Hi, I would like to join the fun here and post my numbers. :)
I am 31 y.o. female engineer working in the semiconductor-related industry in the Netherlands (non-native, but has studied and lived here for more than 5 years now).
I have been in my current employer for 9 months now. It was only last month that I started tightening my belt and looked closely at my finances. The first 7 months of my earnings here were mostly spent rather recklessly (which is a bit uncharacteristic of me, but due to emotional trauma - I just wanted to live my life in a "carefree" mode - retail therapy, food indulgences, some travel, going out, etc.).
Now I am back to my senses again, and my goal is to reach financial independence before I turn 40. I see myself having a child / or children before 40, so that is also a consideration.
Starting this month, this is my typical in-and-outs (in euros):
2146 net income
40 eat out, on the go
171 health insurance,phone bills,bank fees,etc.
21 gifts, leisure
43% spending rate
*transpo at this moment is non-negotiable due to personal circumstances but I see that also changing/disappearing in my budget in the coming months.
In this case I can save ~50% of my income. At the rate I am going it appears that I cannot reach FI in 9 years. I still have to work out the concrete numbers though.
I am looking for other source of income (menial jobs mostly, I would like to improve my hands-on skills, or just do something physical - e.g., fruit picking?). I would like to set up a distribution / supplier business in the future.
I am not sure what can kind of advise I am looking for, the ERE blog already contains full of those fantastic tips (thanks Jacobs and all of you). I guess I just have to put them into action. But if you like to drop a line or two, please do comment below.