The FireFamily has a lofty goal of being fully financially independent by April 2024. Since it is the middle of April 2021 as I write this that means we have 36 months remaining to get our shit together and meet the goals. This seems like a reasonable time to reassess the situation, see if anything has changed, if we are still on track and go from there.
|Goal||Current Status||To do in next 36 months|
|Own 5 income producing units||2 current, 1 under contract – Ahead of goal||Purchase at least 2 more rental properties|
|$2,000,000 NW by April 2024||$1,268,800||Increase NW by $19,500 per month – a LOFTY goal|
|Max 457/401k||On track||Continue – Consider changing this goal to open up after tax cash for real estate?|
|Max 529 each year ($15,000/yr)||2021 – DONE||3 years to go|
|Pay off business loan||automatic payments/current||on track|
When I look at my goals above I feel like perhaps the goals are too conservative and we could achieve quite a bit more in the next 36 months.
I expect we will have the rental property goal met much sooner than 2024 so I have adjusted that goal to be completed by June 2022. Once that goal is met then it will be logical to increase this goal to have more cash flow in retirement/travel.
$2mil NW is the only goal on here that feels like I will really have to work to achieve it. Since the timeline is so short at 36 months remaining I am at the mercy of the market to achieve this goal. I think shifting even harder into real estate will help us meet this goal independent of the stock market.
Maxing the pre-tax accounts is pretty easy as long as I keep my full time job. Everything happens automatically so that goal is not nearly as rewarding to achieve.
Maxing the 529 does take intentional action, but is absolutely not a problem. If the contributions were not maxed I might have considered dropping $50k or more into the 529 this year and never worrying about college savings again, but that’s not how the IRS works.
Paying off the business loan is another one of those goals that each month doesn’t feel super rewarding. Since the check is cut automatically from the business account I just have to count down the months until that burden is gone.
1,095 days remaining until I can quit my full time job. FireDad will be 39 and FireMom will be 34 with 100% freedom to take back our days. The FIRE community is one of the most important things I’ve ever studied in my life and I’m grateful every day for the skills I have learned and honed from this community.