Before Mrs The Poor Swiss could join me in Switzerland, we had to go through the procedure to get her a visa. Since we knew that we wanted to get married in Switzerland, we used a visa for marriage. This kind of visa allowed her to come to Switzerland and to get married to me :)
The steps are not really intuitive and take a lot of time (and money). For us, it was a bit overwhelming. In this post, we are going to cover all the steps that we had to do. From the application in China to the reception of the residency permit in Switzerland. This should help any Chinese that wants to get married in Switzerland to get a Visa for this!
Before you do any procedure, there is one thing you need to decide together. The wife can take the name of the husband after the marriage. This is optional. This can surprising since people don’t change name after marriage in China. Even if the wife is from China, she can decide to change her name after the marriage. However, her name in China will not change. And you’ll also need to decide which name will the children take. In our case, Mrs. The Poor Swiss decided to take my name after the marriage and our future children will take the same name as well. This is an important decision of course for the couple.
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I’m selling a lot of things online. For this, the main site I’m using is Ricardo. This is an auction website. You set a start price and an optional instant price and people can bid on your item. The highest bidder will win after a set time for the auction. I’ve found out Ricardo to work quite well for my needs. I’ve made several hundreds of Swiss francs on this website.
However, Ricardo is not free. You pay some fees to sell your things online. Even though I would prefer using a free service, I found out that my things sell better on Ricardo than on free alternatives. Yesterday, Ricardo just announced that they updated their fees. The new fee model will be active from September 13th. In this post, I’m going to describe the changes and exactly what this means for you if you want to sell things online on Ricardo. We are going to look at when you are actually saving money compared to before and when you are losing money.
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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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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.
In this post, I’m 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’m going to try to cover other countries as well.
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In the previous posts of the Investing series, we have covered the basics of the stocks and bonds. We also have covered index funds, in the form of mutual funds and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). You should now have a good idea of how you want to invest. The problem remains on how to invest!
This is a very important question and one that you should spend some time thinking about. There is no one-size-fits-all investment in my opinion. There are many kinds of investment that work. For some of them, you’ll need some knowledge and time to make it work. The three-fund portfolio is a very simple portfolio made of three funds that should work for most people.
In this post, we are going to cover two things. How much bonds you should have and what is the Three-Fund Portfolio. Since there are also some direct variations of the three-fund portfolio, I’m also going to cover them!
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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 now we manage to keep our food budget around 400 CHF in average. For two people. This may seem high, but for Switzerland, I think it’s quite reasonable.
To reach this low food budget, we are doing several things. Mainly, the idea is to compare several shops and only shop where you can get the best bargain. If you all the way, you should compare 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.
In this post, I’m going to list 5 things we do, and that you could do too, to keep our food budget low.
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Last week, I published a list of things I hate about Switzerland. Even though there are some things I really dislike about Switzerland, I love leaving in Switzerland. In this post, I’m going to list the things I really love about Switzerland. While there was only 5 things in my hate list, there are 11 in my love list :) And there are not the only things I love about Switzerland. This tells you that I really have many more things I like about it than things I don’t like.
Before you read what I love about Switzerland, you should be aware of my situation :) You have to remember that I live in the Swiss countryside. I live in a very small village. And I don’t like cities. Some people like cities more than villages, but I would hate living in a city. I also like hiking a lot and I like being outside. This will be reflected in some of the things I like the most about Switzerland.
Below, you’ll find 11 things I love about Switzerland. They have almost nothing to do with money. And they are in no particular order ;)
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While I really like Switzerland and I plan to spend all my life here, there some things I really don’t like about it. In this post, I’m going to discuss the five things I hate about Switzerland.
I’m not about to leave Switzerland and I hope I will never have to. There will be a post coming up about the things I love about Switzerland and they will be more numerous ;) But I think it’s important to realize that no country is perfect. Some things should definitely be improved in Switzerland.
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Recently, I did some ordering in my technology closet (yes, I have a technology closet…). And I realized that I had way too many things stored at home. I also realized that I had way too many servers. So I decided to sell online a few things and to dismount two of my servers to sell the pieces. I’m mostly using online websites to sell things. I’m far from a minimalist. But I’m trying to reduce a bit the amount of burden I own. And if I can get some money in the process, it is bonus ;)
In this post, I’m going to talk about what am I selling online in Switzerland. And how am I selling them!
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A few weeks ago, I compared the credit cards in Switzerland. I came to the conclusion that for me, the best credit card would be to use Cumulus Mastercard. Since then, I ordered the card, but I haven’t received it yet. I’m also waiting on Revolut to finally get a Swiss IBAN so that I can top it up for free.
However, there is a card I haven’t considered in my first comparison. The Touring Club Suisse (TCS) is offering two credit cards for its members. The first one is the TCS Member MasterCard. This is not really interesting since it does not have any cashback, but it’s free. What is more interesting is the TCS Travel MasterCard Gold. This card will cost you 100 CHF per year, although it’s free on its first year. But they will give you 1% cashback. In this post, I’m going to look at this card in details.
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