Hello all. I'm Jordan, a Software Engineer in Colorado Springs. Been a lurker for a while, and was hardcore enough to read every article (made an ebook too, but I just found out that someone beat me to it). With the help of the optimism gun and thinking big, I quit my job where I was under appreciated, under challenged, and under paid and just threw my resume out there. Managed to land an 82% increase in pay by the end of the first week. I stumbled across MMM about a year ago because I picked a weird keyword when looking for a Marks Daily Apple article (I've been primal since December 2012). I read http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2012/08/07/mr-money-mustache-vs-marks-daily-apple/
and started poking around. And by poking around, I mean I started with the first article. In that single sitting, I got to the point where MMM and The Realist combined into one being. I was hooked, and have been ever since.Where am I now?
I suck. Since I had been reading this blog, I was able to maintain my current spending level even though I got that huge "raise". I've used GnuCash for 7 years, and track every penny. I recently set up a Mint account, now that I am concerned about my net worth. That being said, even with a savings percentage of around 40%, and no debts with interest > 3.5%, I still spend way too much. I have one more big purchase to make this week (it's been on my list for a long time), and then I'm kicking it into high gear for sure. I live in the Springs, bike to work relatively often (not 100% though, which is dumb), and make a very clown like commute to Denver twice a month for work (I am planning on biking the 150 mile round trip some time in April though).
I call myself a Mustachian in Training (even put it on my G+ page and work email signature) because I've got the philosophy down, but I have some huge areas to work on.
- I drive a Jeep Cherokee that gets something like 17 mpg. I have to replace the engine this spring, so I'm thinking about making it as Mustachian as possible (35 mpg+). If I can't, I'll switch to biking everywhere, and just go without.
- I am a god awful procrastinator (although that is getting better)
- I smoke...to the tune of $2237.14 for 2013
- I drink...a lot. I don't have last year's data in Mint, but in December I spent $269
So that's where I am. It's actually a bit depressing when I put it into words, since it's all very obvious that I continue to make dumb choices...daily. I finally just got my domain (jordanread.com
), and found a decent blog engine, so I'll be writing down my experiences there. Maybe publicly putting it out there will prevent me from sucking. Who knows?
Anyway, glad to be here, and look forward to talking to you all.