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Old 04-12-2019, 03:31 PM   #1
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What have your learned from E-R.org?

I joined here in 2015, but was a lurker for 5-6 years before that. What I have learned here has immensely improved my confidence in FIRE and probably has saved me many $$$.

So, to start with a few:

- The tax torpedo: I knew about RMD's, I knew income was going to increase when we take SS, but I had never put the two together to see exactly HOW much our income might increase at the time.

- Roth conversions: never considered this before, but after looking at the tax torpedo, started right away.

- IIRMA: Had not even considered that Medicare cost can go up with income. Not sure I can do much about it if one of us passes, but I can certainly try to plan.

- When to take SS? should I pay off the mortgage? and what is the best AA?: Well some things are fun to discuss, with no "right" answer.

How about you?
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Old 04-12-2019, 03:36 PM   #2
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Too many to list, but a few are:

I bonds

All things related to Medicare and related insurance (still learning more)

Last but definitely not least... the mighty Thermapen!
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Old 04-12-2019, 03:40 PM   #5
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That when you make a big salad and put it in a Tupperware bowl, it will last a lot longer if you put a paper towel on top before sealing the bowl.

Thank you to whoever wrote about that, we use that tip almost weekly.
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That with a well moderated forum and a great set of members such as this, who would need Facebook etc!!
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Too many to list, but a few are:

I bonds

All things related to Medicare and related insurance (still learning more)

Last but definitely not least... the mighty Thermapen!
I forgot to add the Medicare Info (beyond IIRMA). I have learned more about that here than anywhere else. I find myself "informing" friends on the topic, and they are amazed at what I know. Thank you all.
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Old 04-12-2019, 04:04 PM   #9
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I forgot to add the Medicare Info (beyond IIRMA). I have learned more about that here than anywhere else. I find myself "informing" friends on the topic, and they are amazed at what I know. Thank you all.

That’s happening to me too as my friends, like me, are approaching Medicare age and everyone is very confused about options. Having access to smart people who have researched and/or experienced the process and are willing to share is fantastic.
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Old 04-12-2019, 04:09 PM   #10
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I found this site while I was still a working stiff and realized there were many people in the same mind set of LBYM and early retirement. Not to mention indexing is a sure fire way to keep investments cost low and who needs a financial advisor. Retired in 2005 at the ripe old age of 54 and never looked back. I don't post much anymore but still check out the forum almost daily.
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E-R is BrainBook, as far as I am concerned. The amount of knowledge in play at any given time is incredible.

The major lesson learned, is that it's better to hold a post, maybe ignore the topic, and enjoy life.

A secondary lesson is that my un-audited numbers are very close to the actual result.
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Old 04-12-2019, 04:54 PM   #12
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11 ways to use dryer sheets and that bacon is the foundation of happiness ?

heh heh heh - AND how to spell curmudgeon!

I even add bacon now to my red beans and rice beside the smoked ham hock.
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What have your learned from E-R.org?

One more: an awareness of how big regional differences can be. We tend to think local in our viewpoints but things are very different elsewhere.
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Old 04-12-2019, 05:45 PM   #14
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Here are a few:
  • That I need to establish residency in a no-income tax state for years when I'm away from the US.
  • That there's usually not one right answer to anyone's question.
  • That I'm not the only one planning to FIRE (at the office, it seems like I'm the only one out of 150+ folks)!
  • That it can be done!
  • That everyone has a different story, a different background, and a different perspective.
  • That everyone has a different opinion!
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Old 04-12-2019, 05:46 PM   #15
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About everything imaginable. The only thing that I did right was invest in stocks/bonds from the get go and saved all my life. I'm glad I got that right on my on. Lol
I have done so many things wrong, and things I have never heard of before, it is unreal. I learn something about every time I come here.
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Old 04-12-2019, 05:53 PM   #17
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To always save talking about politics for your hometown Facebook forums.

That there are a whole lot of people with a whole lot more money than me.

Time is your ally and investing smart when you're young pays off, especially when there's compounding.

And that I'd hate to be right out of college and having to fund 100% of my retirement with the stock market at an all time high--and interest rates at an all time low.
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OP, thank you for this thread.


I learned that learning something can only happen if one is willing to be wrong and is open to the possibility. That is when real learning occurs.

That it is dangerous and usually wrong to make blanket statements. If I keep the lines of communication open and am civil, posters will give me insight on what they object to and why. If not, I will not learn anything.

I have a deep appreciation for the saying numbers is hard. Yes, numbers is certainly hard.
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Old 04-12-2019, 06:48 PM   #19
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I learned a few good tips. I learned some interesting insight to financial decisions.

Unfortunately, I also learned that a lot of people like to give a lot of bad advice on topics where they have no real knowledge.

I learned that a lot of people are happy to jump in with suggestions without ever actually understanding what the post starter is really seeking and without ever taking into account the starter's goals.

I learned that a lot of people here aren't tolerant of opinions that don't conform to the apparent norms of e-r.org.

I learned that while many folks purport to seek optimal financial outcomes and make decisions based on data, they actually make many/most decisions based on gut feel and "rules of thumb".

I learned that many folks here don't seem to understand what life is like for those who will never be able to retire "early" in the sense that e-r.org encourages.

I learned that I can still learn a lot as long as I remain very skeptical and don't take anything written here at face value.
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Old 04-12-2019, 06:52 PM   #20
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I learned a few good tips. I learned some interesting insight to financial decisions.

Unfortunately, I also learned that a lot of people like to give a lot of bad advice on topics where they have no real knowledge.

I learned that a lot of people are happy to jump in with suggestions without ever actually understanding what the post starter is really seeking and without ever taking into account the starter's goals.

I learned that a lot of people here aren't tolerant of opinions that don't conform to the apparent norms of e-r.org.

I learned that while many folks purport to seek optimal financial outcomes and make decisions based on data, they actually make many/most decisions based on gut feel and "rules of thumb".

I learned that many folks here don't seem to understand what life is like for those who will never be able to retire "early" in the sense that e-r.org encourages.

I learned that I can still learn a lot as long as I remain very skeptical and don't take anything written here at face value.
I'm having trouble figuring out why you bother reading here and never forget the age old axiom you get what you pay for.
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