What an absolutely stellar year 2020 🎉 has turned out to be so far. Well at least in one aspect, namely the SAVINGS RATE 💯 for the Minimal5 family. I just sat down, and did an overview of the first 4 months of 2020, in order to sanity check if we are still trending on … Continue reading 2020 Savings rate update; 67% achieved so far.
So Minimal5 Dad, how are you these days? How are you coping with the social distancing policies, working from home 🏡 and homeschooling your Kids in the age of Corona? Well thank you very much for that question dear curator. So far I am 23 days in, and I have to say there have been … Continue reading Minimalism in the age of Corona
With my net worth pushing incrementally higher and higher for every month that passes and the resulting transfer of wage slave money 💰 to the stock market, a new set of reflections are starting to set in. What will I eventually use my soon to be financial independence for? What is it that I am … Continue reading 6 reasons why it is so hard to choose Early Retirement
I recently did a post on the long and slow demise of the fossil fuel ⛽️ industry The long and slow demise of big oil... but as we are now writing 2020 in the calendar 📅 it does seem like the mass adoption is coming closer and closer. Sparked by new and tightened emission standards … Continue reading The EV transformation is accelerating
Well, that’s obviously 🙄 not a very S E O friendly headline that will be bringing in a whole lot of algorithmic google traffic. It will be some creepy dudes googling nose hair. Thing is, it turned out to be just one of those days. Had to bring the car 🚗 to the auto repair … Continue reading I would rather pull my own nose hair
We had an "action packed" weekend coming up this weekend. The oldest had a soccer match saturday, we had a house warming Saturday at my sister in law, and the the Grand Finale, a romantic getaway from Sunday to Monday. Immediately my mind spins into a cost controlling state. A present 🎁 for the hosts … Continue reading How to choose experiences over consumption of stuff
Everybody who is embarking on a journey towards financial independence find themselves pondering three things; ✅How much do I spend? ✅How much do I make? ✅Is the differential enough to make me financially independent - and when? Usually, if the difference between how much you earn and spend is positive, then at some point a … Continue reading How to bring cost down, improve Free Cash Flow and build lasting wealth
I have recently seen the notion of "Delayed Gratification" mentioned in various FIRE 🔥 related posts. Delayed Gratification, what a brilliant concept. It does not come more FIRE like then that. I first noticed it in one twitter/Pinterest/Insta post some time back, and snipped it out offcourse... I think 🤔 it was some time before … Continue reading Delayed gratification
Obviously, the headline is not possible - not even on a long shot. Sorry 😐 about that. But it is just what I would really like. To have a huge vegetables garden, where I could grow all necessities for my household. Hence, I would have liked to name this post - How to...but as I … Continue reading Self-sufficiency on a sqm?
On the verge on a new year, hell even a new decade, I think 🤔 it will be wise to both look back and forth. What went well, what didn't go so well and what should be the focus for the next year. Maybe even a New Years resolution? Looking back, I started this blog … Continue reading Climate crisis – New Year Resolutions…its the plastic – stupid?
Christmas 🎄 is just around the corner, and between all the time spend at work, corporate Christmas dinners, Christmas breakfast and socializing in 5 grade, 3 grade and kindergarten and private "gluhwein" get togethers, the Minimal5 Mom and Dad have to find time trying to do some Christmas shopping 🛍 for presents. While all of … Continue reading Christmas gifts planning and execution at Minimal5
In an excellent turn of events in the fairy tale land of Hans Christian Andersen, last nights developments on "Capitol hill" saw a broad agreement being reached between 6 danish political parties, which will put in to law a binding climate agreement. The agreement reached between the socialist folks party, social democrats, social liberal democrats, … Continue reading Binding climate law in Denmark – read all about it.
Starting of my blogging career a little over half a year ago, never quite knew where it would take me. Writing in a financial independence/minimalistic/sustainable niche - anonymously I have started to read/follow a lot of different blogs from around the world in this space. It has actually been quite interesting and insightful. Facebook groups … Continue reading Family/Dad work-life balance – in an international context.
It's funny how you sometimes get an idea 💡 for a blog post that you don't quite know where will end up when you are done. I recon this post will be such one. My chain of thoughts were actually triggered this morning, where I was woken up by my wife and two oldest, as … Continue reading Family minimalism – How to?
There is an old saying that goes something like "when the tide comes we'll know who has been swimming naked". We are currently writing anno 2019, and it seems like a long time ago, that the tide was here. That is in a lot of senses good, as we are currently enjoying the economic benefits … Continue reading When the tide comes…why we might need a new recession…
October is turning into November. Days are getting shorter here on the northern latitudes of Copenhagen. It is now dark when we wake up, and darkness comes sooner and sooner in the evenings. Even though we try to trick reality by arbitrarily turning the time an hour, we cannot escape the turn of time. Only … Continue reading Savings “fatigue” – does it happen to you as well?
Who would have thought that being benched for 3 1/2 hour on an airplane seat would lead to a minimalistic/financial independent blog post. Nonetheless that is what happened yesterday. I was in the middle seat, with my oldest on the right and middle one on the left. It got pretty boring, so at one point … Continue reading High asset prices and the effect on our kids?
If you are a regular follower of this blog, then you will know that I have just spent a week vacating with the in-laws in beautiful Cyprus. You can read more on that here. So what is the most natural thing to do when you are on vacating ... well thinking 🤔 off course. I … Continue reading The negative side effects of having debt
Finally - I've finished a book. I've finally done ✅ it. I've finished one of the great classics that I have wanted to finish for so long now. 🎉🎉🎉 ~This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, if you click through an affiliate link and make a purchase, I may make … Continue reading Book Review – The Grapes of Wrath – by Minimal5
Almost thought about naming this blog post - how to swallow your pride, in order to save a few bucks. But as you have guessed by now then, from the title and follow up, I am going on vacation with the in-laws. Only 7 days away now. Sigh. 😔 I am not an ungrateful middle-aged … Continue reading Vacating with the in-laws (MiL,FiL +++)
How excellent is that, just when you thought the Airbnb renting season for our vacation home had faded away, then I managed to get a mid October request, from a young German couple 🇩🇪 who wants to visit the northern part of Denmark 🇩🇰. Total for the 7 nights is around 500 USD 💵💵💵 I … Continue reading Yihaa…a new renter…passive income rules!
Well, obviously not by doing what I am doing, and doing it within a personal finance/minimalistic blogging niche. 😉 But hey, now you are here, so please do read on. Even though there is progress, I have to say that I am still not where I want to be; namely as the most cited, most … Continue reading How to become a full time, stay at home, influential blogger in 2019.
School strikes are all the rave these days. Ms Thunberg set sail over the Atlantic, to participate and speak at the climate strike event in NY yesterday. It got me thinking about what we are doing in the Minimal5 family, in order to help battle climate change, and if we are indeed doing enough. When … Continue reading Climate change action – the Minimal5 way
To consume or not to consume, that is the question. If you, like the author of this blog, is pursuing a route towards financial independence, the answer to the question will increasingly be not to consume. How low you can bring your monthly expenses down will be very individualistic, and how much is left when … Continue reading How to stay the course towards financial independence…
There is no getting around it, the very reason some of us devote our life to a FIRE way of life is the ultimate Financial Independence part, so that we have the option to Retire Early. The Financial Independence part is basically driven be capital income as opposed to labour income. So the goal is … Continue reading How to escape the rat race…
Choices, choices...choices They are everywhere, at every time, ever present. They are present in our daily lives, at work, at home, everywhere. We are constantly bombarded with choices in every aspect of life. Choices that require our attention, decision making and ultimately - A Decision. That is, unless you deliberately ignore them. See that is … Continue reading Reflections on Dividend yields vs. capital gains.
So the ECB lowered their interest rate today, in a move that saw the interest level drop to a staggering -0.5% ...(yes that is a minus sign). Shortly after, the head of the national bank of denmark followed up, with a move down in the danish lending rate to -0.75. (Again, yes a minus sign). … Continue reading Save us Ogier…
If you have been following this blog on a recurrent basis you will have learned by now, that I am actively trying to pursue a financial independence strategy. I did my first post on my portfolio of listed and unlisted shareholdings some time back, which you can find here; How my DGI portfolio performed in … Continue reading How I am building my DGI portfolio – Update #2
Having worked in the energy industry basically ever since I left the university, I really can't help it, when a lot of my thinking revolves around energy. That turns out to be the case also today, as I have just finished reading a small blog piece about the coming break up between big oil and … Continue reading The long and slow demise of big oil…
Vacation time is long gone, and I am slowly adopting back into the normal 9-17 corporate grind, feeding my kids, and then some left hand blogging. I have to say, that I took a deliberate pause from blogging in July due to vacation, and it has actually been kinda hard to get back at it. … Continue reading The secrets of blogging – #5 month update…
I have been wanting to do this post for quite some time now, but never really got around to do it, but here goes... In the spirit of this blog, and the fact that I happen to be a Copenhagen dad, I guess it is only obvious that a blog post about last mile transportation … Continue reading Last mile transportation
So about that FIRE thing, Minimal5 dad, how are we progressing on that. - "well, the short answer is that I actually don't know." That is not entirely accurate, but OMG, with a full time parental thing for 3 boys going on, and a full time job on the side, a full time working mom … Continue reading Behold my new invention – the zero (0) cost ($) day!
Back from vacation and I can't help thinking about the one topic we have been debating a bit in our small Minimal5 family. The car 🚗 situation. A bit of background information for all of you new comers to the Minimal5 blog; we have a Citroen grand C4 Picasso, with the smallest gasoline engine - … Continue reading Car considerations – I so want that Tesla …
Summer vacation is officially over, and then Minimal5 family is slowly getting back into the normal rhythm of what ever work-life balance we have. Slow start up at work, did one day of working from home, in order to take the top of the realities. Sitting here in the first weekend after a week of … Continue reading Zero cost (0$) activities for any vacation
I have to admit up front, that this is a blog piece I had not anticipated doing when I started out blogging about three months ago. My chain of thoughts started this morning, 2 1/2 week into our vacation, with me getting up as the first one in the family at around 8. I made … Continue reading On consumerism, sustainability and doing your laundry.
So we have arrived at Lazise at Lake Garda in Italy. The 34 sqm mobile home at camping Lido is just perfect. Weather is good, around 30 degrees, and sunny with a bit of clouds. Camp site very well equipped, with pool area, pool bar, sports facilities, mini marked and restaurant. Nothing more can really … Continue reading On excessive needs and vacation in the south.
OMG ... its been 3 months already. Being a part time blogger, I recon 3 months is not that long of a time. When you only have an hour here and there, you really have to prioritize what you do, and where you focus our time. This post will be a follow up, on my … Continue reading My first 3 months of blogging – the dreaded status
Don't worry, we don't have a homeless guy living on our balcony now or anything, but this story is kind of a weird one. It does involve money though, which by some completely random events have found its way back into my wallet. Which is why I will be writing about it. Because hey, any … Continue reading We sold our balcony – I know – weird?
Hitting the German autobahn this summer for your vacation trip, then here are a couple of must have items to bring along for the journey. ~This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, if you click through an affiliate link and make a purchase, I may make a commission~ Being well … Continue reading 9 essentials for the driving season.
Summer time is coming close. Kids off from school. Vacation planning. Pulling the plug from work, and procrastinating the last working assignments. Your mind goes into vacation mode. Zzz... ~This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, if you click through an affiliate link and make a purchase, I may make … Continue reading 7 great summer activities with kids
Progress on our minimalistic journey is moving on slowly but steadily. We are saving where we can, doing a bit of recycling, up-cycling and what not. ~This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, if you click through an affiliate link and make a purchase, I may make a commission~ My … Continue reading Being struck by minimalistic nemesis
Why go where everyone else has already been? Why not go somewhere, where you can enjoy nature in all its beauty. Somewhere quiet, with time for reflection. Somewhere with beautiful landscapes instead of a city skyline. I give you - National Park Thy. This is where the Minimal5 family will be going for the second … Continue reading Minimalistic hiking vacation in National Park Thy
Actively pursuing a financially independent lifestyle will require you to understand your financial situation in detail. You need to understand your personal balance sheet and financial net worth. I have written a blog post about that here; Family Net Worth Update #1. Additionally you will need to understand your income statement, and especially the cost … Continue reading My 19 steps to sanitize the family budget.
I like to think that we don't buy a lot. On a personal level I still have some of my T-shirts from my teenage years. Way before any one had invented concepts like Maria Kondo, decluttering, zero waste, minimalism, F.I.R.E. and the like. This is good, because both me any my wife also tend to … Continue reading Circular economy or just being plain cheap? The
As May turns to June, it is once more time for a blogging update in order to evaluate progress towards that utopian status as a Global Minimalistic Influencer. One thing that happened early in the second month of blogging, was an e-mail from WordPress, informing of my first 100 Likes. Almost simultaneously the word from … Continue reading 2 months of blogging – status Updated
This will not be my best blog post on achieving financial independence and early retirement, most likely the opposite. Being in a family means that you will have to learn to both give and take. Sometimes you get your things, sometimes you don't. We live in a flat on the fourth floor. We have a … Continue reading My minimalistic Scandinavian bathroom
Setting goals is important. What are you striving for? What does success look like? What is your vision and what is your mission? What are your short term goals in fulfilling those visions and missions? I know I started off on my blogging journey a bit impulsive, basically from one day to the other. Had … Continue reading My 7 short term blogging goals
It's that time of the week. The big laundry day. 🧺 Or should I say the minimal laundry day now that the minimal 5 family is actively trying to reduce, reuse and recycle. Somehow though, I am kind of getting the feeling that the efforts is not really kicking in though. Having come out of … Continue reading Minimal laundry day – I love thee.
Planning a little getaway for the weekend even including the kids and the spouse, but feeling repelled by the cost outlook, the carbon footprint associated, and the inflation of material expectations of your kids. ~This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, if you click through an affiliate link and make … Continue reading 9 essentials for the camping trip
Following the various debate and posts on financial independence - early retirement here in Denmark, there is a lot of focus on real estate investments. I am a strong believer in real estate in any dividend portfolio, and I have been thinking/dreaming/planning my own journey into real estate for years. I have always known/wished that … Continue reading How I ended up with my first real estate investment