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Mustachian Community => Meetups and Social Events => Topic started by: halfstepdown88 on June 27, 2012, 02:32:23 PM

Title: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: halfstepdown88 on June 27, 2012, 02:32:23 PM
Anyone here that lives in Salt Lake City, Utah?

Would be fun to get together and discuss early retirement, money saving tips, etc!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Nephi on July 20, 2012, 10:49:22 PM
Yup, my wife and I live in West Valley City.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: holycow on August 27, 2012, 10:23:02 PM
Hi there..anyone in SLC?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: catmustache on July 16, 2013, 09:38:48 AM
Hey, all. I work in SLC. A meetup of some kind would be great.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Simple Abundant Living on July 16, 2013, 09:54:10 AM
I'm in Lehi
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Alex239 on April 06, 2014, 07:29:00 PM
I'm in Midvale. This is a SLOW thread! Is it time for a meetup?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: sidestache on April 26, 2015, 11:46:00 PM
A meetup would be great! Also in Lehi!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: mechengute on May 20, 2015, 03:01:00 PM
A hike around Silver Lake up the canyon would be fun. We could all get outdoors and meet each other. Maybe we could even make it a picnic! What do you all think?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: catmustache on June 01, 2015, 09:19:06 AM
That sounds like a lot of fun. I'd be up for that some upcoming weekend. Depending on the date.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: megasaurus on June 15, 2015, 08:11:04 PM
I'd be interested in a meetup as well. A hike sounds great!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lyngi on June 17, 2015, 12:18:50 PM
I'm in Orem, but we will be out of town for a week
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: jpsaab24 on June 25, 2015, 09:34:29 AM
I'm up for the picnic and hike idea! I could set up a doodle account online and everyone could put in their dates of availability, it's free and doesn't require a login. What do y'all think?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: megasaurus on June 25, 2015, 09:22:10 PM
A doodle would be a great idea, thanks for taking the initiative :)
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on July 12, 2015, 10:29:21 PM
I'll be there in April 2016! Looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Alex239 on September 16, 2015, 03:49:42 AM
I forgot to mark notify and missed the replies
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: ekimatuan on January 23, 2016, 08:43:38 PM
I am in South Utah County. Would like to meet some other FI minded people.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on January 24, 2016, 12:34:31 AM
I've created a Doodle account to get us started. http://doodle.com/poll/crqm6qskv6pkr8av

I picked March because that's when I'll be moved to the SLC area :)

All conditions are modifiable, e.g. dates, times, location. Post your suggestions here and I'll modify the Doodle as required!


Nick
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on February 01, 2016, 09:39:27 AM
I'd love to meet some like minded people as well. I marked available on Saturday, March 5th on the doodle. I'm in Utah County, so meeting somewhere in the middle would be nice.

Maybe a coffee shop? Hot chocolate for the LDS mustachians. There a Barnes and Noble with a Starbucks near the South Towne mall.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: megasaurus on February 01, 2016, 11:33:43 AM
Just filled it out as well -- my schedule is pretty flexible. I'm in Salt Lake but I could make it farther south if that's what works best for everyone.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on February 01, 2016, 11:57:50 AM
I'm in Utah County, so meeting somewhere in the middle would be nice.

Maybe a coffee shop? Hot chocolate for the LDS mustachians. There a Barnes and Noble with a Starbucks near the South Towne mall.

Fine by me. One Vote for Barnes and Noble.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: earlyFI on February 11, 2016, 09:38:12 PM
Just found this! Barnes and Noble works. Filled out Doodle as well.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on February 21, 2016, 03:37:06 PM
Awesome timing. I just hopped on to these forums for the first time to see if there were any local meet-ups. I actually live in Sandy, so the location is perfect for me. I filled out the doodle poll. Looking forward to getting together.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on February 29, 2016, 10:24:42 AM
I haven't seen anyone take the lead on making a firm commitment. Based on the Doodle poll, it looks like maybe 11 a.m. this Saturday, March 5 at the Sandy Barnes & Noble is the optimum time. Any takers, or anyone else want to suggest a different time?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on February 29, 2016, 11:35:41 AM
Sorry about the delay in the poll... I've been traveling for the past week and have other various excuses :)

Yeah, Saturday the 5th at 11am is the the most popular choice, so that's what it will be.


Saturday, March 5th at 11am at the Barnes & Noble near the South Towne Mall


Whoever has been there and is attending, please select a specific meeting place at said Barnes and Noble. Thank you!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on February 29, 2016, 11:52:29 AM
Awesome. Thanks for spearheading this, Lnspilot. I believe the coffeeshop area is just to the right inside that B&N (although it's been a few years since I went in there). I could bring a simple "MMM meetup" table tent to draw in wandering souls.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on February 29, 2016, 07:52:16 PM
That would be awesome, thanks Foundapenny :)
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on February 29, 2016, 08:46:43 PM
I'll be there, glad we finally got this off the ground. Nice job organizing Lnspilot. If possible snag a few extra chairs or two tables, I've seen the place fill up a few times.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on March 05, 2016, 08:26:44 AM
Bumping the thread to trigger emails (reminders :) for todays meet up.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on March 06, 2016, 02:39:38 PM
The meet up was a great success! We had eight(?) people show up. We shared our own stories, picked each others' brains, and found common interests.

It was refreshing to talk MMM lifestyle and finance with like minded folks.

For those of you who didn't make it, chime in with future date/location suggestions and we'll plan another one.

Nick


P.S. One of you mentioned how time flies, so check this out: http://www.maximiliankiener.com/digitalprojects/time/
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on March 07, 2016, 10:29:54 AM
It was great to finally meet someone in the flesh who has reached FI, very motivating, and always good to see the math actually hold in reality. I propose April 16th, 11 am for the next meetup. I'll be pulling all nighters with the baby the week before so I doubt I'd make it.

One other topic that I was thinking about afterwards was whether or not to work a second job. I hadn't really considered it before, although I used to work lots of weekends doing my freelance stuff. After mulling the idea, the conclusion I came to is that I would not work a second job unless it was for my maximum hourly rate for two reasons.

1) A few years back I was getting constant requests for after hours and weekend work, so I implemented a double and triple time policy for weekends and holidays respectively. I found that when I was making double or triple I did not find it as soul sucking as before. It also cut the requests down substantially which I value.

2) Building on Lisa's comment, you should be narrowing in on the highest margins. Another thing I've learned from freelancing, is that  in many cases you'll make either the same amount or more if you focus solely on the most profitable projects and turning down the rest. In my case I found that raising rates and taking only larger projects led to my being able to work fewer hours per month while either increasing or staying at the same amount of income. The fact is there is so much demand for higher skilled labor that you could fill up all your waking hours and still not run out of available work. So, if I were to work a second job, I would be focusing on something that could bring in the highest amount per hour I could make. If you don't have the skills, I think it would be more worth your while to quit any unskileld secondary jobs and develop new skills. Things like construction, painting, programming, network administration, etc come to mind, and I would target at minimum 20-25/hr. You may have to settle for less initially to build up a resume, but within 6 months to a year, if you took IT work for example, you should be able to take in at minimum 50 per hour with side jobs. I think you'll find that there is more than enough demand for skilled labor to justify turning down lower paying jobs and focusing only on the higher paying ones. Just my 2 cents.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: earlyFI on March 07, 2016, 10:46:23 AM
Really enjoyed getting together. April 16th doesn't work for me,  as I am flying out of the country that day for a month.  Any evening that week up to Saturday will work. If Saturday is the best for everyone else,  I will catch up again when I return.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on March 07, 2016, 11:39:11 AM
I could do the 26th of March, possibly April 2nd but would have to be earlier in the morning maybe around 8 or 9. Friday evenings, Saturday mornings, and Sunday mornings work the best for me. I don't want to exclude anyone who can't do Sundays though.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on March 07, 2016, 06:17:54 PM
Here is the time & date poll for the 2nd meet up.

http://doodle.com/poll/c6n5g5ddhxvm7ncv

Prefer a different time or date? Let me know and I'll change the poll.

Edit: The date and time has been chosen: April 9th at 5pm.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: B14567 on March 19, 2016, 10:25:45 AM
Pretty free during the proposed times.  Looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on March 23, 2016, 11:52:43 AM
Did we want to propose a location? Spring is finally here, wouldn't mind an outdoor meetup, maybe we could BBQ or something.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: B14567 on March 23, 2016, 12:02:50 PM
I am totally flexible to go wherever.  We just took our first trip up Millcreek Canyon last weekend and it seemed to be pretty easy to find a campground and it seems like a nice area.  As a possible outdoor location suggestion.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on March 23, 2016, 12:15:57 PM
Something near sandy would be better for me, coming from Utah county. It takes me about an hour to get up to downtown depending on the traffic.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on March 24, 2016, 02:05:59 PM
There are some nice picnic/pavilion areas along the South Jordan Parkway area just west of the 10600 South exit off I-15. Lone Peak Park in Sandy, at 700 E and about 10000 South, is also good, though that sometimes gets a lot of soccer/baseball traffic if those things are going on. I could bring a camp stove and cook some Costco dogs or something simple like that if people want to do a barbecue potluck.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on March 29, 2016, 04:56:52 PM
These all sound like good places.

Here is a link to a Google Map. Anyone with the link can edit, so pick a spot and mark it. Once there are a few choices we can hash it out.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zOVx6McmP_j4.kU-U-m2tMBq8&usp=sharing
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on March 31, 2016, 12:58:44 PM
These all sound like good places.

Here is a link to a Google Map. Anyone with the link can edit, so pick a spot and mark it. Once there are a few choices we can hash it out.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zOVx6McmP_j4.kU-U-m2tMBq8&usp=sharing

It's not giving me the option of adding dots.
Title: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on March 31, 2016, 01:04:19 PM
Hmm. I'll have a look to see what I screwed up :)

***I'm away visiting my family, so I'll fix it as soon as possible :-)

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Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Capitalist on April 03, 2016, 09:49:27 PM
Hi there! I'm also in SLC, downtown area. Would be interesting to meet up.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: B14567 on April 03, 2016, 10:02:36 PM
Cool, so we are on for this Saturday at 5pm correct?  I am fine with either of the suggestions on the google map.  Are we still adding to that?  Also, are we meeting up to grill or something similar?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on April 04, 2016, 06:44:13 AM
Hi Capitalist, and welcome.

B, I made that Google map with the intention of it being editable for anybody who has the link above. It was giving Foundapenny trouble for some reason. Let me know if it's not working for you as well.

Location suggestions are welcome because downtown isn't convenient for some folks traveling from neighboring counties.

The most popular date was chosen, Saturday, 9 April at 5pm


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Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on April 04, 2016, 08:06:08 AM
Yeah, the map never would let me add the previously mentioned locations. LNS, if you want to add them yourself you're welcome to. The easiest way to find the South Jordan one is to search for Dancing Moose Montessori School in South Jordan and the park/pavilions are just behind that location, to the east. The other one is near the Sandy Skate Park on 700 E. and about 10100 South.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: B14567 on April 04, 2016, 09:17:51 AM
I could not edit either, but I am pretty flexible.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on April 04, 2016, 09:45:19 AM
Are we thinking BBQ, potluck, bring your own food, or just hang out? I learned a really great ribs recipe recently. Also, it may rain, should we use the Barnes and Noble as a backup?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: mustache on April 04, 2016, 09:51:07 AM
Hi there! I live in Murray. It would be fun to meet fellow mustachians in the city.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: B14567 on April 04, 2016, 09:53:35 AM
I am open to a potluck BBQ or whatever is easiest.  We could always cancel the food portion and meet in the Barnes and Noble as suggested if it is going to pour all day.  Although, if we have a pavilion that shouldn't be too much of a problem.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on April 04, 2016, 10:46:20 AM
I'm good with a potluck. I think the South Jordan location would be good simply because there are a lot of pavilions in that area and I can't imagine they would all be taken at that time. And if it gets crazy stormy that would be just down the street from the B&N we met at last time anyway.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on April 04, 2016, 11:06:33 AM
Welcome mustache

I think a potluck is a great idea considering the time of day : )

Oh, so I fixed the map. There happens to be a drop down menu that says "view" or "edit". Imagine that?

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zOVx6McmP_j4.kU-U-m2tMBq8&usp=sharing

Foundapenny, go ahead and move the marker to exactly where it should be.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on April 04, 2016, 11:24:35 AM
Potluck MMM Meet Up on April 9th, at 5pm at the park/pavilions east of Dancing Moose Montessori School.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zOVx6McmP_j4.kU-U-m2tMBq8&usp=sharing

Rainy date location is the Barnes & Noble at the South Town Mall

Bring something shareable if you can, if not don't worry about it.

I'll bring homemade hummus with chips : )
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: B14567 on April 04, 2016, 11:33:28 AM
I can bring something.  Are we going to BBQ or not?  We could bring a meat and coordinate the sides.  Or just bring things to share without the BBQ?   Also, I am planning on bringing my wife and baby are others planning on bringing family?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on April 04, 2016, 02:28:58 PM
I was going to go solo, baby is too little to do much right now and gets tired pretty quick. I'll plan to bring ribs or some kind of meat.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: MoneyRx on April 04, 2016, 04:10:27 PM
Excited you guys got this going! I will be out of town this weekend, but will follow the thread for the future.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: B14567 on April 04, 2016, 08:53:03 PM
For those that have been to this location before, does the pavilion have BBQ's that require coals?
I can bring a side dish and meat to share.

FYI - My wife and child will join me.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: B14567 on April 04, 2016, 08:55:34 PM
Woops I missed the info from Foundapenny.  If you have a campstove that would probably be easiest.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: RobUpNorth on April 04, 2016, 09:03:06 PM
I'll bring some chips!

-Rob
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on April 05, 2016, 01:56:12 PM
Some of the pavilions have the metal grill box, but I'll bring a camp stove and a griddle top just to make it easier. I mentioned some Costco dogs earlier in the thread, but if others are bringing meat I can bring some pasta salad for sure and maybe something else as well.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: B14567 on April 08, 2016, 08:55:37 AM
So how many people do we have planning to attend on Sat?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on April 08, 2016, 09:13:22 AM
I'll have me for sure. If my wife and daughter happen to come (unlikely, but possible) they won't need meat.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on April 08, 2016, 09:19:08 AM
I'll be there.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Capitalist on April 08, 2016, 11:05:33 AM
I will be there and i will bring some cups and drinks.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on April 08, 2016, 12:40:11 PM
So how many people do we have planning to attend on Sat?

The eight who participated in the doodle were:

EarlyFI
myself
B
Foundapenny
Rob
M
Benjamin
Brandon

If you didn't, come anyway : )
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: B14567 on April 09, 2016, 11:31:13 AM
So we don't have duplication of efforts.  I thought I would post what I am bringing to share:

Kielbasa
Sourkraut
Shrimp salad
Beer

There will be three in my party, myself and my wife and an infant.

Also, since I haven't met anyone before, could someone send me the number so I can can call when I arrive to find the group?  Mine is 404.923.0467

See you tonight.

-Benjamin

Sin
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on April 09, 2016, 11:45:53 AM
Good call Benjamin,

I'll be bringing a vegetarian snack of hummus and crackers/chips, and some beer as well.

My number is 385-275-6425.

I'm hoping Foundapenny can maneuver the marker on the google map to where to meet specifically. I moved it to the parking area which appears to be by the pavilions.
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zOVx6McmP_j4.kU-U-m2tMBq8&usp=sharing
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on April 09, 2016, 02:36:50 PM
You've got it marked right. There are seven pavilions right there off that parking lot, so we'll just have to see what's open when we arrive. I'm going to try to get there about 10-15 minutes early.

I'll be bringing a macaroni salad, the camp stove and cooktop.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: B14567 on April 09, 2016, 09:07:28 PM
Hey All -

Great meeting everyone tonight! 

Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Capitalist on April 09, 2016, 09:26:59 PM
Agreed, it was great to meet everyone!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on April 10, 2016, 10:18:00 AM
Absolutely. Good times. Let's do it again in 4-6 weeks, hopefully with a little bit warmer breeze.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: 10dollarsatatime on April 10, 2016, 12:58:57 PM
Posting to follow, in hopes I can make it to the next meetup.  :)
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on April 12, 2016, 10:21:30 PM
Does anyone have other time of day or day of week preferences?

Options have been Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, 11am, 2pm, 5pm.

2pm hasn't yet made the cut, so I'm considering ditching that and possibly adding 7:30pm.

Saturday has been most popular so far.

Eventually moving to a set date and time, i.e. 2nd Saturday of the month at 5pm, would alleviate this hassle.

Chime in, let me know what you think.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on April 13, 2016, 08:30:44 AM
11am or 5pm Saturdays work pretty well for me.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: ekimatuan on April 13, 2016, 12:58:39 PM
Seems I forgot to follow this thread and missed 2 meetups :(

Saturdays work best for me, non-FI and still a M-F wage slave. I'd also probably bring along my wife and 3 kids (4-8 yo).
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on April 13, 2016, 01:44:29 PM
Welcome ekimatuan,

I'll probably do one more doodle for the third meet up, and at the end of the meeting we can all decide on a monthly day/time.

See you at the next one.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: 10dollarsatatime on April 13, 2016, 09:33:30 PM
Sundays actually work best for me.  Saturday mornings more likely than evenings.  I'm an entertainment technician.  My weekends are usually eaten up by shows.  But certainly when a time is decided, I'll do my best to make it to at least one meetup.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on April 25, 2016, 04:38:59 PM
The Doodle Poll for the 3rd meet up has been created.

http://doodle.com/poll/cnpkdvrhn62kh2dd

As usual, please let me know if you would like a different date or time for the poll.


Now that we have a couple meet ups under our belt, it would be great to know what you all would like to get out of the meetings.

Examples:



For example, I'm considering either OMY or a leave of absence, and could share my personal story with my nearly two months off of work and how I could move forward with my SuperPlan.

What do you think would add value to these meet ups? What discussions or topics would you like to hear about? Would you be willing to lead a discussion on the topic/story/etc?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on April 29, 2016, 08:18:39 PM
For discussion, I think throwing down the gauntlet would be fun. I'm trying to cut my childcare expenses in half and cut my food/gas expenses by 25% this month. I'd also be curious to know how many years people have left and what kind of retirement people are shooting for. Might be too personal though.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on May 10, 2016, 07:57:24 AM
Are we on for this Saturday at 2?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on May 10, 2016, 09:51:03 PM
Let's decide tomorrow evening. If we don't have more than four people by then I suggest we postpone it by two weeks.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on May 12, 2016, 10:43:34 PM
Meet up #3 postponed

Since we have low numbers, let's postpone this meet up.

Again, if you have other days or times-of-day that you prefer, just let me know.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on May 14, 2016, 03:02:32 PM
I was on vacation and I forgot to check back in the thread when I returned to see when the next meet up was. Throw out another poll and I'll add my availability.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on June 23, 2016, 03:13:57 PM
Bumping this thread back to life. Anyone interested in a July meet up?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on June 23, 2016, 08:16:17 PM
Yes, absolutely!

Who else?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on June 24, 2016, 11:02:46 AM
How about Saturday 7/2?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on June 24, 2016, 11:46:24 AM
I'm out of town on 7/2. Fourth of July weekend. Could do an early afternoon 7/9 or anytime 7/10.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on June 24, 2016, 02:19:12 PM
7/9 and 7/16 weekends are booked for me, 7/23 and 7/30 are open.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on June 24, 2016, 02:30:44 PM
The 23rd works for me. I'm gone again the 30th. I suspect it'll be hard to pin everyone down during the summer, but we should definitely get something set up even if the attendance is a little less than the past couple. Don't want to lose momentum!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on June 24, 2016, 08:07:49 PM
Sounds like a Doodle is in order! I'll create one soon. Maybe some others will chime in with favored dates and times.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: daschallenberg on June 30, 2016, 02:07:03 PM
Hello all,

My wife and I just moved to SLC June 1 and have been on the FIREish path for a little over a year. I would much like meeting some like minded people. Looks like something might be in the works for July, our weekends typically always open as we have just moved, so looking forward to a meetup!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on June 30, 2016, 08:01:54 PM
Welcome welcome! I'm glad you found the place.

I'm out of town, but maybe from Foundapenny or Olob will take charge of this next meetup.

Cheers!

Lnspilot
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on July 01, 2016, 11:37:04 AM
Here's a doodle: http://doodle.com/poll/mera8bbmytpe3mxh

I might be able to swing 7/9.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on July 11, 2016, 02:03:40 PM
Wow, looks like we're all ships passing in the night the next couple of months.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on July 11, 2016, 03:41:37 PM
Did July 23rd still work? Otherwise maybe we shoot for August.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on July 11, 2016, 03:47:26 PM
Even if my plan fell through, that would only be the three of us getting together. Which would still be cool and all, but hardly the major gathering we had last time around.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on July 14, 2016, 09:20:41 AM
Let's try August, does anyone want to propose any dates? I'll be out of town the first weekend (8/6), but I'm wide open the rest of the month.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: lsaurus on July 14, 2016, 10:29:38 AM
August is pretty open for me.  I would love to meet fellow mustachians :)
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on July 14, 2016, 10:46:27 AM
Same, after Aug. 8 I open up as well.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on July 14, 2016, 10:55:52 AM
I have to work nights for the next three weeks, so I updated my availability.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on July 14, 2016, 11:36:07 AM
What do you guys think about August 13th or 20th?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on July 14, 2016, 06:37:31 PM
I'd say pick one on Monday and that will be that. 'Tis what it 'tis.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on July 18, 2016, 04:29:23 PM
Okay, I'm proposing August 20th. What do you guys think?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on July 18, 2016, 07:07:20 PM
I'm game.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on July 18, 2016, 08:07:26 PM
Works for me. I'm busy from 1-4pm that day but I'll make it if I can.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: LLCoolDave on July 23, 2016, 09:56:48 PM
I just moved back to Ogden where I grew up. I'm interesting in meeting up.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on July 24, 2016, 12:30:02 PM
Okay, how about 5pm on the 20th, hopefully it won't be quite as hot in the late afternoon. Should we meet at the same park as last time? The potluck worked out well.

You're welcome to come LLCoolDave if you can make it, the more the merrier.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on July 24, 2016, 02:10:04 PM
Sounds like a plan. Count me in.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on July 24, 2016, 02:40:34 PM
That park was perfect... and it won't be as chilly this time ; )
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on August 11, 2016, 12:52:20 PM
We kicked around the idea of having a central topic or main presenter to help focus these. I'll throw out some ideas to get the ball rolling, but others can add to the list, or second one they particularly like.

- Using Excel to project your income and expenses years in advance (I do this and could talk about it)
- Tax strategies for investing or otherwise
- How to find your "number" for financial independence
- Books, websites, podcasts, etc. you find helpful for learning about personal finance
- This Financial Life (someone lays out everything they're doing and others offer thoughts on how to cut expenses, increase returns, etc.)
- The worst/best financial move you've made and what you learned from it
- Navigating the housing market (I'm closing on a new house at the end of the month, so I could talk about our experience)
- Big or little things you do to save money that others should consider
- Travel hacking (would love to hear someone who does this talk about it)
- How you measure your progress toward FI

Are we doing the potluck again? And who thinks they're going to be there so far?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on August 11, 2016, 03:46:33 PM
3 confirmed as far as I know, maybe a few lurkers :) I don't care as much if it's not many people, might be worthwhile to switch venues to a bar or something in that case though, just to set a good atmosphere. We could preparty ahead of time to make it mustachian. Potluck sounds good to me otherwise.

I like a lot of your ideas. Really like the determining your number idea, especially as it relates to your savings rate. Best/work financial moves would be great too. I wouldn't call myself a travel hacker, but I have started churning credit cards to get travel perks, I got 8 free hotel stays this year at Marriott properties.

Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on August 11, 2016, 03:59:28 PM
I have a class at 1pm that day that should be done by 5, so I'll probably be a little bit late.

+1 for determining numbers. I've been over budget for the last six months for various reasons, all of which need to be taken into consideration for future spending.

Everyone has a worst/best to share... I know I've got a worst! C'mon support group.. ;)

I'm still for the previous location since the weather is nice and you aren't pushed to spend any money if you don't want to. But heck, olob if you want to have drinks and talk FI I'm sure a handful of us would be game!

As for the pot luck, it doesn't matter to me. I'm good with just meeting up and going over aforementioned topics.





Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on August 15, 2016, 03:26:44 PM
Okay, Saturday, maybe bring a few snacks or beer, sound right? Does 5pm work?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on August 15, 2016, 07:10:05 PM
Works for me, although I may be a little late.

I wonder if we'll ever see EarlyFi again... :-P
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Alex239 on August 16, 2016, 05:14:44 PM
I'm a long time forum lurker and casual mmm evangelist. I would love to meet some like minded people. I can do this sat the 20th. Where are we meeting. Thanks, Alex

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Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on August 16, 2016, 05:47:43 PM
Welcome Alex239, you should definitely come. The folks who attend this are really good, positive ones. You'll like it.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on August 16, 2016, 08:49:49 PM
I'm a long time forum lurker and casual mmm evangelist. I would love to meet some like minded people. I can do this sat the 20th. Where are we meeting. Thanks, Alex

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There's a park in South Jordan that's on a map earlier in this thread, that's where we'll be meeting.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on August 16, 2016, 08:50:58 PM
Works for me, although I may be a little late.

I wonder if we'll ever see EarlyFi again... :-P
I imagine she's probably somewhere in Africa or some other random place, too busy for us mere mortals.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on August 16, 2016, 08:58:28 PM

I imagine she's probably somewhere in Africa or some other random place, too busy for us mere mortals.
Right?! Total bad ass. She'll come around. Hopefully : )


We'll be meeting at a city park pavilion located at 10900 South River Front Parkway, South Jordan, UT 84095.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/10900+S+River+Front+Pkwy,+South+Jordan,+UT+84095/@40.5525562,-111.9147742,184m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x87528649d15b2577:0x5cdb2cb083ce0a4f!8m2!3d40.5525562!4d-111.914227 (that was a "short" url)

The rainy day location has unofficially been at the Barnes and Noble here: https://goo.gl/maps/QVss37H4y9U2
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on August 20, 2016, 08:31:48 AM
Looking forward to seeing everyone (or at least the three of you) today. Since it'll probably be a fairly small gathering today, I'll offer the option of meeting at my house just up the street from the park site. I've got some burgers I could throw on the grill (meat and veggie) and that would avoid the potential for the pavilion to be taken when we get there. And the drinks could stay frosty in the fridge. Just an option.

My address is [removed, because I've moved and it ain't gonna be my place anymore]. If y'all are up for that just post and let me know. If not, or if I don't see acknowledgement from the three people who say they're coming by like 3:30 p.m. today I'll just see you at the pavilion.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on August 20, 2016, 09:33:36 AM
That's very generous of you! Sounds like a great venue :-D

I'll be there, but maybe a tad bit late.


See you then
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Capitalist on August 20, 2016, 11:32:05 AM
You can count me in as well.

I like the topics above, I think that these will provide solid material for a good discussion and an opportunity for us all to learn something new.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on August 20, 2016, 12:55:49 PM
Olob is also good with the venue change. The only confirmed person who hasn't responded is Alex. So I think we have enough critical mass to do it at my house. I'll have some burgers, chips and some random other stuff. Feel free to bring a side or something else for the grill if you want, but no obligation whatsoever. If you haven't confirmed but were planning to come, please do!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: RobUpNorth on August 20, 2016, 01:02:03 PM
Confirmed, your place, count me in!

-Rob
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Alex239 on August 20, 2016, 01:03:17 PM
Confirmed I'm in. -Alex

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Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: drewhunter on August 20, 2016, 04:29:05 PM
I was planning on going as well, although I might be a bit late.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on August 20, 2016, 04:57:59 PM
I'll be there in about 20 minutes
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Alex239 on August 21, 2016, 08:32:15 PM
Great meetup last night. We should plan another again soon

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Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on August 21, 2016, 08:33:16 PM
Many thanks to Foundapenny for putting on a great meet up. It was great to see everyone, and meet new folks.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on September 03, 2016, 02:02:05 PM
So I ended up researching savings account bonuses. Citi has a 400 bonus if you deposit 15k for 6 mos (maybe less but I'm playing it safe). Chase has a 500 bonus if you deposit 15kand do a direct deposit.

I'm doubling these by doing one account for me and one for my wife. I'll probably try to switch to competitors every 6 mos for more bonuses.

Should we throw out dates for the next meetup? Thanks again foundapenny for hosting last time.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on September 03, 2016, 02:05:45 PM
Nice, what's their interest APY?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on September 03, 2016, 02:11:10 PM
A fraction of a percent, just like everyone else. But if you figure on doing it twice a year for say 400 a pop, it's a bit over 4% for the 15k.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on September 03, 2016, 02:14:08 PM
Oh and total time spent to open the account was 21 minutes on the phone from start to finish, including setting up the ACH. I figure another 40 minutes to close out later on, so you make $400 an hour.

Citi officially ended it on 8/31, but they said it will relaunch in a few weeks.

Chase ends in November.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on September 03, 2016, 02:15:20 PM
Not bad then! Thanks for the tip. I'm going to look into the Chase one.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Capitalist on September 03, 2016, 05:00:18 PM
+1 on another meetup

Oh and total time spent to open the account was 21 minutes on the phone from start to finish, including setting up the ACH. I figure another 40 minutes to close out later on, so you make $400 an hour.

Citi officially ended it on 8/31, but they said it will relaunch in a few weeks.

Chase ends in November.

It is still going on actually, Citi extended the promotion until end of October I believe.

To receive the bonus: You open Citibank account package, then within 30 days of account opening you deposit 15k and keep it at Citi for 30 consecutive days. After 30 days you need to keep min 10k on the account to keep it fee free ($25/month) until you get the bonus ($400) which can take up to 90 days I believe. After you get the bonus, you should be able to close the account without any early termination fee. All bank bonuses are counted as interest for tax purposes and will be taxed at your marginal tax rate.

The latest hot thing going on is CSR card though.. any takers there within our group?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on September 03, 2016, 06:31:52 PM
I probably will, just need to time the spending right to get the bonus. We're planning to buy some air tickets soon that will probably cover most of the spend. I think I'd xfer the points to a hotel program.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on September 04, 2016, 02:56:54 PM
"CSR" card?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Capitalist on September 04, 2016, 03:52:14 PM
"CSR" card?

Chase Sapphire Reserve
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on September 21, 2016, 12:29:20 PM
So I got the CSR card, and I'm curious on what's kosher as far as closing cards go. I'm starting to have more cards than I want to keep track of, I was planning to wait until right before the year anniversary and cancel. Does anyone know if there's a penalty for that? Credit hit? Possible future application issues?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on September 21, 2016, 12:31:24 PM
I understand you're talking about the CSR, but FWIW there was no penalty to cancel my CSP card right before the anniversary. Not sure about the "credit hit", but nor do I care.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Capitalist on September 21, 2016, 02:27:27 PM
Best course of action is probably to downgrade the card to Chase Sapphire (no annual fee card) and keep it. It should work with both Reserve and Preferred cards. Move out or spend your points before you do that though.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on October 14, 2016, 05:24:08 PM
Anyone want to pick a next meetup date? Mid november maybe? Not sure on a good winter location, I make a mean beef stew if we want to do a pot luck.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Alex239 on October 14, 2016, 05:56:42 PM
I agree, we need another meetup

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Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on October 31, 2016, 01:57:35 PM
Alright folks, let's get another meetup scheduled!

As usual, these are arbitrary times, so if another time of day works better for you please let me know to add an option.

Have a look back a page or two to see Foundapenny's ideas on discussion topics, so we can have a solid conversation. Last meetup's topics included maximizing credit card rewards (she has HOW MANY?), how to get the most out of Smith's gift cards (Wow!), and didn't our one friend finally sell his house?


Location ideas:

City Library conference room (For example, http://www.slcpl.org/rooms/ )

Someones home

City Park (but it could be getting chilly out!)

Barnes and Noble cafe (our first meetup)

Suggestions are encouraged!

Link to Poll:
http://doodle.com/poll/957yiuz5guzy5fez



Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: mooshie on November 01, 2016, 02:49:39 PM
I haven't been very active in the forums here, but I've been reading the blog for years. My husband and I would be interested in a meetup. I'm in Herriman (southwest end of Salt Lake County). Evenings and weekends usually work best for us.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on November 01, 2016, 02:54:48 PM
I'll nominate B&N again, it's one of my only indulgences and I hope they never go out of business. 19th works well for me.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on November 07, 2016, 10:12:10 PM
Bump
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Goldilocks on November 09, 2016, 12:57:43 PM
Brand new to mustachianism, live in Utah. I'd be interested in meeting other like-minded people. How many people usually come to these?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on November 09, 2016, 07:56:21 PM
Hey Goldilocks, and welcome!

There were 8-10 of us at the last meet up. So far the doodle poll is going a little slow, but it may pick up.

Is there anything specific you want to discuss at a meet up? We're always open to new discussion topics.

http://doodle.com/poll/957yiuz5guzy5fez
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Goldilocks on November 09, 2016, 10:13:36 PM
Honestly I only just discovered this blog a few weeks ago and should have it read through by tomorrow. So I'm still at the "I just found a thing and I want to interact with people who appreciate the thing" phase. But I will definitely put down when works for me on that link!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: leahd88 on November 10, 2016, 09:21:18 AM
I'm also very new to mustachianism and only recently became a lurker on the forums.  This is my first official post and I'd love to meet up with some other mustachians in Salt Lake.  I live in the sugarhouse area. 
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on November 10, 2016, 08:24:22 PM
Glad to hear there may be some new faces! The regulars range from those who are just starting to those who are just about to retire. Filling out the doodle will help us plan the meetups, it sounds like the 19th is a go, should we settle on a location?

For topics, how about weatherizing a house and cutting back on utility bills?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on November 10, 2016, 08:47:53 PM
I'm in for the 19th. The weatherization and utility topic is right up my alley. Been doing that with the new house for the past two months anyway. I've got some good charts to share that will be real applicable, especially for the newer folks. I'm good with the Barnes and Noble, and I'm also happy to offer up my place again if people prefer that option. Just remember I moved out to Daybreak since our last meeting, which may not be as convenient for everyone.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: leahd88 on November 10, 2016, 09:59:37 PM
I can't make the 19th but will keep an eye out for the next gathering in Salt Lake.  I'm looking forward to meeting you guys!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on November 12, 2016, 01:44:46 PM
Also, did a time get nailed down? The noon slot works better for me.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on November 12, 2016, 01:47:09 PM
I think noon would be the best as well. I'm not sure how long this weather is going to last, but if next weekend is like this week, a park would be a great option.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on November 12, 2016, 02:03:19 PM
Weather prediction next Thurs is rain and a low of 30. I'm up for foundapennys house, daybreak is a cool area in general, probably parks nearby if it turns out to be good weather. Noon is good for me as well.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on November 17, 2016, 11:41:06 AM
Alright it's cold, I'm nominating foundapenny's house. Should we plan on a potluck again?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Alex239 on November 17, 2016, 11:51:30 AM
Also! I don't know how far foundapenny lives from the end of the TRAX red line daybreak stop but it's an easy roundtrip and could be cheaper than gas if you live anywhere near the system stops already.

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Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on November 17, 2016, 11:59:12 AM
I have to be up in Logan for a family thing around 4:30, so if noon to 2ish works for everyone then my place is available. My address is 11492 Open View Ln, South Jordan. Alex, my house is a 15 minute walk from the end of the line stop. It's a nice walk (or at least has been!) that I've been taking almost every day since I moved out here.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Goldilocks on November 17, 2016, 03:55:23 PM
That should work for me!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: RobUpNorth on November 17, 2016, 05:51:02 PM
Thanks for offering up your place man. i should be able to make it as well.

-Rob
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Alex239 on November 17, 2016, 05:52:12 PM
Bummer I'm working Green line till 3ish

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Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on November 17, 2016, 07:30:00 PM
Thanks again to Foundapenny for the very generous offer; I hope we don't wear this out!

I'm going to pay you back in a mustachian way : )


Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Moby32 on November 17, 2016, 08:02:43 PM
Wish I could make it, hope to meet you all some day, but that is the same time as the Utes football game.


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Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on November 17, 2016, 08:05:01 PM
I'd love for everyone to post when their ideal date and (general) time would be in a given month, so we can get max participation. I'll take lead on this little endeavor.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on November 18, 2016, 02:19:02 PM
I'm planning to make some baked ziti vegetarian-friendly (but not vegan, sorry!) pasta. Do with that information what you wish.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on November 19, 2016, 11:04:49 AM
Wife emergency, won't be able to make it, sorry guys :(
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on November 19, 2016, 11:35:27 AM
Hope everybody's OK. See you next time.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Capitalist on November 20, 2016, 12:39:51 PM
Sorry I wasn't able to make it yesterday.

Any good take-aways from yesterdays meetup?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Alex239 on November 20, 2016, 12:56:25 PM
i would like to know also!

Sorry I wasn't able to make it yesterday.

Any good take-aways from yesterdays meetup?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on November 20, 2016, 07:25:43 PM
Firstly, thanks once again to Foundapenny for inviting us all to his home and sharing a lovely home cooked meal.

Here are a few notes:

Foundapenny spoke about increasing efficiency in his new (and beautiful) home via replacing the very old-school light bulbs, monitoring appliance draw with a digital meter, and discussed DIY insulation in the master suite. Rob also did his own insulation install in his new home, but with a different type. Rob held down yet again with his wit and good-natured banter.

M is expecting a baby boy in Feb (congrats!) and talked about how the preparation is effecting her purchasing habits, and how she ran the numbers on cloth vs. traditional diapers and is it really worth it?

I didn't have much to contribute myself. I'm realizing that my spend rate back here in the US is quite a bit higher than predicted, but that's not surprising given my fancy-pants lifestyle. OMY, or two, or three, for sure.

We also had a new face present, Goldilocks, and got a bit of insight into her introduction to MMM.



We missed out of a handful of you, but hopefully y'all can make the next one. And of course, if the mysterious and awesome EarlyFi is lurking, maybe she'll come around again : )


A majority of us were good with Saturday at noon for future meet ups, but since we missed at least four of you, I'm going to create another Doodle for the next one. Try to pick the most popular date if possible, for max participation. You can always go back and edit your choices up until the event.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on November 20, 2016, 08:41:58 PM
Re: new baby, we have 2 walkers and a graco rocking swing that is battery powered. We're trying to clear out stuff we don't use anymore, let me know if you want any of it. My vote is disposable diapers, you are going to be very very very tired, convenience is nice.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on November 21, 2016, 08:52:57 AM
I talked a little bit about Pete The Planner's Million Dollar Plan podcast. Something we didn't get into but that I would like to talk about at the next meeting is the concept of a "power percentage," or the percentage of your money going toward building wealth or reducing debt. Here's a link to Pete's episode on  this topic: http://media.blubrry.com/askptp/p/content.blubrry.com/askptp/Episode_120_Power_Percentage_mixdown.mp3 (http://media.blubrry.com/askptp/p/content.blubrry.com/askptp/Episode_120_Power_Percentage_mixdown.mp3). Our power percentage right now is 31%, and I think we're going to be around 37% in the new year. I'd be curious to hear where everyone else sits and how that has changed over the years or how you expect it to change over the next few.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Goldilocks on November 26, 2016, 09:11:06 AM
Something else we talked about was health savings accounts. I remember someone mentioning one where they will match half your premium and deposit it in the account. Could someone post a link with more info on that? Thanks!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: bonkers on December 01, 2016, 09:25:44 PM
I just joined the forum and sadly I see that I barely missed the last get together. Would love to know when ya'll plan another one!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on December 06, 2016, 08:51:33 AM
Welcome, Bonkers. Maybe we'll shoot for late January or sometime in February for the next one.

Goldilocks, I think the HSA benefits in question might have been due to the way the employer structured the plan. I think they only offered the HSA, but they sweetened the pot with those added things so people wouldn't be upset about that being the only option.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Vaulter on December 18, 2016, 10:48:59 AM
Hi all, we're up in Ogden. Just finished reading every MMM post and moved on to the forums... looks like I should have started reading here sooner. We hope to make it to the next meetup, though we will probably be visiting family in late January, so it will depend on the date.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: RobUpNorth on January 03, 2017, 02:57:13 PM
So I'm doing ok on my new years resolutions so far. To start, my 1st resolution is "tone down the snark", so I renamed my account from "Look I Made an Account" to this. My 2nd resolution is stop "putting quotes around everything I say" and I'm working on that one....

So now that's out of the way.  Welcome Bonkers and Vaulter! I live in Clearfield now so practically around the corner from Ogden!

Goldilocks: I believe it was me that mentioned my high deductible health plan pays half of my premiums back into my HSA monthly. It's a plan specific thing, I've had some employers pay in a lump sum yearly, I've had some employers match 50% of my contributions every paycheck and now my current one that refunds some of my premiums. here is the link the Aetna: http://www.aetnafeds.com/hdhp.php but it's only valid if you work for my same employer (Uncle Sam). The great thing is I get to keep the money and roll it from employer to employer!

Foundapenny: Thanks for turning me on to the Million Dollar Plan podcast, I'm enjoying it. I'll follow up later with my power percentage, I need to get around to finishing my end of year spreadsheets.     
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on January 03, 2017, 05:23:13 PM
I dunno Rob, the snark is part of why I got to these meetups in the first place! Don't tone down too much :- D

How did everyone do for the year? Personal Capital says I went up 9.35%. I'll take it!

Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: leahd88 on January 10, 2017, 04:39:30 PM
Welcome, Bonkers. Maybe we'll shoot for late January or sometime in February for the next one.

Goldilocks, I think the HSA benefits in question might have been due to the way the employer structured the plan. I think they only offered the HSA, but they sweetened the pot with those added things so people wouldn't be upset about that being the only option.

Hi again everyone!  I'm sorry I missed the last get together - and meeting all of you!  Hopefully there will be another one soon enough.

I actually work in the benefits industry and would be happy to extrapolate on all things HSA if anyone has questions.  They are my favorite topic I get to discuss at work and I'm happy to share my knowledge.  I love HSAs. :)
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on January 19, 2017, 12:18:30 PM
I think it's time to start planning another meeting. I'm happy to host again, but would totally understand if people are sick of coming to my place. I think the first and second weekends in February are good for me. I'm not good for the weekend of Feb. 18th.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on January 19, 2017, 04:33:29 PM
Agreed, how about Saturday 2/4? Your place is fine by me, esp as I haven't seen it yet :)
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on January 19, 2017, 09:24:36 PM
I'd come to a meet up at the Foundapenny Pad any time!

Also, I'd vote for the second Saturday, the 11th, because I have immediate family visiting the previous week.

Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on January 20, 2017, 12:53:38 PM
2/11 works for me
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on January 22, 2017, 11:30:34 AM
Hopefully some others will chime in here. The 11th is good for me, as well. It would be great to get some more confirmed and start talking about topics we might want to cover. Too bad we can't mass tag people in this forum. We'd probably have to send a message to them individually.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: RobUpNorth on January 25, 2017, 04:23:45 PM
2/11 works for me!

Just spit balling some possible discussion topics off the top off the o'l head:

1. Why do men have nipples?
2. Where do babies come from?
3. Why doesn't Ant Man's punches puncture skin? Same strength, small fist surface area. PSI's! why doesn't that just poke holes in people!?!?
4. Power Percentages
5. What you do for fun/hobbies on a budget
6. Eating good food (not really a discussion topic, but merits mention)

Looking forward to another meetup!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on January 25, 2017, 06:20:24 PM
I'm going to officially call Feb. 11 the day then. Do we want to do an afternoon one again, like 2 p.m. or something? Or shoot for a lunchtime, like noon? The nighttime ones seem to be better in the summer when we can hang out outside, or at least I thought the ones we've done like that were great.

As far as Rob's topic ideas:

1. I think we all know the answer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHCYEe5iUsc
2. When two people love each other very much, one day a stork comes by and screws it all up.
3. Read your Bible. It's in there. If it's not in there, it's probably witchcraft and you don't want to be involved in witchcraft. Or foosball. It's the devil.
4. I'm totally down to talk about power percentages. In that case, can people go listen to the Pete The Planner podcast I linked to earlier in the thread and come prepared to discuss?
5. Good topic.
6. I'm sure we could both eat good food and discuss eating good food less expensively.

I'll throw out that I'd like to talk about where my wife and I should look to invest our non-tax-advantaged funds. We're maxing out a 401k and two IRAs and will be putting more away in the next few months. I want to ask everyone about the options for what to do with that money and the pros and cons of each. Brad, I want to hear about rental properties.



Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on January 26, 2017, 09:26:11 PM
I dig the what to do with investing money topic, I am pondering the same question right now. I feel very bearish on the markets right now, but then I'm pretty conservative and risk averse.

Early afternoon is good for me. Pot luck again?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on January 27, 2017, 07:33:51 AM
I'll listen to that podcast for sure. http://petetheplanner.com/ep-120-power-percentage/ . Good idea.

Potluck sounds good... I'll bring my favorite low cost yet nutrient dense and delicious soup (and extra bowls/spoons).

Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on January 27, 2017, 08:25:04 AM
I like the potluck idea. I can cover you on the bowls and spoons. My address is 11492 Open View Ln., South Jordan, for anyone who didn't come to the last one. Let's say 2 p.m. Feel free to bring adult beverages or whatever else to drink if you want anything other than water. I'm going to try to direct message some of the new folks who expressed an interest.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: babysnowbyrd on January 27, 2017, 08:32:26 AM
I'm sad I never saw this thread before! I'm in if I can get off work!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Capitalist on January 27, 2017, 09:03:59 AM
2/11 works for me. I really appreciate the private message as I am not getting email updates on the thread even though I am susbscribed to it. Perhaps someone knows how to fix it if possible?

Not sure what my personal capital return for last year was but my 401k had 11% for the year.. This does not include 20% cash position in IRA that I have been waiting to invest for too long so really the total return is closer to 8% as well.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: mooshie on January 27, 2017, 11:57:57 AM
Thanks for the private message. I'll check with DH and see if we can make it. How long do these gatherings usually go?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on January 27, 2017, 04:50:01 PM
I'd say they average about two hours, but feel free to adjust fire if need be.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Goldilocks on January 28, 2017, 01:43:05 AM
Wow thanks for the message. I wasn't getting notifications either. The 11th should work for me! I'm looking forward to spending time with people who don't make fun of my hobby of reading financial blogs. 😊
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on January 28, 2017, 07:47:18 AM
I'm glad (?) to hear that I'm not the only one who isn't getting consistent alerts when this thread goes active again. Looks like the personal message route is the way to go!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: JerBlue on February 08, 2017, 06:46:52 AM
Hi, I'm fairly new. I joined the blog/forum last year, however just found this thread. I live in the West Jordan area and would love to join and attend some local Mustachian meetup groups. It looks like there is a meetup this weekend on Saturday, 2/11. I'd be interested in attending. Thank you!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on February 08, 2017, 07:54:31 AM
Welcome, Jer. Glad to have you join us! I'm sure you saw the details in the thread. We'll see you there.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on February 11, 2017, 11:29:23 AM
I'll have a nacho bar here so everyone can just grab a plate and make their own nachos. Feel free to bring whatever you want (or nothing is fine, too!). Beer and wine, etc. are cool with me.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Capitalist on February 11, 2017, 11:51:21 AM
Sorry I am unable to make it. Have fun though!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on February 14, 2017, 12:46:00 PM
Thanks for the great turnout and lively conversation everyone! We talked in vague terms about setting the next meet up for mid to late April. I just wanted to get that out there for anyone who didn't make it and wants to know when the next one is. We can sort out the date/time/location later. I hope everyone had a good time. It was really cool to see all the new faces!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on February 14, 2017, 05:20:01 PM
Thank you and the Mrs. for being great hosts! The pot luck continues to be a success, and olob continues to be bearish :-P .
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Vaulter on February 16, 2017, 04:37:49 PM
I really appreciated getting a PM about the last meetup. We were sorry to miss it and hope to make it next time.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: valuenation on February 16, 2017, 05:16:45 PM
New to the group/forum.  We live in Alpine.  Keep me in the loop, thanks!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on February 18, 2017, 01:22:31 PM
For those interested, the Minimalist.org: Salt Lake City Meetup Group is doing a few meet ups regarding finance. The next one is Monday, February 27 at 7 PM at Salt Lake Roasting Co, 320 E 400 S, downtown Salt Lake.

The topic is Frugal Living Tips. Check out the Facebook page "Minimalist.org: Salt Lake City Meetup Group" to check it out.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: leahd88 on February 26, 2017, 08:47:24 PM
Thanks for the great turnout and lively conversation everyone! We talked in vague terms about setting the next meet up for mid to late April. I just wanted to get that out there for anyone who didn't make it and wants to know when the next one is. We can sort out the date/time/location later. I hope everyone had a good time. It was really cool to see all the new faces!

Thanks for hosting!  We enjoyed meeting everyone and look forward to the next get together.  Mid-late April should work for us right now.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on April 06, 2017, 09:17:32 AM
Still bearish :) When are we meeting up?!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on April 06, 2017, 09:24:49 AM
Of course you are!! :)  I'll be out of town 14-21 April...
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on April 12, 2017, 09:04:41 AM
I think I'm good most weekends from April 29 through May.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on April 21, 2017, 10:38:47 AM
Bumping this thread to see if anyone gets the notification.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on April 21, 2017, 10:52:00 AM
Should we shoot for 4/29? I think it'd be fun to grill.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on April 21, 2017, 11:09:54 AM
The weather at the moment suggests next weekend is still going to be rainy and coldish, but the weekend after that might be more in the mid-60s. Granted that's putting a lot of faith in meteorologists. Would the 6th or 7th be better? (The following weekend is Mother's Day on Sunday, so I think that's safely not an option.)
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on April 21, 2017, 12:10:56 PM
Either works for me, good weather is a big plus. Anyone else have comments?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on April 21, 2017, 02:45:33 PM
I just PM bombed every user on the last two pages of comments to let them know we're over here hatching plans.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: JerBlue on April 21, 2017, 03:56:38 PM
My schedule is currently open for 4/29 and all Saturdays in May so far. Looking forward to it!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: RobUpNorth on April 21, 2017, 05:28:27 PM
Thanks Foundapenny for the message, 4/29 is a good day for me.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on April 21, 2017, 10:06:59 PM
Sounds good to me as well.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Capitalist on April 22, 2017, 01:24:26 PM
Unfortunately I cannot make it to the meetups until June but I would love to join everyone then. Thanks for the PM!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: 10dollarsatatime on April 22, 2017, 01:34:33 PM
I'm hoping to make it to one once summer gets here.  My busy season at work ends in June.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: 07spacker on April 22, 2017, 06:09:14 PM
Hi all, new to the forum but not so new to MMM here in Sugarhouse. I registered for the forum a day to late to get the PM, Foundapenny would you mind shooting me the details if you get this before the meetup next saturday?

Thanks,

Spencer
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on April 24, 2017, 08:19:18 AM
Looks like Saturday it is. The forecast doesn't look great at the moment, low 50s, cloudy, with rain "later in the day." Do we want to try another outdoor one this time around, or go indoors again and hope next time we finally have some decent weather?

Also, here's a post from Collins that is speaking directly to me right now and was/is something I wanted to talk about when we get together http://jlcollinsnh.com/2017/04/14/sell-sell-sell-sell/.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on April 24, 2017, 01:09:23 PM
I'm fine with indoors. That forecast doesn't sound nice to be hanging out outside without being active, especially if it's also windy.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Alex239 on April 24, 2017, 07:27:12 PM
I work pm now so I can only do Mon tue and Thur for the foreseeable future unless it's midmorning before I work at 2

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Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on April 25, 2017, 09:11:46 AM
I can offer up my place again, or we can find other midpoints along the way.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Goldilocks on April 26, 2017, 10:33:08 AM
Unfortunately I can't this Saturday, but I will catch you all next time!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on April 26, 2017, 01:54:05 PM
Casa de Foundapenny works for me, but I'd totally understand if you're tired of hosting. Wouldn't mind a coffee shop either.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on April 26, 2017, 02:03:05 PM
I've got no issues hosting. Just don't want to dominate the venue list if people are sick of trekking out west. Is 2 p.m. a good time?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on April 26, 2017, 04:11:19 PM
2pm works for me.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on April 26, 2017, 05:30:39 PM
Works!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on April 27, 2017, 08:37:50 AM
OK. So it's 2 p.m. this Saturday (4/29) at 11492 Open View Ln., South Jordan, UT. We've been going about 3-4 hours, so if you can't make it until a little later, no problem.

You don't need to bring anything. If you want to, let's keep it light and snacky instead of a full-blown meal this time. Bring your own beer, wine, fizzy drinks, etc.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: JerBlue on April 27, 2017, 02:54:34 PM
2PM works great for me also, looking forward to it once again!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: RobUpNorth on April 27, 2017, 10:00:00 PM
I'll be there, looking forward to it!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Singletrack on April 28, 2017, 10:24:28 AM
Might not make it tomorrow but interested in future meetups.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Vaulter on April 28, 2017, 03:16:04 PM
Thank you, Foundapenny, for the PM/heads up. My partner and I will probably be there tomorrow--he's worried he might be coming down with a virus, and if he is we'll keep it away from you. Looking forward to meeting everyone!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: leahd88 on May 01, 2017, 04:03:36 PM
Hey all,

Sorry I didn't see this sooner and that we missed out the meet up.  We have been out of town a lot these past couple of months.  If we have another in June though - we're there!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on May 03, 2017, 09:39:12 PM
This one is mostly for olob, but I thought I'd share here with our crew.

It's just a link to a podcast, but one titled "The Shocking Truth About Life After Financial Independence" . Intrigued? I was.

https://financialmentor.com/podcast/financial-independence/20113

olob, dude, this will resonate. Let me know what you think! And foundapenny, you may very well give me more shit the next time we meet up! : ) Maybe I'll have finally ended the madness, maybe not. We'll see.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on May 04, 2017, 09:37:18 AM
Good podcast. I often read about how the most successful retirees early or otherwise are the ones who retire toward something rather than from something. Honestly, if I had that option today, I don't have a clue what I would retire toward. So it's probably a good thing I'm not there yet.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on May 04, 2017, 10:08:24 AM
I've read that, too.

But then I think, to what? For me it's just having the opportunity to do other things with the day other than be in the office. What that is depends on the day, or season.

For example, I'm not going into work today or tomorrow. The forecast for paragliding today happens to be quite good, so that's what I'm going to do. That is, after a leisurely couple cups of coffee and a trip to the library to pick up the book mentioned in that podcast.

Other days may not be as exciting or entertaining. I may not have something specific to do. I may just hang out and play video games, walk down to the store for that one item I need, or hang out and read.

What's important to me is the choice. The conscious decision to do whatever it is that I'm doing. Maybe I'll figure it out something more specific down the road, maybe not.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on May 04, 2017, 10:44:06 AM
Thanks Lns! I'll listen to it while I work today.

It's been on my mind a lot lately. My last contract ends on 5/19 (usually I've been juggling at least 3 contracts at a time for the last 8 years), and so far they haven't mentioned new projects yet, so I've been taking the time to think about the idea of not working for a while.

The more I think about it, the greedier I get haha, 12 mos of no work sounds pretty nice. I think I've decided to kick the can on the wife's tuition and get a loan versus paying it in cash now, it'll cost me $1900 in interest, but it leaves my cash reserves nice and high, which makes me feel more comfortable. I'm hoping I'll have a burn rate of less than 1,000 per month (after rental income and wife's contribution), in theory it'll be less, but I'm sure everyone knows how that goes...

As for what to do? I like the day at a time approach. I have a big list of things I've wanted to do for a long time, but I have a feeling I will really enjoy doing very little while I recharge and rediscover who I am outside of work, alternating project days with lazy days.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on May 09, 2017, 01:18:42 PM
I'll stick this here in case you all don't visit RockstarFinance every day like I do. They just added what is essentially a personal finance blog search engine/RSS feed http://directory.rockstarfinance.com/feeds (http://directory.rockstarfinance.com/feeds). In case you're bored and looking for something to read.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on May 12, 2017, 04:10:24 PM
I hear you on the larger cash buffer. It's not necessarily the best way to tie up money, but hey, sleep is good.

Oh, and Foundapenny, there is a Utah blogger on that search but I hadn't read up too much on it.

In other news, Human Resources is unwilling to provide me a leave of absence for 10.5 months as requested.

So it looks like I'm stuck working forever.

Or not.

I'm handing in my letter of resignation on Monday. Two weeks, possibly less, until I'm funemployed. Upper management says that I'd be leaving "on very good terms" and would be able to jump back on if I wanted to. But... I doubt it.

Soon I'll be applying for marketplace health care, rolling over my 401(k), and enjoying not waking up at 4:45am M-F and having 3.5 hours per day in a vehicle.

Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on May 12, 2017, 04:19:26 PM
Dude we have to throw a party! You're actually going to do it!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on May 12, 2017, 04:24:21 PM
Dude I don't know what to think right now. I'm a little bit overwhelmed by all of it. I'm excited, but still have that tinge of disbelief.

Big breaths.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Capitalist on June 02, 2017, 05:03:02 PM
I hear you on the larger cash buffer. It's not necessarily the best way to tie up money, but hey, sleep is good.

Oh, and Foundapenny, there is a Utah blogger on that search but I hadn't read up too much on it.

In other news, Human Resources is unwilling to provide me a leave of absence for 10.5 months as requested.

So it looks like I'm stuck working forever.

Or not.

I'm handing in my letter of resignation on Monday. Two weeks, possibly less, until I'm funemployed. Upper management says that I'd be leaving "on very good terms" and would be able to jump back on if I wanted to. But... I doubt it.

Soon I'll be applying for marketplace health care, rolling over my 401(k), and enjoying not waking up at 4:45am M-F and having 3.5 hours per day in a vehicle.

I did not see this until today. Big Congrats!! It's like you are the first person to "graduate" within the group :). Hope life is treating you well so far.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on June 02, 2017, 09:29:43 PM
When are we getting together again?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on June 03, 2017, 02:41:12 PM
I'm open all of June. I'll bring some champagne to celebrate Lns.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Capitalist on June 03, 2017, 07:08:18 PM
I am good whenever this month except upcoming weekend as well if anyone wants to pick a date. Agreed we need to celebrate!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on June 04, 2017, 09:12:27 AM
The 10th and 24th in the afternoon (start between noon and 3 on the 24th) are good for me.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Capitalist on June 04, 2017, 10:03:31 AM
24th works for me!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on June 04, 2017, 02:12:13 PM
Upon further review, the afternoon of the 17th and all of the 18th (Father's Day, if that matters to anyone) are also doable for me.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on June 05, 2017, 09:52:02 AM
Thanks folks : ).

I'll be in Oregon 10-25 June for a couple paragliding events, so it looks like I'll miss this next meet up.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on June 06, 2017, 08:00:21 AM
Brett Holzhauer, who writes for Bald Thoughts and would like to join us in future meetings, is having a travel hacking meet up in the Salt Lake area on June 17. If anyone is interested, here you go http://baldthoughts.boardingarea.com/2017/06/travel-meetup-june-17-salt-lake-city/.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Capitalist on June 06, 2017, 09:24:21 AM
The travel hacking meetup sounds interesting.. I will check it out. Might as well since he is in town.

Thanks for sharing this!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on June 14, 2017, 10:55:38 PM
Is the 24th the day?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on June 15, 2017, 08:52:35 AM
I'm not sure. At the moment, there's only three people talking about making it. That's probably a bit thin. Anyone else out there who wants to weigh in on the date of the next meet up? Bueller? Bueller?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on June 15, 2017, 12:01:17 PM
How about a 1 July?

Remember, we can always create a Doodle poll.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Capitalist on June 15, 2017, 12:04:09 PM
1st of July sounds good to me. I think a poll would add a good amount of value to see who can make it.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on June 15, 2017, 12:34:30 PM
I've got a birthday party until 2 and the Rise Against/Deftones concert at USANA at 6:30. So I could maybe get together in between there :)
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: JerBlue on June 16, 2017, 06:59:19 AM
I am available the rest of June. I am very likely going to be out of town the July 1st weekend through the 4th, but will be around other than that.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on June 16, 2017, 03:11:05 PM
Here's a doodle poll I made in about two seconds. ( So please let me know if you would like a different time or date added to the poll.)

And select one for yourself!

http://doodle.com/poll/efe2ba3wunr25vtf
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on June 22, 2017, 08:21:15 AM
So we're looking at Sunday, July 2 at 3 p.m.?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on June 22, 2017, 08:32:22 AM
Looks like the most popular option, and is why I picked it as well.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on June 22, 2017, 11:36:42 AM
If I can find a babysitter I can make that, surprisingly hard on a Sunday down in Utah County. I marked Saturday for now.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: RobUpNorth on June 25, 2017, 07:39:18 PM
omg i'm so excited for our lnspilot! i'm a little late the to the congrats party, but CONGRATS! i'm gonna bring a list of questions so bring your best jeapordy face.

BTW, does anyone listen to the ChooseFI podcast? i just found it and it's pretty good so far, they're mustachians big time.

-Rob
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on June 26, 2017, 02:16:47 PM
I've only listened to one ChooseFI episode. I liked it, just haven't gotten around to the others yet. Any favorite episodes you suggest?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on June 27, 2017, 08:53:21 AM
It'll be a sweltering 97 degrees on Sunday. Indoors again? I can offer up my place, as usual, or we can meet somewhere else. Thoughts?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: RobUpNorth on June 28, 2017, 02:01:36 PM

I'm good with either place, thanks as usual for offering up your place.

In regards to the ChooseFI podcast, my favorites are the interviews with the people that have already FIRE'd , especially the famous bloggers.

- JL Collins on episode 19 was one of my favs
- Slowly Sipping Coffee on episode 27, i had previously never heard of his blog.
- Go Curry Cracker on episode 18 (  had some travel hacking tips )

Generally the interviews with the celebrities most interesting to me, they have a madfientist feel to them.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on June 28, 2017, 05:35:39 PM
For other meetups I attend, we usually book a conference room at the library downtown (which it's too late to book for this meet up), or at a coffee shop like Salt Lake Coffee Roasters. We could always go back to Barnes and Noble!

My apartment building is new and they finally finished the game room. There's also an outdoor terrace on the 2nd level that faces north. This can be an option, but I can't guarantee privacy (except for my 471 sq/ft unit that can seat up to seven in a very cozy manner, plus standing room :-D)

Your place is always awesome though! I hope you know how much we all appreciate your generosity.


How was that travel hacking meet up? Anyone go?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Vaulter on June 28, 2017, 11:42:52 PM
Congratulations, Lnspilot! We're excited for you!

I also like your ideas for meetup locations. A coffee shop or one of the hang out areas at your building could be good.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on June 29, 2017, 09:23:24 AM
That is a snazzy location. Whereabouts is that?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on June 29, 2017, 11:09:12 AM
Thanks Vaulter and Rob!

I'm at 444s 900e in 84102: https://goo.gl/maps/vQwp3FAMey72

Just to recap, I can't guarantee the game room will be free (they don't accept reservations for it), or privacy over eavesdropping in the public locations.

If either the foosball or pool table are free though, we could hang out there while people show up and then retreat to my apartment for the group conversation.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: catmustache on June 30, 2017, 06:18:14 AM
Hi, I've never attended one of these, so would I be able to crash?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on June 30, 2017, 07:46:15 AM
Yes, of course. New faces are always welcome!

Please participate in the Doodle poll here: http://doodle.com/poll/efe2ba3wunr25vtf
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on June 30, 2017, 08:10:13 AM
So Sunday at 3 at LNS' hip location right by the 900 S Trax stop? Is that where we're at?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on June 30, 2017, 12:28:28 PM
Sounds good to me.

Sunday, 3pm.

Location: 9th East Lofts unit 608, at 444 South 900 East.

Parking: Street parking along 9th east. You'll be tempted to park in the Office Max parking lot, but don't do it! You'll be booted with the quickness.

The game room entrance is on the north side of the building.

If you're lost or late, give me a call at 385-275-6425

I'll be downstairs around 2:30 if anyone wants to play pool or foosball while we wait for folks to show up.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on July 03, 2017, 10:04:19 AM
Thanks for hosting yesterday! Good times all around. Can't wait to get together again and see how things progress for everyone.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on July 03, 2017, 07:46:19 PM
You betcha! I love the financial voyeurism we get from these meet ups. RobUpNorth really took the cake with his big reveal.

catmustache let us in on her current strategy for getting really great returns with low upfront costs.

I explained how I'm not retiring to anything specifically (contrary to popular RE advise), but am now focusing on key areas in my life that I want to improve (blog post is coming).

How timely that we met up around the 4th of July, when many people are literally shooting their money in the air to have it explode. Maybe someone want's to rant about that, ahem, Foundapenny?? :-D
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: catmustache on July 04, 2017, 07:18:49 AM
Yeah, thanks for hosting! It was great to meet everyone!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on July 05, 2017, 09:47:33 AM
Hey everyone, I just found another Utah-based thread where they're discussing some meet ups around Moab in October 2017 and October 2018. If anyone is interested in exploring that idea, the thread is https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/meetups-and-social-events/moab-utah-usa-in-october-2018/100/ (https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/meetups-and-social-events/moab-utah-usa-in-october-2018/100/).
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: shzm93 on July 05, 2017, 08:11:47 PM
Ah I'm sad that I missed this!! I don't post often but I lurk a lot. I've been thinking for months that it'd be neat to form a Utah Mustachians group on MeetUp (my cousins run one in CA and I keep thinking we need one here). Would anyone be interested in heading that up with me?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on July 06, 2017, 10:00:13 AM
Hey shzm93, sorry you missed it as well. Come to the next one for sure!

I think we can definitely improve on the coordination of meet ups. There have been a few issues so far:

1. Forum bugs. Some people report issues with getting notified when people reply in this thread, and therefore miss key information and meet ups. This leads to the host having to private message every person who has posted in the last couple pages.

2. RSVP. It would be nice to let the host know how many to expect. There were seven people listed as able to come to the last one, but then there were four. No problem there, but an RSVP would have been helpful.

The Meetup.com option is great, but the Organizer Subscription is my only concern. With so few participants, there's got to be another free way to smooth out these issues.

Foundapenny started a Google Group sometime last year, but it just didn't stick for some reason. We spoke about it briefly at the last meetup. Maybe he wants to revisit the idea?

Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Vaulter on July 07, 2017, 09:39:58 PM
I'm sorry we didn't make it to this last one. We got back later from a trip than we expected and just missed our window. My apologies, Lnspilot.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on July 08, 2017, 01:13:49 PM
No worries, I hope you make the next one!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lorianny on August 04, 2017, 10:03:47 AM
Newbie here! I would love to come to the next meet up. I am in Millcreek and would love to connect. I will keep an eye out for the next one. Thanks, Lori
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Capitalist on August 05, 2017, 07:05:00 AM
Apologies on my end too as I said I would come but then it got crazy and I did not make it due to upcoming travel.

I think a problem with the forum is that we don't get notifications. Maybe we can do a Google hangouts group chat on the side in addition to the forum? Or a Facebook chat? I do think we should try to find an alternative way of communication but still keep the forum as well. We can discuss options.

Do we have ideas on the next meetup? How about 19th of August?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on August 05, 2017, 01:37:18 PM
Welcome Lori!

It's all good Capitalist. Yeah, a reliable way to communicate would be good. Foundapenny had a Google Group set up way back in the beginning, but for some reason it didn't catch on. I'd be happy to give it another try if he want's to resurrect it.




Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: leahd88 on August 06, 2017, 11:14:08 PM
I'd be interested in getting the google group or something similar going again.  I don't seem to check this frequently enough and have missed the past couple.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on August 12, 2017, 11:07:54 AM
Hey folks, below is a link to a Google Hangouts group conversation. You should be able to join the group by just clicking the link.

https://hangouts.google.com/group/ah1rfxWZB4uGvm252



And here's a Hangouts Help article explaining Group Conversations, how to join, leave, etc. https://support.google.com/hangouts/answer/3111943?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en&oco=1
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on August 12, 2017, 09:38:34 PM
We probably ought to start planning the next meet up. It's already been 5 weeks. My September weekends are totally open right now.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on August 13, 2017, 05:33:15 PM
I'm open as well, Saturdays please!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on August 13, 2017, 09:50:59 PM
How about the the September 2nd, the first Saturday of the month.

Any objections?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Alex239 on August 13, 2017, 09:58:36 PM
Not to put too fine a point on it but likely not as that is labor day weekend for most people.

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Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on August 13, 2017, 10:02:48 PM
Good point Alex!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on August 14, 2017, 10:06:14 AM
I've created a Doodle to get the scheduling started. As usual, I just winged it so if you want an additional date or time, just let me know and I'll update it.

https://doodle.com/poll/pcg578xgw7sp5sce
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on August 16, 2017, 10:32:44 AM
Wow, 10 participants in the poll so far. That's awesome! Strong support for Saturday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. right now.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on August 16, 2017, 10:41:24 AM
Awesome, right?

I may have to cut my beloved VegFest short that day and come hang with y'all.

If people have ideas for venues, let's hear them! It's been cooling down a bit, so we may actually be able to utilize a park or some place outside.

Liberty Park is always a good option with heaps of space and parking.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: beandogger on August 16, 2017, 10:52:06 AM
I'm just posting to subscribe to the thread so I can catch the next meetup. BTW, wouldn't it be easier to start a meetup.com for SLC Mustachians?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on August 16, 2017, 05:55:13 PM
Meetup.com is great if you're cool with paying the Organizer Subscription, which is $10-15 a month depending on your group size.

We've created a Google Hangouts group to pass along information about future meet ups, etc. It's essentially notification redundancy in case some folks don't get notified of thread replies in this forum. https://hangouts.google.com/group/ah1rfxWZB4uGvm252 You can change the ringtone to something else, or mute the conversation entirely.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on August 20, 2017, 01:06:15 PM
There's a couple of dates that have 10 of 14 who can make it. If we're thinking about doing a park, Labor Day weekend probably is going to be a really busy time for parks. Should we say Sept. 16 at 2 p.m., location TBD so that everyone can solidify plans?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on August 22, 2017, 04:08:01 PM
The poll is closed and Saturday, 16 September at 2pm has been chosen due to highest number of participants.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: RobUpNorth on August 26, 2017, 02:26:13 PM
Looking forward to report on my homework from last meetup!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: JerBlue on September 01, 2017, 07:08:00 AM
I'm just posting to subscribe to the thread so I can catch the next meetup. BTW, wouldn't it be easier to start a meetup.com for SLC Mustachians?

Or perhaps we can consider creating a 'SLC/UT Mustachians' private group page on Facebook if one doesn't exist already? Not sure how many here have Facebook or think that would be a worthwhile addition to the google hangout or not. Ideas?

I am looking forward to the next meetup on September 16th at 2pm! Bummed I had to miss the last one, but at least I was out of town for a Mustachian related/approved event.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on September 01, 2017, 08:21:58 AM
I guess we still have to settle on a venue. If we want to try a park we should also have a backup in case of weather. As usual, I'll offer up my place again as an option.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Capitalist on September 01, 2017, 08:46:57 AM
I also look forward to the next meet-up. Looks like we will have the greatest turn out so far. I'm thinking we could come up with some topics to talk about or just recycle the topics from one of the previous meet-ups.

I agree a park sounds good or foundapennys place.

Facebook group would definitely add value and increase connectivity. JerBlue, do you want to set one up?
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: JerBlue on September 01, 2017, 08:41:26 PM
The Facebook group has now been created as 'Utah Mustachians'. It is currently a "Closed" group setting to allow people to find it and request to join. We can change it back to a "Secret" group which would still allow us to invite members, yet keep the group hidden from public if that is preferred by the majority. Let me know if any of you would also like to be an admin of the group.



Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: olob on September 02, 2017, 03:21:55 PM
Foundapenny's or park sounds good to me too! Looking forward to it!

As a potential topic, what does everyone think of the economy? Very small uptick in unemployment, and possible "quantitative tightening." I am still wishing for a correction!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on September 02, 2017, 03:36:16 PM
I have no idea what to think, except for, "hmm"

http://www.multpl.com/shiller-pe/
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Capitalist on September 02, 2017, 10:35:33 PM
I couldn't find the Facebook group. Maybe you can help us join during our meet-up.

It's interesting how many people wish that there would be a correction. I am also part of that group but because of a potential selfish gain..

I think economy is a good topic. Another topic could be best money saving tips everyone has.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on September 03, 2017, 01:17:00 PM
I couldn't find it either.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Alex239 on September 03, 2017, 10:36:13 PM
The Facebook group has now been created as 'Utah Mustachians'. It is currently a "Closed" group setting to allow people to find it and request to join. We can change it back to a "Secret" group which would still allow us to invite members, yet keep the group hidden from public if that is preferred by the majority. Let me know if any of you would also like to be an admin of the group.
This is the internet after all. Can we get a link?

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Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on September 04, 2017, 10:10:52 AM
https://www.facebook.com/groups/UtahMustachians/ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/UtahMustachians/)
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: JerBlue on September 05, 2017, 08:46:54 AM
The Facebook group has now been created as 'Utah Mustachians'. It is currently a "Closed" group setting to allow people to find it and request to join. We can change it back to a "Secret" group which would still allow us to invite members, yet keep the group hidden from public if that is preferred by the majority. Let me know if any of you would also like to be an admin of the group.
This is the internet after all. Can we get a link?

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/UtahMustachians/ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/UtahMustachians/)

My bad, I totally spaced attaching the link. Thanks for posting it Foundapenny!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on September 09, 2017, 08:14:41 PM
Looking forward to report on my homework from last meetup!

A few of us met up at VegFest today and we totally talked about you! We're looking forward to the report :)
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: RobUpNorth on September 09, 2017, 08:25:13 PM
haha VegFest? I have one of those every weekend around my house. But now i have a cool name for it.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on September 09, 2017, 08:46:09 PM
It's a festival for the vegetables! Hah, and other delightful treats.
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on September 15, 2017, 01:56:19 PM
For those who aren't in the Facebook group (which does a better job of alerting us to new stuff!) we're meeting tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Eastlake Park in South Jordan. It's just a minute west of I-15, between 10400 South and 11400 South. Here's a map link. https://www.google.com/maps/place/East+Riverfront+Park/@40.5523741,-111.9146463,83m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x34073c5508ca1aa5!8m2!3d40.5525562!4d-111.914227 (https://www.google.com/maps/place/East+Riverfront+Park/@40.5523741,-111.9146463,83m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x34073c5508ca1aa5!8m2!3d40.5525562!4d-111.914227)
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Foundapenny on January 02, 2018, 03:20:30 PM
We're planning the next meet up in the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/UtahMustachians/

That crew is up to 62 people now!
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: TomSelleckJR on July 30, 2018, 07:59:03 AM

Resurrecting this to see if there's any news regarding SLC area meetups.  I'm late to the party.  :-)

Thanks
Title: Re: Salt Lake City, Utah
Post by: Lnspilot on July 30, 2018, 08:57:46 AM
Join the Utah Mustachians facebook group (link in post before yours). All events and discussions happen there. Welcome :)