Hi all, nice to be posting here. I've been interested in FIRE for a bit over a decade, I was reading the discussion on the Motley Fool board and following Intercst's web postings in the late 90s, and tried to make sure I was saving some. I sadly wasn't capping out my 401k annual limits, but so it goes. My real derailing was from spending july 2002-aug 2004 (with another 6 months to find paying work again afterwards) doing a startup with a great friend. Incredible experience, and the risk was worthwhile in light of the combined financial resources of my fiancee and I, but it didn't pan out, and eventually neither did the engagement which made the financial cost a bit steep.
So, here I am, 38, not tremendously closer to being financially independent, but working on fixing that more aggressively.
Data about me:
38 years old.
I'm hoping to be FI as soon as possible, but my retirement scenarios all revolve around working till I am 70 at least (my grandfather is 94 and still happily "working" at his company that he founded 64 years ago so enjoying work runs in the family clearly). So... while I want to be free from needing a job asap, I expect to have an income from one for a very long time still (though hopefully at some point that can be an income from my own company rather than working as an employee for other people).
My current assets:
110k in 401ks and 15k in a Roth IRA all in stocks
20k in the bank as cash for liquidity (which is supposedly my emergency fund but that entrepreneurial spirit keeps wanting to grab 15k of it for funding some game development)
I make $76,500 a year at the moment, and sock away $21,500 of it in the aforementioned 401k and Roth, while slowly building up that bank balance. Basically my monthly direct deposit after taxes and retirement and the like ends up being $3400.
While I'm relatively good at saving I'm clearly not one of the incredible people on here who manage to shave their costs to the bone, I love eating, and I love hosting dinners, so I spend a fair bit on food.
I also have more housing expense than I'd like (hopefully my housemate will be finding a job soon and picking up a bigger share of our rent, I don't expect to ever be able to buy a house in Silicon Valley, and it isn't clear that it is a good financial choice even if I could afford it).
I live in the SF Bay Area and plan on staying here, I love the weather, and I have a huge social network that is where most of my happiness comes from.
For retirement planning I've been using the following estimates:
No social security or medicare, if they happen to still be around when I hit eligible age, yay I'll have a rich retirement, but if not, I want my numbers to work out.
Medical $18k a year
Auto $6k a year (I buy used, for cash, and pay for regular maintenance)
Food $10k a year (this is also essentially the entertainment budget as meals out are fungible with movies, or big BBQs for friends or...)
Housing $15k a year (I rent, and this covers all the utilities, internet, cellphone etc.)
assuming I get 70% of my annual income after taxes come out means I need $70k a year to support that, and assuming an ultra-safe 3% withdrawal rate, I'd need $2,333,333 to be financially independent
Medical $8k (high deductible + a theoretically affordable policy)
Housing $12k (a cheaper room in a more occupied house)
assuming 70% I need just over $47k, with a 4% withdrawal that needs $1.2million or so to support it.
Generally I use $1.5mill as my lowball "I could probably retire on that" and $3.5mill as the high end "never have to worry about money again" amount... The low end seems achievable, the high end, unlikely.
Anyhow, that's me, and my abstracted numbers!