FIRE Progress Report for February 2021

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…

What to do with a stimulus check?

I’m not going to take too much time to discuss whether or not the government sending out stimulus money is a good idea or not. I want to focus more on some ideas of what you can use any “found” money for. First, have you lost a job, worried about losing your house or apartment,…

FIRE Progress Report for January 2021 (New Year Edition)

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…

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…

FIRE Progress Report for November 2020 (New Car Edition)

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 After 287k miles (not all of which were driven by us), the Prius has finally been replaced by… another Prius.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…

FIRE Progress Report for October 2020 (Halloween Edition)

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…

FIRE Progress Report for September 2020 (Garage Door Edition)

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…

FIRE Progress Report through August 2020

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…

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…

FIRE Progress Report through June 2020

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…