Y2017 (Q4) Budget

Happy new year everybody! Sorry for long silence, but as you notices I was a bit uninspired to continue with this blog, but did not closed it so here we are. Lets take a look how we done in Y2017.


Lets take a look at Q4 for start. My income from job was same old 3,5 kEUR. Nothing exiting. My wife wage income has increased to record 1,8 kEUR due to raise that she received some time ago. Dividend income was minimal – 41 EUR. This adds up to nice 5,3 kEUR income.


More interesting when we look at annual results ๐Ÿ™‚ Clear steady growth is visible mainly due to my wife job income increase. Last year she worked only 3/4 of the year, this year it was full year. Also her wage was increased few times, now it is something around 550 EUR/mo. Also my wage was increased a little bit by 20 EUR/mo. and also this year I received my deferred Y2014 1/2 bonus so in total my wage income increase by +819 EUR and I received in total 15,4 kEUR. My wife received 6,3 kEUR which is whooping +2,2 kEUR increase compared to year before. Other income decreased due to no tax refund on our mortgage loan and due to my quieting military. Dividend income this year amounted to 376 EUR which increased only by ฮ”+28 EUR or only ฮ”+8% increase compared to last year due to some of my previous investment decreasing their dividends. Well that what we have in Baltics ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Also our investments this year was not that active as previous. To sum up Total income reached 22,5 kEUR and increased by ฮ”+2,5 kEUR or ฮ”+13%. I think we can celebrate these increases as it is a step forward ๐Ÿ™‚



Now the other side of the coin – expenses. Also lets look at what was cooking at Q4. Well the expenses were very high, but mainly due to ‘other’ expenses which I will mention later. Mortgage loan was same 632 EUR/Q. Phone consumer credit was fully repaid and only 60 EUR of student loan repayments was in. Utilities were 540 EUR, which is 84 EUR more then year before. Food cost was actually almost the same 1.243 EUR then year before and transport cost 397 EUR was actually lower, this added up to 2,9 kEUR fixed expenses, over the 2,5 kEUR mark. Then we move to other none-fixed expenses, which totaled to 1,9 kEUR above 1,5 kEUR mark. Most of the expenses were marked by other expenses 1,6 kEUR and big chunk of that around 700 EUR was medical expenses related to our first goal. Around 300 EUR was presents for Christmas and the remaining 600 EUR other various small expenses. This added up to 4,8 kEUR expenses.


Ok then we move on to the annual view. Total expenses amounted to 20,6 kEUR, which is an increase by ฮ”+2,8 kEUR or ฮ”+16%. A very interesting thing was that our expenses on Food and Transport was almost exactly the same as year before 4,7 kEUR and 1,7 kEUR. I say this is a good thing with all the inflation going on lately. We spent +0,7 kEUR more on Home due to repairs on Kitchen balcony 6,5 kEUR. Actually total home repair works have cost us 2,2 kEUR which was +1,4 kEUR more then year before (0,8 kEUR). What was positive is that our mortgage expenses decreased from 3,1 kEUR to 2,5 kEUR which made a positive -0,6 kEUR impact on our expenses. We have spent a bit more on holiday +350 EUR. Biggest increase was on the other section +1,8 kEUR. Well 190 EUR was due to consumer loan payments on a phone, which will be no more in Y2018. Spending on closes was the same ~600 EUR. As mentioned before roughly 1 kEUR was spend this year on medical expenses.


And the last thing is when we add up together income and expenses. The result of Q4 was actually quite good if we take into account that additional expenses that we had. Sure this was below the 15% goal, but hey 10% is good as well. 547 EUR is something.


And now the Y2017 results. In total our income has exceeded our expenses 1.911 EUR. Our saving rate has declined from 11% last year to 9% this year. So sadly to say:

Goal #2 – Save 15% of income. (Actual 9%) โ€“ Failed


Well to wrap it all up this was not a very good year for us. Sadly I have to mention that main Y2017 goal – to have a baby also failed ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Will not go trough the details as it is a bit personal, but it is what it is… But this is what new year is good for – to reset yourself, lift you head up high and move forward and that is exactly what we are going to do!

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  1. p2035, welcome back and Happy New Year. Sorry 2017 wasn’t the best year for you, but you’re right. Now that it’s a new year, it’s a new opportunity to achieve all your goals again. Life is what happens sometimes when you make plans, but remember, it’s been said that the night is darkest just before the dawn. Wishing you a prosperous New Year and looking to follow your journey in 2018.


  2. Happy new year! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m sure this year will be much better, especially on the personal level.

    However, even 9% is much more than most of the people.
    But kick your ass and do better next year ๐Ÿ™‚ You are supposed to set an example.


    1. Thanks. You are right about that kicking ass part ๐Ÿ™‚ At least I should do more regarding sports. Saving is something that is not only up to me and my wife has a bit different view on that ๐Ÿ™‚


      1. Btw, what’s up with the opening? “as you notices I was a bit uninspired to continue with this blog”

        Is it simply because the results were lower than expected?

        I know those wives! The worst! I mean really… they get pay rises and immediately think they should spend it all! ๐Ÿ˜€


      2. To be honest yes, part of that due to bad results. Also some other personal stuff, but i’m still here. Regarding wife spending stuff, well I cant say that she is totally wrong as well and actually she is not that big spender. Just that we have some other priorities, for example repair of the kitchen. I see lots of spending there for coming year :/


      3. Repairs are definitely expensive. Did you buy a used flat? As the repair costs keep popping up in your reports.

        Oh, and the sports reminds me that did run the half-marathon. So, that’s good! ๐Ÿ™‚

        Started going to the gym (weightlifting) in September. Prefer to running.

        You don’t get so high, but at the same time, you are not so exhausted. Would say that running for 30 min at 12km/h pace is the same as 1.5h weightlifting (2 min break between each set).

        Plus when I pay for the gym, I cannot skip it ๐Ÿ˜€


      4. Yes that half-maratho was a real chalange, but I was not prepared well enough. My running is not regular enough. For ex. since September I did not run anymore until now. Starting all over again ๐Ÿ™‚

        Regarding the flat yes it is old one. And repairs was done something 15-20y ago. But on the other hand all we need is renewal of the kichen and maybe after some time bathroom and we are good for the next 10y or so. We actualy renewed 4 rooms quite cheap our selves ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Happy New Year,
    even a small progress are step forward. Keep going.
    Look at home as your place, your mansion and it must look great you shuld feel comfortable over there. It helps to achieve more to be more productive and live like a king in me own castle. It takes money, but it worth to have this feeling. Trust me, year ago I bought (with mortgage) new 3 room apartment. And after 4 years living in small rental apartment (that was time when I saved alot ) I feel great, have more motyvation. Feel better than ever. It will help to increase income. So keep up.
    I wish you gool luck with all parts of life.


    1. Thanks. Yes it is nice to have a good home, but its a bit contravercial with DGI / frugile lifestyle that im aiming for here ๐Ÿ™‚ That actualy made me wonder that im a becoming a bit unhappy person regarding all of this failed savings :/ I think I should care less and feel more happy ๐Ÿ™‚


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