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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 …

Practical Tips to Keep Your Spending in Check Before the Christmas Gift Craziness Begins

The Christmas Holiday period is already upon us. I noticed that many shops opted out of Halloween this year and focused their energy and efforts on Christmas sales instead. For many years the consumer trend was to splash on Christmas gifts and Christmas Holidays get aways. The corporate messaging, we have been exposed to for generations always implied that the bigger the gift, the more …

If You Are New to the Idea of Financial Independence and Early Retirement…

Many financial independence bloggers talk about saving 20-30 multiples of your annual budget (expenses) to become financially independent and retire early. However, the final number for that calculation can be pretty daunting for many people, especially if you didn’t think about retirement in your 20s or 30s and have to start from zero. Furthermore, saving 20-30 times of the yearly budget to retire early may …

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 …

The Treasures I Found in My Mum’s House

In the past year, I’ve visited my parents’ house three times. Each visit included cleaning one of the bedrooms, which gradually had become storage for all the unwanted stuff we all have gathered over the years. Last year I found so many items of clothing that it made me cry just to think how hard I had to work to buy those things, only to …

Why Were Our Grandparents So Good at Saving Money?

After my granny’s death, my mum and her sister took it upon themselves to clear out her closet. To their biggest bewilderment, they found unopened packs of tights and a few never worn long johns that belonged to my grandfather, who passed away long before my granny did. Both items were from the ’80s; my granny never threw out anything.  When I think about her, …

Half Assing Isn’t Going to Get You Anywhere

When I was at the peak of my personal half-assing, I knew I was stuck and couldn’t get out of that circle of self-sabotage, which in everyday life translated to fear of commitment to myself. At the end of 2020, I realised that most of my adult life, I’ve been half-assing. I was doing things with all my convictions and beliefs and always gave my 100%. …