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Early Retirement Journey My week Summer 2018

Notes on Life | Jul 13, 2018: Eldercare, Kitchen Fire, Hawaii

Welcome back to My Early Retirement Journey. In case you’re just joining us, here’s a little bit about me.  I am a single 30-something, openly Christian, hesitantly immigrant-y, human woman. I love watching TV while eating takeout, and I want to retire early. I currently work as a consultant in a tele-health call center making around $40/hr. I started my professional life in 2015 at the ripe ole age of 31 after a few false starts. I spent 2016 paying off about $10,000 worth of credit card debt. I spent 2017 paying off about $20,000 in private student loans; I still have about $300,000 in federal student loans for which I am currently on an income-based repayment plan for the next 25 years, give or take.  I started really getting into savings and investing late 2017 when I stumbled upon the FIRE (financial independence, retire early) community.  In 2018, I made the decision to try to save for a sabbatical and maybe if all goes well continue the journey to early retirement.  Along this journey, I give weekly more personal than finance updates just like this one. Come along with me, I urge you!

I tried this chart last week and I’m still undecided, so I thought I’d give it another go.

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And in case you missed it, this is what happened the week before lastSo how was your week?

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  1. Oh wow, I love how detailed your weekly updates are! From finances to meal planning to a daily journal, I'm really amazed. Keep up the good work!

    I feel inspired to do my own daily journaling now. I've been trying to get into the habit of daily journaling but I keep procrastinating. Maybe posting it on my blog will force me to be more accountable 🙂

  2. OMG, you've been buying a single portion of oatmeal from a vending machine??!!! My frugal bones are creaking at the very thought. Thankfully you have bought a proper (frugal) sized box so I can relax a little. Maybe a few blueberries or raspberries to top your oatmeal? Get a little fruit in without having to chop it.

    Have I missed a post where you mentioned Aunty MERJ has stage 5 kidney disease? Sorry, I knew she was confused, didn't realise she was very poorly physically as well 🙁

  3. Hey, Liz! I'm glad you stopped by today. Thanks for the support. I heart regular journaling. I imagine myself one day looking back and wondering who I was way back then. Yes, blogging can be a powerful accountant of sorts when you want it to be.

  4. I don't know if I did post that or not. Downside of the chart, it's not searchable. And I only heard my cousin say that, but when I searched her med records didn't see any mention of that. She might still be at Stage 4. Yeah, it's so hard to say where she is healthwise. Definitely not great, but prognosis is undefined at this point.

    Yes, the oatmeal…haha… it's not the first time, prob won't be the last. Food is just not where I practice the most frugality, it's so minor when I'm just feeding me.

    Um…you'll be heartbroken to know I've never even purchased raspberries in my whole life. I think I've bought blueberries once or twice when I tried to make muffins from scratch. Also as you can see I only spent $7 on groceries this week… it's not going to be a banner week for healthy eating.

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