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Monthly Update – 11-2019 (November)

November. Events month for Lisbon. Post is again late since i was travelling :).

This month we had the websummit in Lisbon which is a major Tech event . Well they claim its “The best technology conference on the planet” and also the largest in Europe. I believe this year or last they had around 70k visitors. This is quite impressive. We happen to be returning from our vacations and i could do the check-in for the event in the airport. This saved me a lot of time since 70k people usually generate awfull queues.

Anyhow those were 4 tiring days with also many side events. Lots to learn. Additionally we have also sold our Rental property. Finally !!!

If you recall i’ve already announced the signaling here. This was a huge stress. Not only was the first time we sold an apartment but also some documents were missing on the day because we got married between buying and selling the apartment. What a mess. Since in Portugal most of the agencies dont talk with each other no way they could easilly find out if i was married, right?

I’ve also flown to Berlin for a couple of days attending a workshop. Unfortunately i flew with a cold and my ears didnt pop out after landing. What was a minor disconform transformed into a major annoiance for the next 2 workshop days. I felt i was under water for the whole time…

Coming back, same effect which led me to visit a doctor and find out i had Otitis in both ears 🙁 Otitis is basically an ear infection which was caused by my cold. Anyhow, i planned to attend an event on the day after but i had to rest the whole day. Time to rest is time to rest.

But enought with the talking, lets go to the numbers, here goes our November monthly update ! We will be focusing on the operational part. Income vs Expenses vs Savings rate.


Salaries: 5 192.50 €



  • Mortgages: 1 101.26 €
  • Insurance, Condominium, etc: 49.74 €
  • Utilities (Water, Lights, Gas, Internet, Phones): 218.66 €
  • Total Housing: 1 369.66 €


  • Fuel: 149.57 €
  • Maintenance: 56.80€
  • Insurances: 129.55 €
  • Transportation (parking, tolls): 76.85 €
  • Total Cars: 412.77 €

Health & Personal items

  • Consultations & Exams: 62.25 €
  • Clothing: 0 €
  • Total Health: 62.25 €


  • Grosseries: 86.19 €
  • Eating-out: 573.35 € (Mrs.Firecracker celebration dinner for delivering her Master Thesis, finally selling the house dinner and some christmas dinners!)
  • Total Food: 659.54


  • Selling the house contracts costs: 271.38 €
  • Others: 135.97 € (Already some Christmas gifts)
  • Total Misc: 407.35 €

Total Spent: 2942.07 €
Budget for the Month: 3102.78 € (added 417€ for vacations)

Savings Rate

SR = ((Income – Expenses) / Income ) x 100 = (( 5 192.50 – 2 942.07) / 5 192.50 ) x 100 = 43.3 % or 2250.43 €

We have stayed below our monthly budget (yay!) We also increased i’m aware.

Next Steps

Next month we will finally some renovations inside the apartment that would increase our quality of living. We will also have christmas aaaaannd Christmas bonus !

Want to see how our Networth is going? Check here


Monthly Update – 10-2019 (October)

October was quite a busy month. Sorry for the late posting but work has been quite hectic.

This month i was again for a full week working in Munich the good thing was that Mrs.Firecracker joined me in the middle of the working week. We used a voucher she had from TAP (The trip ended up only costing 100€ back and forth) and she stayed with me, thus no Hotel costs until we actually started our vacation.

We stayed in the Bavaria region, went all the way until Bayreuth (Wagners town), Nuremberg and then using the Romantische Strasse road which goes all the way south through some really nice medieval villages up to the Neuschwanstein castle next to the Austrian border!


Germany was quite lovely in this time of the year. We used afterwords the Alpen road to drive until Salzburg. It was a different Halloween i would say. The black forest can get really foggy.

As any other vacation this also had a cost in our budget (~900€) but luckily we saved quite a bit with the voucher. On the side of the extra expenses we had 440€ for roof repairs in the building we live in. The roof is in very poor conditions and the guy doing the repairs is on a trial since if this goes well he will be also doing the facade of the building.

I don’t know if i mentioned this but our facade is in poor condition and currently almost feels like we are going to have a hole in our wall everytime it rains. Lets hope he can start the work asap and solve this. Construction labor is rea lly lacking in Lisbon right now. Work ethics is bad, they dont return phone calls, when they do they will anwser they are busy and that YOU should try to get in contact in them maybe in a couple of weeks.

But enought with the talking, lets go to the numbers, here goes our October monthly update ! We will be focusing on the operational part. Income vs Expenses vs Savings rate.


Salaries: 3 733.84 €



  • Mortgages: 1 101.26 €
  • Insurance, Condominium, etc: 49.74 €
  • Utilities (Water, Lights, Gas, Internet, Phones): 122.07 €
  • Total Housing: 1 273.07 €


  • Fuel: 57.39 € (No need to use car when i’m travelling 🙂 )
  • Maintenance: 55.41€
  • Insurances: 129.55 €
  • Transportation (parking, tolls): 30.90 €
  • Total Cars: 273.25 €

Health & Personal items

  • Consultations & Exams: -18.96 € (Reimbursement of last months expenses and other normal expenses for this month)
  • Clothing: 12 € (i’ve bought several shirts for work and we had a wedding)
  • Total Health: -6.96 €


  • Grosseries: 272.52 €
  • Eating-out: 294.70 € (Damn..still over our 200€ budget)
  • Total Food: 567.22


  • Home repairs: 440 €
  • Vacation: 965.84 €
  • Others: 9.20 €
  • Total Misc: 1426.03 €

Total Spent: 3549.11 €
Budget for the Month: 2 685.78 €

Savings Rate

SR = ((Income – Expenses) / Income ) x 100 = ((3 733.84 – 3 549.11) / 3 733.84 ) x 100 = 0.05 % or 184.73 €

Our Networth still keeps on growing (you will be able to check on my next post) but we are still quite a bit above our monthly budget.

Next Steps

We will sign the final contract to sell our Rental property. Only Vodafone remains to be cancelled. This will be another fight. Lets see. Some expenses my occurs from this.

Hopefully we will get all the renovations needed in our building and also our apartment.

Want to see how our Networth is going? Check here

Monthly Update – 09-2019 (September)

September was a great month in Portugal! Lots going on as usual!

This month was Mrs.Firecrackers birthday and we had several celebrations. We had dinner in a nice place with friends, we hosted our family for some home-made pancakes (our nephews loved it!) and of course i took Mrs.Firecracker for a lovely candle like dinner in Lisbon. Or was she who took me? I don’t remember 🙂

Additionally, we went for a boat ride with some friends in the Tróia area (next to Setúbal). I’ve rented a speedboat (yes, i’m also allowed to be a captain from time to time) and we enjoyed so much!

Just have a look into this area. They have a somewhat sand island between Tróia and Arrábida which is just awesome. We managed to make a picnic with some wine, cheese, fruits…ahh..a day to remember.

Our friends were a bit scared when we went into high tide areas and we navigate against the wind but…its all part of the adventure! Definitely something i would enjoy doing more often.

I went for a 4 days trip to Munich for work and i could attend Oktoberfest for free since some business partners invited me. You don’t have to pay to get it but you do have to pay for food and drinks and they can be quite expensive! I’m always down for some free Oktoberfest invitations! For those of you who don’t know what Oktoberfest is check here.

Basically, its a huge beer festival done in the end of September where Bavarian folks (Germany state of Munich) dress in their traditional clothing, salute each other with 1 Liter beers, eat lots of pretzels, pork knee and schnaps (Bavarian Licour). It goes without saying this is the town event for the whole month since usually around 6 million visitors go there.

While at work i also managed to get some free lunches and another dinner in my boss place which is always nice. Overall Munich is a great city i don’t mind coming back once for a while.

Summing up, i still had some expenses which will only be reimbursed next month (~1.5k). This made our budget go quite higher this month. I’ve removed from our budget the hotel and plane which land in a different account and have only maintained the transportation & food while i was there.

Another highlight this month was that we had a wedding event on which we wanted to give a good gift (300€). Usually the values in Portugal are lower, around 150€ but this was a close friend so we didn’t mind.

Finally i managed to do a medical procedure that was pending to check for a bacteria which likely runs in my family. I’m waiting for the lab results but since i had to be knocked-out for the exam it was quite expensive (175€). Luckily my company insurance covered a big chunk (~130€).

Next month i will also be going to Munich and Mrs.Firecracker will join me since we will have 1 week vacations afterwords. It her first time and i hope she likes it!

Here goes our September monthly update ! We will be focusing on the operational part. Income vs Expenses vs Savings rate.


Salaries: 3 521.02 €



  • Mortgages: 1 101.26 €
  • Insurance, Condominium, etc: 49.74 €
  • Utilities (Water, Lights, Gas, Internet, Phones): 70.02 € (lower due to the mistake of the energy company last month)
  • Other Housing expenses: 46.20€
  • Total Housing: 1 267.22 €


  • Fuel: 269.60 €
  • Maintenance: 55.41€
  • Insurances: 129.55 €
  • Transportation (parking, tolls): 131.20 € (Work related Uber & Metro)
  • Total Cars: 585.76 €

Health & Personal items

  • Consultations & Exams: 176.26 € (Medical procedure)
  • Clothing: 151.64 € (i’ve bought several shirts for work and we had a wedding)
  • Total Health: 327.90 €


  • Grosseries: 268.20 €
  • Eating-out: 450.84 € (Around 200€ above our budgeted values, here goes my food in work trip ~70€ and also birthday related food)
  • Total Food: 719.04


  • Wedding: 300 €
  • Rest: 309.8 € (Mrs.Firecracker birthday gift, Boat rental, etc. We also had the credit card yearly payment ~41€. We only have it because it collect miles we can use on trips)
  • Total Misc: 609.8 €

Total Spent: 3 509.00 €
Budget for the Month: 2 685.78 €

Savings Rate

SR = ((Income – Expenses) / Income ) x 100 = ((3 521.02 – 3 509.00) / 3521.02 ) x 100 = 0.34 % or 12 €

This was a different month with several 1 time expenses. Nonetheless, our networth kept on growing. We also had a wedding gift from my colleagues of around 90€ which was respectfully saved.

Expectation is even tough we will have 1 week vacations in October that we should resume our budgeted values.

Next Steps

To lower down our costs and right after signing the Rental property selling contract i’ve cancelled Gas and Electricity (got a ~35€ credit, yes…first they take and then make the adjustments…). Water cancellation is scheduled and i’m trying to negotiate with Vodafone since i still have 7 months of contract. They seem very adamant on making me pay the rest of the contract ~300€ and there i’m trying to increase our primary residency internet/TV package. Better than having it doing nothing in the rental property.

We should expect some building renovations to take part in next months as well. Our building roof as not been clean for a while and some of the leaks caused the facade of the building to deteriorate. This made an ongoing hole in one of our walls…meaning. Urgent fixing before the rain season starts!

Want to see how our Networth is going? Check here

Monthly Update – 08-2019 (August)

Ahhh…Portugal in August!

What you think it will be:

Empty Beach

What it actually is:

Crowded Beach

Just kidding.There are still a lot of secret and nice spots around. You just need some research and how to avoid the turist mob.

In August, Lisbon is pretty much awesome. Literally the city goes into ghost town mode. Every Lisboeta (Word for people from Lisbon) goes to the Algarve or abroad which means less traffic to work, less people on queues, generally less people. This is a huge bonus for me as my patience for masses of people dimishes as my age increases. Go figure, right?

We just came back from our honeymoon so this was a light month in terms of spending. Hopefuly this will set the trend for the future!

We also merged several accounts (which can be a pain..) so this process is still ongoing.

I had a few non-programmed health spending taking advantage of an empty Lisbon in August and also less stress at work. This meant body checks, dentist, etc. This is something i would like to pay closer attention in the meantime. Better do it while young!

We also had a wedding in the south side of Rio Tejo which was pretty nice and which obviously meant an expense of around 140€.

We went also a few times for dinner as usual but we are trying to reduce to 1 time per week now. Lets see if we can!

Ah! We did an investment. We found a promotion to buy Zomato Gold which is a discount for restaurants and drinks on which we spent for a whole year 25€. This allows us to get the second most expensive plate for free if the restaurante is on the network. Luckily several restaurants we like or some new are there.

Considering we spend an average of 40€ on a dinner. This means we can lower our eating out to an average of circa 30€. We went out last time to an indian restaurant and saved 12€. 😀


In case you want to join. Use my referal code. MIGU3266 . This will give you a 50% discount signing up but also give me 3 months extra. Win-win right? I believe this is only available in Portugal and in essence Zomato e something like TripAdvisor or TimeOut.

Here goes our August monthly update ! We will be focusing on the operational part. Income vs Expenses vs Savings rate.


Salaries: 3 405.96 €



  • Mortgages: 1 046.14 €
  • Insurance, Condominium, etc: 49.74 €
  • Utilities (Water, Lights, Gas, Internet, Phones): 146.10 € (He still had Netflix this month but we will be cancelling). Our energy provider also decided to bill us in the same month for something that would be laying in September (Great GALP..)
  • Other Housing expenses: 37.97€
  • Total Housing: 1 279.95 €


  • Fuel: 201.81 €
  • Maintenance: 65.41€ (This value is not spent but goes to another account. We do it yearly and this allows us to put is aside already)
  • Insurances: 129.55 € (Same here)
  • Transportation (parking, tolls): 44.05 €
  • Total Cars: 440.82 €

Health & Personal items

  • Consultations & Exams: 339.61 € (This month this value was crazy high..i found out i need to remove a tooth)
  • Hair: 17 €
  • Total Health: 356.61 €


  • Grosseries: 131.96 €
  • Eating-out: 293.15 €
  • Total Food: 425.11


  • Wedding: 140 €
  • Rest: 91.45 € (Apple Music, Gifts ,etc)
  • Total Misc: 231.45 €

Total Spent: 2 733.94 €
Budget for the Month: 2 638.65 €

Savings Rate

SR = ((Income – Expenses) / Income ) x 100 = ((3 405.96 – 2 733.94) / 3 405.96 ) x 100 = 19.73 % or 672 €

We were a bit over budget for expenses but the value is still too high. This is something we are confident we could decrease to around 1 600 € monthly when we come closer to FI. See here why.

Unfortunetly our rental property still draws us around ~700€ every month (morgage, insurances, energy, gas). This didnt matter when we had it rented out but for the past 5 months it has been sitting around empty. Luckily i’m positive we will sell it very soon.

Fun moments

Last but not least! I had for the first time this year some delicious Caracóis (Snails). They are a delicacy best served with some toasted bread and a cold beer. Ahhh.. and this is all you could ask for !

Come here snails!