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Old 02-21-2009, 12:05 AM   #1
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27, finally out of debt, ready to invest...i must* retire early

I would have made a great trust fund baby. alas, i must work. I found a vocation that pays modestly and suits my personality. I am desperate to retire early, life is too short for w*rk!
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Old 02-21-2009, 12:32 AM   #2
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Good for you. Now is a great time to start investing, as the rest of us have already lost our shirts. Next step: read, read, read! Start here, for example:

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Old 02-21-2009, 01:58 AM   #3
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Hi, Jefferson81, you've given us just about enough clues to figure out what you mean by "81." Learning how to invest is a useful plan. Also, do you have a plan for enjoying life along the way while working? A job that suits your personality is a good start. Welcome, you will find a lot of ideas here.
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Old 02-21-2009, 08:53 AM   #4
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Congrats on being out of debt! Just stay that way. As far as investing goes, it may be a great time to invest.....but I can't say invest in stocks. I would have been just as well off sticking my money in cd's over the years without the heartaches.

Good luck with your ER goal!
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Count your blessings to have a job--and as CuppaJoe said, enjoy the journey.
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Old 02-22-2009, 06:58 PM   #6
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Great job, stay out of debt and watchout for lifestyle creep!
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:43 PM   #7
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thank you for the warm welcome all, I lived like a pauper for 2 years straight to get out of debt...it was extremely difficult but worth it, I look forward to all of your wisdom and insights.
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Old 02-22-2009, 10:05 PM   #8
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Congrats

Congrats! I just sent my last student loan payment yesterday and I am now debt free at 33.
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Old 02-24-2009, 06:59 PM   #9
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Just don't do what I did...cheesepared to the bone from ages 23-28 so I could Buy A Home, which was represented to all Young People back in the day as the Ultimate Financial Goal. What a joke. Don't fall for it.
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:51 AM   #10
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Congrats! I just sent my last student loan payment yesterday and I am now debt free at 33.
Nice. I'll never forget the day I sent in the check. The letter I got back from them I framed and keep in my office.

DW and I often reflect on how our frugal life started. We wanted to get married but her dad was on Medicaid and I wasn't going to ask my parents. So my fiance and I made up an 14 month goal, to get married, buy a house, and eliminate our remaining student loan debt. MOST IMPORTANT, to do it without using credit of any kind.......

I found the receipts from back then:

Getting married: $10,500
Downpayment on House: $9,000
Student Loan Debt: $7,500

Total: $27,000.00

It was a real sacrifice and a test, but we wanted to start our new life together with no debt other than a home mortage.......
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I am desperate to retire early, life is too short for w*rk!
Not all work/jobs fall into your description,some jobs can be really fun,enjoyable and rewarding.
Unfortunately i never found a job like that.
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Hey welcome. I'm in the same situation, just turned 27 in december though I've got a $153,000 mortgage refinanced to 5% and $18,000 in student loan debt. Make 50K a year. Hopefully it goes up in June but if I can swing 4 days a week making 46K I could consider myself semi-ER'd 10 years ahead of schedule.

I could pay off the student loan debt in a year but I'm thinking it's probably more important to save my emergency fund with this kind of economy going on. In that case I could pay it off in a year and a half while still keeping 6 months in EF.

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