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Well, I just did something that may just get me kicked out of the FIRE club.

I bought a new condo, my dream home, to be finished in about a year. And it's not cheap. But it's the place I want to retire in, and it's gives me something I haven't felt in many years -- a sense of home.

And I plan to live there alone or with a female roommate. After an eventful year with a fixer-upper house and living with my SO, I've realized that some things just aren't worth scrimping on. I'll still be saving, just not as aggressively as I once had. But having a mini-vacation every day on a lakefront, and being able to live life according to *my* terms and my own schedule again, is worth working for.

I just don't feel like sacrificing everything today for an uncertain tomorrow anymore. I'm already getting bitter, which may be a sign that I've put off the L in LBYM for too long.

At least I have a nice head start on the nest egg. You can't buy time back, and that applies whether you're planning on saving now or living now. I've done a lot of saving. Maybe it's time to do some living. And yes, I still plan to take advantage of as many frugal luxuries (e.g., free concerts) as I can. Maybe I can still stay in the LBYM/FIRE club?

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