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What Financial Advice Would I Give My 20-Year-Old Self?

It is so easy to pass judgment or have regrets about the past. We are all well-trained at dissecting our past mistakes and decisions, and I used to excel at that type of self-criticism. But I don’t want this post to sound like I’m bashing myself for my past mistakes and unconscious, uneducated choices because I’m not. The time when I felt guilty about my …

Budgeting, Spending and Investments in Time of Inflation´┐╝

Budgeting & Spending I have been trying to control our family budget since the beginning of the year (2022). The prices are going up with lightning speed and my family’s needs are also changing and increasing. Like everyone else, we are paying more for gas and electricity. To save on heating in the coming winter, I got myself a thermal top on sale, which I’m …

The Unnecessary Purchases I Made in 2021

Some financial goals I set myself for 2021, I didn’t manage to reach by the end of December. But I’ll reach them by the end of January 2022; I’m a month late. Yes, that makes me, in some respects, upset with myself. However, at the same time, this is the first time in my life I had financial goals set that were reachable. All financial …

Learning How to Manage Money

Managing money is a skill and not a knowledge people are usually born with. This type of assumption is misleading, giving the false belief that money management is a gift rather than a skill anyone can learn. Yes, our early childhood indeed influences our financial decisions and understanding of what money is used for. However, the financial choices our parents, carers or adults in our …

Why Budgeting Matters?

For a very long time, I didn’t really understand how budgeting worked. I only used budgets to limit myself, instead of realistically looking at my needs and what amount/percentage of my income I allocated to meeting those needs. Without knowing my actual spendings, it was pretty impossible to know what percentage I could save or invest. I was stupidly unaware of where my money was …