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Old 10-28-2014, 10:38 PM   #21
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Motley Fool Early Retirement Forum, thence to Early Retirement Home Page, thence to here.
Same here. Lurked here for 4-5 years before joining.
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Old 10-28-2014, 11:03 PM   #22
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Same here. Lurked here for 4-5 years before joining.
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Old 10-28-2014, 11:14 PM   #23
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Somehow stumbled across the iPhone app. Did not use for awhile then only off and on. The people here are incredibly smart and down to earth. I now believe this is probably the best financial and just plain how to live life data source available.


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Old 10-28-2014, 11:14 PM   #24
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Old 10-28-2014, 11:24 PM   #25
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A Scott Burns newspaper article back in 2002 mentioned Cap'nBill's FIRECalc website. Went there, and discovered the Early Retirement forum too. I wonder how Dory36 is doing these days.
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Old 10-28-2014, 11:26 PM   #26
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Old 10-28-2014, 11:48 PM   #28
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Definitely Google. Probably looked for "frugal living/early retirement" or some such phrase.
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Old 10-29-2014, 12:48 AM   #29
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I think it was a web search on "rich, hot, naked ladies sharing it all" but it could have been something else.
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Old 10-29-2014, 05:35 AM   #30
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I stumbled in via FireCalc which I found via Googling "Financially Independent". Truly a lucky day for me!
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Found through Google. I also browsed a few other ER forums but didn't like them as much. -- this site seems to have a really good mix of topics and very well informed posters.


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Old 10-29-2014, 10:16 AM   #32
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I lurked here for at least 5 or 6 years before joining so that's just too far back to remember how I found any particular website. Mostly likely I was looking for retirement calculators and I stumbled across FireCalc since I did a lot of that back in those days. Looking back at all the calculators I found/used, none of them gave me anywhere near the confidence to retire and not worry about my finances more than my own spreadsheets.
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:53 AM   #33
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I was trying to run a "pro-forma" tax return and googling about what the 1099-R would look like. At least one search pointed me at a post or posts on this board.

I joined that day, asked a question, got a precision response from MichaelB and some other thoughtful/kind replies.

Only after I started reading an occasional post on the site, did I start to investigate the possibility of retiring early. So, unlike many of the replies so far to this thread, I didn't find this site after having already had the thought of retirement in my head. That came after hanging around here a while
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Old 10-29-2014, 11:10 AM   #34
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Googled "early retirement".
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I remember that I found it a few years earlier and lurked a bit, then came back and joined when I was getting serious about ER.
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Old 10-29-2014, 11:33 AM   #35
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Google search for 'early retirement,' 'can I retire early?,' and similar phrases.
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Old 10-29-2014, 11:37 AM   #36
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I was looking for info pertaining to buying back some of DHs pension years of service that he had cashed in at age 26 in order to go to graduate school. This site came up in the Google search and I started reading all kinds of interesting stuff from many interesting people. I liked the wide range of folks here and the attitudes.

I lurked for a while, then posted a topic and got some good advice. That was in 2007.
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I think I was searching for withdrawal strategies and found some posts on the forum here. Continued looking around and decided to join up, which was a very good decision!
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Old 10-29-2014, 01:22 PM   #38
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I think it was a google search for 72t rules. I can't recall if I found some other board/site first, and then this site was linked from there or what. I didn't even know "early retirement" was called "early retirement" or that it was a thing.

I found the site within my first year of starting full time work after college. Fast forward 10 years later and I'm retired.
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My mega corp announced a voluntary early retirement offer in Sept 2003, and I remember doing research on the internet on the pros/cons of such offers and somehow found this forum. It helped convince me to accept the offer which I had to commit to by November.
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Stumbled on here during an online search about early retirement. As they say, the rest is history
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