I started this series to reflect on our goals and share some things I learned each month. For now, I’ll primarily be tracking our progress to financial independence.
OUR PROGRESS TO FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE (FI)
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2018 (Start of fi journey: 12-19%)
January – 11.62%
February – 13.74%
March – 14.55%
April – 15.04%
May – 16.40%
June – 16.74%
July – 18.30%
August – 19.33%
September – 19.79%
October – 19.29%
November – 19.97%
December – 18.81%
My Major Money Moments:
May 2011: Graduated with my bachelors of science in kinesiology with $9,500 of debt. Saved $10,000 working throughout high school and college. I decided not to pay off my subsidized loans and use the money I saved to survive in grad school.
May 2014: Graduated with my Doctorate in Physical Therapy with $107,500 in student loans when totaling principal and interest.
July 2014: Enrolled in the Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.
September 2014: Obtained my first PT gig, which was the best and worst thing that has happened to me.
December 2014: Entered Student Loan Repayment Under the PSLF program
July 2015: I finally proposed to my wife after being together for 10 years!
November 2015: Needed to leave my first job and decided to forget about student loan forgiveness.
December 2015: Transitioned from outpatient PT to working in a skilled nursing facility. Began paying off my student loans as aggressively as possible.
October 2016: Paid off my $115,000 student loan balance with help of very generous personal loans from family and no longer owe the federal government money. I also got married!
February 2017: Began learning about investing leading me to contribute to my 401(k) and IRA. Experimented with Robo-advisors and began using the free trading platform, Robinhood.
June 2017: Started a new job as a home care PT. I paid my wife back $10,000, effectively reducing my personal debt from $40,000 to $30,000.
July 2017: Finally achieved a positive net worth in cash and investments! I highly recommend personal capital as a money management tool to track your net worth and much more!
November 2017: My mom had difficulty accepting any money to pay her back, so I opened an IRA with her approval to fund the account until it reaches $30,000.
January 2018: Learned about the concept of financial independence and developed a plan to FI/RE by 40.
August 2018: I began doing something with my spare change and created something called “The free money game for investors“.
April 2018: The birth of Flexcents!
May 2019: Made an awesome $47,000 Investment In real estate and my family
April 2020: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we were motivated to adjust our budget which will make use $30,000 richer.
June 2020: I decided to start my own PT private practice! I guess I’m somewhat of an entrepreneur now?
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