Main Door Project

A while ago, our home’s main door has been giving us a few problems. It has been about 8 years since we moved into our newly constructed house and seems like the maintenance work is now starting to creep up. The first sign of problems started when the door was sagging down at the hinges due to it’s own weight. Being the front door of the house, it is quite heavy, and the clearance between the door frame and the door was very small to start with. As the cycles of the weather took their toll on the door, it … Continue reading “Main Door Project”

The Nun-Chucks Project

So far in this blog, I have been posting articles with advice and tips about finance and how to retire early. But when I started the blog, I did not intend to keep it strictly about retirement or finance. I just wanted to post my journey to retirement and retirement activities. My posts have been about financial planning, tips and advice, mostly upon requests from friends and colleagues. This post, and probably a few more upcoming posts will be a deviation from that style 😀 , since I want to write something about post retirement activities. You may skip this … Continue reading “The Nun-Chucks Project”

Financial Support for Your Parents

You are currently working and deriving a salary. It is easy to support your parents with the salary. But how about when you retire? Hopefully, you have included supporting your parents as part of your expenses when calculating how much do you need to retire. Alternatively, they have enough corpus or other income that will let them support themselves and live independently. In my case, it was a mix of both and I thought I should explain how I am handling it. May be it will help you get some clarity on how you want to go about it. We … Continue reading “Financial Support for Your Parents”

How to Choose a Debt Mutual Fund

Hopefully you have read my post on how to choose a mutual fund. This post is kind of an extension to it. I will specifically explain what things you need to look for when picking a debt mutual fund as opposed to the general advice given in the other post. While I don’t consider myself an expert, I will give you some tips based on my experience. But first, the usual disclaimer: Disclaimer: Information provided in this blog is to help educate you. Any mutual fund, company or stocks mentioned within the post are used only as examples, and should not … Continue reading “How to Choose a Debt Mutual Fund”

Bored In Retirement. Not.

When I announced my early retirement, some well wishers asked me if I would get bored with so much time on my hands at such productive age. When I told them that I will be working on some fun projects, which should keep me busy, they still wondered if I would feel bored after 6 or 9 months. Some call or email me every few months to see how I am doing. My relatives ask my parents if I am getting bored. It is now almost 9 months since I retired and yet my To-Do list keeps on growing and … Continue reading “Bored In Retirement. Not.”

Debt Funds vs Fixed Deposits

If you ask someone whether Fixed Deposits are better or Debt funds are better, more likely than not, you will hear a biased answer towards either of them. Some swear by FDs and their safety, while others say debt funds always give better returns than FDs. Lets bust some myths and try to get an understanding of how these two types of investments work. Before going any further, if you are eligible for Senior Citizen Saving Scheme (SCSS), then I would say that is the best fixed asset option for you, if your investment is less than Rs. 15 lakhs. … Continue reading “Debt Funds vs Fixed Deposits”

The Peer-to-Peer Lending Experiment

It is 3 years to this day, when I first decided to get my feet wet with a new type of investment — peer-to-peer lending. While peer-to-peer lending is nothing new in countries such as the US at that time, it was relatively new in India. After reading about the lending platform called LenDenClub, I decided to give it a try to see if I could get some good returns. How it Started Peer-to-peer lending is a high risk and high return asset class which is certainly not for everyone. Don’t go down this path unless you understand the risk. … Continue reading “The Peer-to-Peer Lending Experiment”

Do You Need International Exposure

India is a growth story. As a developing nation, we obsess over growth rates. While most analysts hope for a sustained 8% growth rate from India, our government has sometimes vowed to take India into double digit growth. I am not really sure if that is even possible. Nonetheless, every time the growth rate falls just below 7%, media and analysts make a huge deal about it worrying why the rate is so low. A developing nation is expected to have a high growth rate and so do a lot of investors. So, should one invest in international funds which … Continue reading “Do You Need International Exposure”

Record Your Expenses

In my previous posts, you have seen my monthly and annual budgets. Now it is time I explained how I actually track and record my expenses, so I know how I am performing compared to the budgeted numbers. Most of our expenses are paid through debit cards. But in some cases, the vendor does not accept a card, in which case we use cash. We use two debit cards to make payments. Both cards are setup to send an email to me when any amount is debited from the bank. We make online payments or money transfers via NetBanking or … Continue reading “Record Your Expenses”

My Annual Expenses Explained

In my last post, I went over my monthly expenses. In this post I will go over my annual expenses so you too can plan your annual expenses along those lines. For the year 2018, I budgeted an annual expense of Rs. 3,60,000. That comes out to Rs. 30,000 per month. Annual expenses are those expenses that occur less frequently than a year. So things like property tax, buying a car, painting your house etc will come under annual expenses. My annual expenses planning is shown below. The first column is the list of expense types. The second column is … Continue reading “My Annual Expenses Explained”