My 2019 Goals – More ambitious and original

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Now that the year is over, it is time for me to set new goals for the year 2019. Last year, I started setting goals for myself. I really liked this experience. So, I am going to do the same once again with my 2019 Goals. In 2018, I have been able to reach most of my goals.

Earlier, I have reviewed the goals for 2018. I have seen that several of the goals were not really interesting. And most of the goals were not ambitious enough. For 2019, I am going to try to set better and more ambitious goals. Of course, these goals still need to be attainable. There is no point in setting myself the goal of earning one million in a single year.

In this post, I am going to go over all my 2019 Goals. It is going to be a big piece of words!

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Good New for Revolut: Swiss IBAN and banking license

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Some good news has just arrived for Revolut! Recently, I saw by luck that there was a Swiss IBAN available when adding money to the application. This is really great since that was missing from the start on the Revolut account.

And probably even bigger news for Revolut: they got a European Specialised Bank License! This is a big deal. Revolut is now officially a bank and will soon start offering new services. I have been using Revolut for about six months now and I really like it. I have saved some money by using their free currency exchange services. I am really interested to see how they are going to implement this banking license in the future. I would really like to have a cheap and good bank account in the future.

In this post, we are going to see what do these changes mean for me and other Revolut customers! If you do not know about Revolut, stay tuned!

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2018 Goals Review – Too easy!

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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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December 2018 – It went by so fast!

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I cannot believe it is already the end of the year! This month went by so fast. And this year also crazy fast. It is already the end of December 2018. So, it is time for another monthly update!

This month was pretty calm. We did not do many things and not really substantial happened with our finances. Since this is the end of the year, some recurring bills are arriving now. There are also the recurring costs of gifts for our family and friends. But we have not been very spendy on that part for this year. We have been able to save 49% of our income this month. We are trying to limit gift giving and prefer doing things with friends and family.

And while nothing crazy happened for us, the stock market continued its fast decline. We are getting very close to bear market territory now. With this, we were not able to grow our net worth this month. We will have to watch the market closely next month to see how it goes.

Stay tuned to learn everything that happened to us and our finances in December 2018!

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Money lessons from animated series – Family Guy #1

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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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What Would You Do If You Got Given 1 Million dollars?

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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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A weekend in Brussels, Belgium – Beautiful monuments and good beer

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Last weekend, we went to Brussels, in Belgium to visit one of my family members that has been living there for a few years. I had not seen him since last Christmas, so it was quite cool to meet him again. We always had a very good relationship.

Brussels is the capital of the country of Belgium. We had quite a good time in Brussels. It is a really nice city with some very nice monuments. There are also many nice wall paintings. And Belgium is also famous for its beers. You can find many pubs and bars in Brussels where you can drink quite good beers.

The weather was not great during the weekend. Nevertheless, we had a really good time in Brussels! I did not manage to take really good pictures, sorry about that.

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November 2018 – Brussels and too much shopping!

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Once again, it is time for a new monthly update from us! This month has passed incredibly fast. I do not know what happened. But I fell that the month was twice faster than other previous months!

There were not many big events this month. But a lot of small events. We went several times to restaurants. We spent a weekend in Brussels, Belgium. And we also had many events with our friends and family. And we went to two concerts. All these small events and some shopping by Mrs. The Poor Swiss made this month more expensive than usual. We managed to save about 45% of our income this month. Although it is not really bad, it is not as much as last month and not as much as I was expecting.

The stock market continued to be very volatile this month. After last month big loss, the market started going up for the first week of the month. But then, it started going down once again to reach a new low for the month.

In this post, I am going to describe all that happened for us, and especially for our finances, for November 2018.

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How much will you spend in retirement?

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If you want to reach Financial Independence and be able to retire, you need to know how much you are going to spend while retired. If you are retiring next year, it is really easy to know how much you are going to spend. However, if you are going to retire in a long time, it is not trivial to estimate your retirement expenses.

I have already talked about the different ways tor each Financial Independence (FI). Regardless of which way you choose to reach FI, you will need an accurate estimation of your retirement expenses. Without this, you will not be able to know how much of the road remains.

You could think that you are going to spend exactly the same as you spend now. But this is quite wrong. You need to take into account many things. You will normally pay fewer taxes. But your health expenses are likely to increase. And inflation will increase your expenses significantly over the years.

In this post, I am going to cover the main points that will impact your retirement spending. It is not a surefire way to estimate your retirement expenses. But it will definitely help if you want an accurate estimation.

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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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