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Old 07-28-2015, 02:44 PM   #161
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Thank you, jrwinfla! And congratultions to you! That's quite a milestone and very inspiring!
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Old 07-28-2015, 04:54 PM   #162
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Amy, nobody has to apologize for having a job, being responsible with their money and having a plan. I have a friend who makes twice your combined income in a low cost area, and I am sure he doesn't have anything more than you do....Except debt, as his money just falls in between the cracks and disappears... Congratulations, good things are headed your way!


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Thank you, Mulligan!
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Old 07-28-2015, 05:34 PM   #164
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Started out as a "spoon goon" at 17 making 12 bucks an hour...eventually became a construction superintendent making 120k...married a smart, wonderful, woman who actually made MORE than me (and she is still working!)...saved, invested like mad for about 12 years.

Now I'm funemployed. That is the real quick version of my story.
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Old 07-28-2015, 06:48 PM   #165
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Started out as a "spoon goon" at 17 making 12 bucks an hour...eventually became a construction superintendent making 120k...married a smart, wonderful, woman who actually made MORE than me (and she is still working!)...saved, invested like mad for about 12 years.

Now I'm funemployed. That is the real quick version of my story.

Hey no fair Sea....You were practically born with a silver spoon in your mouth starting out at $12 an hour. I started washing dishes for $2.30 an hour!


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Hey Mulligan, maybe he was just a better dishwasher than you!

I'd mention my $5 an hour first job, but I think it would bring on the Four Yorkshiremen from somewhere!
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What do you do for a living?

He may be better but not 5X plus better!
And Sarah, we cant bring on the Yorkshire Men until someone gets under $2.30. $5 an hour is half of a silver spoon compared to mine. That shouldn't be too hard as I think the minimum wage just got raised from $2.05 right when I started working in '79.


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I'd mention my $5 an hour first job, but I think it would bring on the Four Yorkshiremen from somewhere!
$5 an hour! Such opulence! I made $1.25
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$5 an hour! Such opulence! I made $1.25

Now we can officially bring the Yorkshire men on!


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Now we can officially bring the Yorkshire men on!
Not yet...

My starting wage was $1/hr.

Now, bring them on!
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Now, bring them on!

Ya but you could buy a soda, hamburger, and a gallon of gas to go buy it for a nickel. Try feeling peer pressured into buying a $40 Izod off of $2.30 an hour. Heck 30 years later the same shirt is cheaper now than it was then!


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No fair when REW comes in talking about what he and Fred Flintstone made down at the quarry!
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amy, Like your DH I was a cook in my early 20's. Started my 30 year career (retail sales) at 24 for $4.50 per hour. I never made over 79k in salary but have now crossed 1.5 mil in investments. LBYM and pay yourself first does work in the long term.
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My current job is uncertified financial planner for one household.

BTW Sarah, my first babysitting job paid 50 cents an hour from the family across the street. The last time I sat for them was for 45 minutes and the mom prorated the time and carefully counted out 38 cents. (They weren't poor, just cheap). I am sure if we'd had half pennies she would have made it 37.5 cents.
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After delivering newspapers, cutting grass and shoveling snow for a few years, my first real job out of technical high school was as a mechanical draftsman at a company that designed and built presses and rolling mills.

I was 17 1/2 years old at the time and was paid $1.25 per hour. A lot of money back then and it afforded me replacing my 1948 Plymouth 4 door sedan with a very used 1955 Chevrolet 150 sedan, bought from the Connecticut Light and Power auction. I was in high cotton, at that time. (Money + '55 Chev + Girlfriend!)

Then came Viet Nam and plans changed. I was then paid $70/month for a 24/7 monthly schedule.
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I worked my junior and senior years in high school (full time in summer and part time during school year) at a bowling alley snack bar making $1.60? an hour. Originally we made less than that but one of the employees reported the boss for violating minimum wage laws. This was in a small New Mexico town in 1971-1973 and nobody tipped or tipped very little. I saved enough to buy a '68 VW Bug and put away some college money.
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My current job is uncertified financial planner for one household.

BTW Sarah, my first babysitting job paid 50 cents an hour from the family across the street. The last time I sat for them was for 45 minutes and the mom prorated the time and carefully counted out 38 cents. (They weren't poor, just cheap). I am sure if we'd had half pennies she would have made it 37.5 cents.
That is well and truly the cheapest thing I've ever heard of!
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That is well and truly the cheapest thing I've ever heard of!
my parents had friends so tight that they didn't use the car radio cause they thought it increased fuel consumption - this was in the 50s
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That's where I started too in 1967 pumping gasoline and doing light mechanical work on cars. (Oil changes, balancing tires, replacing leaking coolant hoses and the like.) With the money I bought a '66 Yamaha Twin Jet 100 cc motorcycle for $300 that would go 70 mph downhill with a tailwind. Or 40 mph uphill. Had a ball with that thing.
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Hey Mulligan, maybe he was just a better dishwasher than you!

I'd mention my $5 an hour first job, but I think it would bring on the Four Yorkshiremen from somewhere!
Minimum wage out of high school was $1.25/hour. Big bucks was $2.18/hour on the green chain at a Weyerhaeuser lumber mill. Boeing paid 8k/yr for newly minted engineers back in the day.

All praise to time in the market not market timing. And of course ST. Jack and 'Bogle's Folly'.

heh heh heh - love dryer sheets and Yorkshiremen! Got a Monty Python Tee shirt at a thrift sale the other day.
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