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Old 08-19-2016, 09:58 AM   #241
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I am a data architect at a major US financial institution as my FT job.

I also have 24 rentals, a small mowing/snow plowing company, work as a property manager for the HOA, and manage another property for another investor.

I spend less than $30K a year. I have saved 100% of my take home net pay from my FT job, maxed out my 401K and HSA, plus saved another $7K a month. And I actually lived a bit.

Next year, 2015 saving projections are to save over $11K a month, plus my 401K and HSA, as I had some one-time expenses that are not going to happen in 2015. I paid off two mortgages and will not be giving/loaning my sister $29K.
Congratulations, Senator! You DESERVED it!
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Old 08-19-2016, 10:11 AM   #242
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I retired 3 years ago in 2013. Now I just teach yoga and Pilates so I'd have something to say when people ask the "What do you do?" question. Most are satisfied with that answer. No one ever followed up with "and you can live on that?" etc.

Before ER, I worked full time in Finance.

I saved over 50% of my earnings during working years to finance ER. I lived well during my working years and continue to live well now in ER.

Just hope I continue to enjoy good health and ER should be smooth sailing
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Old 08-19-2016, 10:21 AM   #243
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Old 08-25-2016, 08:43 AM   #244
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My first helmet from 1977 says Fireman on it. At some point in the mid 1980's it transitioned to Firefighter. So almost 39 years in the FD. Retired now for about 2.5 months. Still figuring out who I am now. Itching to find another job but DW keeping me retired for now.

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Old 08-25-2016, 02:26 PM   #245
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My first helmet from 1977 says Fireman on it. At some point in the mid 1980's it transitioned to Firefighter. So almost 39 years in the FD. Retired now for about 2.5 months. Still figuring out who I am now. Itching to find another job but DW keeping me retired for now.

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Old 08-25-2016, 06:18 PM   #246
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Old 09-28-2016, 09:40 PM   #247
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Washed dishes in high school...briefly. Walked cornfields during the summer through college. Managed to survive two different megacorps 11 years before moving on to a family owned business. I didn't fit there either. Go figure. I "retired" so to speak in 2013 to become a SAHD. I ended up working full-time during tax season while the DW supports me and the two kids the rest of the year. My working helps me feel like I'm not a complete shiftless layabout and it helps with the savings.

I was proud to surpass $1M this last year in total assets, but we keep plugging away at the nestegg since the house/property is included in that figure. While we were both at full-time employment, we managed to save 60% of our gross income. It helps to make a decent amount and control what you spend. Timing is important, too. We paid off the house shortly after our first youngin' was born, so we traded a house payment for daycare.

I can't wait to be ready to be comepletely free of the necessity of work, but being so young, healthcare is the real question mark. By the time we are 50, and barring the shite hitting the fan, we'll have more money than we know what to do with. That's not to brag, it's just this frugality/cautious approach is a hard habit to break. Who knows... that market could go up in smoke and I won't have to worry about how to spend it. Time shall tell. We have been extremely fortunate so far, and I am eternally grateful I found this site in 2004. I haven't been back here to post for quite some time. Life gets in the way like that, sometimes.
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Old 10-03-2016, 10:27 AM   #248
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Spent 12 years in the Navy as a submarine nuke mechanic, supervisor, and instructor before a medical discharge. Now I am a senior technical writer for a firm in the power industry (effectively what I do is tell companies what they've bought, how it works, and how to run it). I've been doing this for 8 years, picked up a B.S. in business management with a concentration in finance in the meantime and got serious about investing when I got out of the Navy.

Current goal is to be at least semi-retired in ~9 years (lots of 2-3 month contract gigs out there for my line of work).
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Old 10-04-2016, 09:24 AM   #249
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Old 10-05-2016, 05:57 PM   #250
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Old 10-05-2016, 11:23 PM   #251
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Spent 12 years in the Navy as a submarine nuke mechanic, supervisor, and instructor before a medical discharge. Now I am a senior technical writer for a firm in the power industry (effectively what I do is tell companies what they've bought, how it works, and how to run it). I've been doing this for 8 years, picked up a B.S. in business management with a concentration in finance in the meantime and got serious about investing when I got out of the Navy.

Current goal is to be at least semi-retired in ~9 years (lots of 2-3 month contract gigs out there for my line of work).
So the Navy was a good career move for you.
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Old 10-06-2016, 12:28 AM   #252
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This year will be my 30th year w*rking in finance of which 20 are with with same company (global big 4 consulting firm), which is pretty good for someone who was never that good at maths in school.

Moved around a fair bit and since we have been married we are now in our 12th (and hopefully final) home.

Have been earning good money for the last 15 years and managed to accumulate a good pot of cash which is now itching to be spent in early retirement.

My experience demonstrates that you don't need to be the smartest kid in class, you need to be confident, ask for what you want and, it would be fair to say, occasionally a bit ruthless.
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Old 10-12-2016, 11:45 AM   #253
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I probably left off a few odd jobs but as you can see, I chose to taste of life through a seemingly random series of occupations.
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Old 10-12-2016, 04:45 PM   #254
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So the Navy was a good career move for you.
Quite a lot better than I'm sure many people thought it would be when I first told them I had enlisted
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Old 10-12-2016, 05:32 PM   #255
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Now self-employed as a consultant and still a drilling USN reservist (8 years active duty, 30 reserve). I'm trying to find the balance point between enjoying my w*ork and time off. In 2016 I'll consult ~30 weeks plus 4 weeks Navy duty.
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Old 11-27-2016, 06:09 PM   #256
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Dairy farming with my husband for 11 years. I never did feel appreciated by those cows.
I have worked as an RN for the last 28 years. I started in pediatrics but I have worked in labor and delivery for the last 17 years. I haven't made an incredible income, and may not be able to retire very early, but I have gotten to share one of the best days of many people's life for the last 16 years and I have loved my job.
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Old 11-27-2016, 07:01 PM   #257
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Very nice.

It's good to have a job that you like. You don't feel the need to count your dough every night to see when you can quit.

Good for you!
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Old 11-27-2016, 08:27 PM   #258
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I have worked as an RN for the last 28 years. I started in pediatrics but I have worked in labor and delivery for the last 17 years. I haven't made an incredible income, and may not be able to retire very early, but I have gotten to share one of the best days of many people's life for the last 16 years and I have loved my job.
Kinda makes me want to go back to school to be a labor and delivery nurse.
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Old 11-28-2016, 01:36 PM   #259
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