Category: FI Progress

Are we on track to meet our financial independence and early retirement goals?

Six Months Jobless and Homeless: Financial Update

It’s been a bit more than half a year since we quit our jobs and took off in a brand new (to us) motorhome. We spent time in two countries, 18 US states & one Canadian province, three national parks, seven or so state parks, lots of BLM campgrounds, National Forests, Wilderness Management areas and the like (these are all free campsites and awesome), spent extended time lounging around...

Financial Update: Finally Free?

Been a while since posting a financial update or spending report. We have been busy with other stuff, quitting our jobs and moving into an RV for example; we also switched most of our spending in recent months to a credit card that Mint wouldn’t track (one of the lesser known perils of credit card churning) so had gotten behind on tracking expenses; mainly, we’ve been lazy and procrastinating. Right now seemed...

Progress to Freedom 35: 2016 Q1 Update

Been too busy having fun to keep up with financial housekeeping (ok we got lazy), but catching up now with a belated post outlining where we stood financially at the end of March and how we were doing relative to our goals. We’re working on changes that might greatly affect these numbers, so it’s nice to capture this snapshot for posterity.

Progress to Freedom 35: 2015 Annual Update

Year end round up time: I thought I’d compare our financial situation over the last two years and see if tracking our expenses publicly and in more detail made a difference in helping us level up our frugality and reach our goals.   Expenses Average Monthly Expenses Category 2014 2015 Housing $2,800  $2,300 Heir Care $0  $440 Travel $400  $420 Health & Fitness $330  $360 Groceries $300  $255 Utilities...

Progress to Freedom 35: 2015 Q3 Update

In the spirit of better late then never, here’s an update on how we are doing relative to our financial goals (numbers as of October 1st.).


Progress to Freedom 35: 2015 Q2 Update

It’s time for our second quarterly update on how we are doing relative to our financial goals. Our first update surprised us, mainly in terms of how much we were spending. We set out to reduce waste and track expenses more regularly. This has really paid off: while our income was lower this quarter than last, thanks to reduced spending we maintained a high savings rate and crept closer...

Progress to Freedom 35: 2015 Q1 Update

It looks like we did pretty well over the first quarter of the year, but it’s really a case of not much has changed. We tend to track our income, spending, and net worth changes monthly, but all of those can fluctuate a lot with irregular expenses and market swings. Averaging things out over a three month period smooths those fluctuations out, but also loses a...

Where Are We Now?

Wherein we reveal our personal financial details to the whole world

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