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Old 02-05-2014, 04:46 PM   #1
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You might be a candidate for Early Retirement if...

I got the idea for this thread from this post. It should be entertaining to see what the membership comes up with. I'll start:

... you don't buy laundry detergent. You make your own and wash your clothes in the creek behind your house.
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Old 02-05-2014, 04:58 PM   #2
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:14 PM   #4
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...the first thing that pops into your head when you see "FI" isn't fixed income.
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:21 PM   #5
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...you have a full-length poster of Wade Pfau hanging in your bedroom.
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:21 PM   #6
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:23 PM   #7
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The first thing that pops into your head when you see AA isn't asset allocation. Oh wait....
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.... instead of thinking of prices in dollars for big ticket items, you think of how much longer you would have to delay ER to pay for it.
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:27 PM   #9
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...you have already finalized your annual budgets through the year 2050 - and have the investments in place to finance them.
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:33 PM   #10
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...you talk with your company HR head and mention that you might last about another 3-4 years. (S)he says "you will not be at your retirement age by then!". ....and you don't bother to tell her (him) that all your life you LBYM and that you don't need to wait till 65, 67, etc.
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:37 PM   #12
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:47 PM   #14
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:47 PM   #15
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...you think about the times that when kids, you and your friends looked for half-smoked cigarettes by the side of the road, and wonder now if that started you along the path of LBYM. Then you think again and realize it set you up not only for ER but also gave you some life skills for living under a bridge with no income!
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You buy your business casual button up shirts on eBay.

You have built in savings bumps on your spreadsheets based on your child's milestones - coming off of formula, no longer needing diapers and coming out of daycare!
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....all your friends and acquaintances have no idea how or when they will retire, but you already have it planned out.

.....a majority of your free time is spent on this forum and similar working out ways to stop working sooner
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.... you "get" the dryer sheets references at E-R.org.
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....you spend Sunday afternoon preparing your lunches for the week ahead, instead of shopping like everyone else you know.

....your 17-year-old Honda is your definition of a luxury car.

....you know the balance in every one of your accounts down to the penny, and exactly how many years of living expenses that equals.

....your house is furnished almost entirely courtesy of Craigslist.
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