We have seen that there are many reasons to want to reach Financial Independence (FI). Once you reach FI, you can do what you want without having to worry about money. This is awesome! You only keep working if you want to. This is something most people would want to achieve. For me, my ultimate goal is to reach FI.
There are several ways to achieve Financial Independence. Indeed, there is not a single path to go from where are you now to the point where you are financially independent. Of course, there are some similarities between some of these ways. But they are different enough. Most of the time, you will need to follow several of these ways to reach Financial Independence earlier.
In this post, we are going to see the different paths you can take to become financially independent. There are surely other ways to reach Financial Independence. But these are the main ways and the ones I know. If you know of another sure way to become financially independent, I would be glad to hear about it.
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In Switzerland, you can do a voluntary contribution to your second pillar. The second pillar is the Swiss equivalent of a 401(K). These contributions come with some tax advantages since you can deduct that from your income. Therefore, you have a return equal to your marginal tax rate. However, the money is then blocked into the second pillar. And the returns on that blocked money have been very low in recent years. Finally, you can only withdraw the money from your second pillar if you retire, if you buy a house or if you start a company.
One question that I actually ask myself these days is whether I should contribute money to my second pillar or continue investing in stocks. These days we are able to invest enough money each month that I am wondering about this. I could contribute some money to my second pillar and continue to invest enough in stocks. But is it a good solution. In this post, I am going to try to answer this question.
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I recently wrote about whether you should spend less or grow your income. The answer was that ideally you should do both to reach Financial Independence (FI) faster. In this post, I am going to focus on growing your career income. There are other ways to grow your overall income such as side hustles or real estate investment. But I am not going to cover them in this post. I am also not going to talk about starting your own company. I will only cover your main career income in this post.
There are several ways to grow your main income. Some of them are easier than others. And some of them are best applied to some field but may not work on some fields. There are no simple get-rich-quick ways to increase your income. It will take time and commitment. But if you are really committed to increase your income, you will get a better salary.
In the next sections, I am going to talk about increasing your salary. However, you may also try to get new advantages. Getting Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) from your company is very good. If you can participate in an Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP), you will also get some very interesting extra income. You could get your company to participate in your fees for commuting or your health insurance fees. Or you could get a better pension plan. There are many other things that you could get. You need to look at the bigger picture!
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I was thinking to buy a small book on minimalism recently. But actually, I bought a pack of several books about minimalism. To be honest, I was thinking I was buying a single book but ended up with a pack. Oh well. The first book I have read is Adopting the Minimalist Lifestyle by Ariel Horowitz.
It’s a really tiny book. I was thinking the entire set of book was small already, but each book is tiny. It’s a minimalist book about minimalism ;) I have been able to find it for very cheap on Kindle once again. It is difficult to find this kind of books in my used book shop. But if you are patient, it is relatively easy to find them for cheap on Amazon.
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When you are trying to reach Financial Independence (FI), the best way to do it is to increase your savings rate. Your savings rate is the amount of your net income that you are able to save. For this, you have two options. You can either spend less or grow your income. These two options will directly increase your savings rate. And as result, they will speed up your road to Financial Independence and make you reach FI faster.
So which should you focus on if you want to reach Financial Independence ? There are some advantages and disadvantages to each of them. They do not accelerate your path to FI at the same rate. Find out what you should do to become financially independent.
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This post is not about my blog but about other blogs! As I mentioned several times in the past, I am reading many other personal finance blogs. Some blogs are purely on investing and some blogs are purely on Early Retirement. However, all of them contain some important lessons if you are on the road to Financial Independence (FI). Some of them helped popularize the Financial Independence and Retire Early (FIRE) movement. I think it is also important to share with the community and not only focus on a single blog.
There are several reasons why I read other blogs. The first reason is to learn from others. Indeed, I am far from being an expert in FIRE. I like reading what people are doing to achieve FIRE and especially what people who already achieved FIRE can teach me. Also, I like reading in general and some of these blogs have really enjoyable content. Another reason is to get some inspiration for my blog.
The seven following FIRE blogs are in no order. I do not have a favorite in these seven blogs. They all are my favorite blogs. I also read many other blogs. But the entire list would be too long to publish here. I strongly encourage you to take a look at them if you are not already reading them!
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I have lived in a small village all my life. Actually, I have lived all my life inside the same village. And I do not really want to change this. A lot of people find this very surprising. Today, we are going to discuss why anyone would want to live in a small country village.
For me, there are too many advantages of living in the countryside and especially in a small villages. Of course, there are also disadvantages and some people may not like it. But for me, it is great :) In this post, we are going to focus on the main reasons why I love living in our small village.
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I have already talked about the emergency fund before. Today, we are going to cover a different kind of fund: the opportunity fund. It’s not as well-known as the emergency fund. And it is not nearly as used at the emergency fund either. However, I think it is important to know what it is.
As its names indicates, this is a fund that contains money made for opportunity. The idea is to get ready for investing opportunities. The best opportunity in the stock market being a full-blown bear market. In this post, we are going to see exactly what purpose this kind of fund serves. And also its downsides.
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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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From a personal point of view, August 2018 was a great month. We had our wedding ceremony with friends and family. Also, we went on honeymoon in Egypt. We really had a great time. We rested, swam, snorkeled and had a lot of fun. This was an awesome honeymoon :)
However, from a finance point of view, August 2018 was not a very good month. We spent a lot for our wedding and I had to take days off without pay. This means a very small savings rate. Fortunately, there was some extra income from the wedding and from the Swiss army. This helped us not being in negative this month. But at least, there was some savings ;)
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