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Old 05-16-2016, 01:41 PM   #41
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ER Dream, the more you post, the more confident I am that you and your family are on solid ground, both personally and financially. Glad you have a solid plan to cut back on the weekends at work and give yourself more time to relax and enjoy your family and everything you've worked for.

The budget for the wife's extras is a smart idea. No adult likes to feel like they have to answer for every dollar they spend.

As long as you and your wife continue to discuss your spending and saving plans as your income increases and your situation changes a bit, I think you'll be well placed to enjoy FIRE sooner than you might expect..
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Old 05-16-2016, 06:59 PM   #42
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+1 We did this within our extended family. No one is in the same state, but we'd ship boxes of clothes to the next oldest cousins as they got outgrown--and, in turn, that family would forward to the next as they were outgrown. (On some occasions, shipments even made between families who had never met after our wedding--my siblings and DW's siblings.)

Unfortunately, we had the oldest kids on both sides.
We did this with our two kids. Part of it was saving money... but honestly I also hate shopping and shopping for kids clothes is not fun at all... so win/win there

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