Progress to Financial Independence- November 2016

November seemed to fly by, but it was a moderately eventful month. Whitney and I spent some time working on our camper, sealing around the openings on the roof to prepare for winter.  We took a weekend trip to Asheville, NC to explore and also to see the Biltmore Estate. It was an amazing and beautiful place, but of course it pales in comparison to our luxurious camper layout ;). If you’ve never been, then I would definitely recommend checking it out. It is a bit expensive ($118 for two tickets to do a self guided tour) but it’s worth it to see once. Whitney also took a trip to see a couple of her friends from PT school on the coast of NC. Last, since we’re about a four hour drive from our hometown right now, we were able to see family for Thanksgiving.  We spent Thanksgiving day with some of Whitney’s extended family that lives in NC and waited until the weekend to make the trip home to see our immediate families.

Whitney and I are currently working on our next assignments which will start at the beginning of the year and will hopefully be on the North Carolina coast. We only have five weeks left on our current contracts in Fayetteville, and although we have enjoyed it, we are about ready to move on.

Financially this was a very good month due to meeting my savings goal but also because of a jump in the stock market following the election. I was able to make up some of the lost ground from taking the extra time off in September between contracts. I’m now on track to achieve financial independence around August, 2020. Also, at my current level of spending, I could take about 9.5 years off of work before I would be at risk of running out of money. That’s a pretty cool feeling.

December should be a good month, not only because of the holidays, but also because of getting an extra paycheck which should help me surpass my savings goal for the month.


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