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Old 12-10-2009, 07:56 AM   #21
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The big bond fund I own shares in is not my only taxable investment producing income. It produces about $22k with a yield of about 6.5%-7%. The other $8k comes from my other investments. About $120k is in muni bonds, a holdover from my working days. About $170k is in a stock mutual fund, one which produces dividends, too. The big bond fund's value has grown to about $370k since I bought into it one year ago when the prices were super-low, enabling me to buy about 30% more shares than I had originally anticipated. THAT is the big reason for my large cushion.
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Old 12-10-2009, 03:47 PM   #22
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scrabbler,

Your story sounds very similar to "intercst's". His was the first retire early web site I ever ran across, quite a few years ago. I retired at 58 so I am not in a league with you really young guys. (I think intercst was 38 when he retired.) He may have a bit more in assets than you do but your annual expenses and approach to life sound similar.

Here is his web site in case you haven't seen it yet: The Retire Early Home Page.

Good luck and welcome aboard.
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Old 12-10-2009, 03:52 PM   #23
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Friar, I am familiar with that website and have posted there a few times in the last 15 months. It is not as active as this board, however.
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Good work Scrabbler. And I admire the childfree lifestyle. Thats whats going to get me there. (FIRE)
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Nice story!
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:57 AM   #27
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Welcome to the board. My DH and I go square dancing at a fire hall in PA 4-5 times per year. We are definitely amateurs, but have the best time. It is good exercise and some of the nicest people participate. Everyone is there for the fun and fellowship.
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Good work Scrabbler. And I admire the childfree lifestyle. Thats whats going to get me there. (FIRE)
Thank you. Being childfree is not a very popular lifestyle choice, even in a FIRE forum (as I have learned). It is a very good way to get there, though.
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Old 12-30-2009, 10:58 AM   #29
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Thank you. Being childfree is not a very popular lifestyle choice, even in a FIRE forum (as I have learned). It is a very good way to get there, though.
I think being child free is plenty popular around here, and certainly enhances one's ability to FIRE.

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I don't care who has or doesn't have children, personally. Just want to put that out there for ya, Scrabbler and Mill.
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Thank you. Being childfree is not a very popular lifestyle choice, even in a FIRE forum (as I have learned). It is a very good way to get there, though.
I'm only one data point, but I've been here for over four years and a lot of people know I don't have children. Yet no one here has ever given me "grief" about my "lifestyle choice", nor as anyone here judged me for it or voiced their disapproval of my choices.

The possible reasons for the different reactions are left as an exercise to the reader.

Just a little food for thought. And with that said, this subject is in serious need of a "time out."
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I also don't have kids, but I have no trouble getting along with those folks who have kids, but then again, I don't call them names.
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