No longer lurking in CO at 46
I'm 46 and dreaming of ER in about 10 years (or sooner?)! I have been lurking (and learning) from these forums for several years.
My husband(47) and I are both working full-time and have 2 teenage children (ages 13 and 17).
We have aggressively worked in the last 10 years to pay off both of our student loan debts and have paid off our cars. Our only current debt is our mortgage ($217,000 owed, with estimated value of $299,000).
Assets: We have cash savings of $70,000 (including savings account and CD ladder) for an emergency fund. We have $954,00 in retirement accounts (currently invested 12%cash, 21% bonds, 27% large-cap stocks, 17% mid/small-cap stocks, 15% international stocks, 8% individual equities in DRP funds). Additionally we have a Health Savings Account with $52,000, and a taxable account with $13,000 in municipal bonds.
We have set aside $83,000 in 529 plans for our kids.
We have been very lucky with our joint income growth to $270,000/year this year. We have been putting $55,000 per year into our retirement accounts, with a variable match of up to $10,000 depending on my company. We prepay $300/month extra principle on our 13 year mortgage. I also have been saving $900/month for the 529 plans and about $900/month in taxable accounts.
I have been having difficulty deciding on a savings target for FIRE due to a number of current unknowns including 6 parents getting older who may need assistance, expenses to finish raising our children and helping with college, my company of 10 years discussing changes to our pension plan, my husband working for a state pension (which will mean that his SS is decreased under the WEP), and some health concerns. Of course we know that we also have the unknowns of retirement expenses, though we know we can live on well less than 50% of our current income in retirement.
Any thoughts are greatly appreciated!