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« Reply #2000 on: December 07, 2019, 04:20:22 AM »
Today is my 4 year anniversary of a serious cancer diagnosis.  Currently all is well -- no evidence of disease.  I'm grateful for every. single. day. and loving life.   

To everyone else who's been through it or helped a loved one through it, I'm sending good thoughts your way.

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« Reply #2001 on: December 07, 2019, 05:07:27 AM »
Fuck yeah, Trifele. That's an awesome reminder to all of us.

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« Reply #2002 on: December 07, 2019, 07:20:46 AM »
Today is my 4 year anniversary of a serious cancer diagnosis.  Currently all is well -- no evidence of disease.  I'm grateful for every. single. day. and loving life.   

To everyone else who's been through it or helped a loved one through it, I'm sending good thoughts your way.
Great stuff, I cannot imagine how good it must feel to see clear scans whenever you do them.

My wife had stage 3 melanoma in 2010 and she is also doing great although she is starting to get some minor lymphoedema now in her left foot.

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« Reply #2003 on: December 08, 2019, 11:45:16 AM »
Yay!
Coded my first lines of c++ today. I had this on my wishlist for about 20 years now, but got distracted by life, perl, bash, tcl, java and some of that.
Its really cool to see compiled binarys running, knowing every character of the source is my own :)

Cool.  Are you FIREd?
No i think about 20 years away from that...

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« Reply #2004 on: December 18, 2019, 07:52:46 AM »
I just calculated that I will hit $56,013.38 total contributions to my 401K with my final paycheck this year. 
This will be the first time I'm able to hit the $56K total contribution limit due to my contributions being capped at 40%.  I've been doing Pre-Tax + After Tax->RIPC for the last 3 years but this year, thanks to a combination of a raise and better than average profit sharing from my company, is the first time I was able to max it out! 

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« Reply #2005 on: December 18, 2019, 09:53:25 AM »
I just calculated that I will hit $56,013.38 total contributions to my 401K with my final paycheck this year. 
This will be the first time I'm able to hit the $56K total contribution limit due to my contributions being capped at 40%.  I've been doing Pre-Tax + After Tax->RIPC for the last 3 years but this year, thanks to a combination of a raise and better than average profit sharing from my company, is the first time I was able to max it out!

Whoo!


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« Reply #2006 on: December 20, 2019, 11:13:22 AM »
Thoroughly happy to have just started the process to refinance our primary home at a lower interest rate and to a 15 yr mortgage with under $100 in costs!

On top of that, also thrilled to be refinancing a rental property with the same basic deal (down to from 30 yr to a 15 yr, decent drop in the rate etc) and due to property value increases, we are also now able own another rental out right by the end of the deal.

Yippee!

Nice.  What rate did you get if you don't mind sharing? 

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« Reply #2007 on: January 01, 2020, 10:50:26 PM »
Every journey begins with a single step:

I biked to the grocery store in freezing temperatures yesterday! One small step towards being less of a Car Clown =)

That is fantastic; way to go! Badass.

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« Reply #2008 on: January 01, 2020, 10:55:59 PM »
Last month, we passed $1M in invested assets (combination of 401k, Roth, HSA and taxable accounts), picked up our second comma!

We also have $220k of shares in a small privately held commercial REIT (two strip malls) that have yielded about $20-26k/year for the last 4-5 years, paying our mortgage and then some. So our overall net worth has been over 1M for while, but it’s still gratifying to see.

We think we’ll get another $2-300k until trying to pay down the mortgage ($116k), with goal of Fat FI(+-ER) at $2M in 7ish years. I could see myself not doing RE for awhile, as I get fulfilled from my job, but who knows how I’ll be then. Maybe drop down to part time. I really feel like we’re getting momentum! Thanks for being the people who understand this stuff.

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« Reply #2009 on: January 02, 2020, 09:45:52 AM »
Last month, we passed $1M in invested assets (combination of 401k, Roth, HSA and taxable accounts), picked up our second comma!

We also have $220k of shares in a small privately held commercial REIT (two strip malls) that have yielded about $20-26k/year for the last 4-5 years, paying our mortgage and then some. So our overall net worth has been over 1M for while, but it’s still gratifying to see.

We think we’ll get another $2-300k until trying to pay down the mortgage ($116k), with goal of Fat FI(+-ER) at $2M in 7ish years. I could see myself not doing RE for awhile, as I get fulfilled from my job, but who knows how I’ll be then. Maybe drop down to part time. I really feel like we’re getting momentum! Thanks for being the people who understand this stuff.

It's amazing, isn't it? We're in the same speedboat.  I got a promotion, and we sold our rental house for a handsome profit.  It really is unbelievable to watch the snowball just keep speeding up. 

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« Reply #2010 on: January 02, 2020, 03:11:38 PM »
Ran our numbers today to wrap up 2019 and we crossed over $1M invested due to the market run up in December and I didn't even notice it until now.

I know it's just a number and doesn't change anything, but it feels more "real" than having $1M total (liquid + home equity). I'm sure the market will take a downturn and we'll dip back under at some point, but we'll just keep adding more to our stash until we reach our goal.

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« Reply #2011 on: January 02, 2020, 03:42:22 PM »
Ran our numbers today to wrap up 2019 and we crossed over $1M invested due to the market run up in December and I didn't even notice it until now.

I know it's just a number and doesn't change anything, but it feels more "real" than having $1M total (liquid + home equity). I'm sure the market will take a downturn and we'll dip back under at some point, but we'll just keep adding more to our stash until we reach our goal.

We hit it a couple years ago, and it still doesn't feel real to me.  The huge market run-up also feels a little like cheating, but we're getting to the point where it would take a pretty big dip to put us back under. 

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« Reply #2012 on: January 06, 2020, 07:54:46 AM »
Got my biopsy back from lymph nodes this week. No cancer! 6 weeks off paid disability leave to recover and 2 extra months FMLA for good measure. For all the ladies out there - schedule those mammograms, and don’t skimp there. Cancer treatments are expensive without insurance. My bill so far is $157, for one out of network nurse. That’s worth its own celebration!!

Amazing news!  So happy for you!

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« Reply #2013 on: January 06, 2020, 10:08:55 AM »
Today is my 4 year anniversary of a serious cancer diagnosis.  Currently all is well -- no evidence of disease.  I'm grateful for every. single. day. and loving life.   

To everyone else who's been through it or helped a loved one through it, I'm sending good thoughts your way.

Congratulations, @Trifele!!

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« Reply #2014 on: January 08, 2020, 08:05:33 PM »
Got my biopsy back from lymph nodes this week. No cancer! 6 weeks off paid disability leave to recover and 2 extra months FMLA for good measure. For all the ladies out there - schedule those mammograms, and don’t skimp there. Cancer treatments are expensive without insurance. My bill so far is $157, for one out of network nurse. That’s worth its own celebration!!

Amazing news!  So happy for you!

Thank you! On my YOLO smoke break until at least April....so far so good!

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« Reply #2015 on: January 11, 2020, 10:06:35 AM »
The world got better in 2019, which is why I'd like to share this link with you:

https://time.com/5754155/global-advances-2019/

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« Reply #2016 on: January 13, 2020, 11:02:32 AM »
The world got better in 2019, which is why I'd like to share this link with you:

https://time.com/5754155/global-advances-2019/

Thanks for that.  It's nice to hear that a lot of things are going well given the never-ending stream of worrying news. 

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« Reply #2017 on: January 16, 2020, 07:00:05 AM »
I work as a freelance contractor with a few companies, and one of them just offered me what amounts to a promotion, with a decent increase in my rate and the prospect of more interesting work.

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« Reply #2018 on: January 16, 2020, 08:40:03 AM »
I work as a freelance contractor with a few companies, and one of them just offered me what amounts to a promotion, with a decent increase in my rate and the prospect of more interesting work.

Whoo!

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« Reply #2019 on: January 18, 2020, 07:15:06 AM »
I got a raise, small (3.5%) but the max for my government agency.  It's been due, and so I will be paid retroactively from early fall. 

I also meal prepped and packed my lunch all January and haven't even snuck out for extra coffee (a bad habit, as it wasted money and put too much caffeine in my system).  I've only eaten out once in January.  I'm excited to see my January budget results and see how much money I saved.

We were going to buy a couch but we decided to use one from elsewhere in the house and hold off for a while.  I'm sure we will get a new one eventually, but I count deferring purchases as a win, on the theory that you earn 5-10% of the purchase price every year you can hold off on the purchase and keep the money in the market.  We can also have more time to research the decision properly and hopefully get a better product at a better price. 

My kids also decided they didn't want to do gymanstics anymore.  Not going to say that's a win, but they are little (6 and 3) and it was expensive, so I am happy to get $235 a month back in the budget.  We're going to do swimming lessons instead, which are a bit cheaper and are a fixed course and not just a perpetual ongoing monthly expense. 

All in all, I think January is going to come in $500 - $1,000 lower than our typical spend and I'm going to get another few hundred in income.  If I can keep it up, we'll have another $1,000 in net cash flow every month. 

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« Reply #2020 on: January 18, 2020, 08:54:23 AM »
I got a raise, small (3.5%) but the max for my government agency.  It's been due, and so I will be paid retroactively from early fall. 

I also meal prepped and packed my lunch all January and haven't even snuck out for extra coffee (a bad habit, as it wasted money and put too much caffeine in my system).  I've only eaten out once in January.  I'm excited to see my January budget results and see how much money I saved.

We were going to buy a couch but we decided to use one from elsewhere in the house and hold off for a while.  I'm sure we will get a new one eventually, but I count deferring purchases as a win, on the theory that you earn 5-10% of the purchase price every year you can hold off on the purchase and keep the money in the market.  We can also have more time to research the decision properly and hopefully get a better product at a better price. 

My kids also decided they didn't want to do gymanstics anymore.  Not going to say that's a win, but they are little (6 and 3) and it was expensive, so I am happy to get $235 a month back in the budget.  We're going to do swimming lessons instead, which are a bit cheaper and are a fixed course and not just a perpetual ongoing monthly expense. 

All in all, I think January is going to come in $500 - $1,000 lower than our typical spend and I'm going to get another few hundred in income.  If I can keep it up, we'll have another $1,000 in net cash flow every month.

Congrats! Have you rerun your calculations to see how much sooner you’ll hit FI if you do keep it up? $1,000 extra each month invested compounds into $170k in 10 years 😁

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« Reply #2021 on: January 18, 2020, 09:20:33 AM »

Not yet.  We're probably a bit over 15x living expenses now but there are too many other variables (healthcare, college for kids, the fact that we've had a 10 year bull market and might face a correction) for me to pinpoint a date.  Our expenses could go down a lot if we moved to a LCOL area or up if we face issues with college, healthcare or just some kid desperately wanting to do an expensive activity.  (Competitive gymnastics for bigger kids, for example, can easily be $5k in my area, excluding travel costs.  I don't think we'd ever let it get to that, but with three, it would only take a couple activities to start adding up.)

For now we are just in the "boring middle" where with time it's clear we'll get there comfortably before 65 but it could be 5 years or 15.  Sometimes I think it's easier psychologically to just try to focus on other goals in the meantime. 

Or maybe this is all me just being too lazy to really work up a detailed spreadsheet.  :)

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« Reply #2022 on: January 18, 2020, 09:45:56 AM »

Not yet.  We're probably a bit over 15x living expenses now but there are too many other variables (healthcare, college for kids, the fact that we've had a 10 year bull market and might face a correction) for me to pinpoint a date.  Our expenses could go down a lot if we moved to a LCOL area or up if we face issues with college, healthcare or just some kid desperately wanting to do an expensive activity.  (Competitive gymnastics for bigger kids, for example, can easily be $5k in my area, excluding travel costs.  I don't think we'd ever let it get to that, but with three, it would only take a couple activities to start adding up.)

For now we are just in the "boring middle" where with time it's clear we'll get there comfortably before 65 but it could be 5 years or 15.  Sometimes I think it's easier psychologically to just try to focus on other goals in the meantime. 

Or maybe this is all me just being too lazy to really work up a detailed spreadsheet.  :)

No need to run calculations if you’re already motivated to save and it wouldn’t improve your motivation. Keep going with what works for you!

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« Reply #2023 on: January 18, 2020, 12:23:27 PM »
As of today Mint says our net worth has two commas in it. We're millionaires!

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« Reply #2024 on: January 18, 2020, 12:32:58 PM »
As of today Mint says our net worth has two commas in it. We're millionaires!
We are halfway there today, Woot woot to both of us!

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« Reply #2025 on: January 19, 2020, 05:56:36 AM »
As of today Mint says our net worth has two commas in it. We're millionaires!
We are halfway there today, Woot woot to both of us!

Congratulations to both of you!!!

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« Reply #2026 on: January 22, 2020, 01:47:44 PM »
Finally got around to doing my year end calculations for 2019, and in the six years since I found MMM, my net worth has increased by $194K. Pretty dang happy about that. I was deep in debt when I started. And that is on one income, and dropping down to part time the last two years.

As of today Mint says our net worth has two commas in it. We're millionaires!
We are halfway there today, Woot woot to both of us!

In the halfway club too.

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« Reply #2027 on: February 01, 2020, 03:34:21 AM »
After one guy left for greener fields, management got it together (I hope) and I asked for a raise despite the current weakness in our field of work with shrinking volumes and contracting margins.

Result: Pay goes up by 8% this month with another upgrade in 2021 already confirmed.

You only have to ask, but you have to ask :-)

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« Reply #2028 on: February 01, 2020, 03:35:36 AM »
Nice job @BobTheBuilder!  Congrats!

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« Reply #2029 on: February 01, 2020, 07:15:46 AM »
Finally got around to doing my year end calculations for 2019, and in the six years since I found MMM, my net worth has increased by $194K. Pretty dang happy about that. I was deep in debt when I started. And that is on one income, and dropping down to part time the last two years.

As of today Mint says our net worth has two commas in it. We're millionaires!
We are halfway there today, Woot woot to both of us!

In the halfway club too.
It lasted for like 2 days lol!  But it will come again!

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« Reply #2030 on: February 04, 2020, 09:01:15 PM »
As of today Mint says our net worth has two commas in it. We're millionaires!
We are halfway there today, Woot woot to both of us!

Congratulations to both of you!!!

Woot woot!

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« Reply #2031 on: February 04, 2020, 09:16:21 PM »
I'm celebrating FI!!!

I lost a job last week.  Beaten and angry, I came home, reviewed the separation paperwork, severance pay, and other details, asked DH for the cost of adding me and DS to his insurance, run a few scenarios and realized that, even with the stock market returning poor results forever, DH working just one more year and me never working again, we could maintain our current level of spending and never run out of money.

The sense of calm I feel as I start thinking of the best job hunt is something I never expected.  Freaking unbelievable.


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« Reply #2032 on: February 04, 2020, 09:44:05 PM »
I'm celebrating FI!!!

I lost a job last week.  Beaten and angry, I came home, reviewed the separation paperwork, severance pay, and other details, asked DH for the cost of adding me and DS to his insurance, run a few scenarios and realized that, even with the stock market returning poor results forever, DH working just one more year and me never working again, we could maintain our current level of spending and never run out of money.

The sense of calm I feel as I start thinking of the best job hunt is something I never expected.  Freaking unbelievable.
It is a great feeling!  Congrats!

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« Reply #2033 on: February 04, 2020, 09:44:47 PM »
We moved into our Dream home yesterday.   It would never have been possible without what I've learned from MMM and you all.   Thanks!

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« Reply #2034 on: February 05, 2020, 07:07:07 AM »
I'm celebrating FI!!!

I lost a job last week.  Beaten and angry, I came home, reviewed the separation paperwork, severance pay, and other details, asked DH for the cost of adding me and DS to his insurance, run a few scenarios and realized that, even with the stock market returning poor results forever, DH working just one more year and me never working again, we could maintain our current level of spending and never run out of money.

The sense of calm I feel as I start thinking of the best job hunt is something I never expected.  Freaking unbelievable.
Congrats!

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« Reply #2035 on: February 05, 2020, 07:07:27 AM »
We moved into our Dream home yesterday.   It would never have been possible without what I've learned from MMM and you all.   Thanks!
Must be an awesome feeling, congrats!

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« Reply #2036 on: February 05, 2020, 05:38:11 PM »
We moved into our Dream home yesterday.   It would never have been possible without what I've learned from MMM and you all.   Thanks!

Congratulations.  Much to celebrate lately, no?

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« Reply #2037 on: February 05, 2020, 06:20:01 PM »
We moved into our Dream home yesterday.   It would never have been possible without what I've learned from MMM and you all.   Thanks!

Congratulations.  Much to celebrate lately, no?
Absolutely!


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« Reply #2038 on: February 13, 2020, 06:24:04 AM »
Congrats Erica!

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« Reply #2039 on: February 15, 2020, 03:15:31 PM »
Hi Mustachians!

100K at 50 years old is not an acomplishment worth mentionning for the vast majority of the Mustachians here, but for me it is…

I began reading MMM at the beginning of 2018, having always thought that I was not wired for savings (I was not « good with numbers », « rich enough to save », not « smart enough to understand those financial things »…name it).  Since forever, I was allergic to debt, but was living paycheck to paycheck, even often slipping in the Red (oh, just a little bit).

So, after the reading of a few MMM articles beginning of 2018, I suggested my husband to sit with me to do a simulation of what will be our financial situation when retired (at 65 minimum, of course).  The vision was almost looking like a Stephen King’s nightmare.  Well, eating Kraft Dinner 4 times a week?

September 2018, my RRSP (I am in Canada) was 40K.  18 month later, I am at 100K, even with a 7 months couple separation in 2019 (no link with the saving efforts :-) )during which savings was hard .

I have to check my banking account a few times a week because I have hard times believing the numbers.  It is so weird, but so empowering at the same time.  The most crazy is that we don’t even feel any sacrifice… Oh, maybe way less suchis in our belly…

My next step is to go « Index Fund » .  I know, I should have done it earlier,  but I still feel that I don’t know much about investment and I wish to find some ethical Portfolios (the one I was attracted to at Tangerine includes Nestlé and Barrick Gold shares… I don’t want those criminals to benefit my Green workers).

So, obviously no RE for me, but way less Kraft Dinner in sight when I will retire!

Sue

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« Reply #2040 on: February 15, 2020, 03:33:13 PM »
Nice @Suelavie! That's still gotta be a great feeling :-)

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« Reply #2041 on: February 15, 2020, 07:33:38 PM »
Yeps @ender! thanks!

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« Reply #2042 on: February 28, 2020, 08:51:52 PM »
I'm celebrating FI!!!

I lost a job last week.  Beaten and angry, I came home, reviewed the separation paperwork, severance pay, and other details, asked DH for the cost of adding me and DS to his insurance, run a few scenarios and realized that, even with the stock market returning poor results forever, DH working just one more year and me never working again, we could maintain our current level of spending and never run out of money.

The sense of calm I feel as I start thinking of the best job hunt is something I never expected.  Freaking unbelievable.

@Gone_Hiking,  This is amazing and so awesome to now find a passion to spend your time on rather than for just a paycheck.   Good luck favors the prepared!

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« Reply #2043 on: March 05, 2020, 08:24:13 PM »
I'll echo the congrats, @Suelavie .  Be proud! 

That said, I'm almost 40 and I still love Kraft Dinner every once in a while.

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« Reply #2044 on: March 06, 2020, 01:19:37 PM »
@Staunch Aim Thanks!  Me too, some times, I like a Kraft Dinner...  But I guess it is because I have the choice not to eat it:-).  My 100K mark is presently a memory, but I guess the market will bounce back....one day, when the Coronavirus will be also a memory!

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« Reply #2045 on: March 09, 2020, 02:32:45 AM »
I'll echo the congrats, @Suelavie .  Be proud! 

That said, I'm almost 40 and I still love Kraft Dinner every once in a while.
I have a big Costco box of them atop my garage fridge. I actually had one in my hand tonight. WThen I opened the fridge, and I realized there was still a third of a pan of scratch-made scalloped potatoes. I actually sighed as I put the KD back in the carton. At least the scalloped potatoes were good. And now they're gone. Oh, the anticipation!  FWIW, I just turned 62, lol.

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« Reply #2046 on: March 09, 2020, 09:50:25 AM »
I'll echo the congrats, @Suelavie .  Be proud! 

That said, I'm almost 40 and I still love Kraft Dinner every once in a while.
I have a big Costco box of them atop my garage fridge. I actually had one in my hand tonight. WThen I opened the fridge, and I realized there was still a third of a pan of scratch-made scalloped potatoes. I actually sighed as I put the KD back in the carton. At least the scalloped potatoes were good. And now they're gone. Oh, the anticipation!  FWIW, I just turned 62, lol.

We're almost 60 and we have a big Costco box of them (Annie's).  We reward ourselves with one (adding in a can of tuna) when we've 'earned it' i.e. done some work around the house or yard and are too beat to cook anything more complicated. We look at each other and say, "we've worked and have earned our tuna-mac".

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Re: Celebrations Thread
« Reply #2047 on: March 11, 2020, 06:12:31 PM »
Tenure.


And because I've been here forever...


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Re: Celebrations Thread
« Reply #2048 on: March 12, 2020, 08:05:47 AM »
Hell yeah! That's awesome Rural! Way to go!

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« Reply #2049 on: March 18, 2020, 05:23:49 PM »
I'm celebrating FI!!!

I lost a job last week.  Beaten and angry, I came home, reviewed the separation paperwork, severance pay, and other details, asked DH for the cost of adding me and DS to his insurance, run a few scenarios and realized that, even with the stock market returning poor results forever, DH working just one more year and me never working again, we could maintain our current level of spending and never run out of money.

The sense of calm I feel as I start thinking of the best job hunt is something I never expected.  Freaking unbelievable.

Following up just to see how things are going for you guys given the last month.