It’s been a busy week here at Chateau Zombie, the kind of week where unknown milestones are reached and crushed.
Well alright, the blog hit 10,000 views in the last couple of days. Surely I can’t be far off similar traffic to google.com and the like.
Although I started this as a completely selfish thing, to try and sort out my savings and investment strategy and get started on the journey to FI, I am secretly pleased that I do get some traffic here. It’s been awesome having people comment here, respond to my comments on other blogs and to connect with other bloggers over a common theme. Far more inspiring than I thought it would be, thanks all! [especially you legends who have commented] 🙂
So here’s to the power of compounding (views).
I have brought up the idea of early retirement a couple of times with Mrs Z. Hey check out this guy Mr Money Mustache, he retired early, likes bikes and has facial hair. Kind of like me. Or. Check out this super cool graph. Not really all that interested.
Boom! She raised her eyebrows and looked at me. We have interest! The discussion continued.
Now while we’ve both been saving pretty hard the idea of early retirement was only really discussed in jest up until this point.
I think the turning point was during the conversation…
Mrs Z: “So we wouldn’t have to work ever again… that’s pretty cool, and I could do some charity work. But, what if, say, we wanted to go on a skiing and snowboarding holiday? That could cost thousands…”
Me: “Well, we could get a job, doing whatever we pleased, and just use that money to go skiing. Or we could just do a ski season.”
Mrs Z: “I’m in”
So it looks like we have buy in. In all honesty Mrs Z is the true FI seeker. A couple of years ago we were looking to move house, I was keen to max out on what we could afford, but Mrs Z was correct in saying that we didn’t want to be working in our 60s, or the weekends, just to pay off a house. Perhaps she has been playing me all along…
This puts us in an awesome situation, both with the same long term goal. We weren’t miles apart really, with Mrs Z being a natural saver, but the long term goal wasn’t necessarily aligned. Like a lot of things, just hitting this head on earlier would have probably have been an easier approach. Things change with time (new house, kids, potential to lose a job etc) but for now we are in a great place.
Have a good bank holiday weekend!
Mr Z – Hoarding to Escape the Horde