7 simple things to do to keep your food budget small

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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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September 2018 – Car repair and plane tickets

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After poor financial results in August 2018, it is time to review September 2018. Even though we had some big expenses this month, the results are better. We were able to save more money this month. It is still not perfect, but it is very slowly getting there.

Not a lot of things happened in September 2018. I spend about ten days in the United States for my company. This was not expensive since everything was paid by my company. I did some shopping though. However, we bought plane tickets to China for next Chinese new year. And we had to pay the repair for the car accident of Mrs The Poor Swiss. This made a very large dent into our budget.

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August 2018 – Wedding and honeymoon

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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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Our Honeymoon in Hurghada, Egypt

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One week after our lake wedding, we left for our sea honeymoon! We chose to go to Hurghada in Egypt in an all-inclusive hotel. We wanted to do very little for a few days and wanted to rest. Finally, we also wanted to get something relatively cheap and convenient, hence the all-inclusive. Neither of us had an all-inclusive experience before, so it was about time we tried :)

We used Migros Travel agency to book the entire trip. They booked the plane, the hotel and the transfers between airport and hotel. We compared between booking the trip ourselves and using this agency. It was a bit cheaper for the agency. And we didn’t have to book everything independently. From what we read about Egypt, it is also much better to be part of some tour. This is especially true for the Visa and the shuttle to and from airport.

Overall, it was a great honeymoon. We had a lot of fun, were able to rest and saw some great things! Find out all the details below :)

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11 simple tips to save money on your memorable wedding

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Just a week ago, we celebrated our wedding! We had very good feedback from our guests and we both enjoyed it very much. It was a very nice and happy day. And we managed to keep under a reasonable budget. We did not go cheap though.

In this post, I am going to talk about some 11 simple ways that you can use to make your wedding cheaper but not  less nice :) You want your wedding to be memorable, but you do not want it to hinder your entire finances. It is possible to organize a very nice wedding and still keep a tight budget!

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Our wedding ceremony in Switzerland on a budget!

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No, I’m not writing the same post twice! You may remember, that we got married in Switzerland in May. At that time, we did a small civil wedding with my close family, followed by a small party at our places, joined by some of my friends. We did not have much time, so we decided on doing something really simple.

However, many of our friends and family could not come. So we decided to throw a bigger party to have more people join us. In this post, I’m going to share what we did for our wedding. It was a great time for us and our guests! I’m also going to discuss the costs, personal finance blog obligation :P

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Who is Warren Buffett ? The man and its investments

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If you are following personal finance blogs or podcast, you probably have heard the name of Warren Buffett. He’s very famous in the community. Warren Buffett is a very successful investor. He made a fortune from nothing. This the first reason he’s famous in the community. The second reason is that he advised his fortune to be invested in index funds once he passes away. This is one of the few big investors who are supporting index funds. Finally, he also beat the market many years. Which is something very difficult.

Being one of the richest persons in the world also helps making him a very well-know figure. In this post, we are going to look at the history of Warren Buffett first. Some numbers may not seem much in the early years. You need to take into account inflation. 1000 dollars 70 years ago are worth around 10’000 dollars now. We are especially going to focus on the biggest investment he did. Then, I’m going to talk about some important traits of the man. This is going to be a long post ;)

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How to get Swiss driving license as a foreigner

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Mrs. The Poor Swiss, my wife, recently started the procedure to get her driving license in Switzerland. The procedure is not too difficult. But not all the steps are obvious in the process. My wife is Chinese and she already had a driving license from China. This is what is going to interest us in today’s post.

In this post, I am going to explain the different steps in getting a Swiss driving license for a foreigner. First, it depends if you already have a driving license in your country or not. If you already have a driving license, it will depend on your country. Since Mrs. The Poor Swiss is Chinese, this post will have a Chinese bias but I am going to try to cover other countries as well.

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July 2018 – Getting back up to speed

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After a disappointing June 2018 month, we managed to get back up to speed in July 2018. We had some strong savings this month. Nothing extraordinary, but pretty good still. We were able to increase our net worth significantly.

Since today is Swiss national day, Happy National Day to all my Swiss readers.

We went to Orléans one week this month. I also spent one week in the army. It was my last five days to serve in the army! Other than that, nothing special happened. It was a good month overall. Let’s go into the details now :)

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Our trip to Orléans, France – Beautiful city

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Last week, we went to Orléans in France. I went there to present a paper for some work that I did at my previous company. The presentation was 5 days, but the first day was only starting late in the night. Friday was finished in the morning. And Thursday was social tours by the conference. So we had quite some time for us. That’s why Mrs The Poor Swiss decided to come around as a small vacation.

All around, it was a great trip in a really beautiful city. We had a great time. I wanted to share this travel for you. And also share some of the pictures we took :)

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