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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1300 on: February 13, 2018, 06:19:07 AM »
Hey @Cheddar Stacker, sorry to see you go. Are you joining the 2019 cohort?

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1301 on: February 13, 2018, 08:24:20 AM »
The stock drop last week rattled me, but it was not unexpected. I think I am over it. I figure random movement until April, then the market goes up when basically every company reports 10-20% higher net earnings. P/E's may go down overall, but since it will be because E went up, it is OK. Taking a little air out of the Shiller CAPE is a good thing, IMHO.

I should still be on track to FIRE in 2018. Not sure if there will be a delay. March was range finding anyway.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1302 on: February 13, 2018, 11:51:40 AM »
Hey @Cheddar Stacker, sorry to see you go. Are you joining the 2019 cohort?

Not sure yet. May stick around for my masters, PHD, post doctorate.

When I first posted in this thread 3+ years ago 2018 was a long-shot but I wanted a very aggressive goal. I'll likely end up negotiating a high paying part time gig at my current employer in the summer of 2020. That will be the 20 year mark for my career. Hopefully pretty close to FI by then, and I can throttle up or down with work as necessary for a couple more years.

Good luck to the rest of the 2018 class. I'll keep cheering you on and watching from the sidelines.
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1303 on: February 14, 2018, 12:02:43 PM »
Update for me:   

Short version:  I'm not retiring.

Slightly less short version:



Longer version:

Tried to give notice, higher-ups ask if I am interested in a program that allows me to work much much fewer hours (like 1/4-time), which still includes benefits.  I do the math on the requirements and it requires a commitment of about 40 hours per month.  I accept.  Worst case scenario is that I decide I don't want to even do that, and I quit (again). 

So, I guess I'm officially out of the class of 2018. 

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1304 on: February 14, 2018, 12:20:11 PM »
Short version:  I'm not retiring.

Man down!

We're dropping like flies out here.  A little bit of market volatility, and the mustachians flee for the safety of their cubicles?  What happened to all that optimism from two months ago, when everyone was moving their date up.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1305 on: February 14, 2018, 12:55:02 PM »
I was ready to walk.  But 10 hrs/week average, with benefits (incl 20% 401k employer contribution), and about $3000/mo takehome... seems OK to me.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1306 on: February 14, 2018, 01:16:20 PM »
I was ready to walk.  But 10 hrs/week average, with benefits (incl 20% 401k employer contribution), and about $3000/mo takehome... seems OK to me.

I'd be tempted to stay for that, too!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1307 on: February 14, 2018, 01:28:00 PM »
I'll be joining this group.  Have been reading for years, never post though. 
I have been close to pulling the trigger the last few years, but due to the wife and myself desire of a house, walking distance to the beach in Florida I waited out a bit longer.  Live in Georgia currently.   The wife and I have a 4 month old,  I will be a stay at home dad while she goes back to work in September,  She is a flight attendant and has a very flexible job so in time she will only have to work 8 days a month or so.  I'll be a few months shy of 41. 
How we got here.  We were fortunate/smart to buy several properties at the right time.  And it helps my wife has a hard time spending money on anything besides organic food and travel so we also pumped a lot of money into stocks and the 401k.  Weve been married for 14 years and only have had 1 car the whole time.
Well pay for the Florida house in cash. We have 350k in our 401k that we will let grow and continue to add to it through the wifes job and fun jobs I am sure ill pick up along the way (This will be old age money).  Our after tax account 500k will pay for taxes and insurance  on our expensive house by the beach with only dividends.  We also will still keep a mortgage free rental we own in Florida which will pay for the utilities and other bills on our new house.  I also got inspired by the solar article Pete just put up and will most likely install that soon after moving in.  We will live off the wifes income for everything else. We will most likely slowly ramp up spending  as we realize we aren't spending enough.  So the idea is to continue living a similar lifestyle that we do know and to slowly increase our spending as we realize our cushion is too big.  The increased spending will almost all be on travel type things,  Skiing, scuba, rent a sailboat, deep sea fishing etc well be able to do those expensive things more often than we do now.
Thanks for all the inspiration from reading this site and the reinforcement that we are not alone. 

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1308 on: February 14, 2018, 02:36:22 PM »
Clean-shaven, that sounds like a pretty sweet deal. I'd definitely do it! 10 hrs a week is exactly the right amount of work IMO. And I know how important benefits are to you lot over there.

Mogadishu - welcome and congrats on the impending retirement. Your wife sounds like she has a pretty sweet gig too, just working a few days a month.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1309 on: February 14, 2018, 03:29:05 PM »
Short version:  I'm not retiring.

Man down!

We're dropping like flies out here.  A little bit of market volatility, and the mustachians flee for the safety of their cubicles?  What happened to all that optimism from two months ago, when everyone was moving their date up.

We appear to have the normal amount of drop outs judging from previous cohorts. Especially when you consider this is probably the largest cohort yet. Most people won't drop out until we get close to their original goal month even if they were already well aware they weren't going to make it. I personally am impressed at how many successful graduates we already have.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1310 on: February 14, 2018, 04:18:58 PM »
Sorry to see you go @Clean Shaven.
Welcome to the cohort @Mogadishu, did not see a date, so put you at the end.

01/01/18  CowboyAndIndian (at 59) CONFIRMED
01/04/18  Gimesalot (at 33) CONFIRMED
01/06/18  Monkey Uncle (at 49) CONFIRMED
01/26/18  PizzaSteve (at 53) CONFIRMED
01/31/18  patches (at 33) CONFIRMED
01/31/18  Wintergreen78 CONFIRMED
01/31/18  MomCPA  CONFIRMED
02/01/18  DTaggart (at 40) CONFIRMED
02/05/18  Mrbeardedbigbucks CONFIRMED
02/09/18  JLTinVA (at 42) CONFIRMED
02/16/18  Gimesalot DH (at 40)
02/26/18  Aegishjalmur (at 35)
02/28/18  Caoineag (at 36)
03/02/18  brooklynguy (at 37)
03/16/18  Cherry Lane
03/30/18  Moxie (at 58)
03/31/18  DavidAnnArbor (at 52) (Won't renew my office lease)
03/31/18  homestead neohio
03/31/18  ZiziPB (at 50)
03/??/18  Acastus
03/??/18  Badblackgirl
03/??/18  Sofa King
04/01/18  Mrs. Honeyfill
04/02/18  Honeyfill  (at 60)
04/04/18  OzBeach (at 54)
04/19/18  NinetyFour (at 56)
04/27/18  poppydog and DW
04/??/18  Calvin
04/??/18  FernFree
04/??/18  Gooki
04/??/18  lostformars
~04/??/18 HappyMargo
~04/??/18 Mother Fussbudget
05/01/18  SwordGuy (at 60)
05/08/18  SwordGuy DW (SwordGuy isn't saying.   He wants to live.)
05/04/18  step_away
05/04/18  wordnerd and DH (at 30 and 36)
05/15/18  Markbike528CBX (at 53.5)
05/25/18  CheapskateWife (at 42) and CheapskateHubs (at 49)
05/25/18  Gyosho (at 55)
05/??/18  Alim Nassor
05/??/18  msilenus
06/03/18  moneytaichi
06/15/18  DavisGang90 (at 49)
06/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache (at 42)
06/29/18  aperture
06/??/18  Agent Rosenflower
06/??/18  dbtx
06/??/18  Omalley
06/??/18  randomgiraffe
06/??/18  SwissMiss
~06/??/18 Pylortes
07/??/18  AussieGirl
07/??/18  ChasesFish
07/??/18  Mr Griz
~07/??/18 BackAndForth
~07/??/18 cerat0n1a
~07/??/18 Fresh Bread
~07/??/18 SnidelyWhiplashStache
08/01/18  SugarMountain
08/24/18  sol (at 41)
08/??/18  Mr Mark
08/??/18  NorCalistache
08/??/18  RunningWithScissors
09/30/18  SwissMiss
10/05/18  JumboShrimp
10/25/18  PhilB (at 52)
10/??/18  Fire1018
10/??/18  Happy
10/??/18  Irishtache
11/??/18  DeSteeg
11/??/18  Kris
12/01/18  Vegasgirl (at 49)
12/21/18  LateStarter
12/??/18  EnjoyIt
12/??/18  yoda34
??/??/18  Blindsquirrel
??/??/18  FLStache
??/??/18  Michread
??/??/18  Minnesota_mom
??/??/18  MiserlyMiser
??/??/18  pecunia
??/??/18  Mogadishu


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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1311 on: February 14, 2018, 06:52:25 PM »
Still on target for May 1st.

Looks like my cheap-ass employer doesn't want to pay as much as the job candidate I found them 5 months ago is currently making. 

Of course, being dumb-asses, they didn't bother to find that out until now. 

So, despite giving them 7 1/2 months notice, it looks like they'll turn the replacement process into a last-minute cluster-f*ck anyway.

I care about my customer and their success, so I'm a bit flexible on the dates.  But my GAF-meter is pretty much worn out as far as the daily grind goes, so I'm not all *that* flexible.




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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1312 on: February 14, 2018, 08:43:49 PM »
I was ready to walk.  But 10 hrs/week average, with benefits (incl 20% 401k employer contribution), and about $3000/mo takehome... seems OK to me.

That's great. That's the power of being able to walk away, you find out about all kinds of options you didn't know about

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1313 on: February 14, 2018, 11:01:38 PM »


01/01/18  CowboyAndIndian (at 59) CONFIRMED
01/04/18  Gimesalot (at 33) CONFIRMED
01/06/18  Monkey Uncle (at 49) CONFIRMED
01/26/18  PizzaSteve (at 53) CONFIRMED
01/31/18  patches (at 33) CONFIRMED
01/31/18  Wintergreen78 CONFIRMED
01/31/18  MomCPA  CONFIRMED
02/01/18  DTaggart (at 40) CONFIRMED
02/05/18  Mrbeardedbigbucks CONFIRMED
02/09/18  JLTinVA (at 42) CONFIRMED
02/14/18  Gimesalot DH (at 40) CONFIRMED
02/26/18  Aegishjalmur (at 35)
02/28/18  Caoineag (at 36)
03/02/18  brooklynguy (at 37)
03/16/18  Cherry Lane
03/30/18  Moxie (at 58)
03/31/18  DavidAnnArbor (at 52) (Won't renew my office lease)
03/31/18  homestead neohio
03/31/18  ZiziPB (at 50)
03/??/18  Acastus
03/??/18  Badblackgirl
03/??/18  Sofa King
04/01/18  Mrs. Honeyfill
04/02/18  Honeyfill  (at 60)
04/04/18  OzBeach (at 54)
04/19/18  NinetyFour (at 56)
04/27/18  poppydog and DW
04/??/18  Calvin
04/??/18  FernFree
04/??/18  Gooki
04/??/18  lostformars
~04/??/18 HappyMargo
~04/??/18 Mother Fussbudget
05/01/18  SwordGuy (at 60)
05/08/18  SwordGuy DW (SwordGuy isn't saying.   He wants to live.)
05/04/18  step_away
05/04/18  wordnerd and DH (at 30 and 36)
05/15/18  Markbike528CBX (at 53.5)
05/25/18  CheapskateWife (at 42) and CheapskateHubs (at 49)
05/25/18  Gyosho (at 55)
05/??/18  Alim Nassor
05/??/18  msilenus
06/03/18  moneytaichi
06/15/18  DavisGang90 (at 49)
06/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache (at 42)
06/29/18  aperture
06/??/18  Agent Rosenflower
06/??/18  dbtx
06/??/18  Omalley
06/??/18  randomgiraffe
06/??/18  SwissMiss
~06/??/18 Pylortes
07/??/18  AussieGirl
07/??/18  ChasesFish
07/??/18  Mr Griz
~07/??/18 BackAndForth
~07/??/18 cerat0n1a
~07/??/18 Fresh Bread
~07/??/18 SnidelyWhiplashStache
08/01/18  SugarMountain
08/24/18  sol (at 41)
08/??/18  Mr Mark
08/??/18  NorCalistache
08/??/18  RunningWithScissors
09/30/18  SwissMiss
10/05/18  JumboShrimp
10/25/18  PhilB (at 52)
10/??/18  Fire1018
10/??/18  Happy
10/??/18  Irishtache
11/??/18  DeSteeg
11/??/18  Kris
12/01/18  Vegasgirl (at 49)
12/21/18  LateStarter
12/??/18  EnjoyIt
12/??/18  yoda34
??/??/18  Blindsquirrel
??/??/18  FLStache
??/??/18  Michread
??/??/18  Minnesota_mom
??/??/18  MiserlyMiser
??/??/18  pecunia
??/??/18  Mogadishu


Today was the last day of work for my DH.  He is really excited for early retirement. FINALLY!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1314 on: February 15, 2018, 02:53:36 AM »
Short version:  I'm not retiring.

Man down!

We're dropping like flies out here.  A little bit of market volatility, and the mustachians flee for the safety of their cubicles?  What happened to all that optimism from two months ago, when everyone was moving their date up.

We appear to have the normal amount of drop outs judging from previous cohorts. Especially when you consider this is probably the largest cohort yet. Most people won't drop out until we get close to their original goal month even if they were already well aware they weren't going to make it. I personally am impressed at how many successful graduates we already have.
Come back Clean Shaven!

Seriously, can't we please keep him/her in the list but marked as 'Part Time' rather than 'Confirmed' as previous cohorts have done?   They've cut themselves a sweet deal which deserves celebration, not banishment by the IRP!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1315 on: February 15, 2018, 07:23:01 AM »

Come back Clean Shaven!

Seriously, can't we please keep him/her in the list but marked as 'Part Time' rather than 'Confirmed' as previous cohorts have done?   They've cut themselves a sweet deal which deserves celebration, not banishment by the IRP!

Lol @PhilB ,  did not expect to be called IRP!

If the group agrees, we can create a section called partially-FIRE'ed and add him there.

@Clean Shaven, what do you think about it?

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1316 on: February 15, 2018, 08:44:59 AM »

Come back Clean Shaven!

Seriously, can't we please keep him/her in the list but marked as 'Part Time' rather than 'Confirmed' as previous cohorts have done?   They've cut themselves a sweet deal which deserves celebration, not banishment by the IRP!

Lol @PhilB ,  did not expect to be called IRP!

If the group agrees, we can create a section called partially-FIRE'ed and add him there.

@Clean Shaven, what do you think about it?
Doesn't matter to me - I'm OK with a "downshifted into part time" section, or just being left off the 2018 list.  The MMM site and forum definitely helped me focus on finances and be able to pull this off.

I'm going to about 1/4-time status in an industry where this rarely is allowed. I pretty much expected the company management to respond to me with "sorry, we can't do that, guess you're resigning" - but they didn't.

It's also entirely possible that I flake off so much this year that they just fire me. That's OK too. I'll have health insurance until then!  Just going to let the stash grow, maybe even be able to contribute to it a little.

Going skiing in Utah next week, and then (conditions dependent) in Colorado for 10 days in early March. I live near Tahoe and we have crap for snow this season. Time to go chase some powder!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1317 on: February 15, 2018, 09:18:57 AM »
It's interesting to see what previous cohorts have done:
  • 2015 only shows those who fully fired so I guessing any part timers were cast into the outer darkness.
  • 2016 included them on the list, but only gave them a title case 'Going Part Time' against full caps for the righteous ranks of the 'CONFIRMED'.
  • 2017 gave both groups the same prominence with 'Confirmed' vs 'Part time' and even kept the OMY people on the bottom of the list - though whether this is out of a desire to be inclusive or to name and shame I don't know...

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1318 on: February 15, 2018, 09:22:18 AM »
Happy Valentine's Day Gimesalot !!! Congrats to DH !!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1319 on: February 15, 2018, 09:22:58 AM »
I know I am late to this party but it looks like my DH and I will be FIREd in a couple of weeks.  It will be the end of this month or sometime in March depending on when his current project at work wraps up. 

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1320 on: February 15, 2018, 10:04:35 AM »
My $.02 on the Clean-Shaven predicament: we should err on the side of not becoming Internet Retirement Police.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1321 on: February 15, 2018, 11:55:12 AM »
CowboyandIndian,  do you mind removing me from the list please?  See post #1038, Iíve reclassified to 2019, but it looks like Iím still showing up on the lists.   Good luck to all 18íers that remain!!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1322 on: February 15, 2018, 11:58:23 AM »
I agree that part-timers should stay on the list! I am going to retire from my real job but I plan to find something part-time after a few months off. It's not any different from have a side hustle IMO. Right?

I still haven't told my manager because I'm waiting until I get my bonus at the beginning of March. I am probably going to offer to stay until mid-April because I just found out that 2 software products I work on will have a release in early April and I would really be leaving my team in the lurch. I'll update my date when I know for sure.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1323 on: February 15, 2018, 12:18:54 PM »
2 software products I work on will have a release in early April and I would really be leaving my team in the lurch.

This is Stockholm syndrome at its finest, right?

If you are so invaluable to your employer at a key time, they should be paying you more. 

Do you think they would consider your suddenly dire family situation if they were doing layoffs?  Why should you consider their suddenly dire business situation when you're retiring?  This is supposed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement in which they give you money and you give them work and everyone benefits from the trade..  The amount of money should scale with the importance of the work. 

I do not plan to consider my employer's needs while FIREing any more than they would consider mine while firing. 

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1324 on: February 15, 2018, 12:26:33 PM »
2 software products I work on will have a release in early April and I would really be leaving my team in the lurch.

This is Stockholm syndrome at its finest, right?

If you are so invaluable to your employer at a key time, they should be paying you more. 

Do you think they would consider your suddenly dire family situation if they were doing layoffs?  Why should you consider their suddenly dire business situation when you're retiring?  This is supposed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement in which they give you money and you give them work and everyone benefits from the trade..  The amount of money should scale with the importance of the work. 

I do not plan to consider my employer's needs while FIREing any more than they would consider mine while firing.

Sol, Moxie says they don't want to leave their team in the lurch not the company. That's a different kettle of fish.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1325 on: February 15, 2018, 12:34:10 PM »
2 software products I work on will have a release in early April and I would really be leaving my team in the lurch.

This is Stockholm syndrome at its finest, right?

If you are so invaluable to your employer at a key time, they should be paying you more. 

Do you think they would consider your suddenly dire family situation if they were doing layoffs?  Why should you consider their suddenly dire business situation when you're retiring?  This is supposed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement in which they give you money and you give them work and everyone benefits from the trade..  The amount of money should scale with the importance of the work. 

I do not plan to consider my employer's needs while FIREing any more than they would consider mine while firing.

Sol, Moxie says they don't want to leave their team in the lurch not the company. That's a different kettle of fish.

Exactly. I have been laid off before and it was right in the middle of a project. I don't know (or care) how they managed. But I don't want my teammates to be collateral damage because of me. On the other hand, if my manager tries to make my life difficult, I'll walk away with no guilt because my teammates would understand my position.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1326 on: February 15, 2018, 12:47:06 PM »
Best of luck with 2019 cohort @Pylortes.

Welcome @PKate  (and DH).

Welcome back @Clean Shaven. Do you have a specific date?


01/01/18  CowboyAndIndian (at 59) CONFIRMED
01/04/18  Gimesalot (at 33) CONFIRMED
01/06/18  Monkey Uncle (at 49) CONFIRMED
01/26/18  PizzaSteve (at 53) CONFIRMED
01/31/18  patches (at 33) CONFIRMED
01/31/18  Wintergreen78 CONFIRMED
01/31/18  MomCPA  CONFIRMED
02/01/18  DTaggart (at 40) CONFIRMED
02/05/18  Mrbeardedbigbucks CONFIRMED
02/09/18  JLTinVA (at 42) CONFIRMED
02/14/18  Gimesalot DH (at 40) CONFIRMED
02/26/18  Aegishjalmur (at 35)
02/28/18  Caoineag (at 36)
02/28/18  PKate and DH
03/02/18  brooklynguy (at 37)
03/16/18  Cherry Lane
03/30/18  Moxie (at 58)
03/31/18  DavidAnnArbor (at 52) (Won't renew my office lease)
03/31/18  homestead neohio
03/31/18  ZiziPB (at 50)
03/??/18  Acastus
03/??/18  Badblackgirl
03/??/18  Sofa King
03/??/18  Clean Shaven Going Part Time
04/01/18  Mrs. Honeyfill
04/02/18  Honeyfill  (at 60)
04/04/18  OzBeach (at 54)
04/19/18  NinetyFour (at 56)
04/27/18  poppydog and DW
04/??/18  Calvin
04/??/18  FernFree
04/??/18  Gooki
04/??/18  lostformars
~04/??/18 HappyMargo
~04/??/18 Mother Fussbudget
05/01/18  SwordGuy (at 60)
05/08/18  SwordGuy DW (SwordGuy isn't saying.   He wants to live.)
05/04/18  step_away
05/04/18  wordnerd and DH (at 30 and 36)
05/15/18  Markbike528CBX (at 53.5)
05/25/18  CheapskateWife (at 42) and CheapskateHubs (at 49)
05/25/18  Gyosho (at 55)
05/??/18  Alim Nassor
05/??/18  msilenus
06/03/18  moneytaichi
06/15/18  DavisGang90 (at 49)
06/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache (at 42)
06/29/18  aperture
06/??/18  Agent Rosenflower
06/??/18  dbtx
06/??/18  Omalley
06/??/18  randomgiraffe
06/??/18  SwissMiss
07/??/18  AussieGirl
07/??/18  ChasesFish
07/??/18  Mr Griz
~07/??/18 BackAndForth
~07/??/18 cerat0n1a
~07/??/18 Fresh Bread
~07/??/18 SnidelyWhiplashStache
08/01/18  SugarMountain
08/24/18  sol (at 41)
08/??/18  Mr Mark
08/??/18  NorCalistache
08/??/18  RunningWithScissors
09/30/18  SwissMiss
10/05/18  JumboShrimp
10/25/18  PhilB (at 52)
10/??/18  Fire1018
10/??/18  Happy
10/??/18  Irishtache
11/??/18  DeSteeg
11/??/18  Kris
12/01/18  Vegasgirl (at 49)
12/21/18  LateStarter
12/??/18  EnjoyIt
12/??/18  yoda34
??/??/18  Blindsquirrel
??/??/18  FLStache
??/??/18  Michread
??/??/18  Minnesota_mom
??/??/18  MiserlyMiser
??/??/18  pecunia
??/??/18  Mogadishu

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1327 on: February 15, 2018, 12:52:49 PM »
3-1-18 - going part time (age 45).

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1328 on: February 15, 2018, 03:15:08 PM »
Word is getting around the organization quickly but not why...so when I hear " I heard you're leaving!"  my standard response is that "my husband and I are taking a sabbatical from adulting and going to take the RV around the country for a spin."
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1329 on: February 15, 2018, 03:19:19 PM »
Going skiing in Utah next week, and then (conditions dependent) in Colorado for 10 days in early March. I live near Tahoe and we have crap for snow this season. Time to go chase some powder!
My granddaughter and her mommy flew in to SFO from Aspen yesterday, ahead of a big storm. Today is a complete whiteout, ergo a school snow day. She hopes she can get back the vacation day for future use. Not sure where you're planning on skiing in CO, but the Magic 8 Ball says things are looking good for your proposed early March pilgrimage.
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1330 on: February 15, 2018, 04:00:48 PM »
I just submitted my paperwork for 6 months long service leave from 22nd October, which I am declaring my FIRE date at this point.

It is, however quite rubbery and I may have to enrol in 2019 year. I have been downshifted to 3 days a week for 23 years now, so I don't feel I can claim that I am FIRED until I am either full FIRE, or I drop another day, or like Ozbeach I go back and only work a few weeks.

Reasons for this rubberiness are :
1. due to a resignation, my boss has said I can only take 3 months if that position is not recruited by then. If this is the case I will ask for the other 3 months ( or maybe longer) once the position is filled.
2.Last year I moved and bought a new PPOR: in order to retire I am subdividing and flipping the main house and subdividing a couple of blocks of land off to sell. This will leave me with my life dream of a few acres for retirement. I can't retire until these are sold/on the market. I hope this will be nearly complete this year, but everyone says it always takes longer than you think
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1331 on: February 15, 2018, 08:35:25 PM »
I just submitted my paperwork for 6 months long service leave from 22nd October, which I am declaring my FIRE date at this point.

Congrats on getting that paperwork in!
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1332 on: February 16, 2018, 08:20:24 AM »
I do not plan to consider my employer's needs while FIREing any more than they would consider mine while firing.

I agree.  It probably means I'm a jerk, but I did my time and I am ready to move on to freedom.

March 28 cannot come soon enough!



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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1333 on: February 16, 2018, 02:38:42 PM »
I'm having one of those days today where I'm seriously considering giving notice.  5 weeks until bonus day...

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1334 on: February 16, 2018, 03:26:53 PM »
I'm having one of those days today where I'm seriously considering giving notice.  5 weeks until bonus day...

Hold on. Wait till the bonus hits the bank and then give notice!!!!

Some places will not give the bonus when you resign before it, ask me how I know ;-).

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1335 on: February 16, 2018, 03:42:59 PM »
I'll be downsizing to part-time on my date cause I'm self-employed.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1336 on: February 17, 2018, 01:22:06 AM »
I just submitted my paperwork for 6 months long service leave from 22nd October, which I am declaring my FIRE date at this point.

Congrats on getting that paperwork in!

Haha, I've submitted it but its not approved. I just thought I'd put the ball in their court and let them know I'm serious.
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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1337 on: February 17, 2018, 07:58:25 AM »
I am giving notice on the date of my annual review; Feb. 22. Retirement date is April 6. 
The bonuses are paid on March 17 but they are now set in the system so it is too late for Megacorp to cut mine out.  Mrs HF has already given notice for March 30.  Things are happening!! 



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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1338 on: February 17, 2018, 11:42:38 AM »
Fixed Honeyfill,  Mrs Honefill and Clean Shaven dates.

01/01/18  CowboyAndIndian (at 59) CONFIRMED
01/04/18  Gimesalot (at 33) CONFIRMED
01/06/18  Monkey Uncle (at 49) CONFIRMED
01/26/18  PizzaSteve (at 53) CONFIRMED
01/31/18  patches (at 33) CONFIRMED
01/31/18  Wintergreen78 CONFIRMED
01/31/18  MomCPA  CONFIRMED
02/01/18  DTaggart (at 40) CONFIRMED
02/05/18  Mrbeardedbigbucks CONFIRMED
02/09/18  JLTinVA (at 42) CONFIRMED
02/14/18  Gimesalot DH (at 40) CONFIRMED
02/26/18  Aegishjalmur (at 35)
02/28/18  Caoineag (at 36)
02/28/18  PKate and DH
03/01/18  Clean Shaven (at 45) Going Part Time
03/02/18  brooklynguy (at 37)
03/16/18  Cherry Lane
03/30/18  Moxie (at 58)
03/30/18  Mrs. Honeyfill
03/31/18  DavidAnnArbor (at 52) (Won't renew my office lease)
03/31/18  homestead neohio
03/31/18  ZiziPB (at 50)
03/??/18  Acastus
03/??/18  Badblackgirl
03/??/18  Sofa King
04/04/18  OzBeach (at 54)
04/02/18  Honeyfill  (at 60)
04/19/18  NinetyFour (at 56)
04/27/18  poppydog and DW
04/??/18  Calvin
04/??/18  FernFree
04/??/18  Gooki
04/??/18  lostformars
~04/??/18 HappyMargo
~04/??/18 Mother Fussbudget
05/01/18  SwordGuy (at 60)
05/08/18  SwordGuy DW (SwordGuy isn't saying.   He wants to live.)
05/04/18  step_away
05/04/18  wordnerd and DH (at 30 and 36)
05/15/18  Markbike528CBX (at 53.5)
05/25/18  CheapskateWife (at 42) and CheapskateHubs (at 49)
05/25/18  Gyosho (at 55)
05/??/18  Alim Nassor
05/??/18  msilenus
06/03/18  moneytaichi
06/15/18  DavisGang90 (at 49)
06/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache (at 42)
06/29/18  aperture
06/??/18  Agent Rosenflower
06/??/18  dbtx
06/??/18  Omalley
06/??/18  randomgiraffe
06/??/18  SwissMiss
07/??/18  AussieGirl
07/??/18  ChasesFish
07/??/18  Mr Griz
~07/??/18 BackAndForth
~07/??/18 cerat0n1a
~07/??/18 Fresh Bread
~07/??/18 SnidelyWhiplashStache
08/01/18  SugarMountain
08/24/18  sol (at 41)
08/??/18  Mr Mark
08/??/18  NorCalistache
08/??/18  RunningWithScissors
09/30/18  SwissMiss
10/05/18  JumboShrimp
10/25/18  PhilB (at 52)
10/??/18  Fire1018
10/??/18  Happy
10/??/18  Irishtache
11/??/18  DeSteeg
11/??/18  Kris
12/01/18  Vegasgirl (at 49)
12/21/18  LateStarter
12/??/18  EnjoyIt
12/??/18  yoda34
??/??/18  Blindsquirrel
??/??/18  FLStache
??/??/18  Michread
??/??/18  Minnesota_mom
??/??/18  MiserlyMiser
??/??/18  pecunia
??/??/18  Mogadishu

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1339 on: February 21, 2018, 11:54:05 AM »
Hi, Iím a long-time lurker, but I just had to share with people who definitely wonít react negatively: my husband and I are joining the 2018 cohort!  Weíve been planning for several years to retire in 2020, but a windfall from my husbandís grandfatherís estate several months ago has let us go two years early.

My husbandís last day will be April 25, so he can retire at 39 (itís just before his birthday ;) ) He's already given notice since he works with only 2 others.
My last day will be May 10, a few weeks before my due date with our second baby. Iíll be 35. I'll have to file my maternity leave plans soon, but will hold off on actually quitting until a month ahead.

Weíre pretty excited to be able to both be home for our newborn and almost-2 year old, and to spend more time outside with them Ė we live in Cranbrook BC and love hiking and camping all around the east kootenays.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1340 on: February 21, 2018, 11:57:49 AM »
Added modernaimend and husband :)

01/01/18  CowboyAndIndian (at 59) CONFIRMED
01/04/18  Gimesalot (at 33) CONFIRMED
01/06/18  Monkey Uncle (at 49) CONFIRMED
01/26/18  PizzaSteve (at 53) CONFIRMED
01/31/18  patches (at 33) CONFIRMED
01/31/18  Wintergreen78 CONFIRMED
01/31/18  MomCPA  CONFIRMED
02/01/18  DTaggart (at 40) CONFIRMED
02/05/18  Mrbeardedbigbucks CONFIRMED
02/09/18  JLTinVA (at 42) CONFIRMED
02/14/18  Gimesalot DH (at 40) CONFIRMED
02/26/18  Aegishjalmur (at 35)
02/28/18  Caoineag (at 36)
02/28/18  PKate and DH
03/01/18  Clean Shaven (at 45) Going Part Time
03/02/18  brooklynguy (at 37)
03/16/18  Cherry Lane
03/30/18  Moxie (at 58)
03/30/18  Mrs. Honeyfill
03/31/18  DavidAnnArbor (at 52) (Won't renew my office lease)
03/31/18  homestead neohio
03/31/18  ZiziPB (at 50)
03/??/18  Acastus
03/??/18  Badblackgirl
03/??/18  Sofa King
04/04/18  OzBeach (at 54)
04/02/18  Honeyfill  (at 60)
04/19/18  NinetyFour (at 56)
04/25/18  Modernaimend DH (at 39)
04/27/18  poppydog and DW
04/??/18  Calvin
04/??/18  FernFree
04/??/18  Gooki
04/??/18  lostformars
~04/??/18 HappyMargo
~04/??/18 Mother Fussbudget
05/01/18  SwordGuy (at 60)
05/04/18  step_away
05/04/18  wordnerd and DH (at 30 and 36)
05/08/18  SwordGuy DW (SwordGuy isn't saying.   He wants to live.)
05/10/18  Modernaimend (at 35)
05/15/18  Markbike528CBX (at 53.5)
05/25/18  CheapskateWife (at 42) and CheapskateHubs (at 49)
05/25/18  Gyosho (at 55)
05/??/18  Alim Nassor
05/??/18  msilenus
06/03/18  moneytaichi
06/15/18  DavisGang90 (at 49)
06/25/18  MaybeBabyMustache (at 42)
06/29/18  aperture
06/??/18  Agent Rosenflower
06/??/18  dbtx
06/??/18  Omalley
06/??/18  randomgiraffe
06/??/18  SwissMiss
07/??/18  AussieGirl
07/??/18  ChasesFish
07/??/18  Mr Griz
~07/??/18 BackAndForth
~07/??/18 cerat0n1a
~07/??/18 Fresh Bread
~07/??/18 SnidelyWhiplashStache
08/01/18  SugarMountain
08/24/18  sol (at 41)
08/??/18  Mr Mark
08/??/18  NorCalistache
08/??/18  RunningWithScissors
09/30/18  SwissMiss
10/05/18  JumboShrimp
10/25/18  PhilB (at 52)
10/??/18  Fire1018
10/??/18  Happy
10/??/18  Irishtache
11/??/18  DeSteeg
11/??/18  Kris
12/01/18  Vegasgirl (at 49)
12/21/18  LateStarter
12/??/18  EnjoyIt
12/??/18  yoda34
??/??/18  Blindsquirrel
??/??/18  FLStache
??/??/18  Michread
??/??/18  Minnesota_mom
??/??/18  MiserlyMiser
??/??/18  pecunia
??/??/18  Mogadishu

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1341 on: February 21, 2018, 12:23:13 PM »
Hi, Iím a long-time lurker, but I just had to share with people who definitely wonít react negatively: my husband and I are joining the 2018 cohort!  Weíve been planning for several years to retire in 2020, but a windfall from my husbandís grandfatherís estate several months ago has let us go two years early.

My husbandís last day will be April 25, so he can retire at 39 (itís just before his birthday ;) ) He's already given notice since he works with only 2 others.
My last day will be May 10, a few weeks before my due date with our second baby. Iíll be 35. I'll have to file my maternity leave plans soon, but will hold off on actually quitting until a month ahead.

Weíre pretty excited to be able to both be home for our newborn and almost-2 year old, and to spend more time outside with them Ė we live in Cranbrook BC and love hiking and camping all around the east kootenays.

Congrats! And, stick around to post more!

We're in eerily similar situations. We have a two-year-old and a baby due in May, which will prompt our co-FIREing on May 4th. We're also somewhat similar ages. Unfortunately, we don't live in lovely BC.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1342 on: February 22, 2018, 05:59:24 AM »
This group has gone silent. Someone FIRE, please;-)

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1343 on: February 22, 2018, 06:30:03 AM »
This group has gone silent. Someone FIRE, please;-)
Or if you've already FIRE'd tell us how wonderful it is.  My remaining 8 months is looking like a very steep climb and it would definitely help to see those already at the summit waving encouragement!

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« Reply #1344 on: February 22, 2018, 07:59:37 AM »
This group has gone silent. Someone FIRE, please;-)

Today is the day I tell my boss about my plans to retire. However. I'm getting a bad case of the jitters.  My date is April 6 but I'm afraid I will weaken and let him talk me into staying longer. The meeting is in two hours. Wish me luck!  I'll report back later today on how it went. 



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« Reply #1345 on: February 22, 2018, 08:02:44 AM »
This group has gone silent. Someone FIRE, please;-)

Iím working on it! Six more days in the office (over then next three weeks).  I see there are still several folks on the list in front of me, so I look forward to seeing some celebrations before my time comes.


Today is the day I tell my boss about my plans to retire. However. I'm getting a bad case of the jitters.  My date is April 6 but I'm afraid I will weaken and let him talk me into staying longer. The meeting is in two hours. Wish me luck!  I'll report back later today on how it went. 

Good luck! Be strong!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1346 on: February 22, 2018, 08:20:58 AM »
I'm in the same position.

We had a team meeting yesterday and my supervisor kept looking at me and saying "Gyosho needs to stay around to work on Project X for a LONG TIME". I just smiled.

Help me to stay strong!

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1347 on: February 22, 2018, 10:02:06 AM »
This group has gone silent. Someone FIRE, please;-)
Or if you've already FIRE'd tell us how wonderful it is.  My remaining 8 months is looking like a very steep climb and it would definitely help to see those already at the summit waving encouragement!

FIRE is really wonderful. I sleep deeply and am never sleep deprived. I have read more books in Jan (approx 20) than I did in the previous year. I am walking about 3 miles each day (thanks to DW). I am watching a movie a week on date night with DW (thanks Moviepass for $10/month unlimited movies!).  I am working on some small tasks around the house, but I do not have the motivation to get into high gear and complete my honey-do list. I am working thru my detox and am gradually becoming motivated in doing some stuff that I am interested in.

Only wish was I had FIRE'ed when the weather is warmer/sunnier. NJ in winter is dark, gloomy with occasional rain/snow, so am stuck in the house.

If you have not already done so, go ahead and find out what you want to do when you are FIRE'ed. I always recommend Dr Dooms post exploration of what you would do https://livingafi.com/2015/03/09/building-a-vision-of-life-without-work/.

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Re: 2018 FIRE cohort
« Reply #1348 on: February 22, 2018, 10:42:29 AM »
This group has gone silent. Someone FIRE, please;-)

I cannot provide an update on FIRE yet. My last day is scheduled for 4/3. I gave notice on 2/8. I have been in my position for 12 years and wanted to give them time to fill the position and work on transitioning knowledge and processes.

Someone may find this helpful. Over the last year I found it both relaxing and productive to work on documenting my daily tasks, personal/experiential knowledge and transition plans. It gave me something productive to do when I found it hard to focus on actual work. It also helped to make the ever distant FIRE event seem real. I provided this documentation to my manager when I gave notice. I think this has reduced the level of panic for my manager, director and coworker (that will takeover most of my responsibilities).

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« Reply #1349 on: February 22, 2018, 10:59:55 AM »
This group has gone silent. Someone FIRE, please;-)
Or if you've already FIRE'd tell us how wonderful it is.  My remaining 8 months is looking like a very steep climb and it would definitely help to see those already at the summit waving encouragement!
Okay, I'll play. I hit FIRE in 2012, a year for which there is no cohort, alas. It's almost 10 am. After a couple of weeks of busy busy (of course it is the good kind of busy busy - my own), today is a blissfully unscheduled day, so I'm still in bed, reading on my not-an-ipad thingy.

I promise it's every bit as good as you hope it will be. Having a cohort makes it that much easier. Go, Class of 2018!
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