FIRE Progress Report for March 2021

hungarian horntail dragon at universal studios

For Spring Break month, our investment related number are up, but our expense related number are down (because our expenses went up for the month). I think that primarily has to do with the fact that we spent more this March than last March.

We planned last minute to go to Universal Orlando for Spring Break. I had made a deal with each of my daughters that if they read through the Harry Potter series, we would go. My youngest has almost completed the task and we figured now was as good a time as any to go. We tried to price out a trip to Disney as well and it turned out that tickets to Disney cost about the same as tickets and a suite at Universal. We decided Universal was the way to go. Since last year’s travel was light due to the pandemic, we had some money saved up.

If you’re wondering what I use to record our numbers monthly, it’s Personal Capital. You can start using them too and we both get $20: https://pcap.rocks/adam4058

How did this affect us?

We’ll be making monthly payments for the Europe trip for about a year or so. We also had to pay to have our taxes done, and a little bit of work done on the vehicles.

  • Spring Break trip – $3011
  • Europe trip deposit for daughter – $284
  • Tax preparation – $300
  • Car work – $195

The Money Related Numbers

Current and future value against Minimum FIRE Goal and 25x Expenses Goal

46.40% to target number (previously 45.28%)

This is our invested assets/target number. Our invested assets span across a variety of investment vehicles such as 401k, HSA, IRA, Roth IRA, ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Program) and standard taxable mutual funds.

88 months (previously 89)

The number of months until my 45th birthday and our finish date.

60.06 months (previously 62.38)

The number of expected months until we reach our target number based on our current expected monthly contributions, assuming a 10% annual return.

The Expense Related Numbers

12.51 times annual spending (previously 12.56)

This is how many multiples of our annual spending we have saved up towards our goal. For example, if this value was 9.1 and we spent $10,000 annually, we would have $91,000 saved up.

50.04% to minimum FIRE (previously 50.23%)

The minimum number to achieve FIRE is 25 times our annual spending. This number shows how close we are to the absolute minimum.

26.96 times annual spending at goal number (previously 27.73)

We have a goal amount that we’d like to reach. Given our current annual spending, this is how many times our annual spending we’ll have saved when we reach our goal number.

How Much We Invested

-0.75% Month to Month Change In How Much Saved (previously -21.72%)

This number shows the change in what we saved this month compared to the prior month in things like 401k, Roth IRA, taxable accounts, and Employee Stock Purchase Program.

-0.05% Month to Month Change in How Much Saved With Employer Contributions (previously -20.23%)

Same as the prior number, but with employer contributions counted.

3.25% Month to Month Change in 6 Month Savings Average (previously 1.19%)

This number show the change in what we saved this month compared to the prior month, but on a 6 month rolling average. This helps to smooth out months over time and shows a more general trend.

3.81% of 6 Month Average Net Income Invested With Employer Contributions (previously 1.70%)

Same as the prior number, but with employer contributions counted.

FIRE Progress Report for February 2021

heart shaped red neon signage

Most of our numbers this month are up, which is always a positive thing. One thing that is slightly down is our expenses. This year we’ve spent $27.65 less this year than we did February last year. That means that for the last 3 months, our expenses have been less than they where the prior year.

In addition, February appears to be the month each year that we tend to the spend the least. Obviously with low expenses, there really isn’t much to speak of for this month.

If you’re wondering what I use to record our numbers monthly, it’s Personal Capital. You can start using them too and we both get $20: https://pcap.rocks/adam4058

How did this affect us?

Nothing too crazy this month, even though there were a couple of extras purchased.

  • New phone – $267
  • Europe trip deposit for daughter – $95
  • AirBnB – $138

The Money Related Numbers

Current and future value against Minimum FIRE Goal and 25x Expenses Goal

45.28% to target number (previously 43.98%)

This is our invested assets/target number. Our invested assets span across a variety of investment vehicles such as 401k, HSA, IRA, Roth IRA, ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Program) and standard taxable mutual funds.

89 months (previously 90)

The number of months until my 45th birthday and our finish date.

62.38 months (previously 64.61)

The number of expected months until we reach our target number based on our current expected monthly contributions, assuming a 10% annual return.

The Expense Related Numbers

12.56 times annual spending (previously 12.19)

This is how many multiples of our annual spending we have saved up towards our goal. For example, if this value was 9.1 and we spent $10,000 annually, we would have $91,000 saved up.

50.23% to minimum FIRE (previously 48.76%)

The minimum number to achieve FIRE is 25 times our annual spending. This number shows how close we are to the absolute minimum.

27.73 times annual spending at goal number (previously 27.72)

We have a goal amount that we’d like to reach. Given our current annual spending, this is how many times our annual spending we’ll have saved when we reach our goal number.

How Much We Invested

-21.72% Month to Month Change In How Much Saved (previously -22.76%)

This number shows the change in what we saved this month compared to the prior month in things like 401k, Roth IRA, taxable accounts, and Employee Stock Purchase Program.

-20.23% Month to Month Change in How Much Saved With Employer Contributions (previously -22.68%)

Same as the prior number, but with employer contributions counted.

1.19% Month to Month Change in 6 Month Savings Average (previously -1.04%)

This number show the change in what we saved this month compared to the prior month, but on a 6 month rolling average. This helps to smooth out months over time and shows a more general trend.

1.70% of 6 Month Average Net Income Invested With Employer Contributions (previously -1.46%)

Same as the prior number, but with employer contributions counted.

FIRE Progress Report for January 2021 (New Year Edition)

people toasting wine glasses

A new year, and a good time to reset some numbers. Our numbers changed significantly this month because I decided to remove the unvested RSUs (restricted stock units) until they vest. Technically, they’re not mine until they vest anyhow. They also cause our monthly numbers to vary widely from time to time.

In addition, my employer changed providers for the stock purchase program and RSUs to E*Trade. That’s fine, but it also means that my contributions that I make each paycheck no longer get added into my numbers. I won’t see them until shares are purchased twice a year.

One thing that moved us in a positive direction was the annual HSA employer contribution. All things considered, our numbers look like their down because it set us back 2-3 months from where we were before.

If you’re wondering what I use to track these numbers monthly, it’s Personal Capital. You can start using them too and we both get $20: https://pcap.rocks/adam4058

How did this affect us?

This month we had to pay property taxes, and for the second visit to have our plumbing issues resolved in December. Even with those things, our expenses were lower this January compared to 2020.

  • Property Taxes – $1097
  • Plumbing – $150

The Money Related Numbers

Current and future value against Minimum FIRE Goal and 25x Expenses Goal

43.98% to target number (previously 51.77%)

This is our invested assets/target number. Our invested assets span across a variety of investment vehicles such as 401k, HSA, IRA, Roth IRA, ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Program) and standard taxable mutual funds.

90 months (previously 91)

The number of months until my 45th birthday and our finish date.

64.61 months (previously 53.09)

The number of expected months until we reach our target number based on our current expected monthly contributions, assuming a 10% annual return.

The Expense Related Numbers

12.19 times annual spending (previously 14.25)

This is how many multiples of our annual spending we have saved up towards our goal. For example, if this value was 9.1 and we spent $10,000 annually, we would have $91,000 saved up.

48.76% to minimum FIRE (previously 56.99%)

The minimum number to achieve FIRE is 25 times our annual spending. This number shows how close we are to the absolute minimum.

27.72 times annual spending at goal number (previously 27.52)

We have a goal amount that we’d like to reach. Given our current annual spending, this is how many times our annual spending we’ll have saved when we reach our goal number.

How Much We Invested

-22.76% Month to Month Change In How Much Saved (previously 54.56%)

This number shows the change in what we saved this month compared to the prior month in things like 401k, Roth IRA, taxable accounts, and Employee Stock Purchase Program.

-22.68% Month to Month Change in How Much Saved With Employer Contributions (previously 51.54%)

Same as the prior number, but with employer contributions counted.

-1.04% Month to Month Change in 6 Month Savings Average (previously 12.61%)

This number show the change in what we saved this month compared to the prior month, but on a 6 month rolling average. This helps to smooth out months over time and shows a more general trend.

-1.46% of 6 Month Average Net Income Invested With Employer Contributions (previously 10.93%)

Same as the prior number, but with employer contributions counted.

FIRE Progress Report for December 2020 (Christmas Edition)

Christmas this year was quite a bit different than those of the past (for obvious reasons). However, we made the best of it and was able to enjoy a laid back time with our immediate family. Fortunately, I think everyone got what they were hoping for. We even had a visit from Santa on Christmas Eve.

One interesting piece of information is that even with a car purchase, our expenses for this year were almost the same as 2019. That just goes to show that things may be leveling off when it comes to our annual expenses. This will make calculating the amount we need for FIRE much easier.

Numbers greatly improved this month. That was boosted by the markets increasing even more, 3 paychecks in one month, and a nice income from the side business.

How did this affect us?

Christmas was an obvious expense this year. Honestly, we probably spent more than usual on gifts, but I think everyone was happy with what they got and didn’t get a lot of items they won’t use.

We did have a plumbing issue we needed to get taken care of this month. In addition to that, we bought floor mats for the new Prius, spark plugs, and had the fluids changed. It should be quite a while before any additional work is needed on it.

  • Christmas
  • Floor Mats & Spark Plugs – $216
  • Fluid Changes- $432 (after discounts and gift cards)
  • Plumbing – $225

The Money Related Numbers

Current and future value against Minimum FIRE Goal and 25x Expenses Goal

51.77% to target number (previously 48.83%)

This is our invested assets/target number. Our invested assets span across a variety of investment vehicles such as 401k, HSA, IRA, Roth IRA, ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Program) and standard taxable mutual funds.

91 months (previously 92)

The number of months until my 45th birthday and our finish date.

53.09 months (previously 59.45)

The number of expected months until we reach our target number based on our current expected monthly contributions, assuming a 10% annual return.

The Expense Related Numbers

14.25 times annual spending (previously 13.19)

This is how many multiples of our annual spending we have saved up towards our goal. For example, if this value was 9.1 and we spent $10,000 annually, we would have $91,000 saved up.

56.99% to minimum FIRE (previously 52.78%)

The minimum number to achieve FIRE is 25 times our annual spending. This number shows how close we are to the absolute minimum.

27.52 times annual spending at goal number (previously 27.02)

We have a goal amount that we’d like to reach. Given our current annual spending, this is how many times our annual spending we’ll have saved when we reach our goal number.

How Much We Invested

54.56% Month to Month Change In How Much Saved (previously 5.71%)

This number shows the change in what we saved this month compared to the prior month in things like 401k, Roth IRA, taxable accounts, and Employee Stock Purchase Program.

54.56% Month to Month Change in How Much Saved With Employer Contributions (previously 3.47%)

Same as the prior number, but with employer contributions counted.

12.61% Month to Month Change in 6 Month Savings Average (previously -7.75%)

This number show the change in what we saved this month compared to the prior month, but on a 6 month rolling average. This helps to smooth out months over time and shows a more general trend.

10.57% of 6 Month Average Net Income Invested With Employer Contributions (previously -8.96%)

Same as the prior number, but with employer contributions counted.

FIRE Progress Report for November 2020 (New Car Edition)

Our 2006 Toyota Prius

The time has finally come. After 287k miles (not all of which were driven by us), the Prius has finally been replaced by… another Prius. Despite what the title says, this car is “new-to-us”. We were able to get a pretty good deal on a 2017 Prius with 152k miles on it. I know, a lot of you are probably panicking right now. You’re thinking “Why would you buy a car with 152k miles on it.”. Well, it’s not very old so it’s got all the safety features. It’s very clean for the mileage. And if it lasts as long as our last Prius, we’ve still got 130k or more miles we could drive on it.

You may notice that some of the numbers don’t match what was reported last month. There was an incorrect calculation that is resolved in this month’s numbers. I left the previous month’s numbers alone since they’ve already been reported and will update going forward. You can see the corrected numbers in this month’s “previous” numbers.

In addition to a new car, we also decided to replace our 7 year old MacBook Pro with a new MacBook Air. A lot of expenses this month, but life happens. Pursuing FIRE doesn’t mean you never buy anything.

We also had finally took our 5 year old dog to obedience classes, and had some repairs done around one of our windows after we found some damage.

Overall, this month’s numbers have had a vast improvement over previous months. Our monthly savings percentage keeps going down a bit as it levels off, but I think in the coming months, we’ll start to see the amount we’re putting away each month increase.

How did this affect us?

Last years expenses were pretty high, and this year they’re even higher with the replacement of a vehicle. However when you consider that we drove the previous one for 10 years and over 220k miles ourselves

  • 2017 Toyota Prius – $7950 (after selling our previous Prius)
  • Dog Obedience Class – $195
  • MacBook Air – $765 (after discounts and gift cards)
  • Window Repairs – $360

The Money Related Numbers

Current and future value against Minimum FIRE Goal and 25x Expenses Goal

48.83% to target number (previously 43.93%)

This is our invested assets/target number. Our invested assets span across a variety of investment vehicles such as 401k, HSA, IRA, Roth IRA, ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Program) and standard taxable mutual funds.

92 months (previously 93)

The number of months until my 45th birthday and our finish date.

59.45 months (previously 65.28)

The number of expected months until we reach our target number based on our current expected monthly contributions, assuming a 10% annual return.

The Expense Related Numbers

13.19 times annual spending (previously 12.83)

This is how many multiples of our annual spending we have saved up towards our goal. For example, if this value was 9.1 and we spent $10,000 annually, we would have $91,000 saved up.

52.78% to minimum FIRE (previously 51.32%)

The minimum number to achieve FIRE is 25 times our annual spending. This number shows how close we are to the absolute minimum.

27.02 times annual spending at goal number (previously 29.21)

We have a goal amount that we’d like to reach. Given our current annual spending, this is how many times our annual spending we’ll have saved when we reach our goal number.

How Much We Invested

5.71% Month to Month Change In How Much Saved (previously 31.15%)

This number shows the change in what we saved this month compared to the prior month in things like 401k, Roth IRA, taxable accounts, and Employee Stock Purchase Program.

3.47% Month to Month Change in How Much Saved With Employer Contributions (previously 33.99%)

Same as the prior number, but with employer contributions counted.

-7.75% Month to Month Change in 6 Month Savings Average (previously 1.12%)

This number show the change in what we saved this month compared to the prior month, but on a 6 month rolling average. This helps to smooth out months over time and shows a more general trend.

-8.96% of 6 Month Average Net Income Invested With Employer Contributions (previously -0.14%)

Same as the prior number, but with employer contributions counted.

FIRE Progress Report for October 2020 (Halloween Edition)

light landscape sky sunset

Nothing is more spooky that a month without a ton of surprises. We had to replace a wheel bearing on the Prius (286k miles and counting). Our neighbor also cut down a tree for us that may have fallen over on it’s own with the right weather and wind. It was a nice shade tree between our house and our neighbors. We wanted to do something for them since they cut it down and got a lot of the brush cleared away for us, even though they weren’t expecting anything in return.

Oh, did I mention there’s a new chart in the details. Now you can follow along visually to see how the numbers trend over time instead of just comparing the current month to the previous month. Not all the numbers are included, but the important ones are.

How did this affect us?

Just like last month, our expenses this month were almost identical to what they were the year before. This is excellent news as we’re starting to see our monthly expenses level off a bit.

  • Wheel Bearing – $450
  • Tree cut down – $300
  • Life Insurance – $200

The Money Related Numbers

Current and future value against Minimum FIRE Goal and 25x Expenses Goal

43.93% to target number (previously 43.36%)

This is our invested assets/target number. Our invested assets span across a variety of investment vehicles such as 401k, HSA, IRA, Roth IRA, ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Program) and standard taxable mutual funds.

93 months (previously 94)

The number of months until my 45th birthday and our finish date.

65.39 months (previously 66.43)

The number of expected months until we reach our target number based on our current expected monthly contributions, assuming a 10% annual return.

The Expense Related Numbers

12.83 times annual spending (previously 12.63)

This is how many multiples of our annual spending we have saved up towards our goal. For example, if this value was 9.1 and we spent $10,000 annually, we would have $91,000 saved up.

51.32% to minimum FIRE (previously 50.51%)

The minimum number to achieve FIRE is 25 times our annual spending. This number shows how close we are to the absolute minimum.

29.21 times annual spending at goal number (previously 29.13)

We have a goal amount that we’d like to reach. Given our current annual spending, this is how many times our annual spending we’ll have saved when we reach our goal number.

How Much We Invested

26.98% Month to Month Change In How Much Saved (previously -16.15%)

This number shows the change in what we saved this month compared to the prior month in things like 401k, Roth IRA, taxable accounts, and Employee Stock Purchase Program.

29.82% Month to Month Change in How Much Saved With Employer Contributions (previously -16.15%)

Same as the prior number, but with employer contributions counted.

0.63% Month to Month Change in 6 Month Savings Average (previously -2.32%)

This number show the change in what we saved this month compared to the prior month, but on a 6 month rolling average. This helps to smooth out months over time and shows a more general trend.

-0.62% of 6 Month Average Net Income Invested With Employer Contributions (previously -3.65%)

Same as the prior number, but with employer contributions counted.

FIRE Progress Report for September 2020 (Garage Door Edition)

Garage Door

This month saw the start of the school year, and another broken garage door. A few months ago our other garage door spring had broke, so it seemed ironic that this month the other one did. We also had a series of expenses related to our dog that we hadn’t anticipated, and of course there were school fees. As for the one larger expense we had partially planned for, that was our daughter’s cell phone bill. While we use Verizon prepaid for our service, financially, it makes more sense for her to use Mint Mobile (use the link and we both get $15 towards in credit at Mint Mobile). We use their cheapest plan and pay it annually to get the best price.

As for our numbers this month. Many of them held steady from the previous month due to market fluctuations. I’ve decided this month to change everything under How Much We Invested because it was all based on my salary and doesn’t take into account money I make through my side business, or money that Julie is making now. That means we could have eventually reported a number over 100%, which wouldn’t have made any sense. I’m now going to report the percent of increase or decrease in the amount we save. There will be two sets of numbers, one for our month to month, and one for the month to month change in our 6 month average. A more detailed explanation is with the numbers.

I’ve also decided to color code the numbers to indicate a positive or negative direction. This should help when scanning to see the overall trend for a month.

How did this affect us?

Below is a breakdown of some of the larger, out of the ordinary expenses this month. Despite these, our spending for this month was almost the same as it was for September 2019.

  • Mint Mobile – $200
  • Garage Spring – $189
  • Dog Expense – $395
  • School Fees – $160

The Money Related Numbers

43.36% to target number (previously 43.75%)

This is our invested assets/target number. Our invested assets span across a variety of investment vehicles such as 401k, HSA, IRA, Roth IRA, ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Program) and standard taxable mutual funds.

94 months (previously 95)

The number of months until my 45th birthday and our finish date.

66.43 months (previously 65.29)

The number of expected months until we reach our target number based on our current expected monthly contributions, assuming a 10% annual return.

The Expense Related Numbers

12.63 times annual spending (previously 12.76)

This is how many multiples of our annual spending we have saved up towards our goal. For example, if this value was 9.1 and we spent $10,000 annually, we would have $91,000 saved up.

50.51% to minimum FIRE (previously 51.06%)

The minimum number to achieve FIRE is 25 times our annual spending. This number shows how close we are to the absolute minimum.

29.13 times annual spending at goal number (previously 29.18)

We have a goal amount that we’d like to reach. Given our current annual spending, this is how many times our annual spending we’ll have saved when we reach our goal number.

How Much We Invested

-16.15% Month to Month Change In How Much Saved (previously -31.73%)

This number shows the change in what we saved this month compared to the prior month in things like 401k, Roth IRA, taxable accounts, and Employee Stock Purchase Program.

-16.15% Month to Month Change in How Much Saved With Employer Contributions (previously -34.27%)

Same as the prior number, but with employer contributions counted.

-2.32% Month to Month Change in 6 Month Savings Average (previously -9.54%)

This number show the change in what we saved this month compared to the prior month, but on a 6 month rolling average. This helps to smooth out months over time and shows a more general trend.

-3.65% of 6 Month Average Net Income Invested With Employer Contributions (previously -10.17%)

Same as the prior number, but with employer contributions counted.

FIRE Progress Report through August 2020

Cell phone on table

FIRE Progress Report through August 2020 (Cell Phone Edition)

What Happened and What Is Happening

This month saw a significant boost to most of the numbers. This was partially related to the huge market run that we saw towards the end of August. In addition, I was awarded more restricted stock units. Technically, they are not mine to spend yet. Every year, I’ll receive a quarter of them until they’re gone. Obviously, that’s a huge benefit that I’m getting at work. It’s kind of like a delayed bonus. If the stock price goes up, the bonus goes up. If it goes down, the bonus goes down. Also, if I leave, I stop receiving them and forfeit what is left.

Since an amount of our portfolio is attached to a single stock, this means we may see our valuation swing more wildly. Every year when I’m awarded a portion of the RSUs, I’m converting it to mutual funds. This lowers my risk and also stabilizes our portfolio. The more that are converted, the more stable the portfolio will become.

One expense we had this month was the purchase of Verizon prepaid cards. I’ve found that I can get them at a discount at Target and sometimes even find them on sale. This decreases our phone bill even more. Plus, when paying by gift card, they don’t charge you all the taxes and fees, saving an an extra $5.82 a month. We’re using Verizon’s prepaid service. I’m not sure if you could do the same on their postpaid service.

How did this affect us?

In addition to the phone cards mentioned above, we replaced a ceiling fan this month. It was broken by our youngest during a sleepover.

Finally, we bought Julie a new phone this month after the screen broke on her old one. We’ll be focusing on replenishing the savings account this month. and then on to saving to remodel the kitchen.

  • Phone service – $268.37
  • Ceiling Fan – $100
  • Julie’s New Phone – $455

The Money Related Numbers

43.75% to target number (previously 38.39%)

This is our invested assets/target number. Our invested assets span across a variety of investment vehicles such as 401k, HSA, IRA, Roth IRA, ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Program) and standard taxable mutual funds.

95 months (previously 96)

The number of months until my 45th birthday and our finish date.

65.29 months (previously 71.20)

The number of expected months until we reach our target number based on our current expected monthly contributions, assuming a 10% annual return.

The Expense Related Numbers

12.76 times annual spending (previously 10.84)

This is how many multiples of our annual spending we have saved up towards our goal. For example, if this value was 9.1 and we spent $10,000 annually, we would have $91,000 saved up.

51.06% to minimum FIRE (previously 43.35%)

The minimum number to achieve FIRE is 25 times our annual spending. This number shows how close we are to the absolute minimum.

29.18 times annual spending at goal number (previously 28.23)

We have a goal amount that we’d like to reach. Given our current annual spending, this is how many times our annual spending we’ll have saved when we reach our goal number.

How Much We Invested

38.87% of 6 Month Average Gross Income Invested (previously 42.98%)

The amount we invested in things like 401k, Roth IRA, taxable accounts, and Employee Stock Purchase Program divided by income from our main employment.

48.37% of 6 Month Average Net Income Invested (previously 53.52%)

The amount we invested in things like 401k, Roth IRA, taxable accounts, and Employee Stock Purchase Program divided by income from our main employment, but with taxes subtracted.

41.64% of 6 Month Average Gross Income Invested with Employer Contributions (previously 46.35%)

The amount we invested in things like 401k including employer contributions, Roth IRA, taxable accounts, and Employee Stock Purchase Program divided by income from our main employment.

51.81% of 6 Month Average Net Income Invested With Employer Contributions (previously 57.73%)

The amount we invested in things like 401k including employer contributions, Roth IRA, taxable accounts, and Employee Stock Purchase Program divided by income from our main employment, but with taxes subtracted.

FIRE Progress Report through July 2020

FIRE Progress Report through July 2020 (Vacation or Birthday Edition)

What Happened and What Is Happening

Before the pandemic, we had a vacation planned to Myrtle Beach. Not exactly the best place to go at the moment, but we figured we could easily turn around and come home if we didn’t feel like we could keep ourselves safe while we were there. We ended up staying the whole week.

We wore masks when we weren’t in the car, hotel room, or on the beach. We avoided busy areas and always got food to-go or through the drive thru. We also found that the beach was must less busy at around 4-4:30PM. Not only that, but the sand was a lot cooler around that time and the water was probably at it’s warmest.

We’re not sure that we’ll go back to Myrtle Beach, but it was a nice break from being at home all summer long, especially with the kids doing their last quarter of school at home.

In addition to vacation spending, we had some planned expenses like property taxes and the remainder of dining room table. We also had some unexpected items such as pest treatment around the house and garage door repair when the spring broke.

Finally, it’s important that with July marks another birthday, and another year closer to our FI date. You’ll see below that we have 96 months left or 8 years!

How did this affect us?

  • Property taxes – $1097
  • Vacation – $642
  • Dining Room Table – $500
  • Pest Treatment – $268
  • Garage Door Repair – $190
  • New Drill (for my birthday) – $105
  • Our youngest’s birthday – priceless

The Money Related Numbers

38.39% to target number (previously 36.46%)

This is our invested assets/target number. Our invested assets span across a variety of investment vehicles such as 401k, HSA, IRA, Roth IRA, ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Program) and standard taxable mutual funds.

96 months (previously 97)

The number of months until my 45th birthday and our finish date.

71.20 months (previously 74.86)

The number of expected months until we reach our target number based on our current expected monthly contributions, assuming a 10% annual return.

The Expense Related Numbers

10.84 times annual spending (previously 10.63)

This is how many multiples of our annual spending we have saved up towards our goal. For example, if this value was 9.1 and we spent $10,000 annually, we would have $91,000 saved up.

43.35% to minimum FIRE (previously 42.52%)

The minimum number to achieve FIRE is 25 times our annual spending. This number shows how close we are to the absolute minimum.

28.23 times annual spending at goal number (previously 29.16)

We have a goal amount that we’d like to reach. Given our current annual spending, this is how many times our annual spending we’ll have saved when we reach our goal number.

How Much We Invested

42.98% of 6 Month Average Gross Income Invested (previously 42.11%)

The amount we invested in things like 401k, Roth IRA, taxable accounts, and Employee Stock Purchase Program divided by income from our main employment.

53.52% of 6 Month Average Net Income Invested (previously 52.48%)

The amount we invested in things like 401k, Roth IRA, taxable accounts, and Employee Stock Purchase Program divided by income from our main employment, but with taxes subtracted.

46.35% of 6 Month Average Gross Income Invested with Employer Contributions (previously 46.10%)

The amount we invested in things like 401k including employer contributions, Roth IRA, taxable accounts, and Employee Stock Purchase Program divided by income from our main employment.

57.73% of 6 Month Average Net Income Invested With Employer Contributions (previously 57.45%)

The amount we invested in things like 401k including employer contributions, Roth IRA, taxable accounts, and Employee Stock Purchase Program divided by income from our main employment, but with taxes subtracted.

FIRE Progress Report through June 2020

Toyota Sienna

Progress Report through June 2020 (Auto Repair Edition)

What Happened and What Is Happening

Even though our investments grew this month, so did our expenses. We had several one-time and annual expenses due this month. One of those was a repair to our 2011 Toyota Sienna.

Some time in the winter, we noticed that the AC system would reset back to 75 degrees after we would turned it on. We waited until we needed an oil change before we had it checked out. Turns out that it was the Air Mix Damper Control Motor Circuit (or something like that) and was going to cost about $2000 to fix it. A lot of the cost was the labor because the dash would have be taken apart. At the time we didn’t think spending about 20% of the value of the vehicle to do a repair like this was worth it. Everything seemed to work fine other than the inconvenience of setting the temperature each time.

Then the 90+ degree summer days came along. We ended up realizing that the broken part controlled the cold air to the passenger side of the car. What was an inconvenience quickly became more of desirable thing. Besides, we thought it would be hard to sell the van in the future knowing that it would need $2000 in repairs to make everything right.

After thinking about our options, I ended up calling Toyota North America and telling them our story. I told them that we’ve owned several Toyotas and due to the way they helped us when our Prius battery died several years ago, we ended up buying the Sienna. In the end, with their assistance and the 15% off Costco Auto coupon (check it out if you’re a Costco member), the repair cost about half what it originally would have.

One other thing you’ll see has changed is in the “How Much We Invested” numbers. These numbers can swing wildly from month to month, so I’ve decided to change them to a 6 month average to help smooth them out and better see how we’re trending.

How did this affect us?

Because our expenses were higher this month, you’ll see the Expense Related numbers moving up less than our Money Related numbers. Below are some details related to our expenses. I don’t think we’ll see expense numbers this large until we replace the Prius later this year.

  • Internet (paid annually to save money) – $549
  • Homeowner’s Insurance – $829
  • Auto Insurance – $562
  • Pest Inspection – $155
  • Materials for a new Dining Room Table – $650
  • Marmon Valley Trail Ride – $297 (most of which we got back when family paid us back in July)
  • Toyota Sienna Repair – $1017

The Money Related Numbers

36.46% to target number (previously 34.80%)

This is our invested assets/target number. Our invested assets span across a variety of investment vehicles such as 401k, HSA, IRA, Roth IRA, ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Program) and standard taxable mutual funds.

97 months (previously 98)

The number of months until my 45th birthday and our finish date.

74.86 months (previously 78.07)

The number of expected months until we reach our target number based on our current expected monthly contributions, assuming a 10% annual return.

The Expense Related Numbers

10.63 times annual spending (previously 10.54)

This is how many multiples of our annual spending we have saved up towards our goal. For example, if this value was 9.1 and we spent $10,000 annually, we would have $91,000 saved up.

42.52% to minimum FIRE (previously 42.16%)

The minimum number to achieve FIRE is 25 times our annual spending. This number shows how close we are to the absolute minimum.

29.16 times annual spending at goal number (previously 30.29)

We have a goal amount that we’d like to reach. Given our current annual spending, this is how many times our annual spending we’ll have saved when we reach our goal number.

How Much We Invested

42.11% of 6 Month Average Gross Income Invested (previously 41.44%)

The amount we invested in things like 401k, Roth IRA, taxable accounts, and Employee Stock Purchase Program divided by income from our main employment.

52.48% of 6 Month Average Net Income Invested (previously 51.59%)

The amount we invested in things like 401k, Roth IRA, taxable accounts, and Employee Stock Purchase Program divided by income from our main employment, but with taxes subtracted.

46.10% of 6 Month Average Gross Income Invested with Employer Contributions (previously 45.43%)

The amount we invested in things like 401k including employer contributions, Roth IRA, taxable accounts, and Employee Stock Purchase Program divided by income from our main employment.

57.45% of 6 Month Average Net Income Invested With Employer Contributions (previously 56.56%)

The amount we invested in things like 401k including employer contributions, Roth IRA, taxable accounts, and Employee Stock Purchase Program divided by income from our main employment, but with taxes subtracted.