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 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Live on less. Don't end up like my father.

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:07 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 9173


I also know that I'd rather save for retirement and emergency than spend my money on wine, expensive cheeses and gambling. Who says it has to be one or the other? My husband and I just took an overnight vacation to another city. We spent almost 1/4 of our budget on wine and cheese. It was excellent...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: How do you avoid panic and stay the course?

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 11:47 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 5597


Those of you that have been through this multiple times, how do you ignore the temptation to change your course? Honestly, sometimes I just quit looking. All of my contributions are set automatically and I get an automatic notification when they occur, so there's really no reason for me to go in an...

 Forum: Fiscal Fitness Journals   Topic: Bear's 2016 goals

 Post subject: Re: Bear's 2015 goals
Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:55 am 

Replies: 136
Views: 43471


2016 Goals: TSP: $18,000 2017 Roth IRAs: $11,000 Taxable acct: $5,000 Savings: $2,500 Total: $36,500 Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a safe and fun holiday season. I can't believe it's already 2016. Mr. Bear and I have worked out our goals for 2016, and I've posted them above. We were able to fron...

 Forum: Fiscal Fitness Journals   Topic: Dirty Laundry

 Post subject: Re: Dirty Laundry
Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 4:37 pm 

Replies: 143
Views: 68261


LMoot wrote:
Had a good week. Got a promotion with a 7% raise (and will be up for my 1st annual raise in April...just a few months away!).


Congrats! :clap:

 Forum: Fiscal Fitness Journals   Topic: Bear's 2016 goals

 Post subject: Re: Bear's 2015 goals
Posted: Thu Dec 03, 2015 12:19 pm 

Replies: 136
Views: 43471


Glad to hear everything came together as planned. How nice to have lived in Hawaii and Portland (places many would love to live, or even just visit), so I can understand the temptation to settle down. I suspect I am a wonderer as well; I say suspect because other than my birthplace, I've always liv...

 Forum: Fiscal Fitness Journals   Topic: Bear's 2016 goals

 Post subject: Re: Bear's 2015 goals
Posted: Thu Dec 03, 2015 11:02 am 

Replies: 136
Views: 43471


November/end-of-year update: TSP: $16,632/$18,000 (92%) Taxable acct: $1,500(+)/$1,500 (100%) Savings: $10,000(+)/$10,000 (100%) Roth IRA(x2): $11,000/$11,000 (100%) Thought I'd give an end-of-year update, since we're substantially done with our goals. The TSP goal is on track to be complete at the ...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Investing 75-80% into 401k for remainder of the year?

Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 1:11 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 6849


Load it up! But only if you anticipate maxing it out next year as well. Why? What does this decision have to do with whether he will max it out next year? Maximizing tax-advantaged accounts If you only have $5000 to invest (or say 10% of a $50K salary) over the next 14 months... you can probably ju...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: New Member: need your advice and direction

Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 8:47 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 8435


After your marriage and honeymoon, sit with your newly wed wife to discuss about both of your financial goals (shaort, medium, and long term). Egads, don't you think they should discuss these things before the marriage? Around here, we've seen a lot of financial "surprises" that pop up af...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Investing 75-80% into 401k for remainder of the year?

Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 8:44 am 

Replies: 12
Views: 6849


rimfirerifleman wrote:
Load it up! But only if you anticipate maxing it out next year as well.


Why? What does this decision have to do with whether he will max it out next year?

 Forum: Fiscal Fitness Journals   Topic: GOAL: burn the mortgage ($78,491.72) by 2018

Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 9:31 am 

Replies: 387
Views: 110644


:clap: :clap: :clap:

Congrats!

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Life After Debt-Free --- Now What?

Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 9:23 am 

Replies: 18
Views: 17025


Yikes! Sorry you received such bad advice. For the retirement projections, there's a great website called FireCalc that allows you to put in projected savings, expenses and retirement dates and calculates the probability of you running out of money. FIRE stands for "financially independent / re...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Investing 75-80% into 401k for remainder of the year?

Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 9:16 am 

Replies: 12
Views: 6849


I disagree with the advice you've been given. Your 401(k) is tax advantaged space that's use-or-lose. Meaning, if you don't contribute to it this year, you'll lose the opportunity to take advantage of that space for that year. Especially since you're only talking about $2-3K between now and the end ...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Choosing a health insurance plan

Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 4:46 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 1620


Ranger, Thank you...great points to think about. I took a look at the network and it seems extremely extensive. I think the only time I would need to worry about out-of-network issues is if I have an emergency while traveling in an area where the network isn't as extensive, or if I have a situation ...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Choosing a health insurance plan

Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 12:57 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 1620


It's open season again, and I'm trying to find the right health insurance plan for Mr. Bear and I while not overspending on premiums. Right now we're trying to decide between two options. Both have the coverage we need. Option A costs a whopping $230 a pay period in premiums. The biggest benefit to ...
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