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One year ago, I took the kids to the fair in our town. It was a fun visit, with a lot of lessons. We are now one year later. Did we improve? This time, I took only the oldest one, on a lazy Sunday afternoon while the younger one was at a birthday party. Before starting, … More Progress in the kids education ...
Posted: Sep 18 2017 @ 1:15 AM
With August behind us, I can write up a new post on my option trading income. And what a month it was: A new record combined with a few bad market events that created the elephants in the room. Can you help me with my elephants? Option Income – 805.95€ It is official: you can … More New Record option Income / The elephants in the portfolio ...
Posted: Sep 04 2017 @ 1:16 AM
About a year ago, I stopped my monthly contributions to my ETF portfolio. Officially, due to the increased risk at the job: I wanted more cash. With hindsight it might have been a valuation issue. My last buy was in June 2016 – rebalancing my emerging markets exposure. The intention to stop investing was to … More Let’s start again ...
Posted: Aug 31 2017 @ 1:20 AM
Belgians are born with a brick in their stomach, alluding on the fact that Belgians want to own a house. We are no different, we do own our house. Is that a good idea? Why we own a house. Having our own house – almost paid off, having the cash to do so when we … More Our house costs money! And how we deal with it. ...
Posted: Aug 28 2017 @ 1:44 AM
One of my objectives of blogging is to figure out how to educate my kids about money. After reading a lot and listening to a lot of podcasts, I now am happy with the following model, based on needs and wants. Teaching kids on how to deal with money is not straight forward. I do … More Teaching about money ...
Posted: Aug 24 2017 @ 12:57 AM
Travel is high on our list of experiences that we are willing to spend money on. This does not mean that we splurge the YOLO way. This first “big” travel with our kids now can serve as a benchmark for future travels. What was the cost of all of this? As our holiday destination, we … More The cost of 2 weeks Croatia. ...
Posted: Aug 21 2017 @ 1:29 AM
Being part of the FIRE community sometimes feels like being part of a secret society. We have all these terms that make no sense to others: 4pct rule, FIRE, trackers, compounding interest, Trinity. Mysterious… In some recent encounters with people, I noticed that a there are people that apply the principles of FIRE. They just … More Are we the top of the iceberg? ...
Posted: Aug 17 2017 @ 1:48 AM
When all the systems and mechanics run like a well oiled machine, you need to be vigilant. That is the time that greed can come and say hello. I do have the feeling this is happening with me right now. Is this a pattern that happens to others? You are running your race, all feels good, … More Greed is a strong enemy ...
Posted: Aug 14 2017 @ 1:00 AM
At the start of the year, it was one of my objectives to be 1 month free from work to spend more time with my wife and kids. Time for a review and a look ahead. Things are not what they were planned to be. Some background Fire is a journey, a long journey. By … More Lessons from one month off. ...
Posted: Aug 10 2017 @ 1:48 AM
4th meetup already. This one will be the one year anniversary edition! Should we have a cake with a candle on it?! Join us for a lot of fun! Team Cheesy Finance and I have the pleasure to invite you for the 4th BENL meetup. We are very excited to see that people are so … More Participate! FIRE meetup on Nov 4th – Eindhoven ...
Posted: Aug 07 2017 @ 1:50 AM


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