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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 …

Decreasing the Amount of Money, You Need to Be Happy

I believe that one of the biggest offenders on the journey to FI is an inflated lifestyle, which doesn’t give long-term happiness, adding instead to the number of financial obligations we have. Decreasing the amount of money we need to be happy, is a long-term lifestyle choice, not a quick fix that can make people feel better for an hour or two. In my 20’s I …

What Does the 4% Withdrawal Rule Mean?

Wikipedia says “The 4% refers to the portion of the portfolio withdrawn during the first year (of retirement); it is assumed that the portion withdrawn in subsequent years will increase with the consumer price index (CPI) to keep pace with the cost of living.”  Your investments will pay dividends and appreciate in price over time on average at 7% per year before inflation. The inflation rate …

Life Is About Learning to Adapt

On the way to financial freedom, many of us will have to learn how to adapt our mindset, spending, our goals, adjust to new lifestyle choices, adapt to new priorities, and to a financially independent lifestyle (when financial independence finally happens). Throughout the history of humanity, to be able to survive we all had to learn how to adapt. Unfortunately, the more comfortable people become, …

Establishing Good Financial Habits in Kids

Over the years, I’ve asked many people I considered good with money or who worked in the financial sector how to teach kids about investments. The best I got was “Open a savings account and add some money each month to show your son how the money compounds.” WHAT?!?! Well… that sounds really boring even for an adult, not to mention a child. First of …

Improve Your Life Through Mastering Personal Finance

Since I started my journey towards financial mastering, I discovered that mastering personal finance has a lot to do with finding your true self. Learning about investments and financial independence set me on the road to sort out and face all my unresolved issues around finances I’ve had for years. Thinking about and recording my spending allowed me to see how much money I spent …

Would I Buy This Item If It Weren’t on Sale?

Recently I’ve been wondering about buying stuff that isn’t on sale. Well, in reality I almost never buy anything for myself that has a full price tag attached; with kids is a different story and we buy what they need. However, I started questioning this habit of mine and begun asking myself if I need to buy something/anything at all, regardless if it’s on sale …

Unlearning the Bad Habits

Picking up bad habits is soooo easy, as is falling back to default, often dangerously destructive ways. Eating sweets or junk food is a bad habit. I’ve never been a fan of junk food but sweets, ooooh that I can eat. Especially when I feel tired or restless (maybe that’s why I work so much, hmmm… something to think about). The only way that I …

The Road to Freedom

Ever since I can remember, I wanted to be free to do whatever I wanted to do. If you had asked my dad, he would surely tell you that I always did whatever I wanted to do. Well, at least I tried… thanks, dad. When I search deep inside my soul, I know that having the freedom to do what I dreamt of doing was always …