I kid…but seriously…debt is just deferred spending, so excluding debt payments from spending is fuzzy math. I’m happy with my net worth but would like to increase my savings rate. January 26, 2015, 3:56 pm, that is a really good way of thinking about it. Net Worth: $40,000 (no house, not including car) There are plenty of ways an agent can lower their costs, especially if the client is willing to share some of the workload when marketing their property. If he just keeps on the current path and saves a bit more during those “peak earning years” in a couple decades once he makes partner, he’ll have a nice fat retirement fund by age 65. Even a 7-year old Ford Focus is almost $6,000. Really only $2500 yearly maintenance? If this sounds like a shitload of money, that’s because it is. Either way, you’re in an excellent position! But it is 25-30 TIMES your spending, not 25-30% of your spending. Later, my spouse and I looked at other ways we were needlessly blowing money that we could use to eliminate all debt. I know I can lower SOME of those, but I don’t see ‘plenty of room’. You need 25-30 times your expenses in investment assets not net worth to retire right? car fund(repair/replacement) – 250 – Using take-home income does simplify some things. How many miles are on the car? And when I open the door it’s MUCH colder than the rest of the house, so I must be saving SOME money by not heating that as much…. I expect at our retirement we will have savings to live off of so that we can defer taking money out of our IRAs as long as possible, but I plan to take money from our taxable IRA first since we will be in a low bracket to start. However, if income taxes are $10 in the above example, the spending rate becomes 36% / available to save is 64%. You’ll get much more help there. MMM, thank you for providing and maintaining a community that is always pushing us to be frugal, efficient, and sustainable. My house may have been horribly expensive to renovate, but my yearly heating and hot water bill now is about 300€. 30%-40% of the estimated value of houses just disappeared. Ignore the – number from the house, and focus on starting to add more to your retirement. I’m wondering: will you also be eligible for benefits? I already have a programmable thermostat that drops the temp to 60 during the day and 68 at night. Of course we don’t have the full details of your situation, but part of the formula for how soon you can retire is how much you spend. That will save you $4250 and bowling will save you$4800 per year. Keep in mind he’s still relatively young so his net worth is still growing at an exponential rate. P.S. From the expectation of the valet parking guy (a big tip), to the many interactions with greed-motivated people (who have $$ signs in their eyes). If you are freaked out you can’t retire before you are likely to die it’s time to declare an EMERGENCY! you get to the same conclusions about the number of years it will take him to retire. I’m not sure Joe would have a fighting chance to save up $825k by now (or even half that much). Peter Adeney (born January 1, 1975) is famous for being blogger. The Lamborghini was bought for $126,000 in 2014 and I have had multiple people contact me about buying it. – Probably just a technicality, but if Joe manages to keep his lifestyle from inflating (another key tenet to retiring early) and has above inflation wage growth (certainly possible for a 33 y.o. Cell Phone: $150 Student loans, car loan, and credit cards:= $0, Total Net Worth: –$48k + $7k – $0 = –$41,000. Yup, as long as you will eventually be selling that Lamborghini, it makes sense to count it as an asset. I absolutely love that book! 100k, 30 year, 20% down, 3.7% gives you monthly payments in the $500 range which includes insurance (if you don’t pay 20% down expect to pay more insurance and a higher rate). But yes, we did buy the house in cash (and it is mentioned in the article linked by FIREstarter). Sorry, I missed the part about the Netflix. I think it’s a more conservative way to count, which fits with our style. By far the simplest method I’ve found is to use a spreadsheet. January 26, 2015, 12:11 pm. For me, it’s the freedom to do or not do what I choose. Many costs – particularly food and housing – vary substantially between locations. 2 – personal property (ie home equity and cars) do not get counted as part of the pile of investments that needs to total 25x our spending. I was making like $40,000 when I first graduated. By any standard definition, yes, your primary house is an asset and is counted in net worth. Make the other bowlers pay you, rather than vice versa. Victor Fox I have found many people who come talk to me just to chat about the car, what it is, what year it is and if they can take a picture. It’s quite possible I’ll still make $30-$40K/yr for 10-15yrs of my retirement. spending money – 100 Mr. Money Mustache can tend to get a little high-level at times, talking about all these feelings and philosophies that underlie the proper path to wealth. I already have an extra bedroom closed off(it’s currently just storage now anyway). I first heard about Mr. Money Mustache getting a divorce when he publicly mentioned it on Twitter in early December 2018. Stunned at my losses, I then kept the car I owned for several years and when I had to buy another, it was used and for cash. It’s hard to put a monetary value on meeting new people, getting leads for the real estate business and the traffic it has brought into the blog. YNAB is killer. That means I’d still have to work until I’m 69, even if I *could* live someplace for free. Perpetuummobile Some take the money at 62 to invest while they live as if it isn’t there. ~$400/month PITI Once the wife quits, we will be living off my salary and not able to pile up big savings. in Boston, each rent for $3,700 a month, mortgage, taxes and condo fees only come to $2,700 a month on each. That is $8,000 annually right there, which would earn you another $30,000 per decade if properly invested. I don’t really go to places that require valet anyway. Would you re-mortgage your house at 55 before you retire in order to have a lump sum of money even if the borrowing rate is 3%? Many people equate Mr. Money Mustache with FIRE. There needs to be a balance between liquid assets and illiquid assets. I’d have to buy a new one, since mine is 20+ years old and probably not very efficient. Groceries: $400 And then you still have utilities… I’ll have to check his site a bit more to see what page I missed…. January 28, 2015, 7:12 am. …But surely many people could adjust their withholdings, they just can’t be bothered to figure out the W-4 calculations. With that much monthly income he really should have a higher savings rate…. Finer Points: Yes, if we were going to have a quiet retirement of basic travel, we could quit now, but I am not ready to quit working. we want to figure out how to house sit for people in Europe that travel as well so we can minimize housing costs, but I am going to budget $3K a month for rentals of apartments. Socially acceptable savings over here might be to get an electric bicycle for your commute. Would a pension that includes both an annual salary and a tax-free lump sum be included in the net worth? ... At the same time, I read a post from Mr. Money Mustache about the value of making a goal public. Here are the key points of his financial philosophy: Avoid waste. It depends on your risk tolerance and investment strategy. Like any rule of thumb, it doesn’t work in all situations. January 26, 2015, 3:56 pm. Thoughts?? I think you might confuse people by talking about how many “investments” you have (in the 3 financial indepence steps) and then laying out a “net worth” (and not “investments”) calculation. skunkfunk January 26, 2015, 9:32 am. Just some thoughts there – maybe shop around on insurance? I’ve always been frugal, but you’ve helped me take it to another level, MMM. ). Thanks for the reply! That’s only in 10 or 14 years (or 18 years if you delay until 70, when you can get the BigBucks). I’m in the same boat working out retirement estimates starting from a $400K+ net worth in 2015. Buying my house totally fucked up everything. Maybe you also got an asset in return, maybe not, but that doesn’t change the accounting for the debt payment. This was Joe’s problem above. Learn about business. ), then his savings rate could increase substantially without changing a thing and realistically cut his remaining years in half. If you do not enjoy your career path, you should chose another…and why not pursue one that pays well? Most sellers also end up paying attorney fees, settlement agent fees, and get hit with various repair costs. I was making like $40,000 when I … I would say, with the exception of the house, all purchases, whether financed or paid in full, are expenses when purchased. Check out You Need a Budget. I’d hate to think I’d have to sit at home in the dark just to be able to save money. I’m curious, though. The trap many people get into is that this imputed rent and associated expense is not transparently accounted for, and so people don’t often think about whether their imputed rent consumption is good value. He splits expenses with his wife. Not sure a space heater would keep the room warm enough, but I’ll look into it. Unless Uncle Sam is going to go around giving free houses out to everyone, a fair comparison for the average working American would include a mortgage payment equivalent in the spending figure (about $2000 a month for a $400k house, for example, which would bring total annual spending closer to $50,000 [the U.S. average], just as a hypothetical example). Shadow – I actually was looking at purchasing a bowling center about 25 years ago, but I couldn’t put the deal together… :-(, DC Jr Mustashian auto fuel – 300 House value = $300,000 Have been thinking Chapel Hill, NC, and Fort Collins, CO as the (very) early front runners …, Mr. Money Mustache bowling – 400. But for the purposes of financial independence, we should be careful in counting its value. Here’s the calculator I used: You run 8 miles to work??? Did you clutch blow yet with just over 10k miles? She got a large bonus that year so it was extra money. I don’t know. If you’re 30 and making $50K/year, you need to have a net worth of $50K * 30/10 = $150K. Amanda M. P.S. Joe could get married, have multiple children, and expand the level of spending (larger house, more vehicles,  private schools, etc.) Move into an apartment attached to it. I’m just saying, it’s in the ballpark so it’s not hard to conceive. Bowling isn’t reasonable when you are in the middle of an emergency. Of course, if your salary accelerates quickly and you’re young, it will take awhile to be at a higher net worth than they suggest; I think their formula is geared toward average people who are over 40 with steady incomes. I plan on taking SS when I am 62 and the wife will probably take it at 70. The ROI is relevant to the mortgage payment vs rental income. 80K is my house. I think that the right way to represent a house for FIRE calculations is to leave it out of net worth, make certain that you consider its annual costs in your living costs, and add depreciation costs. ~$125/month average utilities (My electric bill is high due to hobbies) This could easily be cut if I wanted. You have two choices: In either case, you’ll probably spend at least some cash which you pull out of ATMs. I eventually worked those numbers closer to 4800/2400*. http://www.nber.org/digest/apr07/w12502.html. In retirement, he will probably be in a lower tax bracket. Groceries is normally 200, but I had a surplus last month so I dropped that amount. Do it. My understanding is you can’t include your primary residence if you expect to keep living in it. GordonsGecko We started in 2010 and have one doc per year. The New Yorker has a long article detailing the life story of Peter Adeney, the Man behind Mr. Money Mustache, who retired in 2005 at age thirty. Pete Adeney, aka Mr. Money Mustache, is famous for retiring at the age of 30 and blogging about it. for example, I bought my house for 160k 9 years ago. Per month: I wouldn’t do it in retirement as the advantage of tax arbitrage would not exist in that case. Attempted saving/sinking funds: This year will not be as near as nice as 2014, it seems, so I’ll have to work and save harder…. Well, i’m not in these high dollar paycheck (not even live in America or earn in dollars, i live back in BADzil) and after accounting I found I’m keeping 60% of my earnings, plus almost every penny of extra earnings (odd jobs, buy/sell stuff et al). A website called Networthify, which I believe MMM has referred to in the past, takes into account your current savings balance, income, and savings rate to calculate how long it will take to reach retirement. You can learn better parenting skills for your kids, but undoing the damage done to your mental health by bad or accidental parenting is more tricky, as the roots are deep (and therapy is expensive . Geez – this isn’t looking good. It’ll take a long time for that pyramid to fall apart, and I’m sure that the government will do what it can to delay it. Total Spending To steal a few data points from the most popular article in this blog’s history: The Shockingly Simple Math Behind Early Retirement:  Joe’s 35% savings rate means he is on track to retire in about 25 years. If you keep paying your mortgage, I suspect in 30 years your house is not worth negative money. Net pay to his bank account: (8620-692-1000-200-1724-689) = $4315 $3600/year on gas, $1300 insurance, $3000 on maintenance. Anyone without debt could use the extra cash to fund their ‘stache rather than as an interest free loan to the government. Basically take your age and divide by 10, then multiply by your gross annuall salary. Maybe it’s both. Housing is more complicated than just “it takes money out of your pocket,” or one of Dave Ramsey’s old chestnuts: “Would you borrow money against your house to invest it in the market? We went for 2). Both these apps then use that data to give you totals per category per chosen time period, plus several graphs; you can also export the data to a spreadsheet program. Don’t entirely agree with this one, although it is not totally wrong either. Student loans, car loan, and credit cards: $-90,000 + $-43,000 + $-8,000 = $-141,000, Total Net Worth: $120k + $77.3k – $141k = $56,300. Many of our friends in similar situations drive expensive cars, live in homes far larger that needed, and have net worths far, far below what they should have given their income. You might not be able to retire at thirty–but you probably could get really close, if that’s what you wanted. Credit card balance is just a bit high at $8,000 right now, what with the holiday season hangover. No signs of recovery anytime soon in my neighborhood/town. And what do you call ‘cool but not extremely cold’? I refer to it whenever I feel like buying stupid things (luckily such urges are extremely rare). Thanks so much for another well-thought out post. If you ask the average Josephine, Joe is a successful rich guy, doing very well for a 33-year-old. Qualified dividends have a preferential tax rate of 0% if you are in the two lowest tax brackets. GordonsGecko Cash flow is really important for financial progress (this is why GiveWell charity GiveDirectly does wealth transfers as opposed to income transfers to help people escape the cycle in developing countries). Basically, Mint that can be done manually? Forummm I believe that most folks would be wise to map their net worth alongside standard GAAP methodology. to consume even more of his income. Don't ruin the planet. Additionally, a house needs to be repaired. I was feeling sloppy on my grasp of current spending, so I paid $60, learned how to use it through one of their simple webinars, and proceeded to immediately slaughter the $10K line of credit debt and build up a cushion of one month’s expenses, as per the program, after only about 10 months. According to my calculations, it will take me 19 years to get to retirement. Net Worth: $149,412 Nathanael We went from putting $1,000 a month into the taxable brokerage account to now putting in $12K a month. You can call it spending if you like :) but again, it only counts if you’ll still be paying it when you retire. (we are also making one extra payment a year to bring them from a 30 year mortgage to a 20 year, interest rate on both is 4.25% one at $290k and the other at $260k, zilllow has them estimated at $560 and $580 and similar units recently sold for more). September 23, 2015, 12:33 am. Hence, you will have to add 2% to 2,5% of the house’s value as maintenaince costs to your housing expenses (depreciation). Someone earning $30k a year may be making less than Joe in this example, but his outrageous spending means he’d likely need a lot more money in retirement than a $30k earner that is more frugal. Typically works out in favor of owning as long as you are going to be there for 7+ years and can do some maintenance yourself. Unnecessary checkups at BMW Dealer: $150 For simplicity’s sake, I only exclude reinvested dividends… but that’s close enough for my purposes. House cleaner: $400 My guess is he’d have less than we see in this example. (haven’t found bulbs for the kitchen and basement stair fixtures yet). The only problems would be in not succumbing to lifestyle inflation or the corporate peer pressure to work way more than 40 hours per week. = $8620 gross pay + $300 employer 401(k) match – $1724 federal tax – $689 state tax -$200 professional fees $7,000 per year for expenses is AMAZING! Instead of taking random guesses at the factors above, I prefer to think of everything in terms of after-tax dollars. MMM freely admits his penchant for needless extravagance when it comes to his luxury resort-like home. And it’s free. I would say a MMM attitude of contentment is even more valuable. My spouse still works, but we still drive an older car and refuse to take on any debt. Ahh, but that was an RV in the San Francisco Bay area with high lot rent. I know the area that Jacob lives in (I live in same general area) and we are not a cheap neighborhood- in fact we had some of the most expensive real estate in the city. Assuming he’s physically healthy and willing to live within a moderate temperature range instead of the same 68 or 70 degrees most people stick to year-round, he could easily keep the utils for a small house under $75. When you buy below market value, make repairs and the market appreciates it really supercharges your net worth. Yeah, I realize that he splits expenses. Just my 2c :). I know how cold *I* am if I get up in the middle of the night, and my thermostat is only down to 66… We’ve maxed out all our tax-deferred investment strategies, and basically what we were left with was 1) pay down the mortgage, or 2) invest it. Of course, their attitude has changed and many convince themselves that they wouldn’t know what to do if they quit working anyway. January 26, 2015, 2:58 pm. I’ve never heard of ‘micro heaters’ before, so I searched for that page. An alternative suggestion is to see what size of stash you would need to buy an annuity that would produce the same income. To answer your question about other people not giving up hobbies they love that cost money….it’s true, but it’s possible they make more than you, spend less or are going to be screwed when they retire. Even then, you’re left only being able to compare locally. I keep a spreadsheet where I keep track of all the key indicators and I’m glad to see that my methodology is exactly the same as in this article. Even a completely paid off house will always cost you money: you will need to pay taxes and other fees (at least, here in Germany). What's the Recommended Temperature for Vacant Home in Winter? My tax return is always hard to predict…I’ll owe $5K one year, then get a $4K return the next. Hi Eldred: Do you know how much the Feds say your SocSecurity will be when you’re 62 and when you’re 66? ILiveInTaxCollectorCountry January 27, 2015, 10:49 am. Travel: $800  /Just go to the website, it lists this on the left. Anyone who carries debt should seriously consider adjusting their withholding in order to obtain a higher monthly cash flow which could be used to pay down their debt at a faster rate. Don’t put too much stock in them! If I scrimp, I could save about 26% of my take-home(about $900). But you can’t just smile your way to the top – there are real numbers at work in the background, whether you understand them or not. Thought about a space heater and doing only 1 room at a time maybe? If I could get my expenses down to $24000 or less, and SS is still around when I’m 70, then I’d be ‘ok’. Retirement accounts (IRAs): $7,000 • Cut portion of bowling expense January 28, 2015, 9:48 am. HOWEVER, I would have had to pay rent during the past 9 years so with that factored in my house is about break even….$700 month rent x 12 months x 9 years = $75,600. My $0.02. The main point is that you should be ready to actually do it and if so, I don’t see why you wouldn’t include it. If you are efficiently frugal, you could accumulate your FIRE ‘stache in a much shorter time frame than can be had in other jobs. My question is about pensions (not 401(k)s), and net worth. Monthly Spending: $1,475 The car has given him occasion to meet some cool people such as tow truck drivers and high-end mechanics ;-), mark ferguson I wouldn’t consider the saving/sinking funds as an expense unless they were actually used. Not that we’re planning on stopping work any time soon (well, other than me taking next year off at half pay). Please don’t flame me for misunderstanding. In my case I’d like $30K-$40K/yr. The ‘safe’ part? Maybe free outdoor lawn bowling at your local park, or in a friends’ hallway? September 23, 2015, 12:22 am. Petra – If the rest of your $2.6 million net worth was in stocks and rental properties, that would equate to 13.3% of your net worth is effectively in bonds (3.279% in your case). We just started using GNUCash, it’s basically a free open source accounting program. Welcome New Readers! So houses are assets that should be included in one’s net worth (and those that disagree are invited to give me their non-assets to see the lack of impact on my net worth), but the imputed rent and consumed rent expense should also be taken into account. Then re-payment of principal is just a transfer, and interest is an expense. He also has a BMW 535i sedan that cost him $61,300 including tax a few years ago, payment is $539 per month and remaining balance is $43,000. I have found the opposite myself. Water was under 100€. I create my own personal balance sheet each year. Thanks Johan, that seems like a helpful article. To answer your question, then, if you’d consider a $150k house at some point, your useable net worth is $850k, and you just need $150k more to retire. Haircuts and Massages: $200 You will sleep better in 13-14°C! You are spending $48,000 every 10 years on bowling. Anyone here able to recommend something? Take a look around. You do realise that equities go down that much too, right? Ms Money Penny MMM, Maybe he’s doing that. There is a big difference between a home value and a money market fund. Fuel has a current surplus as well, so that will be lower next month. if you purchase Quicken, you will see your net worth everyday if you put in all your financial data. Sounds expensive to me, but I haven’t been car shopping since 1999. Why? You’re not protected from a massive loss of net worth simply because all your investment capital is tied up in the stock market. My house is smaller (900sq ft) and fairly well insulated at this point but the furnace is old and not very efficient. You are now seeing why owning a house is not always the best choice. DC Jr Mustashian – You can factor those values in to decide when you can really retire in a BadAss MMM lifestyle. A lot of people are now also underwater on their mortgage. 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