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January 2018 Spending and New Habits

In 2017, we spent $64,000 on everyday expenses. In 2018 we have the goal to be able to live off one wage, or $60,000. To generate that using passive income and the 4% rule, we’ll still need $1,500,000 invested! Every dollar less we spend is another dollar we don’t have to save up for in retirement. Not a good start to the year. Our Net Worth dropped and the number of days to retirement increased. Let’s hope we can turn it around! Daily Spending Rate Armed with our new goal, we immediately had a massive spending month. Even including our holiday, in 2017 we only spent $193 a day. This ... Show Me More!

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Here We Go Again—My Overwhelm Post for 2018

Here we are again—I’ve written about feeling overwhelmed before, and it appears that I didn’t learn my lesson back then, so it’s time for a revisit. It’s probably worth noting that I’ve been awake since 3am while I’m writing this, so my emotions are a little fragile. I have been back at work for less than a month, and I’m already feeling overwhelmed with the lack of time I have to do what I want. It’s a huge shock to my system to have gone from 2 weeks of essentially doing nothing, to going back to being out of the house for twelve hours a day, 5 days a week. ... Show Me More!

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December 2017 Spending and New Habits

After our expensive year in 2016, we set ourselves a goal to reduce our spending by 10% in 2017. We want to do this because it has a double effect. Firstly, it frees up more money to invest for our future. Secondly, if we can live on less, then it brings that future much closer. In 2016, we spent $80,000. To generate that using passive income and the 4% rule, we would need $2,000,000 invested! Happy New Year! December is the party month and the holiday month and the spending-on-gifts month. Surprisingly, this didn’t lead to as big a blow-out as I was expecting. This is partially because we managed ... Show Me More!

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November 2017 Spending and New Habits

After our expensive year in 2016, we set ourselves a goal to reduce our spending by 10% in 2017. We want to do this because it has a double effect. Firstly, it frees up more money to invest for our future. Secondly, if we can live on less, then it brings that future much closer. In 2016, we spent $80,000. To generate that using passive income and the 4% rule, we would need $2,000,000 invested! This was the month I had a meltdown, fell off the wagon and generally decided I didn’t want to adult any more. Thankfully it began to pass after a couple of weeks, but I’m still ... Show Me More!

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My FIRE is Sputtering

This is not the post I was planning on writing for you today. According to my calendar, I should be delighting you with the simplicity of asset allocation. Instead, I find myself tired and lacking motivation. The path to financial independence is sloooooow. We are looking at 15 years if: We (continue to) work at it The sharemarket gods remain benevolent, or at least continue to provide the historical average return We don’t do anything stupid when markets drop, as they will at some point. We are still in Year 1 of those 15 years. Besides being slow, working towards financial independence involves making lots of little daily decisions. Day ... Show Me More!