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I guess I didn't equate "include your living quarters in your FIRE calculations" with "just add all the numbers together."

That, I think, is why some of the arguments that are being made in this thread are being made.

When I think about FIRE, a long way off for me as I'm a full-time graduate student, I know two things: 1.) I won't be FIRE-ready until I have some living quarters secured AND 2.) I won't be FIRE-ready until I have enough $$$$.

For me, I think 1. will mean "I have a paid off mortgage." So when I'm thinking of what I'll do once I have a real job again, I'm keeping my "pay off the mortgage" money separate from my "this is what I'm saving & investing for FIRE" money.

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