Just read the above post by TEA – so good I just had to post a link and say, can’t wait for the day.
I am really starting to look at whether I can leave my job this year. I may not be fully FI but I am far enough along the way to at least give up work for a while and may be find some part time work later on.
The current job isn’t engaging or inspiring and now that I have started to experience the ‘bully’ – “not listening, just do it” management response. I want to leave. I am fed up of being in and seeing others in this situation – where you have to some how just make things work using whatever sticky tape you can find to get it done in 2 weeks when it really needs 3 months just because their plan only allows for 2 weeks.
The “How much is enough” question does keep haunting me. I forget that although my money app tells me how much I am spending as expenses each month, I am also spending on things that I will not need to once I stop working.
My fuel expenses – may go down [or get worse] depending on how much travel I want to do with my free time.
My food expenses – those lunches and coffees at work will go. Not that I spend much on this anyway – part of my frugal ways 🙂
I can actually start looking at gardening and growing my own food, it would form part of my day, working on my garden (I could possibly get an allotment long-term – huge waiting list in my local area though) and growing my own food will reduce my food expenses.
My clothing expenses will reduce – I can stop buying clothes for work.
I can get a dog – up until now my only pet has been a cat because they are independent and can look after themselves during those long working/commuting days and weekends! A dog requires you to be present and they are dependent on you to provide food, walks, company and training but can give back such a great reward in the form of companionship and love.
I can go back to interests I had when I was younger – drawing, painting and photography. If I can get back to a good standard I could possibly make this a side hustle income stream. Knowing I don’t have to sell to earn my food some how helps those creative juices.
Saving on some expenses and having new ones that don’t go over my expense thresholds will keep me on the FI path. If I balance each increase with a reduction on something else, I should come out a winner.