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Re: 2027 FIRE Cohort
« Reply #100 on: September 09, 2018, 02:45:14 PM »
Still trying to move to the 2025 group - :)

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« Reply #101 on: September 09, 2018, 04:53:27 PM »
Haha me too. Of course I have no control over that, everything hinges on DH finishing his degree and becoming gainfully employed


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Re: 2027 FIRE Cohort
« Reply #102 on: September 10, 2018, 09:04:16 AM »
Hang in there, Fuzzy_math.

I was fortunate to have a spouse who believed in me through grad school. Hopefully my wife now appreciates how great an investment I was.

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« Reply #103 on: September 30, 2018, 09:47:27 AM »
Wife's been back to work this year and other than child care, we've kept the expenses down. In addition to the ~10% of my salary going into the pension, we will max out my 457 + both IRAs.

I'm officially moving from 2027 to 2025 as my "base" year for planned ER, and 2023 as my stretch goal.

Retiring 2 years sooner will push my pension/medical eligibility back by 4 years + 4 months, and (perhaps obviously) reduce the monthly payout for my pension.

So long, suckers! ;)

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« Reply #104 on: October 04, 2018, 11:37:58 AM »
Adios, TomTX don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya :p

This month's contributions have put me 25% of the way there! I feel like every day of the month kinda drags except payday. I wish I was paid biweekly like at my old job, would make contributions much more interesting and help overall to better dollar cost average.


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Re: 2027 FIRE Cohort
« Reply #105 on: October 04, 2018, 01:38:45 PM »
Market is dropping like a stone today; several more days like this, and TomTX might come back :-)

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« Reply #106 on: October 04, 2018, 01:50:45 PM »
@fuzzy math congrats! And I feel ya, these long term financial goals are rather boring in the sense that what you set things in motion, not much to do!

But thanks for pointing out how far you are towards FIRE! Made me do the math too and we are about 25% there as well. Good job us.

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« Reply #107 on: October 04, 2018, 04:01:12 PM »
Market is dropping like a stone today; several more days like this, and TomTX might come back :-)

Lol. Will we accept him back? Looks like it only dropped 300 points. Would have been nicer before my contribution went in at the higher price. Dear universe - the market is allowed to drop precipitously every month from the 29 - 31 and sometimes the 1st. thanks.

@Vasilisa good job too!!! It's the little mental tricks to partition things that make the journey more enjoyable.

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« Reply #108 on: October 04, 2018, 05:23:19 PM »
2027 is likely my target date depending on how the market does. I'll be an old man compared to most of you guys/gals here but younger than most of my coworkers.


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« Reply #109 on: October 05, 2018, 08:56:12 AM »
@jimmyshutter welcome! Hey, we get around to financial freedom when we do. As they say, we're all on separate journeys.

We're in it for the long term financial goals and to celebrate our milestones. A big milestone for me in 2018 will be maxing out my Roth IRA contribution for the first time (just opened it in 2017!). 2019 I want to work on maxing out my 401k contributions.

What's everybody else working on?

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« Reply #110 on: October 05, 2018, 09:08:15 AM »
Hi everyone, I've been a fairly silent group member checking back in. Still a ways to go for us all but glad everyone is making progress.

A goal for me now is to build up more after-tax savings. Right now I'm doing pretty well with pretax but maxing it out and it's 90+% of my investments.

So in addition to being the only way I can save more, I want to have more flexibility for withdrawals in early retirement stage (I'll be 53 in 2027).
« Last Edit: October 05, 2018, 09:10:03 AM by Viking Thor »

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« Reply #111 on: October 05, 2018, 09:14:51 AM »
I ratched down my retirement contributions to a level sufficient for matching in order to knock out some short-term debt. I know it's not mathematically optimal, but it seems dumb to have these little debts and be in seven digits. I figure if there's a large market drop, I can increase the debt to re-enter then.

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« Reply #112 on: October 05, 2018, 09:39:49 AM »

What's everybody else working on?

I'm working on making a kid right now who will join us sometime in December/January. In taking off 5-6 months (unpaid) for maternity leave, paying for daycare the second half of the year, and dealing with whatever other costs happen to come up, my goal for next year is to max out all tax-advantage accounts, and maybe (stretch goal) still have something leftover for taxable. It kind of kills me to take such a huge hit in our accumulation years, but I want to get the kid thing started out right from the beginning. We're a little over 28% of the way there currently.

Good luck everyone! Sounds like some great progress is being made.
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Re: 2027 FIRE Cohort
« Reply #113 on: October 05, 2018, 09:42:53 AM »
Market is dropping like a stone today; several more days like this, and TomTX might come back :-)

Pfft. I need a bigger drop than that. And hopefully prolonged enough for my upcoming contributions to get into the market.

Come on 50% market crash!

I still love you guys, I'm just not gonna keep working that long. I hope.

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« Reply #114 on: October 07, 2018, 09:30:36 PM »
Hi all!  Officially joining in on the cohort. I will be 55 in 2027, and the golden handcuffs will keep me in place until then. We are lean FI now, and I hope to downshift to part time in in the next few years, and coast to fatFIRE.   DH will FIRE around the time I downshift.
We are simple people who are not planning to lifestyle inflate.  Rather, going for extra budget padding due to unknown future expenses for healthcare and long term care (I have an expensive progressive chronic healthcare condition).

Looking forward to sharing the journey with you all.

Graph below is for 25x in equities, our standard FI number.   We hope to hit that number by 2021.


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« Reply #115 on: October 08, 2018, 06:51:46 AM »
Hi all!  Officially joining in on the cohort. I will be 55 in 2027, and the golden handcuffs will keep me in place until then. We are lean FI now, and I hope to downshift to part time in in the next few years, and coast to fatFIRE.   DH will FIRE around the time I downshift.
We are simple people who are not planning to lifestyle inflate.  Rather, going for extra budget padding due to unknown future expenses for healthcare and long term care (I have an expensive progressive chronic healthcare condition).

Looking forward to sharing the journey with you all.

Are you really, really sure you want to wait that long? This thread changed my mind about waiting for my pension in 2027:

https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/welcome-to-the-forum/rich-broke-or-dead-visualizing-probabilities-of-outcomes-in-early-retirement/

You're ahead of me in the "outside assets" department, and I have recently jumped ship for the 2025 group with a stretch goal of 2023.

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« Reply #116 on: October 08, 2018, 08:43:38 PM »
Hi all!  Officially joining in on the cohort. I will be 55 in 2027, and the golden handcuffs will keep me in place until then. We are lean FI now, and I hope to downshift to part time in in the next few years, and coast to fatFIRE.   DH will FIRE around the time I downshift.
We are simple people who are not planning to lifestyle inflate.  Rather, going for extra budget padding due to unknown future expenses for healthcare and long term care (I have an expensive progressive chronic healthcare condition).

Looking forward to sharing the journey with you all.

Are you really, really sure you want to wait that long? This thread changed my mind about waiting for my pension in 2027:

https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/welcome-to-the-forum/rich-broke-or-dead-visualizing-probabilities-of-outcomes-in-early-retirement/

You're ahead of me in the "outside assets" department, and I have recently jumped ship for the 2025 group with a stretch goal of 2023.

Ha ha!  You are so right, TomTx. I have crunched those Maizeman graphs.  And cFIREsim with 100% probability of success at 2023. I fluctuate between pulling the lever in 2022 (the earliest I would be comfortable considering FIRE) vs going all the way to 2027 (2XFI).
What happens with healthcare is the unknown that I am closely following.

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« Reply #117 on: October 19, 2018, 05:04:04 AM »

What's everybody else working on?

Iím going to have surgery to greatly improve my physical health (thatís the plan anyway!) so gearing up for that in December.  It should give me some much needed energy to finish up my remaining 9 years in the workforce with a better amount of energy and also some mental health improvement.  I must say, work has really sucked lately and zapping the situation with my optimism gun has not been too fruitful. 

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« Reply #118 on: October 19, 2018, 07:12:36 AM »
I, too, have started to worry that I've been on-top of things financially, but neglecting health.

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« Reply #119 on: October 19, 2018, 04:06:53 PM »
@LateToTheParty welcome! Looking forward to hearing everyone's progress as well.

@LorettaLynn good for you! Here's hoping for a successful surgery for you! Work has been pretty rough for me as well, and boy does that motivate me towards FIRE! I could see even dropping to part-time would improve things if I had the means to do so.

Oh man, @talltexan better take care of yourself! What are we going to do in retirement if we don't have our good health?

I put together a personal investment policy statement the other day to discuss with the DH and it felt so good to put together goals, numbers, info all into one place. Felt like I was putting energy into Us, LLC. Still quite a few things up in the air but hoping as the dust settles in the next few months we will have a strong plan in place to kick the savings percentage into high gear.

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« Reply #120 on: November 08, 2018, 03:13:09 PM »
Bump!

Exciting news today, I finally got up the courage to speak to my big manager about trying to achieve goals for a higher raise next year. My work (healthcare) has a standard on track raise, and a "role model" certification. I felt like a goober asking how I could be considered for it, and it turns out it's fairly easy but requires a lot of paperwork documenting beyond the norm work. So manager will assist me, and hopefully come next summer I'll get 5% instead of 2%.

Trying to get as many health related things seen in 2018 as we've maxed out our OOP for the year. Need to start planning to reset contributions for Jan 2019 so I can max out 2018 Roths for DH and I.

Now that the market is down a bit I sure wish I could contribute more but we keep things pretty slim round here 24/7.

We're getting awfully close to the 8 yr mark til 2027. cheers everyone

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« Reply #121 on: November 28, 2018, 12:47:48 PM »
2027 is looking like my year to FIRE!  My wife and I will be 40, and our two kid will be 13 and 11.

Mortgage is paid off.

We currently have ~450k invested,  Planning to end up with around $850k stash.

Current net worth: $850k @ 31 years old.

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« Reply #122 on: November 28, 2018, 02:21:23 PM »
@Tortoise Banker welcome! Congrats on having your mortgage paid off and a clear stash goal.

Feeling rather stalled out on my financial goals at the moment. Looking forward to maxing out Roth IRA this year and aiming to max out both Roth and 401(k) next year. House stuff is still a couple months out of settling. I have a few things on my "optimize" list I should tackle (cell phone; gifting car; adjusting contributions; reviewing spending).

How's everyone else doing? Any small or large goals completed or changes made you want to brag about?

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« Reply #123 on: November 29, 2018, 11:23:02 AM »
Lately I've focused more on debt-pay-down than 'stache-building. I checked mint yesterday, and finally got all debt below $200,000 (mortgage is slightly less than 90% of that total)

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« Reply #124 on: November 30, 2018, 01:29:31 AM »
I hope to join the 2027 cohort aged 47.  We plan to retire when our son finishes high school in early Dec 2027 (end of NZ school year).

We hope to do 4 months travel/sabbatical in 2021 and drop down to part-time work after that but we'll see.

Currently we have a paid off house + about US$200K invested.  Currently saving 50%, I'm at fulltime, wife at 60% FTE.

I get excited reading the 2018 & 2019 cohort threads.



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« Reply #125 on: December 11, 2018, 08:51:19 AM »
Congrats on your progress @Faramir! And reading the currently Fire-ing threads are so inspiring!

I have big news: WE PAID OFF OUR MORTGAGE this morning!! We are now a one house, one car, no debt family! It's such an amazing feeling! I'm so excited and just wish I could be yelling this at everyone today.

Will be blasting this in this office and adapting the lyrics to: ain't got no house note! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXXH4Fm9qh8

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« Reply #126 on: December 11, 2018, 12:19:48 PM »
Congratulations!

What will you be doing with that monthly flow that was going toward the mortgage?

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« Reply #127 on: December 11, 2018, 01:14:51 PM »
@talltexan maxing out Roth IRA, 401(k) and then moving onto a taxable account!

Haven't quite figured out the numbers yet, if I'm going to do a lump sum to Roth, or a percentage from each pay period. For 401(k) I just need to tell my boss to increase my contribution (oddly nervous about that judgement, are they going to shoot down a raise if I'm saving 30% to 401(k)??). I need to setup a taxable account and set up some automatic contributions- it's great to just have that money whisked away towards FIRE goals.

Is it odd that the extra savings has been harder to figure out for me than the debt repayment or budgeting? Maybe because those are more finite goals? How is everyone else dealing with throwing more money towards retirement?

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« Reply #128 on: December 11, 2018, 01:34:17 PM »

Is it odd that the extra savings has been harder to figure out for me than the debt repayment or budgeting? Maybe because those are more finite goals? How is everyone else dealing with throwing more money towards retirement?

Wow, congrats on the mortgage payoff! Nice work.

We max the IRAs, 401Ks and HSA (not necessarily in that order - I follow MDMs investment order post), and anything above that goes to taxable. So...it sounds like pretty much exactly what you're planning.

Is your boss directly involved with your 401k contribution? That does seem awkward. Ours is online and we adjust it ourselves, so HR does know what we contribute, but my boss doesn't.

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« Reply #129 on: December 11, 2018, 01:49:54 PM »
@rockstache thank you! And thanks for the response too. I forgot DH has his HSA he maxes out too. Do you calculate your savings rate or a set number to allocate towards your retirement buckets?

Yes, boss is directly involved with 401(k) contribution, no HR department- we're a tiny office and he deals with that change to payroll. Awkward.... I've tried logging in and I can't make the change.

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« Reply #130 on: December 11, 2018, 02:12:14 PM »
Do you calculate your savings rate or a set number to allocate towards your retirement buckets?


The HSA is a set amount, we just put in how much we want to contribute (for 2019 $7K I think), and they just divide it per paycheck. For the 401Ks we have to calculate the amount to max it out. So for 2019 $19,000, subtracted from gross salary to get the amount, and then divide it by the number of paychecks in the year (because if we max it out too early in the year, then we won't get the full company match).

But I'm not sure if that was what you were asking exactly? We just allocate everything beyond our necessities to 'retirement.' For now at least. So anything we make - anything we spend = retirement savings.

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« Reply #131 on: December 12, 2018, 11:56:13 AM »
@rockstache Thanks for your break down of info!

And sorry to be unclear, just trying to get my head around how best to max out our stash. Your equation of "anything we make - anything we spend = retirement savings" makes sense. That's how I tend to think of it but was also playing around with  "anything we make - retirement savings= anything we spend (ie. needs, wants and vacations)".

I've tended to do well with a zero-based budget, everything allocated so the "wants" category doesn't inflate too much and lifestyle inflation of buying shredded cheese kicks in. Ha!

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« Reply #132 on: December 13, 2018, 06:34:26 AM »
@rockstache Thanks for your break down of info!

I've tended to do well with a zero-based budget, everything allocated so the "wants" category doesn't inflate too much and lifestyle inflation of buying shredded cheese kicks in. Ha!

Ah, yes I understand. I sort of....log in to my accounts at the beginning of the month and pay all the bills. Once that is done, if the amount to be left in checking/savings is going to be higher than what we typically need for spending the rest of the month, I sweep that amount into investments. So not really a zero based budget, but essentially the same sort of thing. 

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« Reply #133 on: December 20, 2018, 03:27:27 PM »
2027 is my super optimistic goal to cut back to 20-hour part time in engineering. I will be 50 years old with a kid in high school.

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« Reply #134 on: December 21, 2018, 06:34:35 AM »
If 2027 turns out to be my "pull the ripcord year," my countdown clock tells me I have exactly 3000 days to go as of today.

But here's hoping that 2025 will work...


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« Reply #135 on: December 21, 2018, 08:48:29 AM »
Welcome to @SKL-HOU (love your user name!). Let's go for super optimistic- why not?? As we accomplish little goals on the way to FIRE it gets easier and easier, right?

Welcome to @frugalecon ugh... trying not to think of 3000 more days in my current job. Must. Find. Other work! If you need to jump ship to the 2025 thread we'll understand!

Had some great frugal "wins" this week of doing some meal planning and making a big batch of enchiladas for lunches and dinners as well as prepping salads to go with them. Also had a wonderful gardening session with my DH on Wednesday- we're working on a community garden project together and managed to get in an hour before it was dark. Just made me so happy to be outside in the dirt with him.

Any great moments this week for anyone else?

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« Reply #136 on: December 22, 2018, 08:00:45 AM »
Welcome, new folks!

...from the ghost of goals past....

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« Reply #137 on: January 07, 2019, 01:17:48 PM »
Maxed out 2019 Roth contribution today. Stoked to have been able to do it in one lump sum this year.

Only eight more years to go 2027 FIRE folks! 

How are other people doing on their goals?

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« Reply #138 on: January 08, 2019, 09:58:45 AM »
I'm still waiting on income guidance for Tax Year 2018 before I finalize my Roth plans: I may have to convert those 2018 contributions into 2019 contributions. It's a nice problem to have.

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« Reply #139 on: January 08, 2019, 01:27:40 PM »
Now that itís 2019, 2027 is sounding much closer! 

This year I am going to focus on my mortgage and my retirement accounts.  Iím doing the Frugalwoods Challenge and this is the area where I need to focus my efforts.  Iíll be getting a govt pension (Lord williní, haha) and my plan is to sell my suburban condo and move to Florida or Louisiana.  Maybe sell Mickey pretzels at Disney, or volunteer at the WWII museum in NOLA. 

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« Reply #140 on: February 02, 2019, 03:20:00 PM »
Welcome to the new joiners and congrats to all everyone's recent savings and payoff milestones!!

I'm anxiously awaiting the last couple forms to arrive so I can file my 2018 taxes and generate the $$ needed to fill out DH/my IRAs. Its always the tail wagging the dog I swear. Steal from this year's refund to fund last year's IRA.

Some exciting news (that was required for me to remain in 2027), my DH is now working after 11 yrs as a SAHD!!! Got himself a local govt job, and he's trying to maintain his schedule to finish his BA this year. His schooling is self paced and with the 50 hrs he's gone a week now (commute sucks) I fear he's going to fall behind and we'd have to pay for another semester. Its been an adjustment for everyone, but its fabulous and neither of us were honestly expecting that he'd find worthwhile enough work before graduating. So once a few full paychecks roll in, I'm going to cFiresim the heck out of our new status. Can't quite tell yet.

I'm still treading water at exactly 25% (5 yrs expenses) after the turmoil of the market the past few months. Looking forward to another dip now that we have 2 earners, then hopefully enough of a recovery to see that hard work pay off.

Lets make 2019 a truly memorable year towards our goals everyone!!!

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« Reply #141 on: February 07, 2019, 07:47:10 AM »
I updated my numbers--today is actually my birthday--and it's looking like I'm going to have to join 2029. My horribly extravagant lifestyle has gotten out of hand. You guys have been good to me, thank you!


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« Reply #142 on: February 08, 2019, 07:06:05 AM »
@talltexan don't let pesky projections get in the way of your dreams!! We're still so far out that I like to think that any setbacks (market, personal crisis, spending etc) will be fixed by outrageous optimism :D


As for me, I arbitrarily chose April 30 as my "can't take it any more" date for calculation purposes and it appears I have 1886 regular work days excluding any sick time I find reason to take. This also excludes any random days off that my schedule allows and any random call days (weekend and holidays) that I might have to do. I am pleased that although there are 3000 days until the end of April that in reality only ~62.8% of them are being dedicated to the man.

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« Reply #143 on: February 11, 2019, 07:15:12 AM »
Thanks for the encouragement. Mrs. TallTexan is considering a new job offer right now, we might be back in business soon.

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« Reply #144 on: February 11, 2019, 09:09:35 AM »
@talltexan don't let pesky projections get in the way of your dreams!! We're still so far out that I like to think that any setbacks (market, personal crisis, spending etc) will be fixed by outrageous optimism :D

This. My FI date shifts quite a bit based on what assumptions I feed into my plans. Do I buy a house here in a HCOL area? What do I want my post FI income to be? What if I go part time before FI? etc. Mostly the average date ends up around 2027, which is a long ways and many twists and turns from now.

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« Reply #145 on: February 11, 2019, 09:40:19 AM »
Thanks for the encouragement. Mrs. TallTexan is considering a new job offer right now, we might be back in business soon.

Woohoo!!!

I think mine is a pretty stretch goal to be in this group because I plan on potentially going down to 20-hour PT at this date (for a few years) instead of quitting. But too many unknowns at this point (son's college, healthcare, my actual savings, etc.). But I am going to stay in this group :)

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« Reply #146 on: February 11, 2019, 04:51:49 PM »
@talltexan don't let pesky projections get in the way of your dreams!! We're still so far out that I like to think that any setbacks (market, personal crisis, spending etc) will be fixed by outrageous optimism :D

This. My FI date shifts quite a bit based on what assumptions I feed into my plans. Do I buy a house here in a HCOL area? What do I want my post FI income to be? What if I go part time before FI? etc. Mostly the average date ends up around 2027, which is a long ways and many twists and turns from now.

My most cherry picked assumptions keep me in 2027, not the average ones... I figure moving at any point would force me to make housing decisions that wont derail me too much. I might favorite the fancy houses when idly searching for FIRE locations but Ive never bought any of them when faced with real move prospects.


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Re: 2027 FIRE Cohort
« Reply #147 on: February 13, 2019, 12:34:34 AM »
I hope to join the 2027 cohort aged 47.  We plan to retire when our son finishes high school in early Dec 2027 (end of NZ school year).

We hope to do 4 months travel/sabbatical in 2021 and drop down to part-time work after that but we'll see.

Currently we have a paid off house + about US$200K invested.  Currently saving 50%, I'm at fulltime, wife at 60% FTE.

I get excited reading the 2018 & 2019 cohort threads.


Work have agreed to allow me 4 weeks' unpaid leave per year on top of my current 4 weeks' paid leave per year.  This should make the next few years of work more bearable.  I feel like this is the start of the long slow downshift.  Combined savings rate will drop to about 45% from 50% but will be worth it for an increase in quality of life.