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Post by lostdog » Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:21 pm

Wellfleet wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:30 pm
Made last car loan payment.

Between spouse and I, first time being car loan free since 2012 when we first bought our own cars. Hoping to pay cash for the next one now that we have 2 cars in good condition all paid off.

Now onto the student loans!
Grats! On your way to being debt free. Keep going.

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Post by ruralavalon » Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:48 am

Moneta wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:38 pm
Lots of financial milestones for me since I got a "new" job back in January, almost a year ago. That job included a hefty pay bump of about $23K. As a result:

1) I was able to get my retirement account totals to twice my age (in thousands) for the first time ever -- $86,000 (I'm 43)

2) If you add in my taxable brokerage fund, I crossed the $100,000 mark for the first time ever

3) I got a raise in the summer, putting my salary at six figures for the first time ever

4) I maxed out my Roth IRA for the first time ever

5) I am now saving almost as much in ONE MONTH as I was able to save in a YEAR at my last job.

Next up, I'm hoping to get to a point where I can max out my 403(b) plan as well as the Roth, finish paying off my student loan, and start saving for a family vacation to someplace fun and interesting. :happy
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Post by mindgap » Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:23 am

Reached my 5k emergency fund - yeah!

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Post by SUP3RMAN 131 » 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.

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Post by AtlasShrugged? » Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:33 am

Like the poster above, this was the first year I maxed out my 401K (regular and catch up) and Roth IRA (regular and catchup) - at age 52. I have a very long way to go, but feel very satisfied I was able to do this. My savings rate is roughly 22%, and I am trying like crazy to increase it.

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Maintain maxing out 401K and Roth
Start principle only payments on home (have 145K to go)
Start a taxable account at Fidelity - need to move my individual holdings there
Fund a CD ladder for an extended emergency fund (12 months)
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Post by mindgap » Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:42 pm

Was able to get rid of all my CC debt before 2018 came to a close yesterday. :D

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Post by LadyGeek » Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:46 pm

Fantastic! 🎉
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Post by mindgap » Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:48 pm

LadyGeek wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:46 pm
Fantastic! 🎉
Thank you!

Feels good to be free of this burden. Now wealth building can begin :)

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Post by Grt2bOutdoors » Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:11 pm

mindgap wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:42 pm
Was able to get rid of all my CC debt before 2018 came to a close yesterday. :D
Call up Dave Ramsey and ask to do your debt free scream!
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Post by mindgap » Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:16 am

Grt2bOutdoors wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:11 pm
mindgap wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:42 pm
Was able to get rid of all my CC debt before 2018 came to a close yesterday. :D
Call up Dave Ramsey and ask to do your debt free scream!
LOL thats a fun idea :) It wasn't that much of debt around $2k but it already felt like it was hard to pay it back. I can't imagine how people feel after they payed back their $50K in consumer debt. Crazy.

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Post by Grt2bOutdoors » Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:37 pm

mindgap wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:16 am
Grt2bOutdoors wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:11 pm
mindgap wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:42 pm
Was able to get rid of all my CC debt before 2018 came to a close yesterday. :D
Call up Dave Ramsey and ask to do your debt free scream!
LOL thats a fun idea :) It wasn't that much of debt around $2k but it already felt like it was hard to pay it back. I can't imagine how people feel after they payed back their $50K in consumer debt. Crazy.
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Post by CyclingDuo » Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:29 pm

Milestone reached for us this week: We wired the final college tuition bill to the graduate school today. We have had two children go through undergraduate and graduate school degrees at four universities from the fall semester 2011 to this final spring semester 2019. 8 years of paying tuition between the children and all of the degrees!!!

At least it feels like a financial milestone to us because it was always a major goal of ours to fund our children's education as soon as the first pregnancy occurred! As a result, we saved from 1993 until this past year to finance all of it via UTMA accounts, 529 accounts, and cash flow from our salaries.

Although we still have 4 more months of rent and expenses to fund for this last child's final semester before graduation, that feels like peanuts compared to all the tuition paid since 2011.

Goal achieved: our children will have received their educations, and graduate with their degrees completely debt free. All tuition and expenses covered, as well as individual portfolios leftover for each child from all the savings and compounding effects from 1993 to 2019 (26 years). One child has been in the workforce since the Summer of 2017 after graduation, and the other will join the workforce come this June after graduation. We work in education and academia, so the goal was an important one for us to achieve.

Although this will be a quiet celebration for Mom & Dad tonight and probably not worthy of sharing outside of this thread, we plan to open a decent bottle of wine this evening and curl up in front of the fireplace during a 4-6" snow storm that is due to hit at 7 PM and reflect on the accomplishment. Maybe even a high five or fist bump will be shared between the two of us after the first glass...

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Post by entropy2017 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:38 pm

Congratulations CyclingDuo on the end of a 26-year long journey! This is very motivating as it is something we hope to accomplish for our own children. Cheers!

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Post by ruralavalon » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:05 pm

CyclingDuo wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:29 pm
Milestone reached for us this week: We wired the final college tuition bill to the graduate school today. We have had two children go through undergraduate and graduate school degrees at four universities from the fall semester 2011 to this final spring semester 2019. 8 years of paying tuition between the children and all of the degrees!!!

At least it feels like a financial milestone to us because it was always a major goal of ours to fund our children's education as soon as the first pregnancy occurred! As a result, we saved from 1993 until this past year to finance all of it via UTMA accounts, 529 accounts, and cash flow from our salaries.

Although we still have 4 more months of rent and expenses to fund for this last child's final semester before graduation, that feels like peanuts compared to all the tuition paid since 2011.

Goal achieved: our children will have received their educations, and graduate with their degrees completely debt free. All tuition and expenses covered, as well as individual portfolios leftover for each child from all the savings and compounding effects from 1993 to 2019 (26 years). One child has been in the workforce since the Summer of 2017 after graduation, and the other will join the workforce come this June after graduation. We work in education and academia, so the goal was an important one for us to achieve.

Although this will be a quiet celebration for Mom & Dad tonight and probably not worthy of sharing outside of this thread, we plan to open a decent bottle of wine this evening and curl up in front of the fireplace during a 4-6" snow storm that is due to hit at 7 PM and reflect on the accomplishment. Maybe even a high five or fist bump will be shared between the two of us after the first glass...

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We funded college educations for our four children without loans.

The last one through college felt like I was getting an enormous pay raise.

Congratulations :D .
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Post by student » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:14 pm

CyclingDuo wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:29 pm
Milestone reached for us this week: We wired the final college tuition bill to the graduate school today. We have had two children go through undergraduate and graduate school degrees at four universities from the fall semester 2011 to this final spring semester 2019. 8 years of paying tuition between the children and all of the degrees!!!

At least it feels like a financial milestone to us because it was always a major goal of ours to fund our children's education as soon as the first pregnancy occurred! As a result, we saved from 1993 until this past year to finance all of it via UTMA accounts, 529 accounts, and cash flow from our salaries.

Although we still have 4 more months of rent and expenses to fund for this last child's final semester before graduation, that feels like peanuts compared to all the tuition paid since 2011.

Goal achieved: our children will have received their educations, and graduate with their degrees completely debt free. All tuition and expenses covered, as well as individual portfolios leftover for each child from all the savings and compounding effects from 1993 to 2019 (26 years). One child has been in the workforce since the Summer of 2017 after graduation, and the other will join the workforce come this June after graduation. We work in education and academia, so the goal was an important one for us to achieve.

Although this will be a quiet celebration for Mom & Dad tonight and probably not worthy of sharing outside of this thread, we plan to open a decent bottle of wine this evening and curl up in front of the fireplace during a 4-6" snow storm that is due to hit at 7 PM and reflect on the accomplishment. Maybe even a high five or fist bump will be shared between the two of us after the first glass...

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Congratulations.

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Post by TomatoTomahto » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:26 pm

Congratulations CyclingDuo, for both the desire to do this for your children, and for seeing it through.
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Post by ray.james » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:36 pm

CyclingDuo wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:29 pm
Milestone reached for us this week:
That is one of the greatest gift to a child! Congratulations.
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Post by soulrider » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:59 pm

Maxed HSA for second year on a roll
Maxed 401K for first time
Maxed Backdoor Roth for both wife and I for the first time
Paid off one car; now one left to go
Bought a house
Quit my job that was not fulfilling me
hope 2019 is a great year for all of us!

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Post by Moneta » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:18 pm

I just paid off my student loans today! It's been almost 15 years, and I'm finally free!

And I'm going to max out my 2019 Roth IRA all in January, freeing up cash flow over the next 11 months!

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Post by dziuniek » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:39 pm

Moneta wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:18 pm
I just paid off my student loans today! It's been almost 15 years, and I'm finally free!

And I'm going to max out my 2019 Roth IRA all in January, freeing up cash flow over the next 11 months!
Nice! We're 70% done w/ student loans here. 2 years to go!

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Post by Old_Dollar » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:53 pm

Roth 2019 is already 50% funded. I should be able to complete it by March!
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Post by Enganerd » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:58 pm

2018 was the first year my wife and I have been able to put $100,000 + into our portfolios. Of course the large drop also allowed us to do our first TLH. Not the best luck for our year of highest taxable investing but hopefully it will still lead to some nice gains in the future decades.

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Post by MSUBobcat » Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:17 am

CyclingDuo wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:29 pm
Milestone reached for us this week: We wired the final college tuition bill to the graduate school today. We have had two children go through undergraduate and graduate school degrees at four universities from the fall semester 2011 to this final spring semester 2019. 8 years of paying tuition between the children and all of the degrees!!!

At least it feels like a financial milestone to us because it was always a major goal of ours to fund our children's education as soon as the first pregnancy occurred! As a result, we saved from 1993 until this past year to finance all of it via UTMA accounts, 529 accounts, and cash flow from our salaries.

Although we still have 4 more months of rent and expenses to fund for this last child's final semester before graduation, that feels like peanuts compared to all the tuition paid since 2011.

Goal achieved: our children will have received their educations, and graduate with their degrees completely debt free. All tuition and expenses covered, as well as individual portfolios leftover for each child from all the savings and compounding effects from 1993 to 2019 (26 years). One child has been in the workforce since the Summer of 2017 after graduation, and the other will join the workforce come this June after graduation. We work in education and academia, so the goal was an important one for us to achieve.

Although this will be a quiet celebration for Mom & Dad tonight and probably not worthy of sharing outside of this thread, we plan to open a decent bottle of wine this evening and curl up in front of the fireplace during a 4-6" snow storm that is due to hit at 7 PM and reflect on the accomplishment. Maybe even a high five or fist bump will be shared between the two of us after the first glass...

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Congrats, it's a good feeling to get them all through w/o debt. Bonus if they appreciate it, which I'm sure they will once they get into the "real" world and start supporting themselves and talking to their co-workers who are still saddled with SL debt.

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Post by MSUBobcat » Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:33 am

Enganerd wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:58 pm
2018 was the first year my wife and I have been able to put $100,000 + into our portfolios. Of course the large drop also allowed us to do our first TLH. Not the best luck for our year of highest taxable investing but hopefully it will still lead to some nice gains in the future decades.
That's my goal for this year. Not quite sure we can make it but it will be close.

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Post by ruralavalon » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:24 am

Moneta wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:18 pm
I just paid off my student loans today! It's been almost 15 years, and I'm finally free!

And I'm going to max out my 2019 Roth IRA all in January, freeing up cash flow over the next 11 months!
Congratulations on paying off the student debt :D , and filling your IRA :) .
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Post by CyclingDuo » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:51 am

MSUBobcat wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:17 am
Congrats, it's a good feeling to get them all through w/o debt. Bonus if they appreciate it, which I'm sure they will once they get into the "real" world and start supporting themselves and talking to their co-workers who are still saddled with SL debt.
Fortunately, they are very appreciative. The one currently finishing up school is the most frugal person we've ever met to boot. The other one already in the work force is socking away in the appropriate Vanguard Target Fund through the 401k and contributing to an IRA as well. Beyond the retirement contributions, this child has a bit of work to do to get beyond the living paycheck to paycheck syndrome while enjoying life being young and single in the big city, but cost of living in San Francisco is what it is. The job performance bonus pay and promotions are just starting to ramp up and improve that situation.
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Post by travellight » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:31 am

Enganerd wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:58 pm
2018 was the first year my wife and I have been able to put $100,000 + into our portfolios. Of course the large drop also allowed us to do our first TLH. Not the best luck for our year of highest taxable investing but hopefully it will still lead to some nice gains in the future decades.
I finally did TLH for the first time as well! I have glancingly read about it here for years but didn’t really investigate until December 2018.

I think I also wandered past my financial goal of 8 figure net worth if I add in current value of pension (pays over 200k per year). I am pleased considering I did it solo as a single mother surviving divorce (costly with paying child support) and funding college at over 70k per year currently out of annual salary. I have a high salary but it was my real estate investments that contributed most heavily.

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Post by MSUBobcat » Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:24 pm

CyclingDuo wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:51 am
MSUBobcat wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:17 am
Congrats, it's a good feeling to get them all through w/o debt. Bonus if they appreciate it, which I'm sure they will once they get into the "real" world and start supporting themselves and talking to their co-workers who are still saddled with SL debt.
Fortunately, they are very appreciative. The one currently finishing up school is the most frugal person we've ever met to boot. The other one already in the work force is socking away in the appropriate Vanguard Target Fund through the 401k and contributing to an IRA as well. Beyond the retirement contributions, this child has a bit of work to do to get beyond the living paycheck to paycheck syndrome while enjoying life being young and single in the big city, but cost of living in San Francisco is what it is. The job performance bonus pay and promotions are just starting to ramp up and improve that situation.
Good, sounds like they are off to a great start. All 3 of our kids were very appreciative of getting out of school debt free, makes you feel like you did something right as a parent.

I don't know how young people manage to get ahead living in high cost areas like San Francisco, my oldest lives in Seattle, ugh, I couldn't afford to live there without living paycheck to paycheck. The younger two managed to get very good jobs in low cost areas and are much better off financially.

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Post by CyclingDuo » Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:42 pm

MSUBobcat wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:24 pm

Good, sounds like they are off to a great start. All 3 of our kids were very appreciative of getting out of school debt free, makes you feel like you did something right as a parent.

I don't know how young people manage to get ahead living in high cost areas like San Francisco, my oldest lives in Seattle, ugh, I couldn't afford to live there without living paycheck to paycheck. The younger two managed to get very good jobs in low cost areas and are much better off financially.
Sounds like you did a great service to your kids as well. Kudos!!
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Post by rcjchicity » Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:05 pm

After 15 years of contributions, this year's Roth (technically backdoor) contribution finally pushed me over the $100k mark for that account for the first time. (Overall retirement funds are nearer to $600k).

Wish we could contribute more to Roth accounts!

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Post by legio XX » Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:57 pm

DocSleepy72 wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:04 pm
My wife and I have accumulated enough wealth that I felt mostly comfortable signing up for a monthly membership at the local car wash today (basic carwash only). :D
OK, this is modest enough that I was inspired to think over 2018. Will probably never see two commas - my number is half that if only because I might actually see it - but in 2018 I was secure enough to make more donations than I ever made before. Most were political so I can't specify, but the checks to food pantries and arts organizations also increased and multiplied. Irrational exuberance? Maybe, but something made me feel like I could spare a few bucks. Small change overall, but more than 100% increase from earlier years.

Milestone.

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