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FIRE'd at 31
« on: January 12, 2018, 10:24:34 AM »
Since the boards seem to be craving some good old fashioned cheapassity: I FIRE'd last year at 31. I lived on around $1,000 a month in NYC during the last year that I worked. That number includes rent, although not charitable and political donations.

I have been pseudo-homeless since December. I'm wandering around the southern US, staying with forum friends, campaign supporters, and... uh, some internet dates. I'm on track to spend only a couple hundred dollars this month, for food, a couple comedy shows, bus tickets, and my $20 cell plan.

I'm actually working on job applications for a field I'm passionate about and have volunteered extensively in for the last year and a half. It's not for the money. This will end up being a short FIRE-battical, but I look forward to a second career as a SWAMI. The only thing I foresee spending more money on is charity.

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Re: FIRE'd at 31
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2018, 02:44:16 PM »
What's a SWAMi?

Do you have a bicycle or just use public transit + uber?
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Re: FIRE'd at 31
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2018, 02:51:38 PM »
What's a SWAMi?

Do you have a bicycle or just use public transit + uber?
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Re: FIRE'd at 31
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2018, 03:27:22 AM »
Sounds like you happy so "Cheers". 
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Re: FIRE'd at 31
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2018, 09:04:10 PM »
I am incredibly impressed that you lived in NYC for less than $1000. My rent there was $1650, and it was a screaming deal.

The travels around the SE sound amazing. I have a vision of vanlife post-FIRE, but I also want to have kids in the near future so we'll see what affect that has.

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Re: FIRE'd at 31
« Reply #5 on: Today at 01:19:12 PM »
What's a SWAMi?

Do you have a bicycle or just use public transit + uber?

I had to google it, I hate acronyms :)

And here I though he went to Hinduism

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Re: FIRE'd at 31
« Reply #6 on: Today at 01:40:37 PM »
What's a SWAMi?

Do you have a bicycle or just use public transit + uber?

I tried biking to work, did it for a couple months, but it got too stressful. 99% public transit, 1% cabs. Maybe less than 1%. I really hated paying for cabs. Thankfully I like walking and have a high tolerance for subway delays.

Sounds like you happy so "Cheers". 

Thanks! I am indeed happy.

I am incredibly impressed that you lived in NYC for less than $1000. My rent there was $1650, and it was a screaming deal.

The travels around the SE sound amazing. I have a vision of vanlife post-FIRE, but I also want to have kids in the near future so we'll see what affect that has.

Thanks! I only got my super cheap rent (~$500 for everything) because I had friends with an empty living room. Most people would not be willing to do that, even if they had the opportunity. I would have paid between $700-900 if I rented a room from a Craigslist stranger.

Where were you in NY? I've lived in luxury high rises and never paid more than $1,350, but I was always in Queens, except for a brief stint on the UWS.

Being a wanderer has been fun! Some stressful moments, but things have all worked out well. Good luck balancing the van and kids desires! I know there are people who do the van thing with kids, so it's definitely possible. Maybe shorter term, but who knows.

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Re: FIRE'd at 31
« Reply #7 on: Today at 02:02:56 PM »
Woo hoo on the FIRE! The Barkinator (AKA "Monkey Jenga Quit Humping That") gives you 4 paws up. Also BIG kudos from me on the political work you've pursued in FIRE instead of being a lazy slacker beach bum FIREee like some people I know.
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