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Old 01-03-2014, 09:37 PM   #341
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Turns out I can't stop even if I want to. Walked around all day at w*rk today with a big grin. Driving (some) of my coworkers crazy is just a bonus.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:36 AM   #342
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DW and I paid off our mortgage this past July at the age of 46/48. WOOHOO! And a net worth milestone is in clear sight.
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:39 AM   #343
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If you have 8 Million are you done? IE retired?
Believe it or not, no. Of the $8 million, about $7.5 is in invest-able assets, the rest is home equity. My expenses will seem sickeningly high to many on this forum...about $250k - $270k/year if you include the taxes I'd be paying even without my "day job." (Living expenses are around $180k - $200k/year.) At that, and at age 42, I'm not quite comfortable with the withdrawal rate given that the CAPE on stocks is quite high by historical standards. (i.e. I wouldn't be shocked if there's a decent sized correction in the next year or two.) I'm tentatively setting age 45 for FIRE, but we'll see. Thanks for the kudos. Unlike many of the extremely diligent savers on this forum, I actually made a lot of money from running a company so I don't think I'm in the same league as far as discipline as many of the early retirees here. Hats of to them!
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Old 01-08-2014, 08:47 PM   #344
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I hit quite a few milestones recently. I used to think $1M was more money than I would ever know what to do with.

I went from 860k in investments (not including home equity) to $1.2M in the last year thanks to diligent savings and of course the ridiculous rise in the markets.

I was just notified that I am now Flagship on Vanguard (> $1M in assets) which I have been dreaming about for a while (not that it really gets me anything, more just for the accomplishment).
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Old 01-13-2014, 06:26 PM   #345
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So this is a milestone for me. I managed to get all of my assets trackable and into a spreadsheet to the point I can give myself the buffet test on a daily basis answering the question:

How well is my portfolio doing against the S&P500 at close each day.
Well so far this year in the 8 trading sessions we have seen, I am up 0.653131943687704% against the S&P500 Yay!
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Old 01-14-2014, 12:21 PM   #346
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I think it fits. Many posts here about financial milestones, but I've got a non-financial one:

Wrote an email to HR today about "job sharing opportunities" or otherwise not working full time. The answer will be a flat "no", but that's my due diligence. My next milestone will be to send another email "Since you can not accommodate my earlier request..."
Sent the '2 week notice' letter today! They wanted a signed letter, so I printed out a one liner (...my last day will be January 24...), signed it, scanned it, and emailed it to HR. They probably want it to fight unemployment claims, I suppose.

I actually intended to have this done earlier, but they acted like they might actually agree to my working half time or less in 2014, month on/month off. I'd have been a big spender on travel if they had agreed to that! But alas, the ending offer was 3 weeks unpaid in the summer.
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Old 01-16-2014, 05:23 PM   #347
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Net worth bumped over 2.5 million yesterday. Just waiting for year end bonus and some stock option vesting and I am outta here!
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Old 01-17-2014, 12:52 AM   #348
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Paid off the mortgage on Monday!

Took early retirement a year ago, but wish I had found this site years ago. Oh well, still learning so it's still all good.
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Old 01-17-2014, 10:11 AM   #349
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Paid off the mortgage on Monday!

Took early retirement a year ago, but wish I had found this site years ago. Oh well, still learning so it's still all good.
Congratulations!!
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Old 01-17-2014, 03:50 PM   #350
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Portfolio hit 35x expenses recently.
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Old 01-18-2014, 12:09 PM   #351
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We have hit and even gone significantly above, the ER number.

Now--180 work days until retirement! woo-hoo. When I put it in work days it seems more manageable somehow to me. But I am afraid these will be the longest 180 days ever. 36 weeks. 1440 hours. 86,400 minutes. Not that I am counting or anything. Just happened to know that off the top of my head.

Just have to work until the wife gets her time in to get her pension.
close--so close.
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Old 01-18-2014, 12:36 PM   #352
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I did my first major move of resources to get my AA back in line.

Not really very exciting, is it?
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The hubster applied for Social Security on Friday. Since we have minor children, it totally makes financial sense for him to claim at age 62 rather than waiting. He's officially retired.

He's been walking around with a HUGE grin on his face all weekend.
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:49 AM   #354
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Wrote an email to HR today about "job sharing opportunities" or otherwise not working full time. The answer will be a flat "no", but that's my due diligence. My next milestone will be to send another email "Since you can not accommodate my earlier request..."
Sent the '2 week notice' letter today! They wanted a signed letter, so I printed out a one liner (...my last day will be January 24...), signed it, scanned it, and emailed it to HR. They probably want it to fight unemployment claims, I suppose. I actually intended to have this done earlier, but they acted like they might actually agree to my working half time or less in 2014, month on/month off. I'd have been a big spender on travel if they had agreed to that! But alas, the ending offer was 3 weeks unpaid in the summer.
Here it is, the post of my life and the forum site has gone whacky and so didn't post until now. Turned-in the laptop, the cell phone and the badge on Friday! It's official.
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:17 AM   #355
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Here it is, the post of my life and the forum site has gone whacky and so didn't post until now. Turned-in the laptop, the cell phone and the badge on Friday! It's official.
Let me be the first to congratulate you! That's sengsational!
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Here it is, the post of my life and the forum site has gone whacky and so didn't post until now. Turned-in the laptop, the cell phone and the badge on Friday! It's official.
CONGRATULATIONS, Sengsational! That news is simply sensational, Sengsational.

I hope you enjoy your retirement as much as F and I are enjoying ours.
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Here it is, the post of my life and the forum site has gone whacky and so didn't post until now. Turned-in the laptop, the cell phone and the badge on Friday! It's official.
Great news. Enjoy you new life!
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That is fantastic! Have a great retirement.
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Crossed a nice fat number (for me) in savings on Jan. 12. But it didn't last as the recent market decline took me back under.
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Old 02-01-2014, 02:18 PM   #360
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Crossed a nice fat number (for me) in savings on Jan. 12. But it didn't last as the recent market decline took me back under.
Same for me, Marita!
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