• The Sprint to FI

    Whittling down Comcast

    I like to review where we are with some services, especially where I have a choice.  Often we can overlook some of these regular monthly bills and not realize we are overpaying.  In my quest for cheaper internet, I looked at 4G alternatives to Comcast, but alas, 4G is limited in data and given that we both work from home, we need all the data we can get.  I monitored data usage over a couple of months and we use maybe 150GB of data per month.  Sometimes more and sometimes less, but more than most, if not all 4G data plan will provide. So lets look at Comcast itself and…

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    Bob Wells knows

    I haven’t seen the movie yet but I understand the premise of the movie; a lot of folks living a cheaply as possible, usually out of cars and vans, their struggles and their lives.  What I have seen are some of the quotes from folks like Bob Wells, the sort of unofficial spokesperson for van life. A couple of the quotes I have seen attributed to Bob Wells are powerful, and make so much sense. THE AMERICAN DREAM IS BROKEN: “From a young age, people in the Western world are taught that living a “quality life” means getting a job, raising a family, buying successively bigger houses, and working most…

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    I changed my Cell Phone plan

    For the past few years, the family has been on a Verizon cell phone plan. The plan was an unlimited plan so unlimited data is good right? Except that I can’t really tether with it.  It was an older unlimited plan that limits the tethered speed to 600kb/s.  Not enough to stream with, or surf with so what’s the point?  We also are still in quarantine and most of the time we are on WiFi. So that unlimited data does me no good – my most recent Verizon bill showed 0.05GB data used over a month.  So why pay for unlimited data? I did some research and looking at a…

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    Goodbye, luxury handbags

    Once upon a time, I was a handbag addict. I was in deep for more than ten years. Coach was my gateway drug, and then I moved on to Louis Vuitton, Prada, Chloe, Celine, Balenciaga, Mulberry, and eventually, Hermès. Part of the fun was hunting down exactly the right bag, analyzing color and material and size and style down to the tiniest detail. Walking out of the store with my newest acquisition was always wonderful. I’d feel pleased and delighted and happy for a day or a week or a month, and then move on to seek out the next one. I put this cycle on hold throughout our foreclosure…

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    2021 Q1 Quarterly Report.

    Let me start by saying that I am really bad about remembering to do a quarterly report.  This is something that I want to do but for some reason I fail at.  However, here I am, I finally remembered.  I like the idea of a quarterly report as it shows progress and that is an important motivator for me, So lets get to it.  First thing is what do the numbers look like? At the beginning of the year I was talking about getting to the quarter million by the end of the year.  Then I found the Zurich account had grown so much more than I expected, and here…

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    Scared of Retirement?

    I recently read a post from the Go Curry Cracker blog. The post was: https://www.gocurrycracker.com/scared-to-death-of-early-retirement-no-more/ The post followed a couple who asked similar questions that we have been asking ourselves: What would we do with all of the extra time? Would we end up needing to get part time jobs later after giving up two good jobs? To a lesser extent, what would our family and friends say? Do we have enough saved? To some of these I have answers, others, well not quite so much. What would we do with all of the extra time? This is actually a really important question. I forget which blog it was but I…

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    I made a bunch of money today

    Back in 1991 when I was still living and working in the UK, a financial advisor persuaded me to open a private pension fund. For my US friends, this retirement account is essentially an IRA.  I opened a retirement fund with Zurich insurance (back then they were Allied Dunbar I think) and I contributed a bit to it, then moved on. Eventually I forgot about it. Just recently I remembered this pension fund and figured I would go ahead and call Zurich and get my info updated and see how much I have in the pension fund.  I was absolutely floored to find that I had almost $100k in there!…

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    COVID update and some optimism

    I wrote a while back about COVID and the financial panic.  We have all heard stories of people pulling their money out of the markets, but we took JL Collins advice and held our course.  In fact, not only did we hold steady, we put money into the market (indexed funds only kids!) and we find ourselves on the upper part of the K shaped recovery. Frankly we have done well so far over the past 12 months: We seem to be missing some growth, but it is interesting that the recovery time post the COVID announcements is maybe 3 months. It doesn’t come back to where it was but…

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    Almost-FIRE Limbo

    With every paycheck, Tony and I get closer to FIRE. We’re at the point where we are counting the months (now 28 for me, 52 for him). We’ve started to write and think and talk about what retirement looks like and what we want to do, but we’re not actually there yet. For the next 2-4 years (if everything goes as planned), we’ll be in almost-FIRE limbo, where we keep working, keep saving, keep planning, keep living. Since we are so close to retirement, we have decided to continue renting until then — it doesn’t make a lot of sense to buy a home and then have to sell in…

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    A Milestone Day

    Today (this was originally drafted on 2/6) was an interesting milestone day.  The funny thing is, the milestone was passed sometime last month.  We have just passed the $750k mark in retirement savings.  Wow! We have talked about this today and we are both sort of amazed that we have come to this point.  It does not seem that long ago that we were laboring under a completely different set of circumstances.  And now we have $750k in assets and no debt. Logically, we knew this would happen but emotionally, this feels amazing.  When I say it out loud I have a sense of unrealness and at the same time, elation.…