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Might 2022 Early Retirement Replace – See Ya Later, America! Version

Okay of us, it’s June and the yr is nearly half over. The place does on a regular basis go? 

Might was one other busy however enjoyable month for us. We celebrated some birthdays with household. We went on a cruise. Our children have completed one other profitable yr of faculty. And subsequent week we watch our oldest child graduate from highschool! 

In the meantime, we’re researching and planning the ultimate particulars for our large eight week summer season trip in Europe. In every week, we are going to get on a airplane and head off to Zagreb, Croatia the place the journey begins as soon as once more. Busy, busy, busy! 

Financially, Might was an important month for us. Our internet price rebounded by $103,000 to finish the month at $2,770,000. Earnings through the month totaled $4,718 whereas bills have been $2,972 throughout Might.  

Let’s bounce into the main points from final month.



Funding earnings totaled $339 in Might. Our fairness index funds and ETFs pay dividends quarterly on the finish of March, June, September, and December. Consequently, we had a smaller quantity of funding earnings final month. Right here’s extra on our dividend investments.

Weblog earnings totaled $1,012 for the month. A reasonably unusual month for weblog earnings.  

My early retirement way of life consulting earnings (“consulting”) was $912 in Might. These earnings got here from 5.5 hours of consulting work through the month. 

Tradeline gross sales earnings totaled $175 in Might. That is decrease than the previous couple of months however nonetheless a pleasant chunk of change for minimal effort. I ramped up my tradeline gross sales in 2020 and mentioned it in a bit extra element in my October 2020 month-to-month put up and in my July 2021 month-to-month put up

For Might, my “deposit earnings” totaled $75. This earnings comes from money again and incentive bonuses from the and on-line purchasing portals (a few of which was earned from you readers signing up via these hyperlinks). 

When you join Rakuten via this hyperlink and make a qualifying $25 buy via Rakuten, you’ll get a $10 enroll bonus

My Youtube earnings payout was $175 throughout Might. Youtube solely pays out once you exceed $100 in accrued income. Not too long ago, my youtube earnings have been just below $100 per thirty days on common, so I’ll be getting paid a bit underneath $200 each two months.

Right here is the Youtube channel for the curious. It’s random journey movies, birds, youngsters, and a few DIY movies. There are only some predominant movies that herald a lot of the visitors (and income!).

The ultimate $2,028 of earnings for Might comes within the type of some checking account and brokerage bonuses. Mrs. Root of Good signed up for a US Financial institution Leverage Enterprise bank card and cashed out $850 in rewards from this new card. Of that whole, $750 got here from the enroll bonus and the opposite $100 got here from factors earned whereas assembly the $7,500 minimal spending requirement.

I additionally cashed out $1,178 in rewards from our new Capital One Enterprise X bank card. $1,000 of that whole got here from referring 4 different folks to the bank card.



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This customer confirmed up uninvited final month.




Now let’s check out Might bills:


In whole, we spent $2,972 throughout Might which is about $400 much less than our usually budgeted $3,333 per thirty days (or $40,000 per yr). Journey and Insurance coverage have been the highest two spending classes for final month. 


Detailed breakdown of spending:


Journey – $1,319:

Extra journey spending! We spent $175 for gasoline and parking for our Might cruise out of Charleston, South Carolina. 

We additionally booked one other cruise for October 2022. It’s truly 2 cruises again to again. So we needed to make 2 units of non-refundable deposits of $50 per individual (or $50 x 2 x 2 = $200 whole). We’ll pay the remaining stability of $750 or so in July. 

The remaining $945 in journey spending was for the acquisition of $1,025 in Airbnb reward playing cards. I used most of those reward playing cards to pay for the remaining stability on certainly one of our airbnbs we booked in Europe for this summer season’s journey. 

If you’re desirous about getting free journey out of your bank card like I do, think about the Chase Sapphire Most popular card (my referral hyperlink). Proper now, for a restricted time, the Sapphire Most popular card affords 80,000 Chase Final Rewards factors that can be utilized to e-book $1,000 price of journey. Or switch the factors to a ton of various airline frequent flyer applications and e-book a free journey to Europe (with sufficient factors left over for a free spherical journey inside the USA)! Or money out the factors for an $800 verify and purchase no matter you need! The cardboard additionally has numerous good journey advantages as nicely.


Crystal clear blue water in Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. We’re headed again right here twice on our October back-to-back cruises.


Nassau is sweet too. We stayed on the ship this time round so we may get pleasure from this view from our personal balcony room.


Insurance coverage – $1,008:

Our annual home-owner’s insurance coverage of $774 got here due in Might. The auto insurance coverage invoice additionally confirmed up final month. It covers six months of premiums and totals $233 for the 2 of us. We’ll be including our daughter within the fall after we get again from Europe so the price will enhance considerably. We’ve been warned it’s going to be about $900 per yr along with our present premiums.


Groceries – $300:

We solely spent $300 on groceries final month thanks to some elements. We’re holding our grocery purchasing to a minimal as we attempt to deplete our fridge, freezer, and pantry of as a lot as attainable earlier than we depart for the summer season. “Store the fridge” is the brand new saying for what we’re doing. 

Throughout Might, we spent a number of hundred {dollars} in Walmart reward playing cards acquired in earlier months. A few of these reward playing cards have been mirrored in previous months’ grocery spending. Nevertheless, I additionally acquired an enormous chunk of free walmart reward playing cards from a money again website that I take advantage of. 

Our grocery spending shall be increased in 2022 than in earlier years. Inflation is the primary wrongdoer.

An instance is the ingredient checklist for our selfmade pizzas:

  • 2x pizza dough: was $1.00, now $1.50 (+50%)
  • 2.5x 1lb entire milk mozzarella cheese: was $1.43, now $3.74 (+162%)
  • 0.5x jar spaghetti sauce: was $0.88, now $1.40 (+59%)
  • 1 package deal pre-cooked sausage: was $0.79, now $1.29 (+63%)
  • 1 bag sliced pepperoni: was $2.26, now $2.58 (+14%)

This makes 4 large rectangular skinny crust pizzas. The fee per pizza continues to be very low cost for good high quality selfmade pizza at about $4 per pizza. However in share phrases, nearly all of the substances have zoomed up in value by 50% or extra up to now couple of months. 

I’m blessed/cursed with understanding the value of principally all of the groceries we purchase nearly to the penny. So I’m very aware of the value hikes. 

Fortuitously, we are able to afford a 20-50% bump in grocery costs so we actually haven’t modified lots by way of consumption. 


2 birthday muffins and a Mom’s Day cake. Fortuitously these store-bought muffins haven’t gone up in value an excessive amount of!


Utilities – $280:

The entire utility spending was $280 final month.

We spent $81 on the electrical invoice and $151 for the water/sewer/trash invoice. The pure gasoline invoice, which offers heating and sizzling water, totaled $48 for final month.

Air con season is right here, so our electrical energy utilization is ramping up. Nevertheless, we received’t be right here a lot of the summer season cooling season, so our utility payments needs to be very low all through the remainder of summer season as soon as we exit of city.


Healthcare/Medical/Dental – $40:

Our present 2022 medical insurance is totally free due to very beneficiant Inexpensive Care Act subsidies that we obtain resulting from our low ~$45,000 per yr Adjusted Gross Earnings. 

The “American Rescue Plan Act” handed in March 2021 makes the Inexpensive Care Act premiums even cheaper via 2022. Households with modified adjusted gross incomes (MAGI) under 150% of the federal poverty degree get choose silver-level medical insurance plans utterly free. 

For the adults within the family, we spend $20 per thirty days ($240 per yr) for a fundamental dental insurance coverage plan for every of us (or $40 per thirty days in whole). Our routine dental exams and cleanings with the occasional x-ray have elevated in value just lately. The fee is now $125 (no x-ray) or $170 (with x-ray). 

With two routine visits per yr, we are going to spend nearly $300 per individual. A $240 insurance coverage plan offers those self same companies free of charge. And we get some minimal degree of insurance coverage if certainly one of us wants a filling through the yr. 


Mama fox and her cubs on the island in our lake.



Clothes/Sneakers – $23:

We purchased water footwear for the household.

This summer season, we’ll be on the seashore on the Adriatic sea. And enjoying within the rivers and lakes in Slovenia. Most of those seashores, riverbanks, and lake shores are crammed with rocks as a substitute of good clean sand. Therefore the necessity for water footwear. 


Eating places – $5:

Paypal had a deal the place you purchase a $10 of Starbucks reward card reload and get $5 money again. So I did it.

I’m going to Starbucks a number of occasions per yr to fulfill up with folks, so that is principally the price to hire a seat and drink their $3 cups of drip espresso for a pair hours at a time.


Cable/Satellite tv for pc/Web – $0:

We typically pay $18 per thirty days for a neighborhood diminished fee package deal resulting from having a decrease earnings and having youngsters. 30 mbit/s obtain, 4 mbit/s add. Proper now the price of the web service is briefly diminished to $0 as a result of “Inexpensive Connectivity Program”. 


Animal cuteness overload. It’s gosling season.


And squirrel + rabbit buddy season.


Gasoline – $0:

We purchased about one full tank of gasoline in Might nevertheless it was used nearly completely for our street journey to Charleston, South Carolina for the cruise. I included the $70 in gasoline expense within the “journey” class for this month’s spending report. 



Complete Yr-To-Date Spending for 2022


Our spending totaled $13,376 for the primary 5 months of 2022. That is about $3,000 lower than the $16,667 we budgeted for 5 months of spending in our $40,000 annual early retirement price range.

A paid off home and a paid off automobile maintain our fundamental dwelling bills very low. This implies we’ve got the monetary flexibility to afford little luxuries like reserving a number of cruises and spending the summer season in Europe whereas nonetheless holding our general spending low. 

And in June we can pay over $1,000 for a rental automobile for five+ weeks this summer season.

In August after we return house from our summer season journey, we are going to hopefully be capable of buy a further automobile. Used automobile costs are lastly beginning to drop since February. I hope automobile costs proceed that downward pattern all summer season so we received’t be paying $10,000 for a 15 yr previous Ford Escort. 

Our oldest child begins full time group faculty within the fall. It’s wanting like monetary help will cowl all the price and canopy all of the books too. So we shouldn’t need to dip into the 529 plan an excessive amount of. 


Tinkering with our dishwasher. It stopped working and I had a tough time troubleshooting what was unsuitable with it.


Solely after I eliminated the drain hose that was labeled “DO NOT REMOVE” from the pump did I uncover that the pump had ingested this little tiny rubber verify valve and lodged it firmly within the drain hose. It blocked the drain line utterly, stopping the dishwasher from draining and rendering it inoperable. After $27 for a substitute flimsy rubber verify valve, we had a completely operational dishwasher!


Month-to-month Expense Abstract for 2022:


Abstract of annual spending from all years of early retirement:


Our son doing a ropes course at a buddy’s party.


Yours actually on a ropes course 16 decks up throughout our Might cruise. Good approach to get some train whereas on the cruise. 


Web Price: $2,770,000 (+$103,000)

In April, we had a six determine drop in our internet price. Might proved to be a a lot kinder month for us. Our Web Price skyrocketed by $103,000 to finish the month at $2,770,000. 

These wild fluctuations don’t trouble me a bit. It’s a pleasant type of “publicity remedy”. Think about a 1% change in a ~$2.5 million funding portfolio. That’s $25,000. And think about {that a} 1% transfer in someday is considerably frequent. A giant day is a 2% or 3% change. So I’ve grown accustomed to watching the portfolio swing $25,000, $50,000 and even $75,000 in worth in a single day. 

If I occur to verify on the worth, that’s. Some days I do and a few days I don’t. 

Each day, it’s simply numbers on a display. The truth is, yr to yr it’s nonetheless simply numbers on a display.

Our withdrawal fee is underneath 3% of our portfolio now. Meaning we received’t even want to the touch 97% of our portfolio for over a yr. Quite a bit can occur in a yr, so why fear about it at the moment?

For the curious, our internet price reported above consists of our house worth (which is absolutely paid off). Nevertheless, please observe that I don’t think about my house worth as a part of my portfolio for “4% rule” calculation functions. I notice of us ask me about that each month so I simply needed to state that right here for readability.


Life replace

I simply returned from CampFI Midatlantic. It’s a 4 day, 3 evening retreat the place 70 or 80 FIRE-minded of us collect to debate cash, FIRE, and life. 

I’ve been a presenter in any respect 4 of the Midatlantic CampFI’s since its inception in 2018 (2020 didn’t occur due to the ‘rona!). Annually I’m amazed in any respect the intelligent, persistent of us looking for numerous types of monetary independence and ultimately retiring early. 


CampFI Midatlantic Presentation


This yr was no totally different! I had an opportunity to speak to low earnings earners, excessive earnings earners, family-oriented households, and a few of us that reside a nomadic way of life that makes our lengthy summer season holidays appear like a brief weekend getaway. 

It’s all the time inspirational to see how other people are making their goals come true. And a pleasant feeling to assume I’ve helped play a small half in serving to different folks plan and make investments for the long run. 


Sundown on the cruise


Properly of us, that’s it for this month! I’ll be busy traipsing about Japanese Europe in June and July, however I needs to be posting subsequent month’s replace roughly on schedule within the first half of July. Till then, take care! 


Summer time is right here! What’s up in your life?


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