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Old 07-31-2015, 09:42 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by Sarah in SC View Post
Love Brene Brown. And the concept of "enough", which I, like many, was first introduced to by Joe Domininguez in Your Money or Your Life.
YMOYL is a great book in terms of changing your perspective about money and time. DW and I are pretty much FI at this point, so we're loosening the purse strings and doing some home renovations and replace a car (or two). Once the kids are a little older (two DDs - 5.5 & 2.5), we'll start taking long car trips to explore local landmarks and gradually expand to cross-country trips.

When I bring up becoming truly FIRE, DW isn't inclined to embrace the idea. She hasn't reached the desired pinnacle of her career (and for that matter, neither have I). Yet I don't want a health issue (I'm mid-40s and she just turned 40) to prevent us from enjoying the fruits of 20+ years of hard work, saving and delayed gratification. This is why we both work out intensely, which gives off the appearance that we're still in our 30s.

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Old 07-31-2015, 10:22 AM   #22
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My take, and only my opinion, plan for tomorrow but don't count on it. Save for RE but life is a journey not a destination. There are other things more important than $$ like compassion, wisdom and joy.

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Old 07-31-2015, 10:30 AM   #23
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And then you have people like my dad. Pushing 80 and wont spend much on himself. I tried last year to get him to spend some stating "its just going to get divvied up and blown by all the kids." His reply was, "I hope you all enjoy spending it as much as I have enjoyed saving it". I haven't brought it up since.

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My 84-year-old dad has joked from time to time whenever he spends some money unexpectedly, like when he needed to get a few crowns on his teeth replaced, "There goes some more of your inheritance!" My brother and I, neither of us clamoring in any way for his money, just laugh.
Retired in late 2008 at age 45. Cashed in company stock, bought a lot of shares in a big bond fund and am living nicely off its dividends. IRA, SS, and a pension await me at age 60 and later. No kids, no debts.

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My dad said:

"Plan like you'll live to 100. Live like you'll die tomorrow."

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