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I just hit 100k in retirement savings (401k+roth ira) and wife has 30k in roth ira. We are 35 years old couple. Long way to go :twisted:
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1789 wrote: Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:14 pm I just hit 100k in retirement savings (401k+roth ira) and wife has 30k in roth ira. We are 35 years old couple. Long way to go :twisted:
Congratulations.

You have a lot of years ahead of you to reach more milestones
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ruralavalon wrote: Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:26 pm
1789 wrote: Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:14 pm I just hit 100k in retirement savings (401k+roth ira) and wife has 30k in roth ira. We are 35 years old couple. Long way to go :twisted:
Congratulations.

You have a lot of years ahead of you to reach more milestones
Thank you. I always felt we are late starters because coming from a different country to US and spending years for higher education( phd) delayed the time we have real jobs.
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Recently stopped working full-time and sold house. Wife and I are living at our 'family-owned' house on Cape Cod. All furniture in storage. No significant expenses. Few strings. Fully liquid. Starting over.
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So what direction do you think you’ll take with starting over?
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Small(er) house in charming beach community in which I can keep my boat and my wife can use a Vespa to get around in summer! Likely MA or CT, possibly RI. Old restored colonial maybe. Need to have easy access to central MA (relatives live there). Also access to Boston for occasional consulting. Want to continue to work, just at my pace. Think it should be possible to significantly decrease monthly expenses, building from the bottom-up.
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^^^ Cipro - Your thread has been merged into the on-going discussion Post your Financial Milestone Announcements Here.
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cb122 wrote: Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:14 pm I'm nearing my two year anniversary for when I came to Bogleheads seeking advice. I had limited knowledge on investing so I asked for help to get me started in the right direction. Duckie, Grt2bOutdoors, and Sergeant all did a fantastic job helping me launch. The members of this forum are incredible and a lot of fun to learn from. Sincerely appreciative!

After establishing a solid foundation, I set a goal of increasing my investment portfolio by $100k in two years. So, I put my head down, worked, studied, adapted, learned, earned two promotions, and stayed focused. About three days ago, I hit my mark a month early by increasing my portfolio from ~$20k to ~$120k.

To celebrate, I'm going snowboarding in Colorado in January for the first time ever. Something I wasn't ever able to do growing up because our family didn't have the means.

Glad to have a community where it's okay to share financial milestones to help keep motivated!

Thank you Bogleheads for everything!
:sharebeer Glad to have been of assistance. Enjoy the snowboarding!
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On December 31, 1983 at the age of 31, when I realized that we only had $311 in my bank account, $1,529 in debt, and no savings; we started working on our finances.

27 years later, we joined the two-comma club with our first million dollars of net worth (not including our home equity); and 9 years later in October of this year (2019), we added another million to our net worth (not including our paid-off home).

We did not inherit, did not have a business, and did not win a lottery. We put two kids through college on mainly one income and I was able to retire this year at the age of 67. I credit our success to the 40-plus years of stable employment, a strong family unit, and an early understanding of how critically important family money management is.

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TravelforFun wrote: Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:38 pm On December 31, 1983 at the age of 31, when I realized that we only had $311 in my bank account, $1,529 in debt, and no savings; we started working on our finances.

27 years later, we joined the two-comma club with our first million dollars of net worth (not including our home equity); and 9 years later in October of this year (2019), we added another million to our net worth (not including our paid-off home).

We did not inherit, did not have a business, and did not win a lottery. We put two kids through college on mainly one income and I was able to retire this year at the age of 67. I credit our success to the 40-plus years of stable employment, a strong family unit, and an early understanding of how critically important family money management is.

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Congratulations! :sharebeer
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I'm proud to say that I'm just a couple weeks shy of achieving my New Year's Resolution for 2019. It was to keep a detailed very budget for 12 months straight. I did it! And I don't think I can ever stop doing it now that see such immense value in it. It's provided us with SO much accurate information to analyze and adjust if needed. I've tweaked my spreadsheet for 2020 to be more personalized for our needs and have added a net worth tracking section as I love browsing the thread on that.

2020 Resolution: Keep budgeting but focus on reducing our astounding food bill. I'm on it!
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Maven wrote: Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:04 pm I'm proud to say that I'm just a couple weeks shy of achieving my New Year's Resolution for 2019. It was to keep a detailed very budget for 12 months straight. I did it! And I don't think I can ever stop doing it now that see such immense value in it. It's provided us with SO much accurate information to analyze and adjust if needed. I've tweaked my spreadsheet for 2020 to be more personalized for our needs and have added a net worth tracking section as I love browsing the thread on that.

2020 Resolution: Keep budgeting but focus on reducing our astounding food bill. I'm on it!
:sharebeer Congratulations!
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VAslim16 wrote: Wed May 17, 2017 6:42 am Hi everybody,

Just wanted to post because I hit a mini milestone today. Checked my Vanguard account and my stock holdings were just over 100K. I know this is small for most people on here, but considering I started investing in March 2013 and don't make a huge salary (I'm a teacher) it's something I'm happy about. I will keep my overall portfolio at about 70/30 stock to bond and keep using VTI/VXUS at a 50/50 ratio. Really appreciate all your guys' help on here and hope the next milestone, 200K for the whole portfolio, occurs by summer 2K18.

Thanks again guys. Now I probably jinxed things and will be back under 100K in a few hours when the market opens.

Congrats! And since you posted this a couple years back, here's to hoping you hit $200k already!

I'm in a similar boat as you financially, but I'm motivated to improve our future financial picture just as you are. Blue collar family of 4 with 1 main income. But we do not have high stress and spend quality time with the kids, no day care, which has paid dividends. :sharebeer

Closing in on $100k (403b + Roths) and first year we will max his / her Roth IRAs ! Also have a good pension.
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Looking over the year-end financials, I realized that sometime this year our retirement accounts hit $500k.

It's both thrilling to be this far along and daunting how much further I want to go before I get to retire. Celebrating a little, but also trying to remind myself it's as much about the journey as the destination. I also know there's a momentum to it. It's taken me 44 years to get this far, but it might only take 6-8 more to double it.
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My IXUS (total international) position that I've had for two years is finally in the green (or was at least it was for a couple of minutes). I think this calls for champagne. Ha.

My overall cost basis is 61.54 (originally bought at 65 plus some cheaper shares latter) and it looks like it peaked this morning at 61.59. I logged in at just the right time to see in the positive.
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TravelforFun wrote: Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:38 pm On December 31, 1983 at the age of 31, when I realized that we only had $311 in my bank account, $1,529 in debt, and no savings; we started working on our finances.

27 years later, we joined the two-comma club with our first million dollars of net worth (not including our home equity); and 9 years later in October of this year (2019), we added another million to our net worth (not including our paid-off home).

We did not inherit, did not have a business, and did not win a lottery. We put two kids through college on mainly one income and I was able to retire this year at the age of 67. I credit our success to the 40-plus years of stable employment, a strong family unit, and an early understanding of how critically important family money management is.

TravelforFun
Congratulations on your retirement, and on hitting those milestones, those are outstanding accomplishments :) .

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We maxed my 401k for the 2nd year in a row. :sharebeer
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Spirit Rider wrote: Wed May 17, 2017 8:05 am A number of zeros might feel good, but the better yardstick is a multiplier of your gross income (1X, 2X, 4X, 8X).

I was at 3x of gross income, but then I got a new job with a substantial raise and am now at only 2x income.

:) or :x

Hmmm

:D


Probably a multiple of annual spending would be the most relevant yardstick since that's what one's degree of financial independence ultimately boils down to. Of course that comes with caveats too since annual spending can be a very moving target year to year depending on unexpected expenses, lifestyle creep, one time big purchases, etc.

Still, those round numbers do look pretty.
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Only an indirect/future milestone...
Our son is a CS major, senior at a state school, who has worked almost 2 years as a part time contractor at a big hospital in cyber security.
Today he officially became an employee of the hospital, part time, on his way to a promised full time job on graduation (paperwork for offer will be after the new year.)
Likes what he's learning and doing a lot, likes the people he works with, and has great relationships with higher ups pretty far up the ladder. Money a bit less than some bigger (and more expensive) markets in the region but hes content staying here for now.

Apart from the obvious pride in him launching, looking forward to significantly lower car insurance, health insurance, cellphone, etc, which helps quite a bit with our somewhat lower income last few years, and helping me get closer to maxing the 401k for the next few years.
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TheHouse7 wrote: Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:33 pm We maxed my 401k for the 2nd year in a row. :sharebeer
Way to go!

Here's to many more years of you doing that...

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On Saturday, Dec. 7, I semi-retired. The income from rental properties, royalties, and partner-managed business is more than enough to support me in the lifestyle to which I am about to become accustomed. I'm 42.

I use the term "semi-retired" because I do still have 2-4 hours per week of responsibilities. My income will take a slight hit, but I'll still have a savings rate of over 70%, growing the nest egg.

Back to enjoying this lakeside resort on my new permanent vacation. :beer
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AerialWombat wrote: Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:00 pm On Saturday, Dec. 7, I semi-retired. The income from rental properties, royalties, and partner-managed business is more than enough to support me in the lifestyle to which I am about to become accustomed. I'm 42.

I use the term "semi-retired" because I do still have 2-4 hours per week of responsibilities. My income will take a slight hit, but I'll still have a savings rate of over 70%, growing the nest egg.

Back to enjoying this lakeside resort on my new permanent vacation. :beer
Congratulations on your semi-retirement and permanent vacation :) .
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SUP3RMAN 131 wrote: Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:51 pm 2018 is the first year that I was able to max out my IRA & 401(k) at age 26. To achieve this I needed to save 38% of my gross salary. Now the challenge will get harder with the additional $1,000 in space for 2019.
I was able to max out my IRA & 401(k) again this year. It ended up being 31.5% of my gross salary so I'm happy to see that percentage going down.

Also hit $100,000 in retirement accounts in November 2019. 32 months to go from $0 to $100k, let's see if I can achieve the next $100k even quicker.
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SUP3RMAN 131 wrote: Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:58 pm
SUP3RMAN 131 wrote: Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:51 pm 2018 is the first year that I was able to max out my IRA & 401(k) at age 26. To achieve this I needed to save 38% of my gross salary. Now the challenge will get harder with the additional $1,000 in space for 2019.
I was able to max out my IRA & 401(k) again this year. It ended up being 31.5% of my gross salary so I'm happy to see that percentage going down.

Also hit $100,000 in retirement accounts in November 2019. 32 months to go from $0 to $100k, let's see if I can achieve the next $100k even quicker.
That's an outstanding savings rate.
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Just hit 3 million net worth. Finally. 54.
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KirklandCoug wrote: Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:24 pm Just hit 3 million net worth. Finally. 54.
Congrats! Well done :sharebeer
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Yesterday (December 13, 2019) I just crossed over $1 million in my 403(b).

While my total net worth is over $2 million (not including my house), this is particularly satisfying because my IRA includes money inherited from my late wife. The 403(b) is entirely from 24 years of my contributions and from my employer (the same employer, 25 years).

If I had started the 403(b) my very first year, I would have hit the milestone a little earlier... :oops:
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KirklandCoug wrote: Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:24 pm Just hit 3 million net worth. Finally. 54.
Congrats!

When you say "finally", was this milestone particularly more difficult to achieve than others?
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PhillyPhan wrote: Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:56 pm
KirklandCoug wrote: Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:24 pm Just hit 3 million net worth. Finally. 54.
Congrats!

When you say "finally", was this milestone particularly more difficult to achieve than others?
After 2 millions, next big milestones are 3 millions, 5 millions,... Somehow 4 millions is meaningless.
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bubbadog wrote: Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:30 pm
KirklandCoug wrote: Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:24 pm Just hit 3 million net worth. Finally. 54.
Congrats! Well done :sharebeer
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On Friday, I applied to start my Social Security, for the maximum possible monthly payment, starting on my 70th birthday month, during the first quarter of next year.

To me, it is amusing that any one of my three somewhat equal, retirement income sources, is not enough to live on, while any two will be more than I ever grossed when working hourly for 30 years at Mega-Corp. Thank you Jack Bogle, and for my employer's decision to offer an index fund in the brand new 401k program (about 1979 or '80), back when there was only one type of index fund (S&P 500 stock fund). Take a look at the growth in my 401k, from half of my 1980's $20 weekly starting contributions to the 500 index fund, and the distinctly lesser growth on the other half of my contribution into the then hot fund, Fidelity's Magellan fund.

Now, I like being the white bearded guy in the clean t-shirt and blue jeans, who has a barely seven figure portfolio, and a pension, and soon, SS. I donate wherever it suits me.

Before Thanksgiving, I paid off the deficit on the local school's lunch program. Those directly involved in that program, said they could then help each needy child's family, more, during the long 4-day weekend. My dad was hungry as a child, and he made sure that his kids had a better childhood than he did.
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heyyou wrote: Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:10 am Before Thanksgiving, I paid off the deficit on the local school's lunch program. Those directly involved in that program, said they could then help each needy child's family, more, during the long 4-day weekend. My dad was hungry as a child, and he made sure that his kids had a better childhood than he did.
This is a wonderful idea. I have heard others people have done it and I will check with our local school district.

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PhillyPhan wrote: Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:56 pm
KirklandCoug wrote: Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:24 pm Just hit 3 million net worth. Finally. 54.
Congrats!

When you say "finally", was this milestone particularly more difficult to achieve than others?
I've been hovering under 3 million for months. My two houses have been dropping a little in value so the uptick in the stock market has offset the gains. Breaking through another 000,000 is always fun for me.
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[Merged into the ongoing discussion. -- mod oldcomputerguy]

I know anything can happen and the market could take a haircut any day but I dont know where else I could say this and it not get weird talking about money. Unless something happens in the market between today and the end of the year this will be our first year in which our total combined contributions and return equaled to over $100,000.
I know this isnt a huge deal for many of the wealthy I see on here everyday but considering we had a late start to investing this is a pretty big deal. The growth really seems to be finally taking place after really making retirement a priority the last 5 years.
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Congratulations! Hopefully your success, and sharing with us, will encourage others to live beneath one's means and diligently and wisely invest the left overs.
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nice to see your money earning enough to equal your contributions. It like you have someone else working for your retirement. Been there and loved it.
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Cool Beans! Great job!

I am new to this forum, and find myself hear for similar reasons.
I am a DIY saver/investor. I have sadly done better than my brothers.
As such I can not longer comfortably talk to them, as I feel like I am being braggadocios (yes, I did just use that word...).
As middle class teenagers, at my father's urging, we all read some books on becoming millionaires.

I recently came here to spill my beans and see if I could learn from others.

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kgressler wrote: Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:10 am I know anything can happen and the market could take a haircut any day but I dont know where else I could say this and it not get weird talking about money. Unless something happens in the market between today and the end of the year this will be our first year in which our total combined contributions and return equaled to over $100,000.
I know this isnt a huge deal for many of the wealthy I see on here everyday but considering we had a late start to investing this is a pretty big deal. The growth really seems to be finally taking place after really making retirement a priority the last 5 years.
There are plenty of people on this board who are starting out and many who consider themselves "late" to investing. The reality is that time only moves in one direction, so don't look backwards. Keep moving forward!
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There is a thread for these types of announcements:
viewtopic.php?f=9&t=237368

I'm no moderator, but posts without actionable content are discouraged.
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Sorry I will delete this. Was just excited didnt mean to break any rules :annoyed
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No need to delete, a moderator will move it, I'm sure.

And congratulations! :sharebeer
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Yes, my guess as well. I meant to inform, not spank. :)
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Raymond wrote: Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:00 pm No need to delete, a moderator will move it, I'm sure.

And congratulations! :sharebeer
Yep, it's now merged into the ongoing thread. :happy
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Folks,

I just paid the last college tuition bill (Spring 2020) of my daughter (2nd and last child). There goes the last college tuition bill. The end is in sight!!

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KlangFool wrote: Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:34 pm Folks,

I just paid the last college tuition bill (Spring 2020) of my daughter (2nd and last child). There goes the last college tuition bill. The end is in sight!!

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Nice! :sharebeer :moneybag

I have 3 kids and >24 semesters left to pay for. Gulp.
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KlangFool wrote: Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:34 pm Folks,

I just paid the last college tuition bill (Spring 2020) of my daughter (2nd and last child). There goes the last college tuition bill. The end is in sight!!

KlangFool
Congrats! I'm right behind you, but for tax reasons I gotta pay in 2020. In other news, the oldest is now a bona fide Professional Engineer.
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KlangFool wrote: Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:34 pm Folks,

I just paid the last college tuition bill (Spring 2020) of my daughter (2nd and last child). There goes the last college tuition bill. The end is in sight!!

KlangFool
That is a great feeling, Congrats!
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livesoft wrote: Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:38 pm
KlangFool wrote: Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:34 pm Folks,

I just paid the last college tuition bill (Spring 2020) of my daughter (2nd and last child). There goes the last college tuition bill. The end is in sight!!

KlangFool
Congrats! I'm right behind you, but for tax reasons I gotta pay in 2020. In other news, the oldest is now a bona fide Professional Engineer.
Congratulation to you too!

KlangFool
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Will do good wrote: Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:45 pm
KlangFool wrote: Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:34 pm Folks,

I just paid the last college tuition bill (Spring 2020) of my daughter (2nd and last child). There goes the last college tuition bill. The end is in sight!!

KlangFool
That is a great feeling, Congrats!
Thanks. Big relief!!

KlangFool
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Re: Post your Financial Milestone Announcements Here

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bloom2708 wrote: Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:38 pm
KlangFool wrote: Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:34 pm Folks,

I just paid the last college tuition bill (Spring 2020) of my daughter (2nd and last child). There goes the last college tuition bill. The end is in sight!!

KlangFool
Nice! :sharebeer :moneybag

I have 3 kids and >24 semesters left to pay for. Gulp.
Thanks! The bill will end eventually.....

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