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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1100 on: September 25, 2018, 04:26:37 PM »
I'm pretty open with my goal to FIRE , eh, everywhere. And I'll chew numbers with other Contract workers if they seem like they're open.

Coworker went on an extended weekend. When he got back, I asked him what he'd been up to, if it'd been fun.

Apparently for almost a decade, he and some college friends have kept in touch. They started an LLC where they all put in money, and as a group, make Stock buying decisions (actively trying to time the market). Their current goal, as a group, is for each member to get to 100k and start flipping houses together as this LLC. The members live in three different states across the US.

I'd don't know if I'd do it, but it sounded pretty damn mustachian to me. :)

I wonder how their LLC has performed over the last decade......

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1101 on: September 26, 2018, 08:52:00 AM »
Co-worker, who has been out of college 3 years, has saved up $30,000 and quit their job to travel the world until the money runs out.  No one can believe he's saved up that much money.  I on the other hand am on the longer term plan in hopes a little more work now will be a greater payoff later.  Been working a little over 2 years now out of college and have $80,000 in my 401k and $10,000 in my HSA.  Anyway, wasn't sure if this was the right place to put this but good for him for saving that much after tax. 

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1102 on: September 26, 2018, 09:05:02 AM »
Yup, this is the right place. Kudos to both of you!

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1103 on: September 26, 2018, 09:48:07 AM »
...good for him for saving that much after tax.

That is good he did the savings, but the opportunity cost of not working for years after college and not investing the money for 30 years is quite costly.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1104 on: September 26, 2018, 11:16:54 AM »
...good for him for saving that much after tax.

That is good he did the savings, but the opportunity cost of not working for years after college and not investing the money for 30 years is quite costly.

I agree.  I could quit right now and travel for 5-10 years or I could work 5-10 years and then quit forever.  Long game.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1105 on: September 26, 2018, 12:56:35 PM »
Summary: "Co-worker began LLC with several friends from college over last decade to buy stocks and flip houses"

I'd don't know if I'd do it, but it sounded pretty damn mustachian to me. :)

I wonder how their LLC has performed over the last decade......

I would think well enough or they wouldn't keep doing it, nor be the sort of people who would save 100k each as an achievable goal. I didn't super inquire into their exact profits to prove my assumption though :)

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1106 on: September 26, 2018, 11:39:12 PM »
Co-worker, who has been out of college 3 years, has saved up $30,000 and quit their job to travel the world until the money runs out.  No one can believe he's saved up that much money.  I on the other hand am on the longer term plan in hopes a little more work now will be a greater payoff later.  Been working a little over 2 years now out of college and have $80,000 in my 401k and $10,000 in my HSA.  Anyway, wasn't sure if this was the right place to put this but good for him for saving that much after tax.

There is something to say about both strategies.
When you are young, without children, not bound by a house or mortgage, not used to living in expensive hotels, not having done everything before in young life, and still in good physical shape, you can travel more easily around the world than later when all these things are in place. I think @spartana is such a person who has had multiple sabbaticals before retiring early.
Having to work to 65/67 until you receive your official pension is not tempting for us Mustachians, so we'd rather save up now.
On the other hand, your colleague has shown to be decent at saving. If he starts over doing that again when back from the trip, he might still be able to retire some years  earlier than the majority.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1107 on: September 27, 2018, 12:04:30 AM »
I'm also with your co-worker on this one, but I think it does depend on your life goals and long-term outlook. Let's say I'm at a hard to get, super high paying job and had <5 years of career to go to FIRE I'd totally wait till full FIRE levels before quitting and traveling the world. However, at my current numbers it'll take closer to 15-20 years not taking into account any partnering up or children.

Also realize that not everyone who travels finishes all their money. Actually, most people I met worked on their way once they got bored of trekking around only (this point seems to be around the 6 month mark from my anecdata). When I left after uni I had $17k to start with and 11 months later I came back with $13.5k and countless experiences. Totally worth $3.5k and some missed gains in the market to me I can tell you :).

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« Reply #1108 on: September 27, 2018, 10:37:34 PM »
I'm also with your co-worker on this one, but I think it does depend on your life goals and long-term outlook. Let's say I'm at a hard to get, super high paying job and had <5 years of career to go to FIRE I'd totally wait till full FIRE levels before quitting and traveling the world. However, at my current numbers it'll take closer to 15-20 years not taking into account any partnering up or children.

Also realize that not everyone who travels finishes all their money. Actually, most people I met worked on their way once they got bored of trekking around only (this point seems to be around the 6 month mark from my anecdata). When I left after uni I had $17k to start with and 11 months later I came back with $13.5k and countless experiences. Totally worth $3.5k and some missed gains in the market to me I can tell you :).

Add me to the list. Don't regret my long term travels when I was a young adult one single iota.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1109 on: September 28, 2018, 01:07:44 PM »
I'm also with your co-worker on this one, but I think it does depend on your life goals and long-term outlook. Let's say I'm at a hard to get, super high paying job and had <5 years of career to go to FIRE I'd totally wait till full FIRE levels before quitting and traveling the world. However, at my current numbers it'll take closer to 15-20 years not taking into account any partnering up or children.

Also realize that not everyone who travels finishes all their money. Actually, most people I met worked on their way once they got bored of trekking around only (this point seems to be around the 6 month mark from my anecdata). When I left after uni I had $17k to start with and 11 months later I came back with $13.5k and countless experiences. Totally worth $3.5k and some missed gains in the market to me I can tell you :).

My nephew recently completed a 2+ year solo walkabout around the world.  He was 18 and fresh out of school.  During this trip he supported himself by working and cutting his expenses to the bone.  He finished the trip with more money than he started with.  But more importantly, he found his passion and made good contacts along the way.  He is now at UNI in Germany studying green architecture but is also busy in Bali managing the construction of an Eco-lodge for one of his contacts.  He was also invited to Dubai to participate in a green building construction competition.

He spent a week with us on his way home from his adventure.  We were very impressed with his maturity, personality and drive.  This boy will go far.

Travel broadens your mind but it can also focus it.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1110 on: September 28, 2018, 11:24:14 PM »
I'm also with your co-worker on this one, but I think it does depend on your life goals and long-term outlook. Let's say I'm at a hard to get, super high paying job and had <5 years of career to go to FIRE I'd totally wait till full FIRE levels before quitting and traveling the world. However, at my current numbers it'll take closer to 15-20 years not taking into account any partnering up or children.

Also realize that not everyone who travels finishes all their money. Actually, most people I met worked on their way once they got bored of trekking around only (this point seems to be around the 6 month mark from my anecdata). When I left after uni I had $17k to start with and 11 months later I came back with $13.5k and countless experiences. Totally worth $3.5k and some missed gains in the market to me I can tell you :).

When I graduated from college, I had a goal to save up $10,000 and go travel for 6 to 12 months.  Once I hit the $10k, I decided to wait until I paid off my student loans. Then I decided Iíd do it at $50k.  Then $100k.  Etc.

Now I am married and we have three kids and have more than enough money to travel for a year or two or five. But traveling for an extended period with kids is a whole different ballgame. We are able to travel a lot, but vacation travel for weeks is different from a walkabout for months or a year.

Traveling when youíre young, tough, cheap, and single is a great idea, even with the opportunity cost.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1111 on: September 29, 2018, 12:51:36 PM »
I'm also with your co-worker on this one, but I think it does depend on your life goals and long-term outlook. Let's say I'm at a hard to get, super high paying job and had <5 years of career to go to FIRE I'd totally wait till full FIRE levels before quitting and traveling the world. However, at my current numbers it'll take closer to 15-20 years not taking into account any partnering up or children.

Also realize that not everyone who travels finishes all their money. Actually, most people I met worked on their way once they got bored of trekking around only (this point seems to be around the 6 month mark from my anecdata). When I left after uni I had $17k to start with and 11 months later I came back with $13.5k and countless experiences. Totally worth $3.5k and some missed gains in the market to me I can tell you :).

When I graduated from college, I had a goal to save up $10,000 and go travel for 6 to 12 months.  Once I hit the $10k, I decided to wait until I paid off my student loans. Then I decided Iíd do it at $50k.  Then $100k.  Etc.

Now I am married and we have three kids and have more than enough money to travel for a year or two or five. But traveling for an extended period with kids is a whole different ballgame. We are able to travel a lot, but vacation travel for weeks is different from a walkabout for months or a year.

Traveling when youíre young, tough, cheap, and single is a great idea, even with the opportunity cost.

This family is traveling the world on a catamaran. Seems like fun!  https://youtu.be/3ulzyVK-kyE

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1112 on: October 03, 2018, 01:17:11 AM »
One of my colleagues is approaching normal pension age. He is now changing job internally for his last 2 years, because he gets a higher salary, which will give him 600$ extra in pension monthly. In his current job he would have had to work another 5 years for the same amount. Good for him.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1113 on: October 04, 2018, 07:06:30 AM »
I just met with a new colleague and his wife. They seem very Mustachian people. All their furniture is bought second hand.

She has a permanent disability income. They are now moving to a new country where he can get a job in his specialty.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1114 on: October 23, 2018, 11:36:27 AM »
My DH's coworker had rented put his apartment for 3 days to a film crew making a commercial. He eraned 2000 dollars with that. It turned out they made quite a mess of the apartment. After complaining, he receive another 2000 dollars to ease the pain. That was an easy way of eraning 4000 dollars in 3 days, plus some tidying and cleaning.

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« Reply #1115 on: October 25, 2018, 01:18:31 PM »
Recently we had 2 days of team building with work. At the end, my department got a DVD with a movie. I took it home to watch. It turned out to be a philosophical movie about some people who prioritize being alive above being a consumer and getting highly paid. It fitted nicely into the philosophy of this website.

The movie is called Loop. It is spoken in Norwegian, but there were English subtltles available.

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« Reply #1116 on: October 25, 2018, 02:33:00 PM »
Recently we had 2 days of team building with work. At the end, my department got a DVD with a movie. I took it home to watch. It turned out to be a philosophical movie about some people who prioritize being alive above being a consumer and getting highly paid. It fitted nicely into the philosophy of this website.

The movie is called Loop. It is spoken in Norwegian, but there were English subtltles available.

I think this is both great, and very surprising! Do you know why they chose to give that particular movie as part of a team building exercise? I would have expected something much more focused on drinking the corporate kool-aid, considering where you got it from.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1117 on: October 25, 2018, 03:05:53 PM »
Recently we had 2 days of team building with work. At the end, my department got a DVD with a movie. I took it home to watch. It turned out to be a philosophical movie about some people who prioritize being alive above being a consumer and getting highly paid. It fitted nicely into the philosophy of this website.

The movie is called Loop. It is spoken in Norwegian, but there were English subtltles available.

I think this is both great, and very surprising! Do you know why they chose to give that particular movie as part of a team building exercise? I would have expected something much more focused on drinking the corporate kool-aid, considering where you got it from.

One of the teambuilding instructors had contributed to this movie. Edit: he was one of the protagonists.

The movie had nothing to do with the team building exercises. That was all about being 4 personality types and solving challenges as a group.

I think the movie wasn't necessarily about early retirement. But it was about becoming happier when you stop chasing being a consumer and focus on being yourself.
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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1118 on: October 26, 2018, 08:02:16 AM »
Have had several conversations recently with some co-workers regarding importance of savings and personal investment outside of 401k contributions. A few really encourage younger employees to start saving NOW to take advantage of compounding interest. There was a good discussion regarding HSAs the other day too, on making them a second retirement savings account. Name dropped MMM a few times and at least one person has read a few articles.

Granted, the 2 co-workers I've had the most in-depth and coherent conversations have been from the Finance department...Somehow refreshing considering previous Finance employees I've worked with that are total spendy-pants.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1119 on: October 30, 2018, 11:26:03 AM »
I got 'outed' as a Mustachian a couple of years ago when I replied to a MMM tweet and a coworker saw my real-life name in MMM's feed.  Since then, we've been plotting our respective FIRE paths under the radar, although I've since officially resigned and my retirement plans are now public knowledge.  Last month, he updated his case study on a well known Canadian FIRE blog - in two years, he's gone from hopeless to kicking @SS!  I'm so proud of him!

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1120 on: November 01, 2018, 03:01:33 PM »
"A manager, an HR person, and four engineers walk into a conference room." It sounds like a setup for a Dad joke.  But that's what happened today.  My workplace is going through some changes, and we need to re-enroll in a new 401k plan.  The HR person was here to present the options to the five full time employees.

The awesome part:  There are several Vanguard options now.
Another awesome part:  Everyone there has already been participating in the 401k plan
Another awesome part:  All the employees are fans of index funds, and probably understand 401k's just as well as the HR person.
Another awesome part:  At least one person asked about the contribution limits.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1121 on: November 02, 2018, 11:47:44 AM »
My employer matches $0.50 on the dollar for the first 6% of employee contributions to our 401k plan. Across the whole company, not everyone contributes, so the average company contribution is about 2.5%.  Therefore, all department labor budgets are set up with a 2.5% match.

My department can all do math and therefore we all contribute at least 6% to get the full 3% match.  Result?  our department is always over budget on retirement.
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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1122 on: November 06, 2018, 04:14:59 AM »
My colleagues were discussing at which of the two grocery stores we tend to shop. Most people shopped at the cheaper chain, which according to one of my co-workers was 10% cheaper than the more expensive chain.

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« Reply #1123 on: November 06, 2018, 08:04:25 AM »
My colleagues were discussing at which of the two grocery stores we tend to shop. Most people shopped at the cheaper chain, which according to one of my co-workers was 10% cheaper than the more expensive chain.

3 of my colleagues and I have an email thread going - basically, when the sales flyers come out, we will share things like 'ham is on sale at 99c/lb here, and here's a recipe, and then leftovers can combine in this soup with the following on-sale vegetables...'

So, yeah. Commit. :)

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« Reply #1124 on: November 23, 2018, 02:09:39 AM »
Maybe my colleagues have noticed that I am a cheap person. At least my group leader showed me her new sweater and voluntarily told me it only cost 30$ and was a good bargain. She bought 2 in the same colour. It was indeed a very nice sweater and worth that price.

I saw another co-worker's phone and asked him what type it was. He said it was a Moto phone, typically a cheap brand with good phones. He paid 300$ for it, which in Norway is cheap for a phone. I told him I had also just purchased a new phone for that price. We both agreed on that it was madness to spend 800$ on a phone like some other people do.

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« Reply #1125 on: November 23, 2018, 06:59:25 AM »
A co-worker asked me for advice on a used EV. His budget allowed for a 2012 Nissan leaf, but was considering saving up for a couple more months to get the 30kWh version. If he went for the imported no-fuss version, it wouldn't be much more expensive than the 24 kWh one. Nice to hear someone only focusing on needs, and refusing to pay extra for comfort.

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« Reply #1126 on: November 23, 2018, 08:43:24 PM »
I was chatting with a fairly new coworker who asked me if I got more money in my last check, I hadnít. Seems she had maxed her 401K and hadnít realized it and got a boost in her account as a result. She is the first coworker who has mentioned retirement to me in a context other than, ďI know I should contribute but I have bills.Ē

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1127 on: December 04, 2018, 06:26:56 AM »
The professional guild at my work sent out an email telling people how much to deduct from each paycheck in 2019 if they want to hit the max on the TSP :)

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1128 on: December 04, 2018, 06:36:40 AM »
A co-worker asked me for advice on a used EV. His budget allowed for a 2012 Nissan leaf, but was considering saving up for a couple more months to get the 30kWh version. If he went for the imported no-fuss version, it wouldn't be much more expensive than the 24 kWh one. Nice to hear someone only focusing on needs, and refusing to pay extra for comfort.

Also nice to hear that someone wants to save up first, instead of buying now and pay later.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1129 on: December 04, 2018, 01:08:00 PM »
Our work recently switched to a new retirement plan, and we were discussing the options over lunch.  One of my coworkers, who I'm sure earns less than I do, mentioned that last year he over contributed to his 401k and wasn't in a hurry to enroll in the new retirement plan, because he'd already maxed out his contribution this year.  He drives an old Civic, rents a very modest place, has a roommate, and keeps his expenses down.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #1130 on: December 06, 2018, 04:25:20 PM »
In mid-2018, my employer, 70-person company, less than 5 years in operation, sent out an employee survey. Fortunately, more than 50% of the responses were about getting cheaper 401k options, ditching American Funds, etc. HR asked for benefits committee volunteers, I joined to represent my location (we're spread over 3 regions). We don't have management positions in the company, only engineers and a few HR/admin staff.

I did a lot research and came up with options, wrote a report with substantial data (thanks to bogleheads and portfolio visualizer). Turned it in and gave our HR director a brief summary.

Last month, our new veep talked to the committee and received a briefing, then said the company leadership was going to look into 401k alternatives for 2019.

Today, veep sent out and email stating:
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In January, we will evaluate 401(K) platforms in order to put a more attractive program in place. We will specifically include the programs recommended by the benefits committee in our assessment.

I'm stoked. They asked me if I wanted to be involved in the assessment and selection process. Naturally I said yes. I'm glad I have an awesome employer that asks for employee feedback and then uses the data to improve things for all.
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« Reply #1131 on: December 06, 2018, 07:13:04 PM »
The professional guild at my work sent out an email telling people how much to deduct from each paycheck in 2019 if they want to hit the max on the TSP :)

Not a guild, Human Resources does this at my agency.