This is the introductory post to my journey to Financial Independence. I’ll probably do these quarterly or even semi-annually, with a large one done every January for a true annual check-up.
My current goal is to fatFIRE between 45 and 50 with $3.5Million in invested assets. This does not include any equity in property or cash. With this fatFIRE amount, I’ll be able to take 3+ international vacations a year, buy whatever I want, and maintain a very fun and social lifestyle. This amount would also mean I no longer have a mortgage or am very close to paying the house off. I assume if I have a partner at this time, they’ll have their own assets or will continue to work.
This number can always change, and who knows, once I’m fully FI I may not want to Retire Early. But this is my goal for now.
My Road Map to My Current Status
- $4,500 in a 401(k)
- $4,500 in student loans left
- Debt Free!
- Salary increase to $70k, still contributing 10% to 401(k)
- $18k Networth
- Emergency fund funded!
- $50k Networth
- $93k Networth
- $18k Cash Savings
- $7k Checking/Savings that will be used eventually
- $68k Invested in RothIRA, 401(k), HSA, and brokerage
- $2K in Crypto, going to HODL this
- Currently have 2k on my credit card (this gets paid monthly)
Current and Future Goals
I turn 25 this October and my goal by January 2019 is to be worth >$100k. Right now I’m on track to be there, I just need to be careful with holiday spending. I’m also throwing a large birthday party in October and I’ll need to monitor those costs.
My current job does not have a 401(k) and maxes my HSA for me. So I have no pre-tax savings on my income. Of my take home pay, I invest 47% and save 19% for a total savings of 66%. I do save other monies, but it’s all earmarked to be spent (i.e. I save money to travel, but don’t include it in the 19% savings above). The cash savings above is for various things, a new car, getting my teeth done, maybe a boob job, maybe for a one-day wedding, a house down payment, etc. This is also my emergency fund (although that is currently fully funded).
If I want to buy myself something nice and “save” for it, that money also come from elsewhere, not from my cash savings.
In 2019 my goal is to invest $45k and save $6,000 cash. Ideally, if the markets stay stable my net worth at the end of 2019 will be slightly over $150k. But the faster my NW grows, the better. I’d love to push for $200k. I also don’t make “Net worth” goals in the short term, the market crashing is out of my control. Most of the money from my 2019 goal can come from my main income. But, I strive to diversify my income as well. Follow those pursuits in my Extra Income category!