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Old 07-30-2013, 04:51 AM   #41
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I concur with the majority. I turned down a promotion with 20% increase to stay with mega-corp and took a 50% pay drop to work at the local university. Quality of life - way up.

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We are trying to live within a budget based on the new salary and 0% SWR. This has actually been a good exercise since previously I traveled so much that our only budget limit was my big check. DDs grew accustomed to extra support even though they are all launched. Now we have had some crucial conversations about money.

A sober reminder that I use to evaluate decisions like these is the 5 year rule. If I only have 5 years left on the planet, how would I spend them? Big money, stress and travel did not fit the bill. W*rking at the university with 24 days vacation and interesting learning opportunities looks good. It also improves the odds that I'll extend the length of quality time beyond 5 years.

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