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I'm Trying Dammit
Early Retirement
Money, Millennial
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Washington, D.C., United States
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SINK (Single Income, No Kids)
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General observation on progress and the time it takes to make it: My net Worth The amount of time it took to get there -$53,132 <1 hour – getting into debt is easy y’all! $0 22 months $50,000 23 months from NW $0 $100,000 39 months from NW $0 $150,000 50 months from NW $0 […] ...
Posted: Aug 15 2018 @ 9:14 PM
With 2017 wrapping up and all of us getting ready for 2018, I decided to share an update on how I did this year.  First, a quick summary of the year’s big highlights: Got a promotion and raise Lived on the west coast of the US for a few months (long enough to know that […] ...
Posted: Dec 30 2017 @ 11:58 PM
Happy early 4th of July internet!  I’m celebrating a small milestone today: Finally broke the six figures threshold! A friend looking over my shoulder as I was checking my mint account noticed it and said “you should write an article about how you did that!”  So… here goes nothing. How to grow your net worth […] ...
Posted: Jul 01 2017 @ 3:01 PM
Today I tried recreating a data viz that I found really helpful when I was paying off my student loans.  Back then, I would chart how many months of debt I saved myself each month by overpaying on my loans.  I would do this by tracking 2 metrics: How many months I saved with each […] ...
Posted: May 29 2017 @ 10:56 PM
Today I thought I’d build a new viz tracking my FI as a function of which of my expenses* my investments can cover over time (as per the 4% rule). *Since this is a work-in-progress towards FI and, eventually RE, I did not include in the expenses budget lines I cannot easily estimate the costs of when retired (i.e. taxes […] ...
Posted: May 20 2017 @ 11:31 PM
If you know me, you know I’m a weirdo for data visualization.  It’s not a habit driven out of my enjoyment of creating beautiful data visualizations, but rather out of my loathing of bad data visualizations.  What’s sad is that most of what I churn out falls FIRMLY in the latter camp of visualizations deserving […] ...
Posted: May 09 2017 @ 11:18 PM
I am very fortunate to have a job that offers a 401k.  I’m even more fortunate that my job offers that 401k through Vanguard.  Recently, the powers that be did some swaps on the investment options and got us some ridiculously cheap deals.  We now have access to an institutional version of VFINX for a whopping expense […] ...
Posted: May 07 2017 @ 6:46 PM
Boy have I dropped the ball on this blog! In the time since my last update, I: Moved apartments Lived in another country for several weeks Traveled to 4 other ones Received a small raise Got into indoor gardening Started selling off things I didn’t need (including my car) All in all, a very expensive […] ...
Posted: Oct 28 2016 @ 9:08 PM
I recently found myself no longer in need of a car.  I guess I haven’t ever really needed a car at all, but I only just got around to dumping the financial bulk.  With that in mind, I started looking around for ways to sell my 2012 Prius C.  The car was well-maintained with minimal […] ...
Posted: Oct 28 2016 @ 9:03 PM


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