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.
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.
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!
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!
It is time for another monthly update! After a good December 2017, the new year is up to a great start in January 2018 with yet another very good month :) I am really starting to get a hold of my finances.
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.
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 :)
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).