An award! Finally some recognition after all these hard
years months weeks days of work! Apparently, the thoughtful Frugalwoods family is so impressed by the No More Waffles blog that they decided to nominate it for a Liebster Award. Insane right? Here is their truly wise and, if you ask me, batshit crazy statement:
This guy, in addition to being hilarious and quite knowledgeable, is Belgian! I could have easily listed Bruges or Brussels as my favorite places on earth. Belgian beer. Need I say more?
Awesome! Thank you so much for the kind words! If you’re ever visiting Bruges or Brussels again, let me know and I’ll hook you up with some premium quality Belgian beers. And for Frugal Hound a… I don’t actually know any party drinks or food for dogs?
Anyhow, with a great award comes great responsibility. The instructions for the Liebster award are as follows:
- Spread the prestige and nominate five other newer/smaller blogs. The exact definition of newer and smallers seems to vary, so go with what feels right.
- Answer a few questions that your nominee asks during his or her nomination ceremony.
Let’s first answer Mrs. Frugalwoods’ questions because that’s what she did first too.
- What made you decide to start your blog?
When I started my job half a year ago, two other things happened: I saw this woman eating a waffle every day after work and I bumped into the financial independence, early retirement and frugal living community online. Long story short, I needed a place to vent my thoughts and a way to motivate myself to reach financial freedom. Plus it seemed like good fun!
- What is your favourite place in the world?
Tough one! Intuitively I feel like answering home, but that’s so cheesy I won’t go there, although I really like being in the comfort of my own home. If I have to pick a place abroad I choose the south of Germany, more specifically the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) area. Great people, good food, plenty of nature, lots of mountains and nice weather overall.
- Your personal finance philosophy in 10 words or less.
Stop eating those damned daily waffles, woman!
Don’t waste money on stuff you don’t really need.
- What has been your favourite blog post?
After digging through my massive archives I came up with Why ETFs Are Great For People Starting Out In the Stock Market, although I also really like the unpopular How I Outsmarted the Telecom Company and You Can Too. Ultimately I like the ETF one better because it reflects my views on exchange-traded index funds beautifully and because I truly believe it provides sound advice for people starting out in the stock market.
- What is your favourite type of cheese?
Mrs. Frugalwoods thinks this is a trick question, but for me the answer is pretty straigthforward: Chaumes and Chimay! Chaumes because it is so creamy and Chimay because it goes great with dark beer, especially Chimay Bleue of course.
So many excellent blogs out there, how can I possibly only choose five? Well, the rules state I can only pick newer or smaller blogs. Since No More Waffles is a 15-day-old newborn, finding five personal finance blogs I like that are younger and smaller could prove a whole lot more difficult. As a result, I’m going with blogs I feel deserve some extra love.
- Frankly Frugal Finance. The only blog on the list newer than mine! Its owner, Kipp, sounds like a great and helpful guy, especially when you get to know his background in his introductory post. Even though he isn’t able to access my blog for some unknown reason, I hope he gets to see this somehow.
- The Frugal Cottage. Nicola from the UK has been banging out excellent budgetting tips like nobody’s business for the past few days . I’m curious to see where she will take her writings in the future.
- Work To Not Work. Zee’s blog is quite old already, but is a lot of fun to read through. I especially like his behavioral finance posts, which really make you think twice. At the moment he’s in the hospital for narcolepsy tests, so go over there and wish him good health!
- First Quarter Finance. Young Will has been around for some time now, but his motivational writing style keeps me going back for more. FQF provides a great blend of practical tips and inspiration for those wishing to retire early. Did you know, for example, that he’s able to save 85% of his income?
- Dividend & Whisky. Since past April Dutch dividend growth investor Dividend & Whisky is trying to achieve a monthly dividend income of €850. He provides an excellent tool to the community in the form of his dividend screener, which has been helpful more than once in my recent dividend growth investing research. Also, I want more posts on whisky!
My questions to these fine ladies and gents: when was the last time you ate a waffle; who is your personal hero; what is your personal finance philosophy (in ten words or less); what has been your favourite blog post so far; and what is your favourite beer (both type and brand)? Should be interesting!
That’s it for me, folks! Thank you very much again to the fine people over at the Frugalwoods residence. Hopefully I did not disappoint! And if I did, tough luck.