Can We Retire at 55?

It looks like we can retire at 60 on $80,000 a year, so now it’s time to look at our stretch FIRE goal – can we retire at 55 on the same? To be honest, the stock standard retirement calculators did not paint a very happy picture for our retirement, except in the best case scenario of receiving at least 5.9% growth for the rest of our lives. However, the FIRE principles and calculators say differently. I’ve been around long enough now to put my faith in an alternative pathway. There are a lot of people successfully implementing various versions of FIRE, including in Australia.  Our Stretch FIRE Goal: To ... Show Me More!

The Effect of Inflation on Saving for FIRE

If you are following the traditional Financial Independence Retire Early path of saving a lump sum amounting to 25x your yearly expenses which you will begin to access when you retire, this post isn’t for you. The 4% rule has you covered, as it takes inflation into account. But if you are a late starter, you might have superannuation or some other form of pension pot that you can’t yet access at the time you’d like to begin your retirement. This is where inflation can have an impact. As we are following a SlowFIRE path (high expenses, relatively low savings rate for FIRE), superannuation is essential to our FIRE plans. ... Show Me More!

Can We Retire at 60?

Last post, we defined our numerical FIRE goal. In this post I’ll explore whether it is achievable. Is it too ambitious? Or perhaps not ambitious enough? Let’s get to work! Our FIRE goal: to retire at 60 (in 2033) on $80,000 a year. To determine how much we need to generate this amount, we are using the 4% rule. This rule states we require 25 times our expenses ($2,000,000) to access an inflation-adjusted $80,000 a year for the rest of our retired life. Yes, it is simplistic. Yes, it is based on historical returns. No, it can’t predict the future or cover nuances for every person saving for FIRE. However ... Show Me More!

Developing Our FIRE Goal

It’s time to review our FIRE savings against our goals. We have continued saving on auto-pilot for the last three years. Are we on track? If not, what do we need to do to meet our goal? Initially, we didn’t set a FIRE goal. Rather than reaching for an age when we could retire, I was working backwards. I took the retirement age as the age you can access the pension in Australia (67). Then, knowing we spend $80,000 a year, I was reducing 67 by 1 year for every $80,000 we saved. Using that calculation, we can retire early by 5 years, or at 62. Now, that’s nothing to ... Show Me More!

2021 Spending Goals Review

I recently realised that we’d lost sight of our FIRE goal, so it’s time to revisit where we are, and where we want to be in the future. Part of where we’d like to be is not just saving, but enjoying our money in line with our values. In this post we’ll review our spending goals.  Going back to the very basics, I started with Pete Matthew’s Meaningful Money podcast Season 2 from 2016. This series was immensely helpful in getting us to actually start investing. One of the first episodes was named “Why Invest”. To be honest, listening back nearly five years after we’ve been investing to reach FIRE, ... Show Me More!