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  • A Post About Many Things [en]

    [fr] Des choses en vrac! [en] It happened again. As time goes by and things to say pile up, the pile weighs heavy on my fingers and blog posts don’t get written. Been there, done that, will happen again. First, a heartfelt thanks to all the people who reacted to my post about being single…

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  • We are (close to) buying our first home in Switzerland!!!
    We are (close to) buying our first home in Switzerland!!!

    As you may have noticed, my blogging publication rhytme slowed down in May-June. Be reassured, I'm not giving up with mustachianpost.com as I did in the past with other blogs. I'm still motivated to share with you our journey towards financial independance in Switzerland. You are amongst the first to be in the confidence: we might have found the place we will own for the next decades!!! I say...

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  • 3-in-1:  Sportswear, Workout and Apple Watch
    3-in-1: Sportswear, Workout and Apple Watch

    Pictures by Inès Monnet I am so fond of these two Adidas items that I received recently. The dress is very light and comfortable, so are the shoes! They are the new "Los Angeles" model inspired from the classic trainers. You can practically do anything with this look – hit the beach, chill out in town, or as I did that day, just go through your daily chores. You can of course just ...

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  • BarkBeats Box - June
    BarkBeats Box - June

    It's that time of the month again..........Elmo's Barkbeats Box has arrived and we are yet again excited to open it! June's box contained the best squeaky toy to date, as well as 'dog Ice Cream' and a big box of biscuits that would be a sure winner with Elmo. So lets get started......The Original Silly Bums Soft ToyLabelled as 'Nuthin' Butt Fun for your Dog!'. They are a soft plush toy made f...

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  • Swiss Brands: Soie- douce line by Reficis| Smugnificent
    Swiss Brands: Soie- douce line by Reficis| Smugnificent

    A couple months ago  I reviewed a cool body scrub from the Swiss vegan brand Reficis and I was very happy not only with the product but also with the brand's philosophy about ingredients. As I had written then I wanted to try a few of the brand' s face products since I have read really good reviews about them. Recently Reficis launched a new line called Soie-douce (silk soft)  with products w...

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  • Costs and returns of my investments at Swissquote in 2014
    Costs and returns of my investments at Swissquote in 2014

    Back to a cold evening in January 2014, I remember myself on the couch staring at my screen after having finished to read blog posts about ETF investing and wondering: "All this is very interesting but how much fees will I pay and how much returns will I get in the end?!?". I was left alone with my blank Swissquote account and the least we can say is that this bank isn't guiding you at all rega...

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  • The Right to Grieve — And That Means Being Sad [en]

    [fr] Avez-vous remarqué comme personne ne veut qu'on soit triste? La tristesse est néanmoins une émotion nécessaire, celle qui nous permet d'accepter une perte, d'en faire le deuil, et de pouvoir continuer à avancer à travers et au-delà de la peine. [en] Have you noticed how nobody wants you to be sad? Tell people around…

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  • 9 concrete action points from the book "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less"
    9 concrete action points from the book "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less"

    Since I stopped to read novels when I was about fifteen years old, I was considering myself as a "bad" reader as I had to force myself to finish a book during several weeks/months. You know the feeling: you've found this interesting book that you committed to read. Or you even added it to your job yearly goals list. And then you wait until the last quarter (ergh, week) of the year to read it, a...

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  • Swiss brands: Body Exfoliating Cream Efferv'essence  by Reficis |Smugnificent
    Swiss brands: Body Exfoliating Cream Efferv'essence by Reficis |Smugnificent

    A thing I really like since I moved in Switzerland is finding out brands I didn't know about and were not available in Greece. Reficis is a Swiss vegan brand that pays a lot of attention to the ingredients of their products. It includes in its formulas local and/or fair trade  ingredients, as well as ingredients from organic farming. I was contacted by Marlena, the CEO of Reficis to send my o...

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  • Home office, a taste of early retirement
    Home office, a taste of early retirement

    Here we go: I finally work remotely from home one day per week! I need to be at the office only four days instead of five. You can't believe how one more day at home can change everything, until you experimented it! There was this initial goal I did set to myself a long time ago which was to work 80%. I calculated what would be my salary and the cut would be too large for various reasons, the...

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  • Lower your rent in one mail
    Lower your rent in one mail

    One of the reasons I love Switzerland is that a lot of processes enforce people to be responsible. For instance, when you move from one city to another, it's up to you to declare yourself to the local authority else you get to pay some fees if they have to remind it to you. The down side of this way of proceeding is that you may lose good opportunities to save money when you don't know about ev...

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  • Mental health
    Mental health

    I don’t know if you have seen it, but Jack Harries from Jacksgap has recently uploaded a video about mental health. In it he talks about his own issues with depression and how it’s not talked about enough which concludes to him asking other content creators to talk about it. Today I’m doing so. On my 2 hour commute to […]

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  • My ETF investment portfolio for 2015
    My ETF investment portfolio for 2015

    Finally we get there for the first time on mustachianpost.com! I spent one year investing on the market with a portfolio that I built months ago and that I didn't change so far. So today is the yearly update day where I check my situation against my goals and see whether a portfolio adaption is required or not. Also, I will use this opportunity to check if there are better options that could br...

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  • Exclusive interview with Bartosz Burclaf, CEO of MoneyVane
    Exclusive interview with Bartosz Burclaf, CEO of MoneyVane

    Today is the day of our first interview! And what an interview! None other than the CEO of MoneyVane.com kindly accepted to answer and reveal some exclusive infos about his new online service! Many thanks to you Bartosz. Before we start, you are maybe wondering what's this MoneyVane about? In one sentence, it's basically the Swiss equivalent of Betterment, the famous US-based low-fees investm...

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  • Travel hacking does not work in Switzerland
    Travel hacking does not work in Switzerland

    Let's rephrase the title now in order to not make complainypants losing their precious time: "Travel hacking does not work in Switzerland - when you have a mustachian/frugal lifestyle". Months ago, I read about travel hacking. I knew there were some Miles rewarding programs associated with credit cards in Switzerland but after some very quick investigations at the time, I thought it wouldn't ...

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  • Unlimited Internet and mobile subscription, for CHF 50 (yes, in Switzerland!!!)
    Unlimited Internet and mobile subscription, for CHF 50 (yes, in Switzerland!!!)

    Five years ago, we were coming back from half a year in Canada where we got shocked by the Internet and carrier fees. Originated from France, we were used to all-in-one subscriptions (Internet + TV + free landline calls) for 30€ and about the same for our carrier plans. So when we arrived in Switzerland, telecom prices were less of a surprise as we got used to how they could be expensive. Tha...

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  • How to make money on the Swiss stock and bond markets (CHF only)
    How to make money on the Swiss stock and bond markets (CHF only)

    When I started reading personal finance blogs last year, I stumble upon the fact that all bloggers were expressing one common point: "You can't let your money sleep in some bank savings account and earn interest between only 1 and 2% [1], or even worse under your mattress! YOU. MUST. INVEST." After reading this advice, I started to dive into the investment topic to get to understand the sense o...

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