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Frugal, Not Cheap Challenge

In our journey to financial freedom, we face a dilemma. To reach our goals, the math does not lie; we need to either reduce our spending, or increase our income, or both!

We try to increase our income with constant self-improvement and career development. For example, I studied a lot while working full time to pass new reglementary exams which got me sweet promotions and, most recently, got a 15% raise by switching companies.
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Our Money Map

Every month, we earn, we spend, we save. Preferably, you are spending less than you are earning and are building up some savings but this is not the reality for most Americans. If you plan ahead and take the time to think about your finances, you can budget reasonable spending and prioritize savings (or debt repayment).

In our case, we are DINKS (Dual Income No Kids) and automate most of our savings and investing to (hopefully) reach financial freedom in less than 10 years and pull the plug on full-time employment before our 40s.
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It’s Time to Fix your Finances

This week, I have learned that our water tax bill just jumped from about $90 to a whopping $600 because of a small plumbing issue that was leaking fresh water down the drain twenty-four, seven for the past year!!! I never looked into the issue before I got a real incentive to do so. Honestly, I heard a strange noise coming from a pipe but never looked into it.
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Your First Step to Financial Freedom

This is a re-edition of our Personal Capital review posted on March 20th, 2016.

 

If you are like us and you want to achieve financial independence, you need to know where your money is going and you need to know how you are investing your hard-earned dollars. We highly suggest you use the best online tool available today and sign-up for free with Personal Capital.
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BMW is Your Secret to Early Retirement

Everyone has to start somewhere. No one is born a financial genius, nor does everyone have an interest in their personal finances. We all have dreams, goals, bills, and expenses. Personal finance is exactly that; personal.

From a young age, children see their parents swipe those magic plastic cards that let you take anything from stores. They then learn how the bank of mom and dad can pay for the movie nights and new shoes.
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Open Book – How Much Are You Spending?

This is part of our Open Book series, you can start here if you did not read our first post.

 

With today’s online tools such as Mint or Personal Capital, it is super simple to track a budget and hopefully, to follow it. We have been tracking our finances for a few years now and our most recent focus is our savings rate.
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Open Book – Married Life and Investments

This is part of our Open Book series, you can start here if you did not read our first post.

 

A few things changed since we got married last month. I will now be including my lovely wife on the journey and we will start writing some posts together. Mrs. Xyz was always on board with financial freedom but she will now start to contribute to the blog.
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Safe Withdrawal Rates and Budgeting

I was reading on Kitces.com and really enjoyed his post on Adjusting Safe Withdrawal Rates To The Retiree’s Time Horizon. Just before we dig into this article, remember that this comes from the assumption that a 4% withdrawal rate per year will not deplete your capital and can sustain you with a very high rate of success (see Trinity Study).
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Traveling to Guatemala

Back in 2014, I went on a 1 month-long trip to Guatemala with my family. This trip really changed my views on life and on the meaning of happiness in general. To relate to my financial path, seeing and learning this culture helped me realize how it is possible to live on a lower budget while living a fulfilling, happy, life.
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I Run On Auto-Pilot

A key part of your financial success is automation. By having your finances on auto-pilot, it will take out the emotional, irrational, decisions one could make while investing. In addition, it will take the stress and time commitment out of your personal finances. This will allow you to stay on course regardless of your motivation and bring a lot of convenience to your everyday life.
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