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”

My Monthly Expenses Explained

In one of my previous posts, I briefly mentioned that I planned my monthly expenses to be around Rs. 50,000 per month. In this post, I want to explain a bit more on how I arrived at those numbers. May be it will help you figure out your own expenses in your retirement. Before nearing retirement I never kept a meticulous record of my expenses, but I was keeping track of where they are going in general. But come 2017 (a year before my retirement), I finally decided to sit and write down what I thought my expenses ought to … Continue reading “My Monthly Expenses Explained”

Year In Review – 2018 Expenses

Continuing the “year in review” series, this time lets go over my expenses last year. Did they go according to plan? Did I over estimate or under estimate? I think I need to write another post to show how I planned my expenses. But for this post, I will just go over them briefly and how they panned out over the course of last year. To start with, I have two types of expenses — the monthly expenses and the annual expenses. Any expense that occurs every month or more frequently than a year are clubbed into the monthly expenses. … Continue reading “Year In Review – 2018 Expenses”

Should You Retire Early?

Early retirement is not for every one, and it is not like everyone need to retire early. Don’t blindly follow the bandwagon and join the F.I.R.E (Financial Independence Retire Early) cult. You subconsciously know who you are, and whether early retirement makes sense for you. Here are some reasons why you may not want to retire early.   You don’t know what you will do with all the free time Just imagine, once you have achieved the goal of early retirement, and if you sit down to think “what’s next?”, then boy are you in trouble. You should already have … Continue reading “Should You Retire Early?”

How Long Will My Money Last?

How long will your money last? The oft given cliched answer is — it depends. It is true if you want someone to answer for you. But if you put some effort, you will be able to answer the question yourself. The only problem is that you should be able to make some good estimates of your expenses, inflation and investment return long into the future.   This is a continuation of my earlier post — How Much Do you Need to Retire. If you haven’t read it, I urge you to head over there first. So by now you … Continue reading “How Long Will My Money Last?”

How Much Do You Need To Retire?

I have touched upon this point briefly in step 5 of How to Retire Early in 5 Steps, but I thought I should expand a bit on that. Most people suggest the 4% rule, which basically states that if your expenses can be met by withdrawing 4% of your corpus, then that should be the corpus size. For example, if you need Rs. 50,000 per month to meet all your expenses comfortably in your retirement, then your corpus needs to be Rs. 50,000 * 12 / 4% = Rs. 1.5 crores. But does it really work?   For the skeptics, … Continue reading “How Much Do You Need To Retire?”

How Soon Can You Retire?

Like I mentioned in the previous post, there are really just two variables that you can control, which determine how soon you can retire. They are your expenses and savings. Remember step 4 of How to Retire Early in 5 Steps? Plan a Simple Retired Life. The lesser the expenses today, the less it will be in future after adjusting for inflation. If you like a rich lifestyle today, then as the years go by, not only will inflation cause the expenses to go up, but you will want higher and better lifestyle which adds up. Your savings will not … Continue reading “How Soon Can You Retire?”

Would You Rather Have Freedom or Stuff?

One of the most important trait that people who want to retire early need to practise is minimalism. If you keep buying more stuff, you will take longer to retire. I made this mistake early in my life, but I was not too late to correct course. Especially because some of the things come with a burden of lifetime maintenance; for example owning a car. The constant repairs, upkeep and insurance keep adding to your expenses. Not just vehicles but every single thing that you own, ends up owning you. So if you would rather have freedom, you have to … Continue reading “Would You Rather Have Freedom or Stuff?”

Funding Children’s Education

After reading my earlier post on How to Retire Early in 5 Steps, some of my friends asked me if it is realistic to be able to achieve early retirement given the soaring cost of children’s education. So I thought I should elaborate a little bit, which is what this post is all about.   I want to preface by saying the following I personally did not plan expenses for my child’s education since I do not believe in the current education system and we decided to home school our child I don’t believe expensive schools impart better knowledge than … Continue reading “Funding Children’s Education”