Sunday, January 7, 2018

The Crypto-Craze and FOMO


I've been struggling lately with the impulse to purchase some cryptocurrency. Every day I see at least one post on the Financial Independence sub-Reddit about cryptocurrency or it's mentioned several times in a single thread. There's not a shortage of it in the news media, either, if you're financially minded. Basically, it's hard to escape the stories of how high it's valuation is or stories of people who've made a fortune already. These stories play on one's emotions, stimulating that fear of missing out or FOMO. It's certainly done a number on me. So far, I've resisted the temptation. Here's why...

Monday, January 1, 2018

December 2017 Update

Happy New Year! Here we are on the first day of a new year, so that means it's time for another monthly update. It also means it's time for a year-end wrap up. Lots of financial reporting to do. I hope you're enjoying your day off from work. You better believe I am. I'm also excited to see my numbers are up, ever closer to that 100k milestone. Without further ado, let's dig in and see where I stand. My net worth at the end of December and to round out the year is...

Sunday, December 3, 2017

November 2017 Update

♪♫♬ Damn it feels good to be a...saver...again. It's that time of month to check the numbers and see where my net worth stands. Before we dive in, I just want to say: it was a good month! That should be enough of a hint to let you know it's more than last month. My net worth at the end of November is...

Friday, November 3, 2017

October 2017 Update

I'm a day or two late with this post, but honestly, I wasn't paying much attention. With the new job, I've just been concentrating on the work and making a good impression. It seems to be paying off. Unlike my last job, my bosses actually show appreciation for my efforts, which, in turn, makes me want to do a good job. As a matter of fact, my immediate boss let me leave early today because he said I was knocking it out of the park. Woohoo! Hopefully that will translate into a raise.

But, that's not what this post is about. It's time to look at my net worth and see whether I'm on track to retire in a few years. So, let's dive in and see how things are going. My net worth at the end of October is...

Sunday, October 1, 2017

September 2017 Update

First and foremost, I'd just like to say that it's official. I've rejoined the working world. I get up early, commute to work, and spend 8 hours in a cubicle Monday through Friday. I'll admit, I didn't miss it, but in order to reach my goal of not having to continue with this routine until I drop dead, it's necessary. I've almost been on the job for a month. As of this update, I'm just a couple of days shy. The new job is pretty sweet so far, and that's great news. I just hope it continues to be enjoyable. But all this can be unpacked in another post. You're most likely here to see where my net worth stands so let's get to it. Currently, my net worth is...

Sunday, September 3, 2017

August 2017 Update

August has come and gone, leaving us with a grand Labor Day weekend, which, coincidentally will be my last days of unemployment. Hooray! I will finally get to reverse this trend of slowly draining my savings. I'm very much looking forward to socking away money again, of watching my net worth climb instead of gradually sliding down and to the right. So, let's go take a look at the damages. My net worth for this report is...

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Reasons to FIRE: Job Experience 2.5

WARNING! This series of blog posts is my way of airing grievances I have with my current job, previous bad experiences throughout my career, and horrible bosses and/or coworkers I've had the misfortune of dealing with. These experiences are chief motivating factors for why I want to achieve FIRE. If you don't want to read negative remarks from an adult who has come to despise his work/job, then I am giving you ample warning in this disclaimer to turn back now.

Other posts in this series:
Reasons to FIRE: Job Experience 1
Reasons to FIRE: Job Experience 2

What follows is an extension of Job Experience 2. It is the finale in that tragic saga. So, if you haven't read that post, I encourage you to do so now so you'll have a clearer understanding of what kind of demented soul we're dealing with here. Now, without further ado, I give you...the end of an era...