I am a frugal Irish guy working towards financial independence through a combination of property investing, living a frugal/minimalist lifestyle, DIY and learning.
From the FINANCIALLY FREE Blog
MY FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE GOALS
Below are the six goals I started with when I began my FIRE goal in 2017. A huge part of my motivation is developing the lifestyle I want. The vision is that work becomes something I chose to do some of the time rather than something I have to do all of the time. I put a high value on my free time. I like to use it to learn new skills, be productive, travel and hang out with my friends and family.
Pay off my Mortage
FINANCIAL GOAL 1
I am planning to be mortgage free by 2025
Grow the Gap
FINANCIAL GOAL 4
Find ways to increase my income both actively through work and passively through investments.
Add Value to my House
FINANCIAL GOAL 2
I blog about the projects I do in my house and garden to add value. (Do try this at home?)
Save a Deposit
FINANCIAL GOAL 5
Save enough money for a deposit on an investment property that will pay me passive income.
Be Minimalist & Frugal
FINANCIAL GOAL 3
Living well within my means by spending less than I earn and finding ways to save money
Make Work Optional
FINANCIAL GOAL 6
I love my jobs(s) but not everyday. I want to get to a place where I work because I really want to, not because I have to.
I now review my financial goals periodically. Some have been achieved, some changed and some have even been set aside as I gain more experience or made mistakes. Since I started this FIRE journey in 2017, I have tried to make much more concrete and measurable goals that align with the six above.
Reduce credit card debt to zeroDONE Save an emergency fund of €3,000DONE Set up my own companyDONE (read more about setting up a company in Ireland) Buy an investment propertyDONE (read more about buying an investment property in Ireland)
- Pay off my 1st mortgage by making regular over-payments.
- Start a director’s pension.
- Bring my emergency fund up to €5,000.
- Invest a total of €10,000 in the stock market, primarily in environmentally responsible ETFs.
- Save €20,000 for my next investment property.
Over paying your mortgage is a very motivating action to take that can save you thousands in interest. When I started overpaying my first mortgage, I was on a variable rate. Because the term of the mortgage didn't change, each overpayment I made came with a letter showing a reduction in my monthly repayment. I went from paying €750 pm to under €450 pm.
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