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Re: Orlando, FL
« Reply #250 on: July 22, 2019, 04:39:41 PM »


I know we don't have much structure to when these lunch meetups happen.... but any thoughts on picking a "regular" monthly date?

Perhaps the third Sunday of every month at noon....  Locations TBD - but likely a Downtown/Winter Park/Off I-4 Centralized spot?
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Don't forget rental properties, tiny houses, FinCon, and travel hacking! Good stuff :)

A more regular meet up sounds good.
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Third Sunday is Cool.  I live in Titusville, so anywhere east of I4 is preferred. Do you guys ever develop a list of topics for discussion prior to the meetup?

BJ


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« Reply #251 on: July 23, 2019, 09:44:38 AM »
Mark your calendars for a MMM lunch the 3rd Sunday of each month @ 12PM!

August 18th
September 15th
October 20th
November 17th

Locations to come!
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« Reply #252 on: August 08, 2019, 10:20:10 AM »
Happy Friday!

August 18th is coming up!

12:00 Noon

Let's meet at:
Sakari Sushi
510 North Orlando Avenue, Suite 104
Winter Park, FL 32789
http://www.sakarisushi.com/

Please post if you are planning to join!

Mark your calendars for a MMM lunch the 3rd Sunday of each month @ 12PM!

August 18th
September 15th
October 20th
November 17th

Locations to come!

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« Reply #253 on: August 08, 2019, 10:32:24 AM »
Alas, I won't be able to make the August meetup but love that we have the meetups on the calendar through the rest of the year. Great idea!

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« Reply #254 on: August 12, 2019, 11:11:36 PM »
Alas, I won't be able to make the August meetup but love that we have the meetups on the calendar through the rest of the year. Great idea!

Next time hopefully!

MMMers - Need at least two folks to say "yes" in order to make this happen :)

August 18th - 12:00 PM
Sakari Sushi
510 North Orlando Avenue, Suite 104
Winter Park, FL 32789
http://www.sakarisushi.com/

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« Reply #255 on: August 13, 2019, 05:17:15 AM »
September will work much better for me (trying to wrap up some projects before heading out west). Hope to see you in September, and have a great time at FinCon @PseudoStache!

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« Reply #256 on: August 13, 2019, 10:21:16 AM »
September will work much better for me (trying to wrap up some projects before heading out west). Hope to see you in September, and have a great time at FinCon @PseudoStache!

Thanks @Roots&Wings!

Did you already check out Sakari?

If this one doesn't happen in August, we can keep the same venue for September.

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« Reply #257 on: August 13, 2019, 11:40:27 AM »
Does anyone have cheap + healthy restaurant recommendations for Orlando? Iím looking for lower-calorie options when I go out on dates. I figured you guys would know best. :-)

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« Reply #258 on: August 13, 2019, 11:52:42 AM »
September will work much better for me (trying to wrap up some projects before heading out west). Hope to see you in September, and have a great time at FinCon @PseudoStache!

Thanks @Roots&Wings!

Did you already check out Sakari?

If this one doesn't happen in August, we can keep the same venue for September.

Sakari works for Sept too! Haven't been there.

@lexde  I'll leave the restaurant recommendations to others, but unsure if there might be some free local events (like an evening art stroll) in your part of town that often have free food too. Good luck!

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« Reply #259 on: August 13, 2019, 01:26:01 PM »
Does anyone have cheap + healthy restaurant recommendations for Orlando? Iím looking for lower-calorie options when I go out on dates. I figured you guys would know best. :-)

Go to the lake and eat a swan

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« Reply #260 on: August 13, 2019, 03:43:15 PM »

I plan to try to make it this time, if it's still a go. I haven't had Sushi in a while.

BJ

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« Reply #261 on: August 14, 2019, 07:58:21 PM »

I plan to try to make it this time, if it's still a go. I haven't had Sushi in a while.

BJ

Anyone else in for some sushi this weekend?  They seem to have some reasonable lunch specials.


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« Reply #262 on: August 16, 2019, 02:28:37 PM »
I'm in for tomorrow.

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« Reply #263 on: August 17, 2019, 07:09:50 AM »
Sunday IS happening!

August 18th - 12:00 PM
Sakari Sushi
510 North Orlando Avenue, Suite 104
Winter Park, FL 32789
http://www.sakarisushi.com/

It's going to be a small group, so if you are reading this and still want to come, please post up or message me directly so that I can get a bigger table.

Look for the pig!



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« Reply #264 on: August 17, 2019, 08:41:24 AM »

I'll be there.

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« Reply #265 on: August 20, 2019, 08:39:09 AM »
Thanks to those who joined us this past Sunday.

The Sakari Bento boxes offered some good sized portions for a good value.

Good discussion around :
- An attendee pulling the FIRE plug in T-Minus 6 months.  Looking forward to living vicariously!
- Credit Card hacking as not only a way save money/earn rewards - but also as a way to limit withdrawals (ie. ACA thresholds)
- What type of careers gravitate towards FIRE
- Intentional spending/cost reduction

Mark your calendars for SEPTEMBER 15th at 12:00 PM.
Open to restaurant suggestions at this point.

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« Reply #266 on: September 06, 2019, 03:58:15 PM »

Can't make it this month.  Have a good meetup.

BJ

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« Reply #267 on: September 09, 2019, 10:49:27 PM »
Hello MMM Orlando!

Hope everyone has been doing well.

September 15th is coming up... and just wanted to gauge attendance.

How does Blaze Pizza sound?

https://www.blazepizza.com/locations/winter-park/
501 N Orlando Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

2 "Yays" and we'll make it happen!

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« Reply #268 on: September 10, 2019, 06:41:57 AM »
I'm in! Pizza place sounds great.

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« Reply #269 on: September 10, 2019, 06:59:26 AM »
Me too, see y'all Sunday!

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« Reply #270 on: September 11, 2019, 09:49:12 PM »
It's Official we will be meeting this Sunday 9/15 at:

Blaze Pizza
501 N Orlando Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
https://www.blazepizza.com/locations/winter-park/

However we will be meeting a little earlier at 11:00 AM

Look for the pig!



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« Reply #271 on: September 12, 2019, 05:55:53 PM »
I am down

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« Reply #272 on: September 12, 2019, 09:50:51 PM »
I am down

Looking forward to catching up!

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« Reply #273 on: September 13, 2019, 06:15:08 AM »
I'm working....

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« Reply #274 on: September 13, 2019, 10:56:48 AM »
I'm working....

@MikeO Hopefully you can make one of the next ones!

Currently scheduled for:
October 20th
November 17th

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« Reply #275 on: October 14, 2019, 08:53:34 AM »
Happy Monday, Orlando!

October 20th is coming up!

On the menu this month is Bento Asian Kitchen:
https://www.eatatbento.com/orlando-winter-park/
501 Orlando Avenue #221
Winter Park, FL 32789

(In the same plaza and next door to Blaze Pizza)

Hoping we can shoot for an 11:30 start time?

2 Yays and we'll make it happen!


I'm working....

@MikeO Hopefully you can make one of the next ones!

Currently scheduled for:
October 20th
November 17th

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« Reply #276 on: October 14, 2019, 08:58:17 AM »
You're too good, PseudoStache: made myself a reminder to write this very thing today and you beat me to it! :-)

As I am the one who requested Bento, I'm definitely in.

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« Reply #277 on: October 14, 2019, 06:41:50 PM »
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« Reply #278 on: October 15, 2019, 07:07:23 AM »
Thanks for the replies @tkc and @Random Hangers !

It's going down!

October 20th - 11:30 AM

Bento Asian Kitchen
https://www.eatatbento.com/orlando-winter-park/
501 Orlando Avenue #221
Winter Park, FL 32789


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« Reply #279 on: October 16, 2019, 11:57:01 AM »
Have visitors this weekend, but hope to catch-up in November. Enjoy Bento!

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« Reply #280 on: October 16, 2019, 11:06:24 PM »
Have visitors this weekend, but hope to catch-up in November. Enjoy Bento!

@Roots&Wings - Have a great weekend with your guests - See you in November.  I think we have a few more places to try in that plaza :)

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« Reply #281 on: October 17, 2019, 06:29:33 AM »
^ I know, that plaza is loaded! We could probably spend another year there :) I'm seeing Thai, Mexican, "Frutta Bowl" (no idea)...

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« Reply #282 on: November 02, 2019, 08:06:03 AM »
October meetup was great. We had a total of 4, including special guest PseudoStache's wife!

We chatted about Turo (the car rental app, both as a user and potentially an owner), Clarke Howard (we agreed that he gives solid frugality advice), and had a bit of a discussion about cars, since I was going to buy one later that day.

Update: I would up *not* buying that car. I started to sign the papers, but apparently there were some ants or something from where it was parked at the warehouse, and they wanted to clean it up for me. I put down a $500 deposit and was to return on Tuesday to pick it up and pay the balance. Except...I started having doubts. Felt like a lot of money, did I really need a new car, yada yada.

Cancelled the deal, got my deposit back, and happened to stumble on a 2017 Civic Hatchback on Carvana with 31k miles on it for just under $5k less. That felt better, so I'm now the proud owner of a new-to-me car!

For those wondering, had a great experience with Carvana. If you have any questions about how it works, just let me know! The only thing I'm a little bummed about was that they don't tell you there's a referral credit until *after* you buy the car. Had I known that, I would've hopped on the forum to pick one up, and we both would've gotten I think $200. Curses! Oh, and your only options are to finance with them, bring financing from elsewhere, or pay cash, so I wasn't able to use my credit card for rewards.

After I had the car for a few days (you can return it within 7 days, no questions asked) and made sure I liked it, I sold my 12-year-old Mazda3 to CarMax, as they made me a great offer (comparatively; I probably could've gotten more if I'd sold it myself, but didn't want to put the time/energy/effort into it). That also went shockingly well; if you have any questions about *that*, just let me know. :-)

I think for November we decided on El Potro, also in that magical food plaza...? Hope to see everyone soon!

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« Reply #283 on: November 02, 2019, 09:34:40 PM »
@Random Hangers - Now I just need to get off my rear-end and put together my MoneyMotorist blog... this would be a great post!

So, I've actually got to head to the West Coast for work and was able to work in a little detour to hang out with sister in San Francisco the weekend of our next Meetup.
Hopefully y'all keep it on the books for 11/17!

El Potro Mexican was on the menu.


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« Reply #284 on: November 13, 2019, 06:16:14 AM »
@Random Hangers Congrats on your car purchase! Glad that worked out well with Carvana and CarMax, sounds like the ants were for the best.

Have a great time out West @PseudoStache! Looking forward to that first blog post.

RH, are you still thinking 11/17?

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« Reply #285 on: November 15, 2019, 05:14:39 AM »
Anybody else want to join Roots and I on Sunday?

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« Reply #286 on: November 15, 2019, 01:48:39 PM »
Anybody else want to join Roots and I on Sunday?

My friend Ron will be there... did you lock on 12:00?

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« Reply #287 on: November 16, 2019, 06:36:28 AM »
How about 11:30?

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« Reply #288 on: November 16, 2019, 06:54:19 AM »
I have something beforehand, so I'll join up with you guys around 12, 12:15p. See you then!

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« Reply #289 on: November 17, 2019, 06:32:12 AM »
I'll plan on 12, thanks!

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« Reply #290 on: January 14, 2020, 09:09:06 AM »
Hey Orlando!

Hope everyone has kicked off 2020 on a positive note!

January is already half way over!

I'm not available this month, but if we are looking to keep our 3rd Sunday of the Month going, and there is interest in meeting this Sunday (1/19), please post up and we'll organize one!

Otherwise, please mark down the following dates on your calendars:

Feb 16
Mar 15
Apr 19
May 17




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« Reply #291 on: February 06, 2021, 08:04:26 PM »
Hey Orlando!

It's been a crazy year!

I haven't been very active in checking-in on this forum, but hope all of you are doing well!
Looking forward to the day when we can setup another meet-up in person!

I'd be open to setting up something on Zoom as well for the time being!

@Roots&Wings @Random Hangers

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« Reply #292 on: March 11, 2021, 09:21:05 PM »

I'm not really into zoom or online video meets.  I also look forward to getting together again. 

Hopefully sometime this year.


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« Reply #293 on: March 18, 2021, 06:47:43 AM »
+1, great to see an update! It'd be nice to catch up when the pandemic settles down more.
 
@PseudoStache I've been wondering how you're doing, including your invest vs pay down mortgage experiment. It looks like @Random Hangers hasn't been on since Sept, hope things are ok.

I recently got a minivan "camper" and testing that out. If anyone has any favorite local camping spots (within ~2 hrs), would love to know. Got harassed in Ocala Nat'l Forest last weekend by some crazy ATV-ers, so it hasn't been smooth sailing so far.

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« Reply #294 on: March 20, 2021, 09:10:34 AM »
I'm good. Still working remote, though we hear rumblings of heading back into the office around July.

Nothing too exciting to report. Finally bit the bullet and switched to an MNVO. Have been with Mint Mobile since December and am loving the smaller bill with no noticeable change in service from when we were with Verizon pre or postpaid. Otherwise, just staying at the house, enjoying my best possible introvert life, lol.

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« Reply #295 on: March 20, 2021, 09:42:06 PM »
I am not into zoom calls.  It would be nice to meet again.

I am detecting a lighter portion of the dark haze that is at the end of the tunnel.  Maybe there are more normal times in the near future...


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« Reply #296 on: March 22, 2021, 06:16:15 AM »
I'm good. Still working remote, though we hear rumblings of heading back into the office around July.

Nothing too exciting to report. Finally bit the bullet and switched to an MNVO. Have been with Mint Mobile since December and am loving the smaller bill with no noticeable change in service from when we were with Verizon pre or postpaid. Otherwise, just staying at the house, enjoying my best possible introvert life, lol.

That's awesome @Random Hangers! I got TextNow (sprint network) in Dec, supposed to work in US, Canada and Mexico. If we can travel again safely I'll test that out :) Hadn't heard of Mint Mobile.

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« Reply #297 on: March 22, 2021, 08:42:42 PM »
I'm so happy that you guys are still around!

Definitely looking forward to some get togethers in the near future.

My mortgage experiment hasn't actually gone that well :(
I haven't been able to convince myself to invest instead of paying down the house.

Over this past year, I have refinanced my primary, and I am now planning to RECAST my loan to lower the minimum monthly payments even more.
I think my heart is just trying to fast track my mortgage payoff or at least get it to a point where the payment is super low.

Contrast that with my rental property that I just did a large cash-out refinance on to invest in another property, but now I can't find one that makes sense because of this crazy market.

I know money is fungible.... i think I just need y'all back in my life for motivation.

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Can't wait to hear more about the camper-van, we toyed around with getting a Class B, but my wife wasn't a huge fan.... I still think I'll find a way to convince her once we're both job-free.

In regards to cell phone coverage.... I can't remember if y'all have cut the cable cords yet, but Spectrum seems to have some interesting plans that we've been considering, especially if you don't need a lot of data.  It runs on Verizon's network, but I can't speak to their actual service performance.

I hope dorf is right about the tunnel.  I'm feeling optimistic about it!






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« Reply #298 on: March 23, 2021, 10:23:10 AM »
^ Yes! Vaccines for under 50 should start in a few weeks...the light at the end of the tunnel is coming into view.

You're right, the psychology is just as important! Whether it's financially optimal (in most cases) to keep the mortgage is irrelevant if you'll sleep better without the extra payment. Always the optimist, I keep the inevitable 30-50% market drop in mind and plan accordingly :)

Recasting and cashing out seem like smart options right now, but yeah this maybe isn't the best time to buy another property, unless you luck out and find a pre-foreclosure or a place before it's officially listed.

For camping, Class B gives so much more space! Being able to stand inside is a nice perk. My minivan isn't this fancy, but Eric Enjoys Earth's setup was a key inspiration: https://youtu.be/qJjL-NWeoVI?t=25

Finding available camping spots is another matter. We have several free options in the area aside from dispersed camping in Ocala Nat'l Forest, the local Water Mgt District preserves will probably be next on the list to check out.

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« Reply #299 on: May 12, 2021, 03:19:44 PM »
Hi all,

Newish forum member here. I live in Greater Orlando. Glad to see the hometown thread active. I might get a job out of town soon, but if I don't I'd like to check out this meetup!