My FIRE Budget Didn’t Account for This

Are you worried about neglecting to budget for key expenses in early retirement? Even if you put good effort into creating your FIRE budget, it’s easy to miss some very important items. In this episode, Jason and Eric discuss these commonly forgotten or underestimated expenses, including healthcare costs, taxes, dealing with inflation, and more.

Show notes may be found below the video


Show Notes

Essential Background:

  • Have you seen our two prior episodes on healthcare? The first, “Healthcare is my Second Highest Cost in Early Retirement” captures our comprehensive conversation about retiree healthcare that we had with an HR benefits expert. The second, “Don’t Let the Cost of Healthcare Break Your Early Retirement Plan” picks up where the first episode left off, digging into ACA subsidies, selecting plans, and considering the total cost of care.
  • In today’s video we touch on the topic of supporting family members including adult children. This isn’t the first time we’ve touched on the topic of our kids. In fact, we put out a two-part series of episodes on issues relating to children in the past (part 1 and part 2).
  • Towards the end of today’s episode, we talk about the utility in consulting with fee-only financial advisors. if you missed our earlier video titled “We Each Hired a Flat Fee Financial Advisor. Was It Worth It?” you’ll definitely want to check that out. This link will take you to the show notes for the episode, which includes a link to the video as well a number of associated resources.

Budgeting for lumpy or future, unplanned but eventual expenses can be tricky but is also essential to do. This article on Fritz Gilbert’s (Retirement Manifesto) own approach is a great resource to get started. In this method, he budgets for large spending down the road (like a replacement roof for a home) via sinking funds. Have a look at this and see what you think about his approach.

XY Planning Network was mentioned in this episode as an option for finding a fee-only financial advisor. As described on the site, their member advisors ascribe to fiduciary and CFP® standards, earn no commissions, and require no minimum assets. They have convenient filters to allow searching by advisor specialities, including those with FIRE experience. Many work under multiple fee models, including advice-only, which can be a good source for one-time consults without any

Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) are an IRS-mandated specific sum of money that you must withdraw from traditional IRAs or an employer-sponsored retirement account each year. This article from Fidelity provides a simple introduction to the topic. At the time we filmed this episode, RMDs were required to begin at age 72. However, the recently passed Secure Act 2.0 will raise the age to 75. This article from Kiplinger covers this change and other revisions to RMDs you’ll want to know about.

What are the longest US runways? Well, it turns out that Bangor Airport doesn’t make the list after all. However, according to Wikipedia it is “the first major American airport encountered by airliners approaching the United States from the east and the last for airliners heading towards Europe. It is more than two miles (3.2 km) long and an uncluttered airspace, it offers a place to land in case of bad weather at an airplane’s destination, bomb threats, or passengers who prove unruly or are discovered to be on the TSA No Fly List.” So the runway there is still really long and pretty important!


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Finding My Way in Early Retirement: A 30 Month Check-In

What is early retirement really like? In this episode, Eric checks in with Jason two and a half years after he left his career behind. They discuss his recent financial moves, the impact of inflation, how Jason spends his time, and what’s truly important to him.

Show notes may be found below the video


Show Notes

Essential Background:

Do you have a copy of our free Rebalancing Calculator? This simple tool can help you make your own decisions about buying and selling in order to rebalance your portfolio. This is the calculator that Jason referenced in today’s episode.

Buying Treasury Bills and Notes at your brokerage is one of the financial moves we discussed in this video. This article by Harry Sit (“The Finance Buff”) is a really great summary of how you can do that yourself. The well-written post goes through all the details and includes walkthroughs of the process at each of the major brokerages.

Tax Loss Harvesting is a concept we’ve discussed on the show before. This Investopedia article is a good summary of the topic. In brief, TLH is an approach by which investors can sell an asset at a loss, reducing the total amount of capital gains taxes due from the sale of profitable investments. You can then use the sale proceeds to purchase a similar asset or security, maintaining your asset allocation.

CAPE-Adjusted Safe Withdrawal Rate – We talked about this idea in the episode without much explanation. As background, we interviewed Karsten “Big ERN” Jeske previously about safe withdrawal rates (SWR) – this is definitely content you will want to check out if you haven’t before! Subsequent to that conversation, Karsten wrote several blog posts concerning a new “better” CAPE ratio. This first article introduces the concept, while the next: “The 4% Rule Works Again! An Update on Dynamic Withdrawal Rates based on the Shiller CAPE – SWR Series Part 54” dives into details on how his Safe Withdrawal Rate calculator now can use this factor to model withdrawal rate in retirement.

The Series 65 Exam is “designed to qualify candidates as investment adviser representatives. The exam covers topics that have been determined to be necessary to understand in order to provide investment advice to clients.” If you’re interested in more information on this test and the curriculum it covers, you’ll want to check out this link. Here’s the Kaplan exam prep course that Jason has been taking.


You can find information on the tools we mention in each episode along with additional information in the Resources section of this site.