3# and Final Update: Sub 1000 $

As everything else will pass.

So has January.

Read about the challenge here.

And read about the 1# here

And the 2# update here.

And it is time to reveal if I have accomplished my challenge to live below 1000 $ for one month.

And you know what?

I failed.

I didn’t accomplish to spent less than 1000 $. I managed to spent WAY more than a 1000 $ to be honest.

My Spending

I’m sad that I didn’t manage to complete the challenge. But what I spent my money on was worth it.

My mom turned 60 years old this month. And because of that we made her a surprise party lasting almost a whole day. We started out with surprising her at home, where we maked a potluck brunch, I broad super delicious (but expensive) bread from a baker called Meyers. From my mom’s apartment, we all biked to my rowing club where we had champagne in the sauna, and went swimming in the harbour. My mom and her boyfriend has this tradition where they invite each other out on a traditional danish lunch (smørrebrød). So this time the whole family went out for lunch. From there we visited my cousins old workplace (she is a pastry chef). Bought some cake, and went home for cake coffee and rum. All in all, it was a LOVELY day. I wish my 60 year old birthday will be similar to hers.

But I managed to spent a pretty sum of money on that event.

  • 170 DKK (28 $) on bread for the brunch.
  • 430 DKK (70 $) on the lunch
  • 600 DKK (90 $) on a gift for my mom

1200 DKK (200 $) in total.

I was a lot of money. But it didn’t bother me to spent it. It was a really great day. And it is not to often I spoil my dear mom. She deserved every single spending on that day.

Father+Son Weekend

One day my dad invited me to go Statens Museum for Kunst. I can’t remember the name of the artist. But she had a made three pears out of bricks.

We walked out of there super disappointed. And agreed to visit Fjordenhus in Vejle a couple of weeks afterwards. It is a super awesome building designed Olaf Eliasson. A danish-icelandic artist. Magnificent building. He is bending the laws of how a brick house should look like.

My dad picked me up at the European Indoor Championships. Where I was a part of the four person relay team, and we ended up with a silver medal. I really love that rowing club. It is like a second family to me.

Directly from podium and out in the car we drove away. I didn’t have time to change, because we had to reach a ferry from Odden to Århus. And it was the very last one. So no time to miss it.

We had a sleepover at my highly loved aunt in Brabrand. Where I always get spoiled. And so did my dad all along that weekend. And I couldn’t stand the thought just to get spoiled all weekend, without spoiling them. Sunday we went out for a lunch, at a lovely place in the woods. That ended up costing me 835 DKK (130 $) for us three.

But the money was well spent. The food was lovely (Stjerneskud). And the vibes were even better.

Summing It Up

  • 1200 DKK (200 $) at my moms birthday
  • 835 DKK (130$) Father/Son weekend
  • 767 DKK (120$) Food and eating out
  • 128 DKK (20$) Cinema with my ex
  • 50 DKK (8 $) New sheet for my bed (Woke up with a huge hole in it)

In total: 2852 DKK (450 $)

And if we look at the last update. I had 640 DKK (100 $) left for this month.

640 DKK – 2852 DKK = – 2212 DKK (380 $)

So I managed to spent 1380 $ this month.

Which is like 40 % above my target of 1000 $.

What ended up like an average month for me, could have been a really bad one (according to my savings rate) if I have been more sluggish about my spending. I have learned that I can live 20 days on way less that I normal would without sacrificing my happiness. But I would have loved to start this new year spending less, because then I would be closer to have 20 times annual spending saved up.

But if we subtract my mom’s birthday and the weekend with my dad, I would be quiet close to the 1000 $ goal. I do not think it will be a difficult goal for me in the future.

I will proceed to try to live on way less than I do now.

2# Update: Sub 1000 $

22 days has now passed.

Read about the challenge here.

And read about the 1# update here.

And things are going good.

Sort of.

I did manage to spent a big chunk of my “fuck up money”. And boy, was it a fuck up.

Have you ever heard of couchsurfing.com?

It is a site where you borrow peoples couch when you are travelling. Or you can lend your own couch to a person who needs a place to stay while traveling. For free.

Awesome page!

I thought it was a super good idea to sign up on that page. By doing so I could have some fun company in my apartment, and helping out travelling people. And maybe I could couchsurf when I’m going to travel, to save some money, and meet some local people.

Here comes my fuck up. 

There was different ways on how you can validate yourself.

One of them was doing it by credit card.

Smart, I thought.

But after a couple of hours a receipt arrived in my mail box, congratulated me on my lifetime of verification for 420 DKK (60 $).

God, I felt stupid.

Spending almost a month worth of food on personal verification. No no, can’t do. Not for me.

So I have asked for a refund. 

My Spending

I don’t feel any change in my mood. Even when I spent less than last month. My theory of spending less, and still being happy is proving to be right at this moment.

I managed to spent 475 DKK ( 70 $) since my last update.

Which is quiet alot.

175 DKK (30 $) were spend on food.

And 300 DKK (50 $) were spent on “Fuck ups”

My Spending On Food

Nothing has changed much according to what I’m eating at home.

It is still beans, rice, onions, cheddar, salsa and brocolli.

And I still think it is freaking delicious. I have a mexican thing at the moment.

What I have bought is this:

  • Beans
  • Onions
  • Cheddar
  • Salsa
  • Brocolli
  • Wine

I bought two bottle of wines for me and some friends. To me a happiness equation look something like this:

Friends + (some) bottle of wine(s) = Happiness

It is one of my favourite things to do.

My Spending On Fuck Ups

I went out to eat two times since last update.

One time was with many of my old rowing friends from the national team. We visited one of the guys from the team.

He lives at a dorm where there are +400 students living. And they have a kitchen cooking for them, morning, lunch and dinner.

It is so insanely luxurious, I can’t imagine how painful it must be to move from there.

But we are able to buy a dinner there for 50 DKK (8 $). We had spaghetti carbonara which might be one of my favourite dishes. It is really hard to fuck up pasta, cream and cheese. That combi is god like.

The second time I was eating out, was with a near friend from my rowing club, we really enjoy eating a kebab after a hard rowing session.

We have this awesome place called Durum Bar. It is the best freaking kebab in whole Copenhagen. Big shout out to them!

I eat there way too often.

That dinner ended costing me 50 DKK (8 $) as well.

I also bought a gadget worth 200 DKK ( 35 $ ). Unfortunately I can’t tell you what the gadget is. Sorry for that.

All in all.

Eating out.

2 x 50 DKK (8 $) = 100 (16 $)

Stupid gadget

200 DKK (50 $)

What I Have Left

In the first update I managed to spent 148 DKK (25 $).

And in this update I managed to spent 452 DKK (85 $)

That leaves us with a total of:

452 DKK + 148 DKK = 560 DKK (90 $)

My food and fuck up budget was set to 1200 DKK (200 $)

So that leaves me with 640 DKK (100 $) left for this month

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1# Update: Sub 1000 $

12 days is passed by in my January 2019 challenge.

Read about the challenge here if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

To sum it up quick.

I made a budget for food on: 600 DKK (100 $)

And a “Fuck up” budget for: 600 DKK (100 $)

I think “Fuck up” budget is going to be spent on Take-away food, beers or something like that. (Yes, shame on me) Maybe some transportation like the bus or train.

That is what I normal would spend my money on.

My Spending

I managed to spend 148 DKK (20 $) on food for the first 12 days.

The primary food I have been buying is:

  • Beans
  • Onions
  • Broccoli
  • Chocolate
  • Salsa
  • Cheddar
  • Tortillas

I bought a 5 kg bag of rice last month for 50 DKK (8 $), which I haven’t finished yet.

We have a family dinner on my father’s side of the family the first sunday every month. And my sister asked If I could pick up some coriander, ginger and some spices, which ended up quite expensive. But she is my sister, and of course I will help her out.

A Typical (Spending) Day

At 6 – 8 AM I get up and get ready for work.

I don’t always eat breakfast. I do that for two reasons.

  1. It makes my day more simple
  2. It can be healthy not to eat

I will be biking for work in order to save money, to get some excercise and because I love to bike.

Every friday we have free breakfast at the work. And from Monday – Thursday we can buy a luxury breakfast buffet at the canteen for 10 DKK (1,5 $). Which I do sometimes.

At 11 – 12 AM you will find me eating a even more prosperous lunch with my co-workers. For 20 DKK (3 $) we can eat all want. And it is a true feast. I will at least go for two big portions. Sometimes even three. I have been working this place for allmost a year now. And they still laugh of the amounts I can eat in one sitting.

At 4 – 7 PM i will be training. For a decade know I have been training almost everyday. I have done that because I have a dream about going to the Olympics in rowing. At this very moment that dream doesn’t look that bright. But that doesn’t change the fact that I love training. There will close to no cost at my training session. When I finish a training I will eat something like a couple of bananas or something like that.

At 7-8 PM I will have my dinner around that time. For the last three weeks I have been eating the same dish every night. It is fried rice, with beans, broccoli, onion and chili, topped off with cheddar cheese and a tomato salsa. I think it cost me around 15 DKK (2 $) for a dish like that. It taste freaking good and I can’t imagine getting tired off it in the nearest future.

Daily Spending Summed Up

Morning: 0 DKK (0 $) (I allmost never buy that breakfast in the canteen)

Lunch: 20 DKK (3 $)

Dinner 15 DKK (2 $)

Transportation: 0 DKK (0 $) (I do ride with the bus and train sometimes, but I will be biking for 95 % of the time.

In total: 35 DKK (5 $)

I kind of cheat with the budget from the challenge. The food budget is only outside of my work. The money I spent on food in the canteen is subtracted when I get my salary. So I never count that spending. Not even in my savings rate. But believe. I eat my share in that canteen. With the amount of food that I’m eating it would be stupid not to pay 20 DKK (3 $) for that kind and amounts of food.

If you believe that you need to bring your own food for work in order to reach FIRE. That is just bullshit.

Yes, it would not make any sense if you only ate a carrot for lunch, and pay 20 DKK (3 $) for it. But eating +1000 calories and pay that kind of money for it is a no brainer.

What I Have Left

I managed to spent 148 DKK, so the equation will look like this:

600 DKK – 148 DKK = 452 DKK (85 $) for food.

And I didn’t manage to “fuck up” this month (yet). So I still have 600 DKK (100 $) to fuck up with.

That seems promising.

Challenge: Live below 1000 $

2018 is over.

So the other day I made room for a new chapter in my personal finance Excel Book. The name of the chapter was 2019.

Just for fun I would throw some numbers around. I don’t know why. But it kind of surprise me that if could cut back my spending even further. I would be quiet close to have enough money a year from now.

In 2018 I have been spending around 10.000 DKK/month (1500 $). And if I subtract my student loan payment, and some work related expenses. My spending is around 8.000 DKK/month (1200 $).

I have then decided to try live a month for less than 6.500 DKK (1000$). I know that Jakob Lund Fisker from earlyretirementextreme.com, has a yearly budget on 7.000 $/year. And being active on various forums. I hear about people who has Monthly budgets below 3000 DKK (500 $). I think it is very inspiring to hear people living on very low budgets.

Starting a Fresh New Year

So I thought to myself. Why not just try to start 2019 with a monthly spending significant lower than my previous years. If im able to only spend 6000 DKK (950 $), I can then subtract all of my job related expenses and my monthly student loan payments. Which means I’m more likely to have expenses for 4500-5000 DKK (800-900 $). And that would be around 30-40 % less than my previous years. If I don’t feel like spending that little, I can just spend more the next month. My theory is that no matter how little I spend, it will not affect how happy I’m. So why not just try to spend way less than normal. At least just for a month.

With expenses around 4500-5000 DKK/month (800-900 $), my annual expenses will be something like 50-60.000 DKK (9.000-10.000 $). And if we multiply that with 20, I will need around 1-1.200.000 DKK (150.000-180.000 $). And with some leverage I think I can hit that number in 2019.

Even with no rate of return I should be able to go from 600.000 DKK (90.000 $) (my current statement) to 1.000.000 (150.000 $) in 2019. With 200.000 DKK (30.000 $) from my own pocket, and 200.000 DKK (200.000 $) leverage.

Budget For January

My payments this month (January 2019) looks like this:

Rent: 2350 DKK (400 $)

A-kasse (Salary insurance): 1344 DKK (200 $)

SOS (Children charity): 235 DKK (40 $)

Student loan: 1005 DKK (180 $)

Internet: 219 DKK (40 $)

Food: 600 DKK (100 $)

Laundry (half-year payment): 400 DKK (80 $)

Fuck up money: 600 DKK (100 $)

Total: 6155 DKK (950$) 

This is what I “budget” to spend for January 2019. The biggest difference will be how much I spent on food. I’m sort of frugal according to how I spent my money on food. But it is definitely a place where I can save money.

I have read about how Jakob Lund Fisker is shopping at exotic grocery centers. To buy big bags of rice, beans and onions as the core of his food. And I have checked the prices at my local shop called “Asia Bazar”. If I buy 5 kg of rice, 3 kg of beans and a large sack of onions, I will approximately spent around 160-180 DKK (30 $) and that food will last for 10 days, ish. (Yes I eat a lot).

I will make a weekly update, on how things are going.

And feel free to join me, and let me know how you are doing as well.

Back To the Roots

In Denmark we have this luxury of free education, and being paid while doing so. I think that a student who is above 18 years and is living on their own, gets around 5500 DKK/month (800 $).

What I’m trying to say here is that there is a lot of young people who spent less than 1000 $ a month.

I kind of did that myself when I studied as a building constructor. But I did manage to get 100.000 DKK (15.000 $) in student loans. It was first at the very end of that education that I had a totally mindshift about money and freedom. It happen when I read mrmoneymustache.com for the first time.

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A Wuss-Entrepreneur

Work and Love

Instead of buying all sort of things, we can instead make a personal fund of a sustainable stock index fund. That can make room for taking up work that we love. Work that makes us thrive, and not just to survive. 

There is many people who take up work which they love. They are often called “entrepreneurs”. But in this modern culture is often found as “risky” because we need to make a living (3.000 $ ish) while doing so.

How horrible wouldn’t it be if you and your family should live a deprived life on 2500 $/month 

Concerned “Non-FIRE” Citizen

If we can take that money and make sure our basic expenses is covered. We can take up work that doesn’t even pay us. Imagine if everybody started worked with their heart instead of their wallet? Don’t you think we would have way better products. If we had endless time to come up with ideas, with no deadline, and didn’t have to worry about pleassing some investors?

Say Hello to The Wuss-Entrepreneur

A Wuss-Entrepreneur is a person who would like to have something on their own. Educating, creating and offers products they think the world needs, but made with love. 

A Wuss-Entrepreneur doesn’t want to risk the roof, the food, and the wellbeing of their families. Or their own future. 

They don’t want to spend 80 hours/week for their newborn company. 

What they do want is a work scheduele on their own terms.

A wage that match what they desire. This can turn out to be less than what your old boss thinks is appropriate.

Maybe they want to create something that changes the world, but are not seen as something worth spending money on.

Or it can be the opposite. Maybe it is something you just love doing. Like art. But the Wuss-Entrepreneur don’t feel like doing it full-time, or risking anything doing it. 

FIRE and Being A Wuss-Entrepreneur

FIRE and being a Wuss-Entrepreneur goes hand in hand, like early mornings and coffee.

It is the best combi ever. And here is why. 

It Will Increase our Portfolio Value

The beauty about FIRE is that everything is really simplified. As a rule of thump, if we can hit 25 times our annual spending, we should be set for life. 

So for every 1000 $/year we can make being a Wuss-Entrepreneur. We will increase our portfolio hypothetic with 25.000 $. Because thats the amount we would like to have in our portfolio, if we were going to withdraw it. 

Imagine if we can make 10.000 $/year being a part time wuss-entrepreneur. That means our portfolio is going to be 250.000 $ bigger than what our current statement says. 

AWESOME!

We Can Start as Many Businesses We Want

There is no reason to just hold on to one business. We can start as many as we like. And work whenever we want.

Or we can learn a new skill every year or two.

According to an old American public speaker named Earl Nightingale, if we can study for 30 minutes a day we can master any topic in this world.

By reading 30 minutes for six months we can become legimate experts.

By reading 30 minutes for 3 years we can become in the top of our field.

By reading 30 minutes for 5 years we can become a national authority.

By reading 30 minutes for 7 years we can become on the best people in this world.

Let’s do the math. If we are able to reach fire in an age of 40 years old. We still have aproxemaitely 40 years left of our lifes.

By reading 30 minutes a day, we can still in an age of 40 become one of the best people in world on 5 different topics.

And no need to worry if you think being one of the best in world sounds to big and scary. Just studying and practicing something for a year, would make us able to make at least 1000 $/month on almost anything.

Imagine this. If you started a whole new chapter of your life, tomorrow. Within 20 hours of reading you will know the basics of that new topic, and from there you can start to teach other people (and make money) about this new topic. In six months from that point you will be a freaking expert on that topic, and would probably be able to make living doing so.

Work Whenever We Like

I have never understood why everybody is taking vacation in the summer here ind Denmark. To go for an exotic trip away from Denmark. I know people have kids, and that’s why they have vacation in the summer. But I can’t really find a good reason to leave the country.

We don’t have the same climate as Sweden and Norway, where they have way more snow than us. And Denmark looks pretty much like a pancake. That means the winters is often just dark, with “snow” there seems more like an slush-ice. So we can’t enjoy a ski trip, like our fellow scandinavian friends.

As a mason I love working in the summer. There is nothing better making a tile roof in the summer. And eating lunch with a coworker on the roof, looking across Copenhagen. It is the most awesome feeling ever.

I could see myself working every summer, and staying in Denmark when the weather is (often) super awesome. And then leaving the country in the dark winter.

Or we could just work a couple of days each week. Imagine working part time at job. Only showing up Wednesday-Friday, being able to catch a beer with co-workers on fridays. And skip the monday everybody is dreading?

What If We All Felt Like This Guy?

I Have a Dream!

I have a dream …

Partly stolen from a brave man. (AKA Martin Luther King).

He had a dream, and so do I.

I really don’t believe that way we live our lives today is the best way for our happiness and well-being. We have never been more stressed than we are today.* So why do we keep on going the same path that has led us to this stress?

I have a dream of ..

.. Where Weekends are Weekdays

We have never been more stressed than we are now. I have never been sick because of it. But I have tried having to many deadlines at the same time, where I had to work 16 hours a day to reach them.

Why don’t we just swap the weekdays with weekends?

Lets have five days a week where we only do things we actually want, and two days where we work.

.. Where We Work to Thrive, Not Survive

Imagine if money wasn’t an issue? What would we then do? I think there is an insanely amount of people who pick an education because of status and how much money they can earn.

What if started to do stuff that we really had a burning desire for.

And not to just to make ends meet? Or impress others?

Imagine if we could be a “Put-in-an-activity-you-love” Instructor, but we didn’t have to worry about the food on the table. Or what about other people would think of us?

.. Where We Don’t Have Mortgages

When did it ever become normal to buy something that we need 30 years to pay off? I have never understood, and I never think I will understand it. Why we would pay that amount of money to have a place to live.

I have been working in the building industry for more than 10 years now. And I have seen both spectrums of how people can live. It is not more difficult to build a 100 m2 house that cost below 100.000 $, than it is to build a +200 m2 house that will cost you more than 1.000.000 $.

Imagine if we only spend 5 years or less to pay off a mortgage. Or not even having one? From day 1 we didn’t have any debt in the house.

So why are we building so big and unaffordable houses?

I can’t tell.

.. Where Meat Is a Luxury

Many of us in a western culture is raised with having meat in every single meal. And we can’t blame our parents for teaching us eating meat. Back in the days we was not informed on how meat-eating can affect the clima. We didn’t knew it was a problem. But we do know that now. I love the taste of meat. But there is no reason to incorporate it in every meal. Let’s start to see it as a luxury we do when we have to celebrate something big. And not something we eat everyday to survive.

There is a cheaper, easier, healthier and more environmental way to eat.

.. Where our Transportation is Awesome

I can often be stoked about how our computers and mobiles seems to have an exponential form of growth. But if we take a look at the cars, trains and bikes, there seems to be almost none growth.

The first car invented back in the 1900 had four wheels, and it run on gasoline. That is over 100 years ago, and it is not until recently that we started to drive in electrical cars.

The same goes with the bike. It still has to wheels, and a metal chain. I think the bike is one of the greatest invention. But it was not until recently that it became legal in Denmark to ride on a Speed Pedelec (a 45 km/hour e-bike). 

Riding e-bikes that goes 45 km/hour is a game changer. My dad who has 30 km for work, can now go by bike instead of the car. Save a boatload of money, being more environmental, and maybe live longer because of a better health. 

.. Where We Quit Social Status and Start Being Compassionate

I’m very open about how many money I have. 

I don’t want my money to earn respect, trust or anything else. My money has one function only, and that is buying my own time back. 

Imagine if everybody quitted the fear of “Not-being-good-enough”, and could stop spend time on impressing people we don’t know. And start to be compassionate about our friends, family and people who are in tough situation because of bad luck. 

.. Where We Have a Green Capitalistic System

Many people think of money as a greedy and en evil thing. And connects capitalism with fossil fuels, cutting down trees and the end of the world. I don’t want to disagree with that feeling. But what if we could use the power of capitalism to make a better world? I’m not talking about only surviving on this earth, what if we could leave the world as a better place for our kids and grand kids?

I believe that we can make a capitalistic system where everyone can benefit from it in their pensions, and still make the world a better place. With sustainable companies that makes this world a better place to live. 

.. Where We Have Time for our Kids

No needing to rush in the mornings because we are in hurry to our work. 

No need to work long hours on work, because you need to pay for the nanny who take care of picking up our kids.

Or paying the house cleaner, too clean up after the kids.

Or paying the restaurant for takeaway food for the family because we don’t feel like cooking after a long work day.

Just having time for the spouse you love, and for the kids you have putted into this world. No more, no less.

.. Where We Don’t Spend Money in Order to be Happy

If we live in modern western country. Most of us will have decent place to live. And a supermarket filled with healthy foods within biking distance. Which is our needs.

Anything else besides that is wants. Whenever we think that this next purchase (besides paying rent, or buying groceries) is going to make us happy. That is the exact same time that we buy a freaking lie.

The lie is that we don’t need to buy anything in order to become happy.

If we feel a little bit sad. And we think a purchase is going to put an end to that sadness. We are going to be sad our whole life.

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. – Denis Waitley

I have no freaking idea who Denis Waitley is. But that is a hell of a quote.

*https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2017/state-nation.pdf

Budgets. Don’t do them.

Still to this day I don’t understand budgets.

I have hated them back when I was young an idiot with my finances. But I still don’t like budgets.

I think they are boring, and a waste of time.

“But Loui? How can you save money if you don’t do budgets?”

There is a law called Parkinson’s law.

It states that:

“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”

Putted in other words. If you give a project two weeks, you are likely to come up with tasks that takes about two weeks to complete. And the same goes for our finances.

If we earn 3000 $/month and we would like to save the largest amount of those money. The traditional way of figuring out how much money we can save would go something like this:

  1. Do a budget in the start of the month
  2. Figure out how much you can save
  3. Save and invest that amount

What is wrong about that is that we focus on the budget first. Just like Parkinson’s law affects deadlines on projects. It effects the same way on our finances.

If we budget 400 $/month for groceries, that is likely the amount we are going to spend on our groceries.

If we however look at how much we want to save, and make that the first thing we put aside. Parkinson’s law is going to work its magic for us.

Lets say the we make 3000 $/month, and we would like to save 50 % of that (1500 $). That would be the first thing we do when a paycheck arrives.

From there, our job is just to live on whats left.

I have even done periods where after what I have saved and invested, my account balance would be zero. So I knew whenever I wanted to buy something, my account would go in debt. That of course was just an experiment to see if I could spend even less by doing that. And I did. But it was tough.

I would recommend people try out such an experiment. Start a month with nothing on your account.

There is two reasons why it is has some benefits:

  1. You are going to love just to have SOME money on your account the next month.
  2. You are likely going to save and invest more than you normal would.
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So You Think Your Workday is 8 Hours?

We think our full-time work is an 8 hour workday, which is a lie.

A workday for normal person would go something like this:

Sleep: 8 Hours

Work: 8 Hours

Free time: 8 Hours

Total: 24 Hours

While that is true on paper. It is far from how we really spend our precious time. To have some healthy sleep we need to sleep between 7-9 hours. The older we get the less sleep we need.

But how does our workday really look like?

How many of our daily activities is work related?

Let’s try to sum it up.

Our Job Hours/Week
(Before adjustments) 40
Adjustments
Commuting 7.5
Costuming 2
Relaxing at home 5
Talking about job 2.5
Escape entertainment 5
Job related illness 1
Job, with Adjustments 53
Hours/Day 10,6

If we count every minute there is job related we end up on 53 hours/week, and not 40. And this has several disadvantages.  (And this calculation exclude working overtime and in weekends.)

If we think we have an hourly rate of 15 $, we are more likely to have a 11 $/hour. But because we spend 2,6 hours more than we think on something work related and we only have about 5 hours of “free” time.

This free time includes all of the household chores as laundry, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, picking up kids and so on.

If  we on average spend two hours a day on all of the household chores, we end up with only 3 hours of free time. These can be used for family/friends/spouse, training, reading/writing or whatever that brings us joy.

But is that how we want to spend all of our 50 years of working?

I know how those 3 hours feel. I’m often super exhausted, and I don’t feel like doing anything.

And is that what we want?

Three hours of not feeling like doing anything?

Just looking forward to the weekends and the holidays three months from now?

That my friend is just sad.

Fortunately there is a solution to all of this nonsense we call “normal”!

Not Spending All of Our Income

It can be done in extreme ways, saving +50% of our income (Which is what I prefer). But saving “just” 10-20 % of our income can make a huge difference for a start.

Doing this has a lot of different advantages.

  • We can work for six months, and then take the next six months off.
  • We can work part-time. So we only have three workdays instead of five
  • We can save and invest for 10-15 years and quit our job for good

And this is something we can do this very day. It is just a decision not to spend all of our money, and maybe quitting some monthly subscriptions.

Living A More Minimalistic Life

Less is more.

And let me show you how.

Whenever we do/have less, we make space for the more important things.

And there is several ways we can do this: 

Skipping breakfast. Yes you got that right. Breakfast is not the most healthy meal of the day. There is several studies on if we decrease the time we eat everyday from 16 hours to 8 hours we will have several health benefits. One of them is longevity. In other words. Only eat lunch and dinner. This is called Intermittent Fasting or Time Restricted Eating.  This does not only free up the time we need to prepare extra meal, but we will also save some money since we do not need to shop for breakfast.

Having less stuff can benefit in SO many ways.

  • Less stuff in our homes makes it easier to clean and tidy up.
  • Having fewer parts of clothes makes it easier to laundry.
  • Having fewer parts of clothes makes it easier to decide what to wear.

Commute on our bike to work. By doing this we can skip the membership of our gym, and we exercise five times a week instead of a couple of times. Time and money well saved!

Let’s imagine that you listen to what I say. And you will start to:

  1. Skip breakfast.
  2. Wear the same dress shirt for a week.
  3. Cleaning and tidying less.

I think you are going to at least save 30 minutes everyday which you can spend on your free time instead of your workday!

Let me help you!

If you feel overwhelmed in your daily life. And you would like to have a more simple life, where you are in charge of your day and finances.

Then let me help you!

I walk the talk. Trying to live my own life to the fullest. By ditching the shit that doesn’t matter to me. And making room for the awesome stuff.

Click on the link below, and let me know your story, and I will let you know how I can coach you.

If you are based in Copenhagen we can meet up, but I can coach you online aswell.

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FIVE FIRE FAQs

There has been a lot of focus on the FIRE community from the media lately. And I get a ton of questions from people who have never heard about financial independence before.

So I thought a FAQ article was a good thing to post.

Why do you strive for FIRE? (Financial Independence, Retire Early)

I have reached a point in my life where I have realized that none external things is going to make me happier. If I can’t be satisfied with what I all ready have, then I will never be happy.

Because of that I end up with a lot more money than I need. And that gives me the opportunity  to reach for financial independence quiet early in life.

That is something I think I will appreciate more later in life.

What If you get hit by a car and die tomorrow?

This will take us back to the first question.

If we imagine that someday in the future I will declare myself as financial independent, that would be lovely. But. I’m not expecting that day where “I finally will be happy”.

Far from it. I will see it as an awesome opportunity to do more or less what I want. And I can’t see how that can harm me.

So I would be very sad if my last day will be tomorrow. But only because my life would come to an end, and not because I had money in my bank account that I didn’t spend.

Are you willing to mooch on your community because you won’t pay taxes?

The media loves to bring up the word “retirement”. And whenever people hear that word, we immediately think of a person who is laying in a hammock or playing petanque all day.

And that is not what I’m attending to do.

I love to do stuff. And I can’t imagine me going through a week where I don’t do something I enjoy, and not making some kind of money out of it. Maybe it won’t be much but I think I will keep working.

But let’s imagine that I manage to save enough to pull the plug from a full-time job at age 35 and NEVER EVER earning another dollar from manual labour. I would still be paying taxes from my investing. Which I gladly do.

What if everybody did like you? Then there won’t be no stock market you could benefit from.

And that is true. If everybody decided to only work on Saturdays and Sundays, and then do what they like on the weekdays. Mostly commuting by bike. And 80 % of their meals would be vegetarian.

Then yes, I think the modern way we see capitalism would have a hard time. But if everybody lived liked that, we would fix the environmental problem in no time, and I genuine believe that people would be happier.

And this is a price I’m willing to pay ten folded. If people read all of this and they think the whole point is for me to get rich (at all cost), they are misunderstanding the whole thing.

If we don’t take action about the environmental issues on our own, it looks like we won’t be here on planet earth for much longer.

What about kids, don’t you wanna have a family?

Sure I do. That is also one of the main reasons I’m doing this.

I keep hear friends and co-workers how tough it is to have kids. And I believe them. I love visiting my friends with kids. But it is just as big a relief to leave them again. Because it is awesome just to arrive home with some quiet time. But if you are a parent, you can’t just leave your kids.

It is more or less like a full-time job for the first 5 years of their lives, and from age 5-18 it will be more like a demanding part-time job.

And I can’t imagine how a full/part-time job (having kids) combined with a real full-time job is the most optimal to our wellbeing.

I think it is way better to give the kids the attention they need, without the stress a fulltime work can give to your child raising. Plus it can give myself some free time. Where I can do some work if I feel like it, or just let the day pass by as it suits me.

How Imperfection Can Change Our Life For the Better

For many years I saw myself as a perfectionist.

I wanted to do stuff better than the average joe. So I did my very best to do so.

While this can be good to some extend. It can one of the biggest procrastination issues. We all the know the feeling of how we would like to do something when the time is just right. It could be something like:

“Whenever I have achieved (Insert achievement), I will start a blog about it”

Or.

“When I have just gained a little more information about (insert a craft), then I will open my business of my dreams”

Or.

“When the (Insert investment) will hit that low. Then I will invest”

Or.

“When I have just saved (insert amount) $, I will go on that trip”

Or.

“I will say hi to that girl/boy when I have the perfect outfit on”

The truth is there will never be a perfect time to do anything. The most “perfect” time to execute on something, is this very day. Being a perfectionist is just an apology to postpone our dreams because of insecurity.

I deal with this myself. Writing on this blog is often terrifying. English is not my first language, and my vocabulary is far from perfect. But that doesn’t have to stop me, or you.

Trying to strive for imperfection can be a relieving feeling. The feeling of not have to do something perfect is awesome. It removes the inner voice in the head that says what we are doing is not good enough. Because that is what we are striving for. Things that aren’t perfect, but they are there. And they will do the job way better than something that doesn’t exist.

The Binary Mindset

Not that I’m a computer engineer, but what I do know is that computers operates in 0 and 1. Which mean either it does something, or it don’t.

This can be a healthy way to look at taking action.

To either do it. Or not.

Let’s imagine that you meet that cute person you have been thinking about the last month. And boom. Right next to you in the supermarket guess who is there? The cute person.

Now we want to take that binary mindset, and tell ourself to go from a 0 mode to a 1 mode. The trick is to forget the inner monkey mind who tells you all sort of weird things like you don’t have the right clothes on.

In this situation we could walk over to the person, and just say:

“Hi (Insert the person’s name)”

Now we have just went from the 0 to the 1, and our mission is accomplished.

The next time we hear this voice of doubt in our head. Acknowledge it. And then move on, and do something imperfect. Just do it. No matter how bad it is.

In fact. Try to do it bad. What our internal voice might think is bad, can probably do the job. And maybe even do a good job.

Perfection doesn’t exist.

Things can always be better.

Spending 60 minutes “perfecting” a 1 minute action doesn’t mean it will be 60 times better. 

Far from it.

Quantity Perfectionist

“This year I’m going to lose XX amount of kg, and I’m going to do it by eating well and run four times a week!”

Does that sentence sound familiar?

Way too often. We think that in order to do something, we need to take major action. Yes, taking huge steps toward our dreams will help us faster than small steps. But taking huge steps for a couple of months won’t take us anywhere.

That is where the perfectionist mindset about quantity comes in.

Let’s use me as an example. I could tell myself that in order for this blog to “succeed” I have to write at least 1000 words a day.

There is two reasons why this is bad for my progress on this blog:

  1. I’m setting myself a limit of 1000 words. Everyday I will sweat about those 1000 words. But whenever I hit that number. I will stop. “Man! Those 1000 words were hard to write. I better stop now”.
  2. When I don’t hit those 1000 words I’m going to feel bad. There is nothing wrong by setting ambitious daily goal. But going from 0 km/h to 200 km/h in no time. Is a bulletproof way of failing. And no one likes to “fail”.

What can we do instead?

Start being imperfect about what it takes. 

Instead of telling myself I need to write a 1000 words, I can say:

“Just write 50 words everyday, if you feel like more, do it. If not, don’t”.

If we imagine taking action as floor and a ceiling. If we make big ambitious daily goals. We are more likely to create a ceiling for ourself. But if we make small daily goals we create a floor.

By focusing on the floor (small daily goals) the ceiling becomes infinite. 

If I feel like writing 2000 words one day, good for me. But if I don’t feel like it the next day. I can just write my 50 words, clap myself on the shoulder and move on with a good gut feeling.

This can be applied to every area of our life.

If we want to eat healthier, we can just eat 1 piece of vegetable everyday. Forget about spending 30+ minutes everyday on shopping and cooking those salads. Maybe some days we will. And maybe it will be so life changing, that it doesn’t feel like a burden anymore. It is just a habit.

Or if we want to exercise more. Just run for 1 minute or take the stairs. Don’t even think about that you have to change to the sporty outfit. Just do a tiny thing. Maybe when we start to do so. It feels kind of nice, so that one day we feel like changing for to the sporty outfit and run for 30 minutes.

It can also be applied to investing and early retirement. Yes we would like to have +50 % savings rate. But just start with 5 %. That is what I did.

The beauty about taking small steps everyday is that we adapt. Running for 1 minute everyday ends up being super easy to do. Suddenly we will find ourselves running for 10 minutes, and that might end up being easy to.

Plus it is very rewarding to make progress everyday. Even small ones.

It will make us feel like doing more, instead of beating ourself up not accomplishing the big glamorous goals.

Almost 10 years down the road as an elite athlete I have seen a very clear pattern of the athletes who is world-class, and the ones who are not. And what the world-class athletes has is consistency.

We will do way better in any area of our lives by showing up at 95 % each day, rather than going 105 % when we kind of feel like it.