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Re: Celebrations Thread
« Reply #1600 on: July 19, 2017, 12:47:39 PM »
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« Reply #1601 on: July 19, 2017, 05:50:36 PM »
Ok, this is dumb, but for me it counts. I finally live somewhere where I can post on FB that I could use a 2nd pair of hands for 5 minutes on a Saturday to help me do something really easy, and I got a response within 10 minutes from a friend, she's coming tomorrow. And another friend posted 5 minutes later that if it falls through, he'll turn up.

I love having friends near me :)
I am happy for you - friends nearby make a huge difference.
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Re: Celebrations Thread
« Reply #1602 on: July 20, 2017, 06:44:17 AM »
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I received notice that I just got my first patent!  It is work related, but still pretty cool!

This is the coolest thing ever.  This was on my bucket list when I was a young engineer, but I never made it happen.  Good for you!

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« Reply #1603 on: July 21, 2017, 12:58:34 PM »
Hit $100k stash!  (It may be back to $99.9k after the markets close this afternoon.)
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« Reply #1604 on: July 21, 2017, 03:09:50 PM »
Hit $100k stash!  (It may be back to $99.9k after the markets close this afternoon.)

Great! You'll be surprised how fast the next $100k will go.  (And let's hope your stash goes back down so your next purchase is cheaper!)

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« Reply #1605 on: August 04, 2017, 07:51:55 AM »
crossed this symbolic threshold for the first time

If you are wondering why debts is positive, I overpaid my credit card by 7$!

Yay! already semi retired but this feels great!

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« Reply #1606 on: August 10, 2017, 01:55:36 PM »
Hit $100k stash!  (It may be back to $99.9k after the markets close this afternoon.)

Great! You'll be surprised how fast the next $100k will go.  (And let's hope your stash goes back down so your next purchase is cheaper!)

Back under $100k! Do I get to celebrate twice?
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« Reply #1607 on: August 10, 2017, 04:59:58 PM »
Hit $100k stash!  (It may be back to $99.9k after the markets close this afternoon.)

Great! You'll be surprised how fast the next $100k will go.  (And let's hope your stash goes back down so your next purchase is cheaper!)

Back under $100k! Do I get to celebrate twice?
Hell yeah you do!

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Re: Celebrations Thread
« Reply #1608 on: August 10, 2017, 09:24:31 PM »
Gave notice to my employer, 7 weeks to go.  FIRE is getting real!  Very exciting!

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« Reply #1609 on: August 11, 2017, 12:53:48 AM »
Gave notice to my employer, 7 weeks to go.  FIRE is getting real!  Very exciting!

Congrats! On to a brave new life!

I just made a spreadsheet to keep track of my net worth. It looks barren with only today's data entries, but it's a start!

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« Reply #1610 on: August 14, 2017, 08:55:56 AM »
I am still processing the offer for a new job I received on Friday after a 3-month long interviewing process. I think I am still a bit in shock!

I will be increasing my base salary by $55k (yes, $55k!), I will receive an annual bonus up to and possibly exceeding 30% of my base with an equal amount of RSUs on top of that on a relatively quick vesting schedule, all topped off with amazing benefits.

I have been working for a terrible boss for awhile now. On top of that, the job I am in now was completely misrepresented to me (as was it's earning potential) when I was being recruited for it and I quickly realized I was overqualified and severely underpaid (and under appreciated) once I was in the role.

I am so proud of myself for knowing my worth and fighting for it. This new job and salary will be a complete game-changer for my family and our FI future. I am pretty damn happy right now! I will officially be accepting the offer today. :)

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« Reply #1611 on: August 14, 2017, 12:10:07 PM »
Wow, hred17!  Amazing.

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« Reply #1612 on: August 14, 2017, 03:43:25 PM »
I am still processing the offer for a new job I received on Friday after a 3-month long interviewing process. I think I am still a bit in shock!

I will be increasing my base salary by $55k (yes, $55k!), I will receive an annual bonus up to and possibly exceeding 30% of my base with an equal amount of RSUs on top of that on a relatively quick vesting schedule, all topped off with amazing benefits.

I have been working for a terrible boss for awhile now. On top of that, the job I am in now was completely misrepresented to me (as was it's earning potential) when I was being recruited for it and I quickly realized I was overqualified and severely underpaid (and under appreciated) once I was in the role.

I am so proud of myself for knowing my worth and fighting for it. This new job and salary will be a complete game-changer for my family and our FI future. I am pretty damn happy right now! I will officially be accepting the offer today. :)

Kudos!

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« Reply #1613 on: August 15, 2017, 02:28:48 PM »
Fantastic news, congratulations. I hope you love it.

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« Reply #1614 on: August 18, 2017, 04:33:20 PM »
Got my tax assessment today and I have officially paid off my HECS! (Australian student loan system).


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« Reply #1615 on: August 18, 2017, 09:29:17 PM »
Got my tax assessment today and I have officially paid off my HECS! (Australian student loan system).

Congrats!

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« Reply #1616 on: August 20, 2017, 02:10:18 AM »
My net invested assets (non-house, non-super) went over $250,000 the past week.

We need a system that sets off alarm bells an balloon drops for each milestone

Maybe someone can start a celebrations thread!

Ps congrats Marty, the guy who started it all

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Re: Celebrations Thread
« Reply #1617 on: August 23, 2017, 02:02:24 PM »
Analyze my signature line.

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« Reply #1618 on: August 23, 2017, 02:03:56 PM »
Whooooooooop! Whooooooooop! Whooooooooop! Whoooooooop!  (Kinda like the NY stock exchange floor before a holiday weekend)

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Re: Celebrations Thread
« Reply #1619 on: August 24, 2017, 02:43:38 PM »
Hit $100k stash!  (It may be back to $99.9k after the markets close this afternoon.)

After some back and forth with market fluctuations, contributions have pushed me over $100k a bit more firmly now.  If the markets drop >1% again, I'll be very close to $99.9K again though.
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Re: Celebrations Thread
« Reply #1620 on: August 24, 2017, 05:38:50 PM »
Congrats to both of you, FIRE'd is an incredible milestone and I hope you celebrate in your favorite way.

100K is what I'm shooting at right now too, congratulations on making it!
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Re: Celebrations Thread
« Reply #1621 on: September 08, 2017, 04:24:52 AM »
I finally have stubble!!!!!

I only had a 5-o-clock shadow for AGES.....

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« Reply #1622 on: September 10, 2017, 08:20:39 AM »
Hey y'all!

I cut my weekly food budget in half by cooking for myself and bringing lunch to work

Congrats to the recently FIRE'd ppl. You are my heroes!!

Gave notice to my employer, 7 weeks to go.  FIRE is getting real!  Very exciting!

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« Reply #1623 on: September 11, 2017, 09:22:36 AM »
got another little success to share. I was looking for this book and usually I would just go and buy it online or in a bookstore. But this time I first went to the library and when I couldn't find it there I looked for a free pdf version online and actually found one!!


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Re: Celebrations Thread
« Reply #1624 on: September 11, 2017, 10:43:01 PM »
My net invested assets (non-house, non-super) went over $250,000 the past week.

We need a system that sets off alarm bells an balloon drops for each milestone

Maybe someone can start a celebrations thread!

Ps congrats Marty, the guy who started it all

Your recall is amazing.

Congrats marty!
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« Reply #1625 on: September 11, 2017, 11:17:52 PM »
Two commas.

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« Reply #1626 on: September 12, 2017, 12:14:25 AM »
We are two former teachers who accumulated a bunch of real estate, retired at 29, and now travel the world full time with a kid.
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« Reply #1627 on: September 12, 2017, 06:25:07 AM »
I post a lot recently, I know. But once I started looking the opportunities just pop up everywhere.
My work is actually offering free finance webinars for their non-finance employees!!! Free education on accounting and how to read the finances of big cooperations. So cool. And I thought this job was a road to nowhere...

 a great day to you all.

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« Reply #1628 on: September 12, 2017, 06:48:09 AM »
Two commas.

Nice. That's a fun one. :D

Especially when it comes just a few months after becoming a parent, and less than a month before I turn 30! What a momentous year this will have been.

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« Reply #1629 on: September 12, 2017, 11:18:16 AM »
I realized today that my net worth has overtaken my total lifetime earnings so far!

And with that, I've hit my bare bones FI number. Just before I turn 30 too.

That just made my day. :D

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« Reply #1630 on: September 12, 2017, 11:45:16 AM »
I realized today that my net worth has overtaken my total lifetime earnings so far!

And with that, I've hit my bare bones FI number. Just before I turn 30 too.

That just made my day. :D

That's huge!! Congratulations!

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« Reply #1631 on: September 12, 2017, 05:44:50 PM »
Especially when it comes just a few months after becoming a parent, and less than a month before I turn 30! What a momentous year this will have been.

Well done, that's awesome!

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« Reply #1632 on: September 12, 2017, 05:57:56 PM »
I realized today that my net worth has overtaken my total lifetime earnings so far!

And with that, I've hit my bare bones FI number. Just before I turn 30 too.

That just made my day. :D

Wow, both those are huge! 

The former was one of my 5 Financial Goals (number 3), and the latter was a big milestone for me, too.

Nice work!  :)
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« Reply #1633 on: September 20, 2017, 06:46:11 PM »
Especially when it comes just a few months after becoming a parent, and less than a month before I turn 30! What a momentous year this will have been.

Congrats Happier!!  Such a huge accomplishment amidst other major life milestones!!

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« Reply #1634 on: September 24, 2017, 02:37:17 PM »
* found out we will receive a nice equity payout from a past employer that was acquired by a big company. will be nice to have the surprise cash to add to the cushion and investment accounts.
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« Reply #1635 on: October 03, 2017, 12:18:47 PM »
Just calculated daily gain rate over a few different time intervals (keep house value constant so it is same for NW or portfolio) :
90d average: up $1,010.63/day (368,879.95 annualized)
6 mo average: up $804.60/day (293,679.00 annualized)
1/1/2017-date: up $950.62/day (346,976.30 annualized)

Also calculated passive income hourly rate:
Based on a rebel spy's method (1700 hrs per year for average worker): $21.76/hr
Based on my own 250 working days/yr @8 hr days: $18.50/hr

2 years to go!


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« Reply #1636 on: October 05, 2017, 11:37:37 AM »
I have to breathe a huge sigh of relief.

My mom passed in early June and I have been paying for the lot fee and utilities and insurance on her MF home since out of her account. Her place finally sold and now I don't have to worry about $600+ dollars owing every month. She really didn't have a estate so I am grateful that October is good and now all I need to concern myself with is the probate and taxes next year. I was starting to sweat about having enough in the account to pay for things.

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« Reply #1637 on: October 05, 2017, 12:05:56 PM »
After much, much, much thought and research, I finally have a bike rack and fenders installed.. and I just copped a barely-used pair of the exact Ortlieb panniers I wanted! No more daily bike runs with a sweaty backpack. :)

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Re: Celebrations Thread
« Reply #1638 on: October 07, 2017, 02:15:38 PM »
Liquid assets have just gone over a milestone . yay
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« Reply #1639 on: October 09, 2017, 09:09:48 AM »
I meant to post this a while back.  Took me about 6 weeks to go from $298k in total investments to $300k.  When I finally cleared that hurdle, it's taken about 4 weeks to get to $308k.  Funny how that works, huh?  My next milestone is $375k in total investments.  Will put me fully funded ($1.5 mill) in 20 years @ 7% return if I don't contribute another dollar (which I clearly will). 

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« Reply #1640 on: October 10, 2017, 09:18:18 AM »
Called the recon. line twice to get my second Southwest card approved (with the 60k bonuses).  Persistence paid off!
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« Reply #1641 on: October 10, 2017, 10:50:33 AM »
Turned down a promotion that would have increased compensation by about 25% and made my life a misery. No regrets, no angst. I wouldn't have minded the money, but we don't need it.

Excellent feeling knowing exactly what you want, when is 'enough', and what means the most to you in life.

Congrats!

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« Reply #1642 on: October 10, 2017, 12:05:50 PM »
My husband said FU and quit his job this summer. It was some serious BS so he decided he was done and handed in his notice. Now he's a self employed blacksmith and living the dream!

That was an unplanned transition, but it's working pretty well so far thanks to savings + living below one's means, so I still managed to send off one last contribution to my Roth IRA and max it for the year. This is the first year I'll be maxing my 401k and Roth and it feels awesome!

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« Reply #1643 on: October 13, 2017, 12:47:01 AM »
While updating my spreadsheets yesterday i noticed raking in > 500 in dividends after tax in october :) (beware: quarterly and half-year payers). I noticed my ticker to only shortly fall beliw the 180k mark.

For all crpssing the 100k, it really starts to snowball from there. I couldnt believe this around 2015 when i crossed that line.

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« Reply #1644 on: October 13, 2017, 08:12:08 AM »
Yesterday I got a notice from my health insurance company that my surgery (doctor, hospital, & anesthesiologist) was covered in full. Hooray! If I'd picked the $700 cheaper (annually) health plan I would have owed 10% in addition to paying more for every appointment with the doctor/physical therapist/etc. Definitely made the right choice.

And then today when my paycheck was direct deposited, my NW crossed $300k! Double hooray! My NW has increased significantly more than my total take-home pay adds up to, YTD. It feels kind of weird to work hard at a full time job and then your money is making a higher salary than you by just sitting in a Vanguard account.
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« Reply #1645 on: October 13, 2017, 10:27:19 AM »
Double comma on total NW! 

A ways to go on investments, so I'll be back for that one in a year or two.  I know it's no different from $999k, but there's something to be said for psychological validation of your habits.

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« Reply #1646 on: October 16, 2017, 02:01:49 PM »
Double comma on total NW! 

A ways to go on investments, so I'll be back for that one in a year or two.  I know it's no different from $999k, but there's something to be said for psychological validation of your habits.

I totally get it.  I was hovering around $298k in investments for like 6 weeks.  Finally hit $300k and it was a nice boost (even if it didn't mean anything). 

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« Reply #1647 on: Today at 07:58:47 AM »
Really excited to announce that when I did our monthly finances update this morning....

...our investments total over $1m!!!

It's a good thing I'm working from home today, otherwise I'd be walking around the office with a huge smile on my face all day!  Woohoo!  This doesn't count our son's 529 plan, our home equity, or the value of our property abroad.  We found MMM in 2013 and at that point had about $350k in investments, so to basically triple that in 4 years feels pretty awesome (although I know many on here have made more dramatic progress, and you all inspire me).  I'm so thankful for MMM and this entire community - without it, who knows what sort of facepunch-worthy life we'd be leading right now.  Thanks everyone!