not bad in terms of savings, but it was a bit lower than I was expecting. The savings rate for the month is 14.25%. It is not perfect, but still better than last month. My goal is to go to 25%. But I probably will need a salary raise to go there (I am still gonna try without the raise).

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