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by Soul.in.Progress
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: “Fund bucket” for new car?
Replies: 14
Views: 1173

Re: “Fund bucket” for new car?

Money is fungible, so having actual physical separate accounts is just an arbitrary way of bookkeeping. If you like to do it that way no problem, but nothing says you have to. If that's how you roll, then have an emergency fund account, a house savings account, and a car replacement account. We jus...
by Soul.in.Progress
Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Nice tax problem to have – Please Advise
Replies: 14
Views: 2702

Re: Nice tax problem to have – Please Advise

For this situation, I used to have extra withholding held (by my employer) from every paycheck.
by Soul.in.Progress
Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WWYD? Trade Honda CR-V for Lexus RX350?
Replies: 32
Views: 2343

Re: WWYD? Trade Honda CR-V for Lexus RX350?

WWID? I’d trade up to the Lexus. And I’m not even much of a car person, but I’d still make this choice :D Enjoy!
by Soul.in.Progress
Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bought house six months ago - now feeling like we're treading water and can't save money
Replies: 189
Views: 16825

Re: Bought house six months ago - now feeling like we're treading water and can't save money

OP, may I ask why you are putting so much more into Roth rather than 401k?

Also, for clarification, are you saving $300 (401k) + $916 (Roth) + 195 (other) each month? So total monthly savings is about $1400?
by Soul.in.Progress
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is near FI + Employment almost as good as Retirement?
Replies: 39
Views: 4430

Re: Is near FI + Employment almost as good as Retirement?

I can only tell you my story ... I had sort of made an 'academic hobby' of retirement planning for many years. In late 2012 I had an idea that I'd probably retire in a few years. I thought over that Christmas break, just for kicks, I'd put a little finer point on the planning. The first thing I tho...
by Soul.in.Progress
Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Sharonview FCU 64 month CD - 4%
Replies: 90
Views: 12405

Re: Sharonview FCU 64 month CD - 4%

This is great!!!! I’ve been waiting for something like this. Thank you, OP!
by Soul.in.Progress
Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Does Anyone Invest In Berkshire Hathaway Instead Of Index Funds?
Replies: 69
Views: 9668

Re: Does Anyone Invest In Berkshire Hathaway Instead Of Index Funds?

We do not, mainly for just keeping things simple and on cruise control. Index funds are good enough for me.
by Soul.in.Progress
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2018 BOGLEHEADS CONFERENCE SOLD OUT
Replies: 109
Views: 20544

Re: 2018 BOGLEHEADS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT

Darn! Yesterday was a doozy of a day and while I normally would have seen this, I guess it just wasn’t in the stars for me. Didn’t see it until now.

If there ends up being a waitlist, please add me to it. Thank you!

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by Soul.in.Progress
Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Sell individual stocks to buy index funds?
Replies: 45
Views: 3557

Re: Sell individual stocks to buy index funds?

Personally, I would sell all of them at once and get it over with. Like another poster said, it’s like ripping off a bandaid. Then put it all into the total stock market index or a fund of funds like Life strategy, matching your desired asset allocation. You’re so young, it is worth not having to ha...
by Soul.in.Progress
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Nisiprius at 35,000 posts
Replies: 60
Views: 4964

Re: Nisiprius at 35,000 posts

I join all the others in thanking you, Nisi!

Your well-written, educational posts have taught me so much over the years.

Thank you.
by Soul.in.Progress
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I didn't tax-loss harvest this month, did you?
Replies: 99
Views: 6778

Re: I didn't tax-loss harvest this month, did you?

Yes, I did TLH. But only in a tax exempt bond fund, because my equities in taxable had no losses.
by Soul.in.Progress
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Deciding Between Treasuries and Munis in Taxable
Replies: 15
Views: 1599

Re: Deciding Between Treasuries and Munis in Taxable

Are there any other reasons why having an increased AGI (due to the interest on the Treasuries) might be undesirable? For example, not being able to make a Roth contribution. That's one thing that isn't accounted for in the equivalent yields math. I’m wondering about this ^ question raised by baw70...
by Soul.in.Progress
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what to do with patent plaques and other work awards?
Replies: 45
Views: 2909

Re: what to do with patent plaques and other work awards?

Donate some to a museum in your field. They can be inspiring to children. My children have liked to look at the plaques from time to time. I don’t know how long they will do so, but it’s true.
by Soul.in.Progress
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What time do you go to work?
Replies: 72
Views: 5485

Re: What time do you go to work?

Not sure what this thread is supposed to accomplish. Each post will increment your post count by 1. Someone who is retired will brag that they don't have to work. Someone who is retired will brag that they get up even earlier now, but it's to do awesomer stuff. Early birds will establish their supe...
by Soul.in.Progress
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is it reasonable to try to time the I-Bond market?
Replies: 13
Views: 1363

Re: Is it reasonable to try to time the I-Bond market?

You might get the better rate by timing it, but then you have money out of market (or in something that might lose money) while you are waiting. Over the long haul, do you really care how much your $10k earned during the first 3 months or 6 months? I do think it's worth it to wait if the fixed rate...
by Soul.in.Progress
Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Contributed to Roth, meant to do IRA
Replies: 7
Views: 532

Re: Contributed to Roth, meant to do IRA

Hi OP,

I also accidentally did this exact same thing the other day! :oops: I simply got on the phone with vanguard and was able to get it fixed (via a a recharacterization from Roth to traditional). It all went pretty smoothly; I hope it goes the same for you!
by Soul.in.Progress
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Help me understand question-less financial status (e.g. "2 comma club") threads.
Replies: 175
Views: 10847

Re: Help me understand question-less financial status (e.g. "2 comma club") threads.

I believe these threads have value as encouragement, and proof that wealth achievement through principles is possible. It’s also an accomplishment for most (windfall recipients who hadn’t earned or saved any money on their own would be an exception). This accomplishment is positive but can’t be shar...
by Soul.in.Progress
Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Two commas, I'm calling it
Replies: 20
Views: 4844

Re: Two commas, I'm calling it

Happy for you, OP!

And thanks for sharing the details of your experience, I always find individual experiences interesting :beer
by Soul.in.Progress
Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple Watch - which case for my wife?
Replies: 7
Views: 584

Re: Apple Watch - which case for my wife?

Hi there, I’m a female and I chose the stainless steel case with gray band. I love it because it goes with every outfit without clashing. And I had the same opinion you did on the black, it felt too masculine for my taste. FWIW, several females I know also have the stainless steel case with gray ban...
by Soul.in.Progress
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hit a milestone today; starting to see impact of compounding over time
Replies: 11
Views: 2255

Re: Hit a milestone today; starting to see impact of compounding over time

Fantastic!

I agree that your mindset is great for your goals, and it’s good that you found a like-minded significant other. Keep up the great work :D
by Soul.in.Progress
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: ROTH IRA Holders: How Many Of You Max Your Contribution On January 1st?
Replies: 41
Views: 3626

Re: ROTH IRA Holders: How Many Of You Max Your Contribution On January 1st?

In the prior years, we have done it in January sometime. Now we are FIRE so not sure of 2018 strategy yet for IRA.
by Soul.in.Progress
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much did you contribute to your 401k in 2017?
Replies: 155
Views: 11514

Re: How much did you contribute to your 401k in 2017?

Both my spouse and I contributed the max to our 401k. We are both 46. Both of also received (just like in past years) a large amount in employer contribution to our 401k’s on top of the money we contributed ourselves.
by Soul.in.Progress
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can we afford to live on one income?
Replies: 70
Views: 6150

Re: Can we afford to live on one income?

OP, I agree with others that you can do it, especially since it aligns with what you and your wife want. It may feel tight at times because, in our experience, we have seen expenses grow much higher than we thought with kids. Also, I don’t see any mention in this thread (unless I missed it) about co...
by Soul.in.Progress
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Retire in my early 40s? Crazy or actually doable?
Replies: 77
Views: 11751

Re: Retire in my early 40s? Crazy or actually doable?

I support your choice. Of course I’m biased because I did ER this year and have loved every minute of it :D

Enjoy what you’ve worked and saved for!
by Soul.in.Progress
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quit jobs to gain lower EFC [Expected Family Contribution]
Replies: 111
Views: 9248

Re: Quit jobs to gain lower EFC

OP,

Do you have any investment money outside of retirement accounts? In other words, do you have any investment money in taxable accounts or CDs, etc? If not, will you live solely off the pension money in your 50’s and until Medicare?
by Soul.in.Progress
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beware Amazon Price Gouging
Replies: 74
Views: 9899

Re: Beware Amazon Price Gouging

Thanks for the warning, Alexa9.

When I read your post I found it kind of ironic that ‘Alexa’ was warning customers about Amazon :mrgreen:
by Soul.in.Progress
Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Uber for someone who knows only taxis
Replies: 93
Views: 6559

Re: Uber for someone who knows only taxis

Also, to the poster who asked why you have to verify the car, there have been news stories of drivers who have “posed” as Uber drivers in Uber-frequented areas (think outside a night club in wee hours of the night), hoping to pick up inebriated females. One such case, IIRC, involved a female who was...
by Soul.in.Progress
Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Uber for someone who knows only taxis
Replies: 93
Views: 6559

Re: Uber for someone who knows only taxis

Nisi, I have used Uber both domestically (in the US) and internationally. Super convenient app, and the model is a brilliant use of today’s technologies. Have never used Lyft but intend to get that app too. Some additional things to offer that I didn’t see mentioned previously in this thread: If you...
by Soul.in.Progress
Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daycare Parting Gift
Replies: 16
Views: 1253

Re: Daycare Parting Gift

I vote no. If you truly appreciate the care they provided for your child, then give them something that they would appreciate or make them happy, not something that would make you happy.
by Soul.in.Progress
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can anyone help me with details on Portland Oregon Trip?
Replies: 14
Views: 744

Re: Can anyone help me with details on Portland Oregon Trip?

OP here. Thank you all for the feedback!! They are exactly the insights I was seeking :) We will take these suggestions into account for sure, and will adjust accordingly. And I continue to welcome additional comments. stlutz, we are not from a landlocked state; we have both the coast and mountains ...
by Soul.in.Progress
Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you budget for vacation?
Replies: 94
Views: 6820

Re: How much do you budget for vacation?

I always like this topic, because vacations are fun to talk about! Here are some prior threads that are similar: https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=207442 https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=153028 https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=84827 https://www.boglehea...
by Soul.in.Progress
Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can anyone help me with details on Portland Oregon Trip?
Replies: 14
Views: 744

Can anyone help me with details on Portland Oregon Trip?

Hi all, I’ve read some prior posts on Portland Oregon, but am racking my brain trying to plan a trip that will work for us. Other posts seemed to have different needs/goals. Would love any help!! We’ve never been to Oregon, and although it seems like one needs way more than a week to enjoy western O...
by Soul.in.Progress
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did you tell anyone you paid off your mortgage?
Replies: 338
Views: 40203

Re: Did you tell anyone you paid off your mortgage?

I am in the camp of not telling anyone except posting here. In my experience, anything that makes someone feel “less” than you has the potential to trigger insecurities (if they have them), or possibly jealousy, or as others have stated, biased expectations for monetary loans, gifts, picking up the ...
by Soul.in.Progress
Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What was the main reason you retired?
Replies: 210
Views: 17776

Re: What was the main reason you retired?

Today is my first day of retirement :). Reasons are below: My primary reasons : 1) Hit your number , 5) Wanted to pursue a hobby (my “hobby” involves a social/community service goal that I have) 9) Felt there were things you wanted to do before you got too old (a family member’s health issue helped ...
by Soul.in.Progress
Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2017!
Replies: 311
Views: 48111

Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2017!

Well, I guess the day is here, it hasn’t completely sunk in yet....! I gave my notice over two weeks ago at megacorp, and after 25 years of service (at the same company), I have actually retired! Today is my first non-working day :). Admittedly, it feels a bit strange, but I think I’ll have no probl...
by Soul.in.Progress
Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portugal Trip, any suggestions?
Replies: 38
Views: 2680

Re: Portugal Trip, any suggestions?

Another vote for Sintra :). It was the highlight of my visit to Portugal. Can be a day trip from Lisbon, if you wish.
by Soul.in.Progress
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacation ideas in Jan/Feb?
Replies: 25
Views: 2589

Re: Vacation ideas in Jan/Feb?

Tampa and Clearwater are nice options. With a six year old, Bush Gardens that is not too far from there is wonderful!!
by Soul.in.Progress
Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Taylor's New Book: The Bogleheads' Guide to The Three-Fund Portfolio
Replies: 95
Views: 17455

Re: Taylor's New Book: The Bogleheads' Guide to The Three-Fund Portfolio

Thank you Taylor and Mel, this is wonderful news and I look forward to reading it and gifting it to family and friends :happy
by Soul.in.Progress
Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get over the fear of traveling without spouse and children?
Replies: 52
Views: 4842

Re: How to get over the fear of traveling without spouse and children?

I think it’s great that you have the opportunity to travel with your mom, as well as the personal desire and your husband’s support! At the same time, we all have fears, and as a mom I can totally relate to how the “risk of death” perspective eerily changes after having kids. I am a certified scuba ...
by Soul.in.Progress
Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Life in AMT Hell (or, How I Learned to Keep Worrying and Hate the Exemption Phaseout)
Replies: 65
Views: 9168

Re: Life in AMT Hell (or, How I Learned to Keep Worrying and Hate the Exemption Phaseout)

Following this thread because we’ve been in AMT hell and exemption phaseout for many years. Livesoft’s threads on paying low taxes with a solid income, while very helpful and instructive, are for us a dream that’s not attainable with our current W2 employment status. Am curious as to what insights t...
by Soul.in.Progress
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I just want to invest 200k and get 3%
Replies: 20
Views: 5620

Re: I just want to invest 200k and get 3%

Basically you're saying "I 'just' want to get about 1% more than the going rate." A quick check on 5-year CDs is showing 2.35% at Synchrony, 2.25% at Ally, to mention two often-mentioned internet-only banks that are well-known for pretty good rates. Why did you decide that "3%" is what you want? Is...
by Soul.in.Progress
Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Can one have too much money in tax-deferred
Replies: 128
Views: 13097

Re: Can one have too much money in tax-deferred

I think looking at RMDs will be useful, but there are so many other things in play. At 44, and with ~$1M in tax deferred, I ran some RMD scenarios. If we didn't put another dime into our tax deferred, and it grew at 4-6% per year, we would have an RMD at 70.5 of as much as $180K/yr. Inflation adjus...
by Soul.in.Progress
Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: just hit the two comma club today...some thoughts
Replies: 37
Views: 6156

Re: just hit the two comma club today...some thoughts

Fantastic!! Celebrate and keep it going :) I agree with Grt2bOutdoors, that was certainly true for our case. Most millionaires did not get there by luck, windfalls or inheritances. They arrived by taking little steps that compounded into giant great leaps over time with occasional bumps in the road.
by Soul.in.Progress
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement Account Stolen by Identity theft
Replies: 392
Views: 63092

Re: Retirement Account Stolen by Identity theft

I don't know about the rest of you, but I am profoundly concerned that none of the brokerage firms provide a solid guarantee that you will be made whole in the event of fraud. To say that they will reimburse the customer if the account is compromised through no fault of the customer does not provid...
by Soul.in.Progress
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Europe vacation, family of 5
Replies: 15
Views: 1710

Re: Europe vacation, family of 5

We just did this trip with our family of five. We had good luck using booking.com, found some lovely places! We did subways within the cities, which was fun, efficient, and good learning for the teens. We also have, in the past, done a rental car that seated 6-7 (we had 5 people but the extra space ...
by Soul.in.Progress
Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying 2017 Honda CR-V
Replies: 36
Views: 4707

Re: Buying 2017 Honda CR-V

We found this website helpful when we were shopping for a new Honda: www.tellmethebest.com This time of year, you have leverage for a new 2017. I think most websites say the last two days of the month, you have even more leverage. When you determine the exact model and trim you want, then use the we...
by Soul.in.Progress
Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Millionaire Next Door (Thank you Bogleheads)
Replies: 81
Views: 12674

Re: Millionaire Next Door (Thank you Bogleheads)

Yay for your hard work and steady efforts to get you to this milestone!

Keep on keepin’ on!

Make sure you also do the protective measures that are often discussed on this board.
by Soul.in.Progress
Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I abandon airline credit cards for cash back?
Replies: 34
Views: 3507

Re: Should I abandon airline credit cards for cash back?

I gave up many years ago - now I just go with 2% cashback. The only thing I do now is occasionally sign backup for the one-time introductory bonuses (then cancel before a yearly fee kicks in). +1. This is the decision we also made a few years ago. In general, the hassles of trying to use FF miles w...
by Soul.in.Progress
Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Picking College and College Scholarships
Replies: 624
Views: 67144

Re: Picking College and College Scholarships

Yes there is a correlation. The research I have seen suggests it is due to the kinds of kids these schools attract, not what the college provides to the kids. The causation is reversed. The kind of person you are at 18 has a huge causal impact on both the kind of college you go to and the kind of e...
by Soul.in.Progress
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of hotel do you get on business travel?
Replies: 44
Views: 4187

Re: What kind of hotel do you get on business travel?

I get put up in Starwood, Marriott, Westins, Intercontinental, and occasionally Hilton family. Company travel policy is pretty generous, or in other words, our company has not yet tried to cut costs in that area. 8-)