Second Birthday of My Blogging Life

My blogging life just turned two years old! My first ever blog post was published on 23-05-2017!  Of course, that one was posted to my old (Dutch) web site (Ontsladebaas.nl). Fire The Boss is not two years old yet, heck, it isn’t even one year old. But my blogging career is. Blogging has taught me a lot of new skills, enabling me to build up my skill stack.

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How Home Improvements could Increase Home Value

Before you can start on your home remodelling projects think of the return on investment you are bound to get in case of a resell. Most home improvements add to the value of a house, but others have a low Cost vs. Value rating that is not beneficial to the owner. The resell value of most homes vary, and to better understand what your home is worth, check for its market value and the value of houses around it. Once you get an estimated value, budget for your renovations based on these figures. The best projects to select are those…

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How to Make Your Own Sambuca at Home

This will be a short article, on how I made my own sambuca. It’s fairly easy to make this sweet Italian liquor at home. Well, it will not be completely the same, but this DIY sambuca definitely tastes good!

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Fire the Belly 004

Part 4 of my weekly health related series, Fire the Belly, is a week late. Last week I simply forgot to write the article. Life got in the way, sometimes that happens. This week was a medium week, health related, I’d say. I’ve been to all three jiu jitsu practices, but only did 1 weight lifting session.

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What is Dollar Cost Averaging

You might have heard of the term dollar cost averaging, or DCA. Let’s not change the terminology to Euro Cost Averaging here. Even for our European purposes, the principle works. Simply put, DCA is a strategy slowly put your capital to work, for example in the stock market. The opposite of dollar cost averaging is a one-time lump-sum investment. Please know that when I use the example of the stock market here, you can also read “real estate” or “crowdlending”. Basically, what you do is simple. You invest money on a very regular basis, for example, every month. No matter how…

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How to Set Yourself on FIRE

I’ve written this article to explain how you can set yourself on FIRE. No, I don’t mean actually setting yourself on fire. Do you see the different spelling between FIRE and fire? If you don’t, read this article first. If you do, continue here! Start Your FIRE Within You will need to have some intrinsic motivation to begin starting your FIRE. Nobody can tell you to begin this journey, only you can. Reasons to become FIRE can be many. For me, they are twofold. 

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April 2019 Overview

The end of April was there, a third of the year is already over! Man, time goes fast! Finances In April I made a little bonus (travel bonus) again, upping my net income a bit. But also I had a one-off expense, resulting in my savings rate dropping a bit. Anyway, April 2019 marks a record high net worth because my investments have been doing so well! Income and Expenses In April I made my regular net salary (this month 2,626 euros) and received my travel bonus (we get a daily bonus for working abroad) of 280 euros for a…

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