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Kit

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Name:
California FIRE
Category:
Early Retirement
Tags:
traveling, budgeting, outdoors, investing, side hustles
Start Year:
2018

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Net worth:
Location:
San Jose, California,
Age:
30s
Race:
White
Gender:
Male
Life stage:
DINK (Dual Income, No Kids)
Profession:
Patent Examiner
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Latest Blog Posts

I am still behind on posting and even just keeping up with monthly financials.  Admittedly it isn’t because I haven’t had the time, but because I haven’t prioritized things.  I definitely had some days where I got home from work with the intention of writing, but just felt so mentally drained I just checked out […] The post August 2018 Finances (Income, Expenses, Net Worth) appeared first on California Fire. ...
Posted: Oct 27 2018 @ 1:03 PM
Last week I listened to a podcast from ChooseFI with Cody Berman from FlytoFI.com. Cody presented some great concepts to reduce the cost of college. I wanted to focus on one more today that I didn’t hear mentioned. Planning your path. Before starting college there are some things a student can do to help reduce […] The post Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance (The 6 P’s) appeared first on California ...
Posted: Jul 16 2018 @ 7:36 PM
Being married to a veterinarian lets me view things from a different perspective than the average consumer.  Many people complain that vet costs are really high.  Pets are not cheap and like human they will require medical care at some point in their lives. Lady Kit is an emergency veterinarian and as such she is […] The post 5 Things to Do to Reduce Vet Costs appeared first on California Fire. ...
Posted: Jul 07 2018 @ 2:25 PM
Depending on your personal risk tolerance paying off the mortgage early can be either a good thing or a bad thing. When most people consider paying off a mortgage early they are planning to either refinance to a shorter term or make additional payments.  We just closed on a new house and went for a […] The post Mortgage Snowball or Mortgage Avalanche appeared first on California Fire. ...
Posted: Jul 06 2018 @ 12:00 PM
Lady Kit and I sold our house (article still to be written) in January 2018 and I relocated Monterey, CA where she has been living for two years.  As part of this transition I took a new job with a $30,000 pay cut. As I mentioned in that article, my commute is about three hours […] The post What I Pay To Go To Work appeared first on California Fire. ...
Posted: Jul 05 2018 @ 3:12 PM
I’ve been looking forward to this post since I started last month.  This is my first monthly income/expense/net worth report! As previously mentioned I discovered FI in September 2017.  It took me a while to get started as I was dealing with multiple moves (back to SoCal from Washington D.C., then selling our housing and […] The post June Finances (Income, Expenses, and Net Worth) appeared first on California Fire. ...
Posted: Jul 03 2018 @ 3:42 PM
We have our TSP setup and money is flowing into our account at some where between 10% (5% from us and 5% of free money from the government) and $18,000 a year.  We’re all set, we can just sit back, work hard at our job, and then retire when the money grows big enough, right?  […] The post FERS Series – Part 2 – Where to Invest appeared first on California ...
Posted: Jun 29 2018 @ 12:15 PM
My first career position out of college was (and still is) a federal government job.  When I was hired back in 2009 federal government employees were covered under FERS  (Federal Employee Retirement System) as opposed to CSRS (Civil Service Retirement System).  The FERS retirement is setup as a stool (or tripod) and it involves three […] The post FERS Series – Part 1 – Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Basics appeared first ...
Posted: Jun 29 2018 @ 11:49 AM
My first career position out of college was (and still is) a federal government job.  When I was hired back in 2009 federal government employees were covered under FERS  (Federal Employee Retirement System) as opposed to CSRS (Civil Service Retirement … Continue reading → The post FERS Series – Part 1 – Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Basics appeared first on California Fire. ...
Posted: Jun 29 2018 @ 11:49 AM
Time management I think is something everyone struggles with.  At least I hope they do, because it is a constant battle for me.  Routines I have found help out a lot with time management, but they take a lot of dedication to get started. I originally setup my site in October 2017, but I didn’t […] The post Time Management and Routines appeared first on California Fire. ...
Posted: Jun 28 2018 @ 3:30 PM

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