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Old 06-01-2014, 07:39 PM   #14242
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I had to look up the Web for the meaning of the word bippy. I will refer readers to this thread on another forum.
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Today makes it so much easier to leave my home of 31 years because I know who's carrying on.
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as for me, i had fun with numbers today (many here love numbers too and know just what i mean by that). I closed my may records of every cent spent, made sure the income and spending and balance left was exactly consistent, did all the usual categorizations and computations, and finally began june.

I like doing this and it helps to keep me grounded in reality. Maybe a little ocd but so what.


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As for me, I had fun with numbers today (many here love numbers too and know just what I mean by that). I closed my May records of every cent spent, made sure the income and spending and balance left was exactly consistent, did all the usual categorizations and computations, and finally began June.

I like doing this and it helps to keep me grounded in reality. Maybe a little OCD but so what.

You're not the only one, I get a lot of satisfaction doing this at the end of every month, too. May was one of our more expensive months, garden start up expenses, DH flying out to see his Mom and a few other things that just happened to fall in May. But we still SAVED some money this month so it's all good.

As of June 1, DHs pension includes his fourth COLA, which is just lovely and always appreciated. And that means that I get to redo the monthly income vs outgo spreadsheet. Fun times!
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You're not the only one, I get a lot of satisfaction doing this at the end of every month, too. May was one of our more expensive months, garden start up expenses, DH flying out to see his Mom and a few other things that just happened to fall in May. But we still SAVED some money this month so it's all good.

As of June 1, DHs pension includes his fourth COLA, which is just lovely and always appreciated. And that means that I get to redo the monthly income vs outgo spreadsheet. Fun times!
Sounds great! Thanks. One of the great things about this forum is that there are some others who, like me, get a kick out of doing this sort of thing.
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Having reached the FI parte of FIRE - but not the RE part... I hesitate to post this. But it was fun and I want to share.

I went to see Los Lobos last night. I have been a fan since about 1980/81ish. I have seen them about a dozen times - but this was the first time in a decade. The band AND the audience were all 30+ years old. Didn't matter. They still have it - they were awesome.

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Sounds great! Thanks. One of the great things about this forum is that there are some others who, like me, get a kick out of doing this sort of thing.
I believe that is what brings many of us here. I really like working on my spreadsheets.

Somebody here I think once wrote what good is having money if all you do is look at numbers on a page. Personally, I would rather look at my numbers than buy a designer purse. Those numbers represent financial security and freedom from long work hours and oppressive megacorp policies and bosses.

My purse broke and DH helped me pick out a new one. We were both shocked at some of the prices of designer purses, even at supposed discount stores like TJ Maxx.

The interesting thing we did recently is come across a wild turkey in our neighborhood trying to join a deer herd. The turkey used to be in a gang of 5 or 6, but we suspect the others became road kill or were eaten by coyotes. This guy has been all alone for a few weeks now. Last night he was hanging out with some deer in the open space, trying to fit in. I felt bad for him. I don't think he can keep up with them long term even though they weren't shooing him away. I hope he finds some new turkey friends to hang with soon.
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I believe that is what brings many of us here. I really like working on my spreadsheets.

Somebody here I think once wrote what good is having money if all you do is look at numbers on a page. Personally, I would rather look at my numbers than buy a designer purse. Those numbers represent financial security and freedom from long work hours and oppressive megacorp policies and bosses.

My purse broke and DH helped me pick out a new one. We were both shocked at some of the prices of designer purses, even at supposed discount stores like TJ Maxx.
Finding the perfect purse is difficult but when finally found, it's almost miraculous. After trying several purses (and getting teased about being almost purse obsessed), earlier this year I *finally* found the perfect purse (for me... every woman has a different perfect purse, I suspect). Anyway, I thought I'd pass it along.



It is amazingly utilitarian and I have no desire to ever try another purse. I never lose my keys any more due to the key leash thingie, and for the first time I have more pockets and compartments than I will ever need. Plus, it is extremely lightweight and seems quite durable. It did cost $35 which is ridiculous, but oh well. Today it is $40, even worse.
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I am a one purse at a time person, and I like a small purse. I find one that I like and keep it a long time. My current one was a marked down/discontinued/one day sale bargain from a Coach Outlet store. I think I've had it 7 years.

My purse has to be able to fit in the glove box of my car, so the size and shape is important.

It's still my favorite, although it's starting to show some age......just like me.
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Finding the perfect purse is difficult but when finally found, it's almost miraculous. After trying several purses (and getting teased about being almost purse obsessed), earlier this year I *finally* found the perfect purse (for me... every woman has a different perfect purse, I suspect). Anyway, I thought I'd pass it along.



It is amazingly utilitarian and I have no desire to ever try another purse. I never lose my keys any more due to the key leash thingie, and for the first time I have more pockets and compartments than I will ever need. Plus, it is extremely lightweight and seems quite durable. It did cost $35 which is ridiculous, but oh well. Today it is $40, even worse.
Oh, I like that. I will keep that in my Amazon wishlist for the next time I need a new purse. I found one that looks almost exactly like that at Ross yesterday, so I am set for now. We also bought a leather needle to fix up my old purse to use as a spare.
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I've nicknamed my DW as the "Queen of Purses" (but she isn't buying shoes as frequently).
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Sounds great! Thanks. One of the great things about this forum is that there are some others who, like me, get a kick out of doing this sort of thing.
My nose was itchy earlier this morning. Thought my allergy was returning, but now I know someone might be talkin' about me.

But I don't have to do much to count. Quicken does it all for me. It counts to the penny, but displays some fields to the dollar. Good 'nuf for me.

Speaking of setting new milestones, why do we pay more attention when a digit rolls from a 9 to a 0? I am too far from the next 7th digit roll-over to hold my breath, but even the 6th digit roll-over has been elusive. I came close to it earlier this year, but then the market ebbed. Then I came close again last month, but due to withdrawal I could not set a new high. Well, if I added the expenses back to the total, then the portfolio did indeed set a new high, but it is not the same thing.

Anyway, I finally breached that mentally important milestone last week, only to lose it again on Friday. Today, Quicken's bottom line is mounting another assault and succeeds even before MF results are in, due to near real-time update of stock prices (Quicken has a 20-min stock price delay). Tomorrow will be another story as the future unfolds. Fun stuff!
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We took the first withdrawal from DW's ROTH IRA today. Set up an automatic monthly withdrawal. Kinda felt like the day we got our first pension check. Our WR is less than 1 percent, we will ramp it up to maybe 2% over the course of the next few years.
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My nose was itchy earlier this morning. Thought my allergy was returning, but now I know someone might be talkin' about me.

But I don't have to do much to count. Quicken does it all for me. It counts to the penny, but displays some fields to the dollar. Good 'nuf for me.

Speaking of setting new milestones, why do we pay more attention when a digit rolls from a 9 to a 0? I am too far from the next 7th digit roll-over to hold my breath, but even the 6th digit roll-over has been elusive. I came close to it earlier this year, but then the market ebbed. Then I came close again last month, but due to withdrawal I could not set a new high. Well, if I added the expenses back to the total, then the portfolio did indeed set a new high, but it is not the same thing.

Anyway, I finally breached that mentally important milestone last week, only to lose it again on Friday. Today, Quicken's bottom line is mounting another assault and succeeds even before MF results are in, due to near real-time update of stock prices (Quicken has a 20-min stock price delay). Tomorrow will be another story as the future unfolds. Fun stuff!
I'm getting close to a number, too.... each time the stock market surges, it teases us, getting a little closer and then falling back. Sort of like surf, in a rising tide... Kind of fun!
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