This month saw me and my sister attending an uncle’s funeral – he’d died at the grand old age of 91.
Although a sad affair, it was an opportunity to catch up with extended members of the family (first cousins).
There was one cousin I last saw while we were both still at uni and it was interesting to hear that he and his missus had done the whole geo arbitrage FIRE thing.
What I mean is that they jacked in their jobs in 2019 when they both turned 49 (he an IT consultant, she a dentist with a share in private practice), sold their house in Croydon and relocated to Thailand, where they’ve been renting an apartment in Bangkok, enjoying the benefits of far lower cost of living. They’ve no kids so unlikely they would have made this move if they had.
He dabbles in a bit of trading for pocket money, she spends her time helping out in the local community and it sounds like they are living their dream. Both are modest and happy to live a simple life, and they have been taking the opportunity to visit other countries in eastern Asia.
I wonder if they had heard of FIRE? I didn’t get the chance to ask them.
Anyway, attended another enjoyable pub meet up in Manchester this month (next face to face is in April) and I forgot to mention that at the end of last month, I had a a good catch up (online) with TheFIREStarter (yes, I did ask when his next update would be!) and SavingNinja, who was dialling in from the US.
No update on the Twitter issue but a big thanks to the 138 new subscribers to my blog – thanks for reading! 🙂
So, let’s take a look at how I did in February:
I saved 16.6% of my net salary. The above includes £67.17 from doing Prolific surveys.
Shares and Investment Trusts
I can’t remember buying anything new so I guess I just topped up existing investments.
Current share/IT portfolio can be found here.
(Entire portfolio here)
A bit of a wobble in the stock markets but nothing to be concerned about.
At the end of the month, my Future Fund was down a little at £231,522.
Dividends and Other Income
Dividends continue to roll in as usual:
I received £438.19, of which £302.39 was from my ISAs, the rest from my SIPPs.
Here’s what the graph looks like:
Here’s how things are looking:
Nothing else to report really; with general costs going up (broadband, utilities and council tax), some more juggling will be required to ensure I try to continue to save/invest as much as I can towards my goals, while living a life that is not devoid of enjoyment.
Hope you all had a good February.