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Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« Reply #3400 on: August 22, 2017, 10:04:48 AM »
Poz here from the great white north (Ontario, Canada).  At the age of 36 I finally eliminated all debt and reached $0, starting the climb towards FI

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Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« Reply #3401 on: August 22, 2017, 10:30:16 PM »
Hi, I'm Jim. I'm 47, no debt except the mortgage, maxed my 401(k) most of the time since age 21, and I'm getting laid off with a severance at the end of the month.

In 1997 or 1998 (age 27 or 28) I noticed that I kept getting raises but had less money to spend, and I knew something was wrong. I read a couple of personal finance books and started improving my finances a little.

In 2000 I quit my job for a startup company with stock options and quit that, disillusioned, a weeks before it folded. I took some time off because I had some cash, even though I had a lot of consumer debt. I foolishly didn't cut my spending. Then the IT industry crashed, and I couldn't find IT work.

Somewhere in there I did some more financial reading and learned of the concept of early retirement. Where do I sign up? So then I got serious about saving and managing money.

In 2001 I worked a non-IT job to tread water for 5 months, then got a shaky but interesting IT gig, then moved to another state to rehire with the company I had quit in 2000.

At my worst point I had $20k in high-APR credit card debt and $10k left on a truck loan. I was able to sell the truck for the amount of the loan and bought a cheaper car from a relative who let me pay it out. I was also able to consolidate the credit card debt with a relative's lower-APR offer. I paid everything off by June 2004 and was debt-free for the first time in my adult life.

I have continued to contribute to a 401(k) at varying levels, and that plus compound interest has me passing milestone after savings milestone.

In 2005 I volunteer-migrated Early Retirement Forum from YaBB to the better-performing SMF (the 1.0 version of this forum's software), helped them move servers, and when it sold in 2007 I helped again with the move to the new owner's servers. So maybe some of y'all know me from there.

In 2006 I quit again to move back near family since I had no kids but was rapidly acquiring niece and nephews. I dawdled a few too many months and made a little debt but paid it off quickly after getting a job again.

Things kept getting better financially, and retiring by 55 (2025) seemed not too unlikely, and if the market did really well maybe a little earlier.

But now I'm getting laid off, and I'm reassessing the situation. I could probably quit saving, work to cover expenses and still retire by 55. So instead of pounding the pavement for another job, I'm going to go on a long road trip to detox, and I'm going to see if I can find ways to make at least enough money to cover expenses while being able to work from home or the road on my own schedule.

I'm here because Nords likes this forum, and because some of my revenue possibilities include personal finance blogging and/or offering IT consulting or services to bloggers.

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Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« Reply #3402 on: August 23, 2017, 06:59:47 AM »
Interesting story!  I hope you start a journal here so that we can follow along as you detox and construct some side gigs to keep some income coming in...
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Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« Reply #3403 on: August 24, 2017, 01:43:47 AM »
An introduction to a French Mustachian
Good morning my fellow Mustachians,
Introducing myself : My name is Greg and I live in the upper north of France. Let my briefly talk about myself. I will skip what my life was before I discovered the website 2 years ago. It was that time in my life when I wanted to be more responsible, get my life together and to start making a positive impact on others and myself. So I slowly start applying some recommendations and advices I found online : Exercising, meditating, cutting some of my useless habit of consuming and mastering English.
I think I have been quite successful in doing so. I have now grown up, graduated from high school and I am entering my adult life ( by the way I am 20 now ) .
Why I join the forum :
I decided to become a member of the forum to be more involved in the community and also helping others like people here did by giving me good life advices.
Having now a job, I will also pay taxes starting this year and saving money in a bank account. My huge problem is that our social system is far different from the US one. I am lucky to enjoy free healthcare,free education and I have almost free access to public transport but I know nothing about investing and enjoying early retirement at an early age in France.
My objectives :
1 _ Getting to know the community and learning more
2 _ Being involved in projects, topics
3_ Connecting to other French members and learning from them about the French economic system.
Future projects :
I was shocked when I checked the Google Analytics of the MMM website that only around 5000 people in France where viewing the website each month. I would love if I have later the permission to translate in French articles from the MMM website to share them to the French market and creating a Facebook community for meetings, events and informations.
I am really glad to join the forum and I hope to learn more about you !
See you online !



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Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« Reply #3404 on: August 24, 2017, 05:41:14 AM »
I was shocked when I checked the Google Analytics of the MMM website that only around 5000 people in France where viewing the website each month. I would love if I have later the permission to translate in French articles from the MMM website to share them to the French market and creating a Facebook community for meetings, events and informations.
I am really glad to join the forum and I hope to learn more about you !
See you online !

welcome! (from an as well recent member of the forum)

Google Analytics: Italy is not even on the list :(

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Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« Reply #3405 on: August 24, 2017, 08:38:13 AM »
Howdy, my name is Tom, I live in the bluegrass state, and I joined this form mainly on behalf of my father, who was very smart with his money and retired 23 years ago.  I will be posting a question about his portfolio balance in another forum.  I will probably put some posts up pertaining to my personal financial situation later after I help him out with his situation, as I could use some improvement on my end.  My wife and I are both early 50's with two teenage daughters, so the big life expenses will be coming at us soon. 

Looks like a lot of good info on this site!

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Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« Reply #3406 on: August 25, 2017, 01:23:42 PM »
Hey I'm Brooke!

I just graduated a few years ago and I've finally started my journey to getting financially fit. I have student loans  and live in an expensive city, but that won't stop me!

:)

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Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« Reply #3407 on: August 26, 2017, 05:25:44 PM »
Hello,

Been a long time browser, but  never registered. Figured I would join the fun.

No debt other than my house. In my 40's and would love to pay it off. I keep getting tempted to purchase a bigger house for me and my kids.  I am hoping I can fight that urge or at least find something that that makes better sense.

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« Reply #3408 on: August 27, 2017, 11:33:56 AM »
Hi Everyone,

I'm Lee. I'm married, no kids, a niece and nephew I would like to support with their education and putting them on track to FI.

I live in Oakville a suburb in the west end of Toronto, Canada.  I'd like to retire in Oakville but it is one of the most expensive cities in Canada, especially for real estate, so figuring out how to be FIRE in an expensive city is one of the main things I'd like learn from MMM Forum.

I found Mr. Money Mustache via Tim Ferriss' podcast. Since then I've consumed the blog and forum. FI was not new to me as I'd read "Your Money Or Your Life" years ago, but MMM re-kindled my interest in retiring before I turn 50.

After doing some calculation using MMM retirement calculators and meeting with my financial advisor, I'm FI!

We set our projected yearly expenses pretty low (40K) so I'd like to earn more money so we could spend more per year.

Look forward to joining the MMM community and share and learn with all of you!

Lee

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Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« Reply #3409 on: August 27, 2017, 01:29:12 PM »
I'm here because Nords likes this forum, and because some of my revenue possibilities include personal finance blogging and/or offering IT consulting or services to bloggers.
Welcome, Jim, good to see you here!

You and the admin of this forum, Kevin Clack, might want to have a chat about website operations and consulting...
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Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« Reply #3410 on: August 28, 2017, 09:12:19 AM »
Hi all,
I'm Chris. I'm 60 and my DW is 58. We are finally  getting close to  retiring.  I've lived kind of a frugal lite lifestyle, used cars, no fancy vacations etc, but I have always maxed out my 401ks.  I never really thought much about retirement but earlier this year I started checking out some of the retirement calculators such as FireCalc and realized  we no longer needed to work.  However, in July we decided to take my 86 and 91 year old in laws as they can no longer live by themselves.   Right now we are still adjusting to that financially,  paying off a few debts  arranging health care, etc.  We have decided to retire sometime next year, probably between March and  July. I am devouring all the forum posts on preparing for retirement and hope to be able to contribute some posts as well.






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Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« Reply #3411 on: August 30, 2017, 05:29:01 PM »
Hello everyone,

I'm bobbywatson, from Canada. I currently live in the middle of nowhere in the "belle province", but plan to move to the Gatineau/Ottawa area soon. I'm currently unemployed.

I am an SAP ABAP Developer, and have been for the past ten years. I'm not a fan, but it pays pretty well, which is why I will stick with it until I can retire. (I'm open to contract work, if anyone in the Ottawa area is looking for an experienced ABAP developer).

My plan is, once I have a new job, to live as frugally as I can and retire in 7 to 8 years. I am still in the process of assessing what my net worth is. One big issue right now is that the real estate market in my area is deader than dead, so I will probably have to keep paying for my mortgage here for the foreseeable future.

My cost of living is already pretty low (I estimate around 25k/year). I am new to investing, but I am looking forward to learning more!

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Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« Reply #3412 on: August 31, 2017, 08:06:01 AM »
Hi all,
gargagnam here, writing from Italy.

In my early thirties, married, two kids, out of debt (expect a small residual mortgage that I'm able to repay but at 0,30% my money is better invested elsewer)

I wonder, is there any other Italian reader here? Maybe even someone already retired?

I'd like to discuss with someone else the peculiarities of Italy and how they affect saving and retirement (more taxes but public health and pension System)

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« Reply #3413 on: September 02, 2017, 07:56:08 AM »
Hello All,

I'm Kelly.  29 year old single male.  I have an average income but very low cost of living at the moment with two roommates providing income to cover my mortgage payment.  Only been focused on FIRE for the last few months but have always been an investor and have never taken on any debt outside of a mortgage.

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« Reply #3414 on: September 02, 2017, 01:18:20 PM »
I wonder, is there any other Italian reader here?

Welcome gargagnam!

And yes, I've seen quite a few Italians around here. Whether there's any that have FIRE'd already I'm not sure - you can probably do a few searches and find out.
We FIRE'd at age 28 (me) and 29 (Mrs. OneWayFamily) and are now trying to travel to every country on Earth - it takes longer with 2 toddlers!

If you'd like to keep track of where we're at - check out our photos @ Instagram or our lame attempt at a blog at onewayfamily.com

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Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« Reply #3415 on: September 03, 2017, 02:18:32 AM »
Welcome gargagnam!

And yes, I've seen quite a few Italians around here. Whether there's any that have FIRE'd already I'm not sure - you can probably do a few searches and find out.

Thanks!

Can you point me to someone? With a simple search for Italy I only found Simone, the overwhelming rest of discussions were about people planning to visit Italy:)


Ps: nice blog... but you didn't visit Italy yet?

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Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« Reply #3416 on: September 05, 2017, 09:36:28 AM »
Hallo everyone,

long time lurker here. I'm a 25 year old german male currently writing my master thesis and very much looking forward to seeing Ze Stash grow more quickly once I enter the working world. I study in the Netherlands and due to help of my parents and low education costs in Europe I'll finish my studies with no debt and roughly 10k € invested in low cost index funds and some individual stocks that I can't bring myself to sell. This could have been significantly more, but I only got serious about saving/investing 1 1/2 years ago and prior to that spent every € coming in.

I tend to overthink things, annoy my GF of 6 years greatly with my new frugal ways and still struggle to find a balance between being smart about unnecessary expenses and being stingy. Some of the advice directed at the US might not apply in Germany but most of the gerneral concepts still hold and I'm looking forward to talking to like-minded people and sharing in the collective wisdom of this great forum.

Ze Stash

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Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« Reply #3417 on: September 05, 2017, 12:06:04 PM »
Hallo everyone,

long time lurker here. I'm a 25 year old german male currently writing my master thesis and very much looking forward to seeing Ze Stash grow more quickly once I enter the working world. I study in the Netherlands and due to help of my parents and low education costs in Europe I'll finish my studies with no debt and roughly 10k € invested in low cost index funds and some individual stocks that I can't bring myself to sell. This could have been significantly more, but I only got serious about saving/investing 1 1/2 years ago and prior to that spent every € coming in.

I tend to overthink things, annoy my GF of 6 years greatly with my new frugal ways and still struggle to find a balance between being smart about unnecessary expenses and being stingy. Some of the advice directed at the US might not apply in Germany but most of the gerneral concepts still hold and I'm looking forward to talking to like-minded people and sharing in the collective wisdom of this great forum.

Ze Stash

Welcome!

Just in case you don't know about it, this thread might be useful:

https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/mustachianism-around-the-web/mustachianism-applied-to-german-way-of-life-deutsche-mmm-ratschlage/
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Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« Reply #3418 on: September 05, 2017, 02:44:18 PM »
Hello everyone,

I am saguaro and poster of same name over at the Simple Living Forums, where I learned of MMM.  Have been lurking here for a while and decided to finally join the cult, lol.

I am married, live in far northern suburbs of Chicago. I work in IT, DH works in web design.   We discovered the original mustachian tome YMOYL back in the 90's (yep, dating us a bit here) and it was instrumental in getting us out of major cc debt and building savings.  As a result we were able buy a house, build some retirement savings, plus build FU money but we still continue to work as both of us currently are fortunate to have jobs we enjoy at this point in our lives.

Looking forward to posting and sharing within this community!   

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Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« Reply #3419 on: September 05, 2017, 06:13:05 PM »
hi there! i am like three weeks since i first heard about FIRE and i am excited to learn and hopefully turn this into something! im married, my husband and are chefs, and we make pretty nice money, and currently spend most of it eating out in chicago and travelling.

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« Reply #3420 on: September 07, 2017, 09:28:46 AM »
Hi, I'm a newbie.  A friend introduced me to all this.  I'm a natural saver but needed a bit of hand holding to get on the right path.  I have no debt besides mortgages, however I have three of them (one is a rental property) and our cost of living is just way too high.  Hope to learn a lot here.

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« Reply #3421 on: September 07, 2017, 01:16:52 PM »
Hello, new friends!

I've been a MMM reader for a couple of years now, but just decided to join the forum. I'm excited to dive into such a deep knowledge pool.

Quick bio: 41 years old, married, two kids. I'm newly "semi-retired" as of June 1, 2017 and am working part time in a field I love. My wife is still working full time in a field she loves. We are 100% debt free and have been saving religiously since age 23, but most of our assets are in retirement accounts. The only debt we'll ever consider using again is potentially a mortgage if we decide to move out of our rental home.

Areas of interest in this forum are alternative investment ideas, off grid/sustainable living, and teaching financial literacy to children.

Na zdarove!!

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« Reply #3422 on: September 08, 2017, 02:13:00 PM »
Hi everybody.

My name is Ivan. I started reading this blog like 3 years ago, I guess. I used to live in Seattle for almost 4 years and half working for A*****.com as a software engineer but I quit on July 2017 and had to come back to my hometown. I'm not FI but had enough FU-money to leave.

I decided to quit for several reasons, being the two most important ones that I just had it with work pressure. I was having panic attacks very frequently and, in my lowest point, thought I was going to die of a heart attack. The second one is that my wife was also very unhappy. I also had a $25k pay cut which I'm embarrassed to admit but helped me take the next step :P

Thanks to Mr. Money Mustache's teachings I was able to get my FU-money and also value my family's happiness and my own health enough to put a stop to all of it. I can almost certainly say that I could have died or be in a darker place today if it weren't for a lot of what I learned in this site. I wish I could have discovered it sooner.

So, here I am, in my early 30s. Trying to shed some of the physical, mental, and relationship damage that I brought on myself over the last 4.5 years. I gained around 100 pounds which I'm trying to shed by eating healthier and exercising a bit (almost 20 pounds down in a little over a month). I'm also trying to study and learn new things while I'm on break. Trying to re-adapt to the town I left. Trying to re-connect with my wife and myself.

Thanks for reading!

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« Reply #3423 on: September 08, 2017, 02:39:35 PM »
Welcome iesv! I am glad you left that toxic environment and are on the road to recovery. Money isn't all there is to life and I am happy for you and your family that you realized it before there was any more harm. Take care!

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« Reply #3424 on: September 08, 2017, 02:52:39 PM »
Hey I'm Meesh,

I've known about FI for many years but was never able to make it a priority, though I have lived by many FI ways for years. Now that I feel like we will be able to do it, I've decided to show up on the forum for help and a great community to get it done. Thanks everyone!

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« Reply #3425 on: September 08, 2017, 05:24:28 PM »
Thanks for the warm welcome, Thinkum.

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« Reply #3426 on: September 09, 2017, 02:03:58 PM »
Hi from the wet / sunny / wet UK.

Looking forward to learning a lot

b_or_g


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« Reply #3427 on: September 10, 2017, 05:22:33 AM »
Hello from a large European city.  I'm an American expat with a European husband.  We have 2 bilingual kids and an apartment in the city center.  We're both naturally mustachian and have been living this lifestyle for years - but we'd love to learn more about investing - particularly investing in Europe since we live here.

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« Reply #3428 on: September 10, 2017, 08:14:07 AM »
Hi Mustachians and Badasses,

I'm a German expat in Beijing. I come from a mustachian heritage (my dad was a mustachian who got 4 kids through private boarding school on a school directors salary) but got a bit astray after I started earning my own money. But since a few months I'm honoring my heritage again :). China is a great place to live on a super low budget once you adjust to the local livestyle (western stuff is of course all imported and heavily laden with "idiot tax").

I joined the forum because I'd like to exchange and share about my process to FIRE. It can be a bit lonely to be a mustachian among all the expats. I would also learn more about investing in Europe, since I plan to repatriate after I achieve financial independence.   

If there are more mustachians in China, I'd love to hear from you!!

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« Reply #3429 on: September 10, 2017, 08:29:08 PM »
Bonjour ŕ tous,

I'm a 31 yr old from Quebec, Canada. I've been with DW for 7 years now and we have two daughters. We always had a rather frugal lifestyle except for a few less stellar decisions before our first child was born (loaned a 40k car for a while and expensive vacations). I discovered MMM a few months ago while searching for early retirement and it's been a real eye opener. We realized we were much closer to retirement after reading the 4% rule.

DW is onboard with the FIRE plan. Our plan is to achieve FI within 3 years and RE in a lower cost of living area with lots of outdoor activities (cycling, skiing, trekking, etc).

I'm excited to learn more about FIRE, read others' success stories and share our experiences on our journey to FIRE in Canada.

Cheers,

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« Reply #3430 on: September 12, 2017, 01:02:46 AM »
Im 27 and live in Australia. I am very keen in retiring before I am 40. I have approximately 50k USD in school loans. Excited to share my journey with you!!!

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« Reply #3431 on: September 12, 2017, 09:07:53 AM »
Hello, I'm Candis.

Just joined after having found multiple recommendations to your site.  Looking forward to learning from this site and the people here.
Candis
Looking forward to the RV and a retirement full of new discoveries and adventures.

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« Reply #3432 on: September 12, 2017, 10:06:32 AM »
I'm Sarah and I FIRE in one week!!!!

I've always lived the frugal lifestyle and now at age 48 feel like I can relax and survive off my net worth ($1.4M) no matter what happens.  This forum rocks!  The community brings together a seemingly rare breed of people that work hard but stay disciplined within their financial lives to achieve freedom from the grind.  I've taken a lot of crap from family and co-workers through the years for my 'cheap' ways: bike commuting, slow and deliberate purchase decisions, minimalistic appearance, and liming resource expenditure. However, those values, calculated risk taking in investing, and a strong work ethic has now led me to peaceful mindset of having enough $$ indefinitely. 

As a single person who is the sole support of 3 kids (DH unexpectedly walked out of our lives 6 years ago), I am living proof that anyone can achieve FI.  THANK YOU MR. MM and the COMMUNITY for all of the support! I am looking forward to being lazy for a while and traveling the globe with my kids. 

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« Reply #3433 on: September 12, 2017, 12:33:46 PM »
Welcome and BIG congratulations IFiRun!! This community is great when the rest of the lemmings look confused and cannot fathom our choices.

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« Reply #3434 on: September 13, 2017, 03:59:20 AM »
Hello all,

My wife and I are 30 and live in Sydney, Australia. We've recently embraced the mustachian/frugal way of living and are looking forward to the journey to FIRE.

As part of the process we are looking to embark on a tree change and move to regional Australia next year where living expenses are much lower.

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« Reply #3435 on: September 14, 2017, 02:18:46 PM »
Hi,
I am robirdus from Central Europe, just over 40, with a family of 4.
I've bumped into mrmoneymustache.com when one of my friend sent me an article - I remember it was "the true cost of commuting". I was thinking what is this crap? And I've put it aside for about a year.
Then, when I was working in Moscow, for four years, mostly without family, I've re-read the article, because for some strange reason I have bookmarked it.
I was hooked and couldn't stop until I've finished all the posts.
I have started with following the expenses, and now I am in full control of my financials. My target is to change my career by (around) 2020, because what I was doing in the past 12 years has started to erode my health. I am an executive manager now and I want to be a LION TAMER!

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« Reply #3436 on: September 15, 2017, 08:19:54 AM »
Hello! I'm Claudia and I live in Central Europe. I am married, 1 kid, we have no debt and we are on our path to FI. I read Mr Money Mustache last year and I enjoyed every post, then forgot about everything. We are naturally quite frugal, but some MMM's ideas didn't quite made sense for me. Until now. Now I enjoy riding my kick scooter every working day both to the office and to the court house. At first I was given a few odd looks, since I'm a lawyer and am also known for wearing high heels (I still wear the heels, I simply carry the shoes in my backpack when I am riding the kick scooter). I am looking forward to implementing more of MMM ideas into my life.

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« Reply #3437 on: September 15, 2017, 09:10:55 AM »
Hey all!

I'm a 23 year old software engineer in Huntsville, Alabama. I graduated with my bachelors in May and discovered MMM shortly after. I'm fairly new to the FIRE scene, but I've always known that working the traditional 40 years didn't appeal to me. Currently I have debt in the form of student loans and a car loan, but I'm not worried because I'll have those paid off within a year (hopefully).

I'm excited to join the community here and look forward to interacting with like minded people!

apkanne

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Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« Reply #3438 on: September 15, 2017, 10:47:24 AM »
Hi, i'm Anne, 26 years old, from Orlando, FL. I have been lurking for over a year. Finally joined! I am a systems engineer, and I want to get into real estate landlording.

Thanks!

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Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« Reply #3439 on: September 15, 2017, 08:54:38 PM »
Hello all! I'm Jared from Austin and Round Rock, TX. Have you ever walked into a room before and everyone looked like you? No, you neither? Well, I imagine that feeling of belonging would be similar to what I felt when I discovered the FI community. I first read Go Curry Cracker in 2015, but didn't give it the time of day until earlier this year. Got hooked on so many awesome people in this community.

My wife and I are 35 with 2 kids and a third on the way. If all goes well, all will be born in February within 7 days of each other. That's the kind of efficiency you'd expect out of an engineer. We're from Michigan and went to UofM, but in Austin since graduation.

I'm here because I love to learn and hope to contribute to this community. We aspire to FI in 10-12 years. Since we learned of FI so late, lifestyle inflation has led us to a pretty high cost of living (relative to some of the FI people I follow). Our friends think we're nuts to say that we're going to retire before our kids graduate high school. I'm OK with that kind of crazy!

Glad to be here!

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Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« Reply #3440 on: September 17, 2017, 03:47:56 AM »
Hi all,

My name is Brody I live in Western Australia I have been a long time lurker finally decided to join the forum.
(former bankrupt traveled that long path and will never return)