Icarus: looking back at an interesting and turbulent period in wake of the Gamestop frenzy


The start of the year very much continued in the same vein as 2020: unpredictable and frantic. There was turmoil in Washington which was gobbled up by spectators all over the globe. In the US, there is a new president and the Covid pandemic is still raging while countries are struggling to plan the jabs properly. And then… there was Wallstreebets.

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The Lobster Trap (Part 1): Introduction to passive income


For most of us, there is a goal, a direction or purpose as to why we are undertaking these acts of frugality or careful investment efforts. For some, it is an easing of mind: that things will get easier in the future, that it will enable some sort of freedom. For others, it is a big, green ‘EXIT’ sign from the rat race of their careers...

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2020: a wrap-up


As the festive season is upon us, one can get a bit melancholic and reflect upon the past year. I think it is fair to say that 2020 has been the most bizarre year in a lot of people’s lives.

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Piece of Cake


It is quite an interesting time to be alive, in many ways. As the pandemic is raging on in Europe and people are confined to their homes for the second time in 2020, I have the luxury of having a job which allows me to work from home. While I am fully aware that others are not that lucky, for me it has been quite a blessing.

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That way we have it


It can be painful from time to time to reflect and confront yourself with some of the expensive habits you have. As I recently moved into my humble new home, I was looking for ways to fill the huge shelf above my desk. My girlfriend had managed to fill it halfway already with plants in all kinds of sizes, but there was still a large amount of space to fill…right?

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The subscription curse


The accidental split second can end up ruining a month’s worth of savings. Think about being overconfident when parking your car (“I still have some margin!”) or your cellphone hitting the floor when reaching for it with your fingertips from your bed.

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Take to the skies: tips & tricks for cutting costs on your next plane ticket


There are many things one can say about travelling. It will however – in monetary terms – not make you richer. Of course, travelling can be an enriching venture through the experiences you come across. It should therefore not immediately be banned from one’s quest to frugality!

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On auctions


For a while, I was considering naming this article “How to channel your inner vulture”. The reason is quite straightforward. When I tell people what I have been up to last week, I get some slightly judging looks. Recently, I bought a house. One of the things I want to do in this house

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On the economics of baking bread


There are only a few things which I despised more as a child than eating bread. Very high on that rather short list was eating home-made bread. It was an ordeal I went through when visiting my father, who was what one could consider as an early pioneer in making one’s own bread.

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