Do you feel atypical from your peers?
Yes. All the time. My peers are out buying new cars/trucks/SUVs, buying huge McMansions, eating out and going out every weekend, and taking fancy trips all the time. All I can see it the huge amount of money they’re blowing through. Makes dating especially hard when the prospective guy wants to take me out to a fancy dinner and I’d be happy with frisbee in the park lol.
Is anyone else in your peer circle as FIRE focused as you are?
Nope, unless we’re talking about my FI peers lol. I have converted a few people in my peer circle to be more financially aware (pay down debts, start tracking their spending, board game nights) but none of them want to retire early. Funnily enough, my friend became my manager so at least he knows my plans!
Did your parents teach you about money and saving?
My parents were a really good example of money management. My stepdad paid off the house in I think 12 years, always saved up for newer cars before so he could pay in cash, and he retired around 53 after getting laid off. They taught me about savings, so any money I made 50% went straight to my savings account. They also taught me about loans in return for cosigning for my first car. The shorter the loan, the less interest I pay, the better off I’ll be. They’re very proud of me now which is a great (and weird) feeling!
Do you wish you picked a different college/major?
Nope. I got a full ride scholarship to the local state school. It isn’t the best, but it did the job. I was originally going to go to college for law enforcement but switched to CS after going through military training. I’m so happy I did! Better pay, way less stress, and I’m better suited to IT as a tiny lady