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Old 02-08-2016, 02:54 PM   #141
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Yes, I've noticed that trend growing the past few years.

Many people seem to be taking the outlook that the goal is to have as much or more, in real dollars, at the end as in the beginning whether you're talking a single year or the balance of your life. Whereas in earlier years on the Forum most seemed to be looking at simply not running out of money while trading it for the retirement lifestyle they enjoyed the most.

I think the proportion of folks who get more satisfaction out of not spending than spending is growing. For example, there seem to be more folks who would gain more satisfaction from staying home and not spending $10k on travel than actually doing the travel. They'd really enjoy the travel. But they'd enjoy opening the spreadsheet and seeing the unspent money there even more.

After a lifetime of intense planning and saving, seeing your portfolio grow in real terms post retirement is more satisfying than spending some money to have more experiences.

Not my view but I can understand how it can be for many.
Yeah, that was the view by my parents for years. But now that they are in their mid-90's, my dad tells me everyday that they should have spent more on travel and entertainment. They can't do anything now, but hey they are millionaires. You can bet when I get the inheritance, it will be spent fairly lavishly. You CAN"T TAKE IT WITH YOU!!

Wild Bill shoulda taken more out of his IRA when he could have. . . .
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Old 02-08-2016, 03:03 PM   #142
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To all of us who questioned the motivation behind this original question, and the $5M target -- well, to be fair, serie1926 is consistent...


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Old 02-08-2016, 03:21 PM   #143
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To all of us who questioned the motivation behind this original question, and the $5M target -- well, to be fair, serie1926 is consistent...

WOW! Thanks for posting that old post!!!

Amazing how the years have flown by and the blessing of hopefully being FIRE'd shortly.
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Old 02-08-2016, 04:30 PM   #144
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To all of us who questioned the motivation behind this original question, and the $5M target -- well, to be fair, serie1926 is consistent...

Off topic from that, but your current sig, reminded me of this song by Steve Goodman (the sentiment has been expressed different ways over the years, I'm sure):

To me, life is like a book. We all have the same first and last chapters. Filling the pages in between determines the value of our existence...

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Steve Goodman - Between the Lines Lyrics

The day you're born they sign a piece of paper
To certify the date of your birth
And the day you die they sign another
Just to prove you've gone back to the earth

And between those two pieces of paper
There's the truth that is so hard to find
And the story of your life is written ' , but
You must read in between the lines ...

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