February Finances

It is Savings Rate time! We love the month end overviews, great to see how our finances are shaped by life (the good and the bad). For February our finances were affected by:

  • We received our regular incomes, but Mrs CF also received her year-end bonus and salary raise (retroactive from January 1). In short, it was a stellar month from an income perspective, almost as good as the November and December income!;
  • The crowdfunding income was back to “normal”, after last month’s surprise income, with about €188 in deposits;
  • Living and healthcare spending was low this month due to no major (maintenance) bills, insurance or taxes to be paid (total expenses were about €800). That being said, there is a €1600+ bill waiting for May with property tax, waste removal an sewage for our unit and two rental units. But we will delay paying until the last moment (May is also vacation allowance payment month, so that will help pay this massive bill);
  • The “new” transport costs are in line with expectations. But fuel still hurts with a total expense of €175.51 (fuelling up three times);
  • Grocery costs were again lower than normal this month, but this is partially the result of Miss CF being potty trained. Saves a lot in wipes and diapers! Total spend was about €257;
  • The kid category was also stable, we paid for daycare fees (net fees are €950!) and some arts and crafts supplies (read paper and pencils);
  • Travel and Leisure included some activities with Miss CF (more skating ) in combination with a birthday gift; and,
  • Other items included new work shoes for Mrs CF (€55), cost for the Meetup in Antwerp (€50) and about €90 in expenses for various small items including new printer cartridges.

February Savings Rate 

The savings rate for the month of February end up being 72.8%, that’s an insane month! Thank you employer for that nice bonus. We will put it to good use (read: it will be invested wisely). We are a very happy family 🙂

February 2017 Savings Rate

February 2017 Savings Rate

If you breakdown our expenses for the month, the distribution looks like this:


February 2017 Expenses Breakdown

February 2017 Expenses Breakdown


How was your Savings Rate for February? Any uncommon/surprising expenses or incomes?

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It is history week at Cheesy Finance, with two posts this week about our historical financial affairs. Today we will focus on our historical Savings Rates. Later this week we will look at historical Return on Investment and income asset allocations.

Historical Savings Rates

We kept detailed records of our spending since about mid-2010. But we had some partial household overviews from 2006-2008, plus bank statements, pay checks and receipts from (large) expenses to puzzle together the remaining years. Everything up to and including 2010 is therefore our best guess, everything from 2011 is pretty accurate.

An overview of our savings rates for the period from 2006 to 2016 (and the average to date) is shown in the figure below:

Historical Savings Rates

Historical Savings Rates from Team CF between 2006 and 2016

A Bit of Team CF Life History

Mrs CF started her career in about 2004, Mr CF started his in 2006. Both of us graduated with MSc degrees in our fields. When we met in 2004, Mrs CF had just about paid off here student loans. Mr CF (thanks many as three side jobs at one time and his parents) was able to graduate without any student loans at all.

Before we started living together in the same home in 2007, we still each had a student accommodation (costing about €275-350/month). When we moved in together we rented a small place for about €600/month (including heating, excluding electricity/water/internet). This place was a lot bigger than our student accommodations but overall costed about the same.

At this time Mrs. CF has a pretty good job as an accountant, Mr CF had a job which included extended travel outside the country. In short, we were (still) living like students and had good pay-checks. Because we were somewhat frugal by nature, our savings rate started out really good in the beginning. But then Mr CF got restless……and consumerism/”keeping up with the joneses” started to take hold.

Saving Rate Developments over the Years

As noted and shown in the previous paragraphs, the savings rates between 2006 and 2008 were pretty good as we kept our life simple and only had a small apartment. Then we moved to Canada in 2009, this obviously was not cheap as you have to start your life again (although the visa’s and move were paid for by the company). For most of 2009 only Mr. CF had a job and Mrs. CF did lots of job interviews (bad timing with the crisis ongoing), studying and volunteer work. However, we bought a new car and motorcycle that same year.

As of 2010 we both had full time employment and life was good. We did lots of hiking, travelling but still kept our budget in check. We had also purchased a home in 2010 (reasonable timing as far a purchase price, but it was a massive 280 square metre (3000sf) McMansion!), a second car and upsized the motorcycle. We actually sunk virtually all our savings from 2006-2009 into the house, cars and motorcycles. Consumerism at its finest.

In 2011 and 2013 our incomes kept getting bigger, but our expenses stayed about the same. In short, pretty good savings rates for those years. It’s interesting to see the good saving rates despite getting married, doing a 20-day Hawaii honeymoon and Miss CF being born in those years.

The Transition Years

As of 2014 the effects of Miss CF being with us, and associated parental leave, are becoming visible. The lack of income, some extended travel and daycare costs start to have a big effect on the savings rate. However, 2014 was also the year that the FIRE principles started to take shape. The parental leave gave us insight into living with all the time in the world on a modest income. Then Mrs CF discovered ERE and things rapidly progressed from there with the purchase of our first two rentals.

2015, which was a massive transition year, was pretty “bad” from a savings perspective. We emigrated back from Canada to the Netherlands, but this time we had to pay for the international move ourselves. We also were unemployed for about 3-5 months that year, and we did a bit of travelling as well. It was a great year, just not from a savings perspective 🙂

Last year (2016) was a turn-around year, for the better. We both were employed for the whole year, had good incomes, our investments did well and we managed to add 2 properties and one workshop (as well as one property for ourselves) to our portfolio. The savings rate is back into the right territory, despite the massive costs of day-care for Miss CF (about 30% of our total expenses). We did not travel much last year either, which is not necessarily a bad thing as we did quite a bit of travelling over the years. But it obviously had a big positive impact on the savings rate.

The Future?

For 2017 we hope to keep this momentum going! But there are many developments and ideas we are working on, we don’t know yet how the year is going to turn out. If we keep our employment as it is now, we hope to remain around the 50% mark. This is driven by day-care costs and renovation works scheduled, plus catching up on travelling.

How about you, do you know how your savings rates developed over the years?

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Antwerp Meetup

Before we get into the nitty gritty of the Saving Rate for the Month of January, let’s review our Meetup on Antwerp last Saturday (February 4). We personally had a great time, we enjoyed the presentations, discussions and the great open atmosphere in the room. We had over 20 people show up for this event, some bloggers, some not, some for a second time, some new, some young, some “not so young anymore”. In short, it was a very fun very interesting day. Thank you everyone for attending and your inputs, it was awesome!

We are seriously looking forward to the next event and have a long list of ideas that we want to pass by you all for some feedback and inputs! So keep eye on your mail box (for those whom attended one of the last two events), this blog or that of  Amber Tree Leaves.

January Finances

Ok, back to the financial stuff again: The Savings Rate. January was again a “normal” month (after the really spectacular November and December months of last year) from a saving rate perspective. Let’s have a quick look at what happened:

  • Regular (so one each) incomes from Mr. and Mrs. CF where deposited in the checking account;
  • There was a surprise in crowdfunding income. One project actually went bankrupt (second issue out of 34 projects) but was bought out by another party! We suddenly got paid out the total remainig loan! Lovely, 7.5% interest on 13 months and full investment back. Bring on more of those! Total “income” (interest and principal payments) from crowdfunding was €355;
  • No surprises on the living side of things. But we did finally get the bill for the roof replacement and repair work done in 2016. This was a rather “pleasant” surprise (for as far as a bill is pleasant), as it was a couple hundred lower than we expected and came in at just over 513 (it also helped that Mr. CF assisted to contractor in his work). No complaining at all!
  • Other costs in the Living and Healthcare category included some sewage taxes (€109), quarterly water bill (€41) and insurance premiums (€182);
  • Transport costs are increasing due to using our car again to get to work (company car is gone). Total costs for the month included about €336, which is primarily fuel (€112), road tax (€179) and insurance (€25);
  • Grocery costs were lower than normal this month, as we are still partially living off the large shopping spree from last December. Total spend was about €266;
  • The kid category was pretty stable too, not much more spend than the day care fees (net fees are about €950 – looking forward to Miss CF going to school by the end of this year, should cut the costs down to about 1/3rd or less!);
  • Travel and Leisure included some activities with Miss CF (skating on a market square). We also had tons of birthdays in January, so lot’s of “free” entertainment (gifts, if any, are covered in the “other” category); and,
  • Other items included a replacement charger for the our camera battery (€23) and a transformer (58) for the PS3 we brought back from Canada.

January Savings Rate 

All the above boiled down to a savings rate of 55.8%, we are pretty happy with that, because this is about as good as it gets for us! 

If you breakdown our expenses for the month, the distribution looks like this:

How was your Savings Rate for January? Where you happy with the results, if not, why?

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Savings Rate December 2016

December, and for that matter the whole of 2016, was fantastic from a savings rate perspective. We had a record month from the income side of things, and an average month in terms of expenses. This is a recipe for a winner. We ended up at a Savings Rate of 75.9% for December!

The summary for December is as follows:

  • Incomes from Mr .CF (one sign-on bonus and one pay check), Mrs. CF (two pay checks) and an expense claim hit the checking account. Life was very good!;
  • Income (principal and interest payments) from crowdfunding loans is now exceeding €180/month, this is a high as it is going to get and will stay this way for the coming 2-3 years (“hopefully”, see post on crowdfunding on details);
  • Transportation was just above normal due to the many family trips and that fact that we are now using our own car again to get to work, in short the current expenses are likely the new normal for the coming year;
  • Living expenses were below average this month, no surprises like unexpected maintenance and no property taxes or similar expenses either. This is the way we like it;
  • Groceries & grooming hit a record high in December, mainly because we did some massive shopping. Normally we take the bikes for the grocery trips, but this time we actually drove the car to the grocery store (we do this once every one-two months). To be honest, we actually needed to go elsewhere and were driving by the grocery store on the way back, talk about efficient use of the car :-). We used the opportunity to stock up on necessities;
  • Pretty much all social events were free, or virtually free. So again nothing interesting to report here. Had great fun with the various Christmas lunch and dinners, plus enjoyed some family time together over the holiday break. Most expenses associated with social activities are actually included in the groceries category this time around;
  • Costs for day-care and kid related expenses below normal as the benefits for 2017 have increased and the first payment arrived in December. Daycare will now “only” set us back about €955 per month for 4 days per week. But there are obviously also some other costs in this Kid category, such as cloths, toys, etc.; and,
  • The “Other” category was higher this month as Mrs. CF needed some new work clothing and a new jacket (she really got her money’s worth out of the old one).

The Overviews

For the year we actually did really good , if you don’t mind us saying. We ended the year with a overall savings rate of well over 60%. See below for the details (YTD totals on the left side):

2016 Savings Rate

2016 Savings Rate

The expense breakdown looks like this:

For 2017 we are not expecting such a high yearly savings rate, as we have some reno works still pending (as well as a bill for work done in 2016). Furthermore, we did not go on a holiday in 2016 due to job changes and moving to our new house. We do plan to go once, maybe even twice in 2017, so set aside a larger budget for this. We hope to still keep it above 50%.

Did  you do OK in December too? Was it also because of extra income, or were you able to limit the holiday expenses (or both!)?

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November was an amazing month from a savings rate perspective. Mainly because of the 4 week payment period in combination with the final payment of Mr. CF previous employer. Because of this we actually had a record month when looking at income. Our expenses were generally in line with the normal numbers, but there is one notable exception: transportation. More on that later (no, we did not have an accident or major maintenance issue, fortunately).

A brief overview for November:

  • Incomes from both Mr and Mrs CF were exceptional: 3 pay checks and a massive expense claim hitting the accounts. Seriously stoked!
  • Income (principal and interest payments) from crowdfunding loans is now exceeding €165/month, but we have put investments in this system on hold for now. So payments should be steady going forward (more details on why we stopped later this month in a post on Crowdfunding);
  • Transportation was ridiculous this month, but is mainly driven by an investment. How can you have an investment in transport I hear you think, well let’s put it this way. Mr. CF bought a tricycle for adults, curious? You got to wait for later this months to hear the story and see the calculations on why this is an investment and not really an expense. Sorry for the cliff-hanger ;-);
  • Living expenses were relatively low this month, no quarterly insurance bills or any other taxes this month;
  • Groceries & grooming a well below average at around €250, not totally sure why (albeit we did clean out the fridge completely and got a 3 weeks supply in apples from the yard, but this cannot have been causing such a low month);
  • Pretty much all social events were free, or virtually free. So nothing to report here (but we are looking forward to having a holiday again, job shifts, moving house, and bad timing with work has prevented us from taking a family holiday this year….gearing up to make plans for next year!);
  • Costs for day-care and kid related expenses where normal (~€1020, including benefits).
  • Nothing special to report in the “Other” section either.

For those curious how we calculate our savings rate, please see this page for more details.

The saving rate for November ended up being well above average, despite the large purchase on the transportation front . We ended the month with a nice savings rate of 62,3%. See below for the usual graphs.

Considering the projected income and expenses for December (another record month on the income front expected, even better than this record month), we should be able to close out the year with an yearly savings rate of above 60% (we are now at 60.3%, see bar on the far left in the plot below), that is seriously awesome!


The expense breakdown looks like this:


How was  your November? Did you also have such a good much as we did? Of was there something else that affected your savings rate. Let us know!

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We (Mr. and Mrs. CF) just finished our discussions and thoughts on how to calculate our Savings Rate going forward (and correct some older results). The outcome of how we calculate our Savings Rate is added in this new page on our blog, it may explain a few things you are wondering about, and perhaps could help you too with determining your Savings Rates.

How do we calculate our Savings Rate?

The reason we had some discussions is because of our latest Real Estate venture. We have successfully rented out the two units and commercial workshop in our new property to some lovely people. All associated funds are coming in and are going out of our checking account. Because it’s one property, expenses for mortgage, maintenance and operating costs are shared between our personal use and our Real Estate venture. These can sometimes be hard to split, but we decided to give it a go anyways.

How do we calculate our Savings Rate?

How do we calculate our Savings Rate?

What does this have to do with our Savings Rate? Well, because we were not sure how everything was going to work out we added everything into our Savings Rate calculations (incomes and expenses). Now that we have completed our review of the assessed values of the properties (i.e. the “WOZ waarde” and the “Marktwaarde Taxaties”), we now have decided how to split the expenses like mortgage interest, insurance and maintenance. This is very important as it will affect how we will submit our taxes for 2016.

Splitting Rental Income from Labour Income

We have now completely pulled out and split the investment income and expenses related to real estate from our personal Saving Rate calculations. The corrected version, with changes starting from July 2016, is shown in the new overview below. If you are curious about the changes, you can also look at the one originally prepared for the Saving Rate October 2016 post. However, it pretty much boils down to the fact that we actually have had a slightly higher YTD Savings Rate than initially thought. Now that is always very good news! This actually also makes sense, as we moved to a smaller house as of July and anticipated our housing cost to go down. The data is now somewhat distorted because of the moving costs, refund of the rental deposit (see low rate in July and peak in August) and initial maintenance/decorating costs, but we might be able to achieve a 60% Savings Rate next year because of downsizing our home (fingers crossed).

Going forward, we will use the (in our opinion) correct personal Savings Rate. But as a bonus we will also start reporting our monthly Real Estate income and expenses (for those of you whom are interested in this investment opportunity). More details to follow in December.

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A new month, a new Saving Rate overview! We’ve now already closed the 10th month of 2016. Time flies when your having fun! I’m actually secretly very curious how the total finances for 2016 are going to look. But let’s not get ahead of myself here.

October was another good month from a social perspective. We had a blast at the FIRED-UP meeting in Breda with fellow FIRE enthousiasts, which was awesome. Thanks again for everyone that attended, we are planning another one for January 2017, more details to follow this month (so keep an eye out for that).

Savings Rate October 2016

As to the financial side of October, here is a quick overview:

  • Incomes from both Mr and Mrs CF were normal, and we finally got the long awaited expense claim back;
  • Income (principal and interest payments) from crowdfunding loans is now exceeding €155/month;
  • We received full income from our two new rental properties and the commercial unit, adding a very nice €1400+ to our income (if you think this is nice, wait until you see next month….. details to follow);
  • Living expenses were high this month due to the quarterly payments for insurances and some maintenance related expenses. We also had to pay sewage fees and property taxes that were incorrectly allocated during the sale of property to us (~€80);
  • Groceries & grooming a bit below average at around €338;
  • Transport costs were higher this month due to quarterly road tax (€179), fuel (€55) and insurance expenses;
  • Costs for day-care and kid related expenses where slightly higher (~€1220, including benefits) due to an outstanding day care payment and the costs of the birthday gifts for Miss CF;
  • The cost for the FIRED-UP meeting was €66 and is covered under the leisure section of the budget;
  • Gifts came in at €32 this month (all experiences, no stuff);
  • Finally, we Mr CF bought new winter cycling clothing, which came in at a whopping €205. But it is money well spend as the last two trips were very comfortable and I was not cold at all, a major win here!

The saving rate for October ended up being just below average due to various higher quarterly expenses and some expensive purchases like the cycle clothing. We ended the month with a nice savings rate of 53.1%. See below for the usual graphs. Considering the projected income and expenses, we should be albe to close out the year about 57-58%. That would be seriously nice!



How did you do this month? Any large expenses, or bonus incomes? Let us know how you did!!

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September was a good month from a social perspective. We had a great weekend getaway in Centreparcs with lots of family (the grandparents rented 3 cottages for 3 nights). Miss CF greatly enjoyed the waterpark and slept like a baby (again) in the hours afterwards. Lot of fun with the big diners and lunches, as well as the mini golf and petting zoo. Both of us also had some time to relax, life was good!

Another fun event was a local flower parade/carnival parade in the town where Mrs. CF grow up (totally free to visit). This year did not disappoint either! Great laughs all around.

As to the financial side of September, here is a quick overview:

  • Mr. CF officially changed companies (still the same work/position with the same company, but now it’s no longer a secondment). This had a big effect on the income as the payment schedule changed from a once per month to a once per 4 weeks. In short, income for Mr. CF was considerably lower this period (only got about 55% of what normally comes in);
  • Mrs. CF did not have her expense claims paid before the end of this month, resulting in a reduction in income for the month of September;
  • Income (principal and interest payments) from crowdfunding loans is now starting to exceed €150/month;
  • Income from the new rental units is now starting to come in, but we should receive the first full payments as per late October/early November;
  • We purchased glass and paint for the new windows, which will replace the old ones (~€350);
  • Groceries & grooming a bit above normal at around €425 (partially caused by the B-day party for Miss CF);
  • So were costs for day-care and kids related expenses (~€1100, including benefits);
  • The weekend getaway was completely paid for (except some food and fuel), the parade was free too and the fairground rides for Miss CF were paid for by grandma, so no travel & leisure costs this month;
  • We sold an double bed that we had purchased for friends whom were staying over in August, made €30 of the resale! We were initially wanted to keep it for ourselves, but decided not to as our own bed was still good enough. Smart move, as we made some money on selling it. This is also causing the negative percentage on the other category (it’s an negative expense); and,
  • The invoice for the webhosting and domain name for Cheesy Finance pas also paid this month (~€84)

So the saving rate for September ended up being relatively low due to the temporary lack of income and expense payments, which will correct itself in future months when there will be a double income in the same month due to the new 4 week pay periods and the expenses will be received. Still we ended the month with a respectable savings rate of 43.4%. See below for the usual graphs.



How was your month? Did you do well on you savings rate for September?


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August was a bit of a “mess” from a Savings Rate perspective, but this was far from a bad thing. Let us explain:

  • We finally received the final tax refund for Mr. CF, which came in at just above €2000! Yeah, nice extra income.
  • Other income was normal and we even got all expense claims paid on time, lovely.
  • Now that Miss CF started daycare again, we also reapplied for the daycare benefits, and we got the payment for both August and September in once go: €640 in reduced expenses
  • We also received (finally) the deposit for our previous rental back on our account: €1770 in reduced expenses for the “living category” (we had previously entered this as an expense in 2015)
  • We got a €400 bill for assessments completed on our two new rentals (these are mandatory if you want to rent units and include the so called “energy index” and point score = maximum rental price)
  • We had the first fill month of interest charges on the mortgage (at around €820).
  • We received a refund of €515 on our gas and electricity bill of the previous home we were living in. This is very welcome obviously, but it also meant that we overpaid for the last year and had higher out of pocket expenses than we should. We will try to do this better in our new home, which should be possible as we now have remote meters that are downloaded every two months. Should be albe to lower the cashflow costs a bit this way.
  • We bought some new tires and tubes for the road bike and our regular commuting bike for Mrs. CF (the valve snapped off: loud bang and scared the crap out of Miss CF, whom was riding on the back) at €85.
  • Sold various items on Marktplaats (local ebay, kijiji, etc.) and cashed about €90.

All other expenses were pretty normal (e.g. food, utilities, insurance, car, etc.), so no surprises here. But due to all the significant transfers in and out of the checking account, the Savings Rate for August is a bit strange. According to the numbers we had negative expenses in the Living and Healthcare category (caused by the refund of the rental deposit). But we ended up with a savings rate of nearly 87.6%, which is really good! It nicely compensates the savings rate of July, which was only 32.0% (corrected from 39.6% due to a charge that had a shift in settlement date from August into July). The very good news is that our yearly overall SR is now back over 55% again! See below for the various graphs.

201608 Savings Rates

201608 Expenses

How was your August? Got hit by holiday expenses, or did you also receive final tax refunds?

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As expected, July was a “horrible” month from a Savings Rate perspective (compared to our previous months, all is relative of course), but still a good one considering all that happened in July! This months was rather expensive for several reasons:

  • We moved so had moving expenses and costs associated with the new home (think paint, supplies, etc.);
  • We bought a new washing machine (we borrowed one up till now). We bought it refurbished for 50% of the retail value (yes, it has scratches but also 2 year warranty) for €544 (it can load 12kg!);
  • Maintenance and road tax for our car; and,
  • We had double day care costs (due to the move and associated timing of payments) and also had to pay funds back to the government for benefits received that were slightly too high.

On the upside, we got double expense claims and income from our new rental property! Yay. The SR for the month ended up being 39.6%

201607 Savings Rates

Below you can find an overview of our expenses in percentage. As noted prior, transport is low for us as both Mr. and Mrs. CF have their commutes paid for (one company car and one public transportation card. However as noted above, this month we had some additional expenses for gas, maintenance and road tax, therefore the relatively high number. The “Kid” category was very high this month due to aforementioned reasons. The other category includes the washing machine and a spare bed. Groceries were slightly higher due to some inefficiencies with cooking during the move.

201607 Expenses

No leisure this month, had to work hard to get our stuff setup on the new house 😉

How did you do this month??

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Despite the (for us) relatively low Savings Rate for June, it still was a vey good month at 52.4%. The main reason for this below average month is the fact that an anticipated expense claim from Mrs. CF’s work has not arrived yet (looking forward to next month, were we will have two!). However, if we look at the core expenses and incomes, it actually was a very good month, so we are happy campers!

201606 Savings Rates

Below you can find an overview of our expenses in percentage. As noted prior, transport is low for us as both Mr. and Mrs. CF have their commutes paid for (one company car and one public transportation card), this month we some expenses for gas. A small service is scheduled for next month. The “Kid” category was normal this month with both expenses and the refunds/benefits form the government.

201606 Expenses

Similar to last months, most of the leisure events for this month were “free” with the exception of a bachelor party in Utrecht and the following Wedding. Fortunately, costs were offset by the same of a few items on marktplaats.

How did you do this month??

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We have a winner! Due to the payment of the Mr. CF’s “holiday allowance” (aka vakantiegeld), we had a very high income this month and with slightly lower than normal expenses we ended up with a Savings Rate of almost 65%! This feels really good.

201605 Savings Rates

Below you can find an overview of our expenses in percentage. As noted prior, transport is low for us as both Mr. and Mrs. CF have their commutes paid for (one company car and one public transportation card), and this month we had no expenses at all actually (next month will be much higher due to the need to get gas and an oil change). The “Kid” category was normal this month with both expenses and the refunds/benefits form the government. The other category is also pretty low as we did not do many cash purchases and were even able to sell some stuff we no longer need on Marktplaats (the Dutch version of “craigslist”, “kijiji” or equivalents in your country).

201605 Expenses

Similar to last month, all leisure events for this month were (virtually) “free”. There were a couple of minor costs associated with parking and ice-cream, but nothing major. We did a lot of animal/farm related outings this month, think Miss CF kind of knows her way around cows, pigs, sheep and horses for now.

How did you do this month??

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Guess this is the first month with a “normal” Savings Rate, and reason why is very simply: this month there were no extra/unexpected incomes from benefits or bonuses/holiday allowances, and no major expenses. In short a very “boring” month. So without further delay, here is the overview of our Savings Rate this month, and including all previous in 2016:

201604 Savings Rates

Below you can find an overview of our expenses in percentage. As noted earlier, transport remains low for us as both Mr. and Mrs. CF have their commutes paid for (one company car and one public transportation card), however we did have to pay road tax for the car for the coming quarter. The “Kid” category is finally “normal” this month as the catch up in daycare benefits has been completed and we now get the same monthly benefits going forward.

All leisure events for this month were “free”. There were some expenses but those were food related and are thus included in the Groceries and Grooming category. Had a great birthday party at friends yesterday actually. The expenses in the Other category were some cash expenses on “Kings Day” (bought some shoes for Miss CF and some DVD’s for ourselves)” and did an online donation.

201604 Expenses

How did you do this month??

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Although we did not think we were going to beat February, we did! It was the result of careful spending and a bit of “luck” regarding the timing of payments/benefits. This month we managed to obtain a Savings Rate of 61.2%! It was a basic month in terms of expenses and income, with no major expenses outside the normal housing costs and daycare costs.

The main reason why this month is so good is because we received the second set of benefits for daycare expenses came in for the period January to April 2016, which was €1056! This is considered as a negative daycare expense and reduced the total daycare costs to just €470. Nice, but this also means that the next couple of months, the daycare costs will be back to normal. Furthermore, child care benefits also arrived in the chequing account as well as several expense payments from Mrs. CF’s work. See below for the Savings Rates of the last few months including March 2016

201603 Savings Rates

Below you can find an overview of our expenses in percentage. Transport remains low for us as both Mr. and Mrs. CF have their commutes paid for (one company car and one public transportation card). The “Kid” category is thus extremely low this month due to the received daycare benefits. This months we did a couple of day trips, one of which was to the Dutch Comic Con in Utrecht, one to the beach (free), couple family visits, and a Musical Show in Amsterdam (we got free tickets form our landlord, so only parking fees).

201603 Expenses

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The February 2016 was amazing, but not for the “right” reasons of spending very little. This month we managed to obtain a Savings Rate of 58.3%! It was a basic month in terms of expenses and income, with no major expenses outside the normal housing costs and daycare costs.

The only reason why this month is so good is because we received the benefits for daycare expenses of the last 4 months in one payment. That was €1008! Yay. This is considered as a negative daycare expense and reduced the total daycare costs to just €350.

201602 Savings Rates

Below you can find an overview of our expenses in percentage. Transport remains low for us as both Mr. and Mrs. CF have their commutes paid for (one company car and one public transportation card). We only did visits with friends and family, so no separate travel & leisure costs this month. The “Kid” category is thus extremely low this month due to the received daycare benefits.

201602 Expenses

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