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Does Not Grow On Trees
Budgeting, Early Retirement/FIRE
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Derry, New Hampshire, United States
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
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It appears as though my mini-retirement is drawing to a close. Last week, I accepted a job offer. And I withdrew my candidacy from another, which was a bit tortuous. Kind of funny how this job-searching thing panned out. The job I took is just a bit outside my comfort zone, applying things I’ve learned… Read More I have a job! ...
Posted: Nov 16 2017 @ 3:18 AM
Since I have fewer dollars to spend (mindlessly) thanks to this pesky unemployment thing, I’ve been trying to focus on my health. Actually, that sounds so ambitious. Honestly, I wasn’t really that focused, but after a recent physical where both the cholesterol and the number on the scale are higher than they should be, I… Read More Budgeting vs. Dieting ...
Posted: Oct 31 2017 @ 3:10 AM
While I’m enjoying my “retirement,” I can’t help but think about the major impact to my future financial self. Over the last seven months, I should have banked another $50k, minimum. When I look 10, 20, 30 years in the future, that’s a huge hit to my future net worth. Ah well, here’s hoping an… Read More Unemployment’s impact on our finances ...
Posted: Oct 26 2017 @ 5:54 PM
So, about this job search… Over the last seven months, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on what I want to do next. Yes, I think I was pretty good at all the jobs that have been a part of my career over the last 25+ years, but really…I think I’m ready to… Read More Things I’ve learned in my “retirement”/unemployment – part 2 ...
Posted: Oct 20 2017 @ 7:42 PM
So, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve updated you on our #500in5 challenge, our attempt to save half a million dollars in five years. That’s because I lost my job in March, and most of my income was earmarked for this challenge. Both hubby and I were saving $24k/year in our 401(k) plans, and… Read More #500in5 Update ...
Posted: Oct 05 2017 @ 7:27 PM
My job search has officially started, and after the first few slow weeks of putting the finishing touches on my resume and setting up all sorts of search engines to help identify just the right opportunities, activity is picking up. I’ve had several successful (in my mind, anyway) phone interviews, and I have booked the… Read More How do you gracefully answer these questions in a job interview' ...
Posted: Sep 27 2017 @ 9:16 AM
Oh. my. summer. How glorious you’ve been! But now, it’s time to get back to the business of watching those expenses a bit more closely since I’m retired unemployed. Don’t get me wrong…I don’t regret spending a single penny this summer, because it was all saved for in advance. But now, time to start minding… Read More What I did on my summer vacation? Spent money, of course. ...
Posted: Sep 06 2017 @ 8:50 AM
A few weeks ago, my job was eliminated in a reorganization, and I’ve found myself with some extra time on my hands. Thanks to a generous severance package and always living below our financial means, I’ve decided to take a few months off while enjoying a very busy summer. As I’ve decompressed, I’ve settled into a… Read More Things I’ve learned in my “retirement”/unemployment ...
Posted: May 12 2017 @ 6:44 PM
I knew it was coming. Not really, of course, because of all the legalities of eliminating someone’s job. Yes, it’s always shocking to hear the words, but nonetheless, I’d been expecting it for months. It doesn’t matter how or why this happened…corporations reorganize and “rightsize” or “downsize” their resources all the time. What’s important is… Read More I lost my job today. And that’s okay. ...
Posted: Apr 14 2017 @ 8:24 PM
I’m not sure, but I think my high school senior is ready to commit to her choice of school for next year. It’s been a yearlong process since we first started touring schools, and analyzing what would be a good fit for her (academically) and us (financially), and even for the whole family (emotionally). Quite… Read More Finally, a college decision! ...
Posted: Apr 12 2017 @ 9:03 PM


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