Progress Update – 11/22/16

If you’re new to ExitYoung.com, Welcome!  We’re only a few months since The Revelation, deciding on The Mission, and starting this site.  This is our third monthly progress update with many more to come.  We also post regularly about the journey, personal finance, and miscellaneous musings in the Posts section. On to the details…. Our third update shows us mostly up after an election result that promised an immediate and dramatic drop.  The experts were certainly wrong on that as the major market […]

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Christmas on F.I.R.E.

Since we’ve set our goals we’ve gotten more aggressive in our saving and much more thoughtful about our spending.  This has got me pondering about how much money is wasted at Christmas time.  Can we rethink holiday spending the same way we have about spending and retirement. Receiving I don’t know about you but I would say somewhere between 1 and most of the gifts I get each year are not a good use of money.  Either its something I […]

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Trump v. Early Retirement

It’s been quite an eventful week since the U.S. election of Donald Trump.  I’m not going to get into my preference of candidate because no one cares and I don’t want to take away from the purpose of this site or post.  What I did want to do is take another look at the concerns I had pre-election and the realities since then.  For simplicity I’ll include my original thoughts and tack on from there. Health Care – thoughts pre-election […]

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The Election, Early Retirement, and Escaping Swing State Ads

Its finally election day in the United States.  I personally am happy that its over for better or for worse.  I live in a swing state and I’m pretty sure that I can recite some of the ads verbatim.  That said I have been musing about how this election cycle and the eventual outcome can and likely will impact our Early Retirement goals.  I’m not going to get into politics or my vote, just some thoughts on potential impacts to our […]

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Sharing our plans with family and rethinking Early Retirement

I’ve mentioned that we have a 1 year old daughter.  We’ve used that as much as possible to make family come to us for visits.  Well we finally lost that battle and agreed we’d make the trip this time.  Between 3 different stops and a few more day trips we hit about 1,200 miles.  I must admit the kid was a good sport about being stuck in the car and she mostly slept.  We had very nice visits overall except when we shared our exit young […]

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Best Locations for Early Retirement

One of the biggest decisions we need to work out before our exit is where we will live.  We live now in our work location, its nice, but not our early retirement dream.  Our exit young location is intended to be a stable place to raise our daughter until she turns 18.  After that, we could consider anywhere. Considerations Proximity to our families is a limiting factor.  We like our families (in-laws and all).  We are all on the U.S. east […]

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Progress Update – 10/22/16

If you’re new to ExitYoung.com, Welcome!  We’re only two months since The Revelation, deciding on The Mission, and starting this site.  This is our second monthly progress update with many more to come.  We also post regularly about the journey, personal finance, and miscellaneous musings in the Posts section.  I would like to give a shoutout to Rockstar Finance who recently added us to their blogger net worth page.  They have a lot of great content, worth the visit. On to the […]

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Progress Update – 9/22/16

Since we made our exit young decision on the 22nd and we’re targeting retirement on 2/22/21, I though I would continue to provide updates as of the 22nd of each month.  It will take a few days to get updated spending data and gather thoughts on that data so we’ll post a few days later typically. I’ve seen a lot of praise for PersonalCaptial.com so I thought I would check it out.  I’ve been a Quicken user for years, since […]

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No need to stress when you don’t need to work

I don’t think of myself as a stressy person in general.  I take some things seriously but usually don’t stress too much.  Anyway, on 8/22/2016 my wife and I made a number of decisions (read about it at The Mission if you haven’t).  On that day we decided first and foremost to get serious about retiring ASAP.  We went on to decide that we would need 80k a year and $2.5 million in total to feel comfortable.  Large numbers to be sure.  […]

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From College Broke to Exit Young

There are plenty of feel good stories online about how a couple decided to scrap it all and retire early.  They all have a different flavor, but one thing they have in common are comments from people who think that it was luck.  In some ways, I suppose that’s true.  We were lucky enough to be able to go to college.  We’ve been lucky enough to have reasonable work stability (aside from some short lived layoffs).  We were lucky enough […]

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