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Old 01-07-2013, 09:23 AM   #81
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I missed it too - or skipped it because I don't do 5 year planning.

My sig line pretty much covers it for us - and we did!
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:46 AM   #82
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Hopefully living in Europe somewhere, France, working and saving, hoping the dollar will re-bound. At least out of the desert.
Had a good laugh reading this one. What a dreamer I was! I am glad I didn't try to move to France.

Dollar did indeed re-bound.

I got married and now have a lovely wife.

Got transferred with work to Indonesia.

Stashed away lots of money for the early-retirement.

Hopefully moving back to the states by the end of the year!

Till the next 5-years!

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I missed it to - or skipped it because I don't do 5 year planning.
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My planning horizon is limited to what will I have for lunch...
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:51 AM   #84
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I eagerly await such a time in my own life
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:04 AM   #85
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Count me in, as among those who missed this thread the first time around. But, five years ago, I was hoping to be retired by age 45, which would be April 2015.

Well, now that that original estimate is only two years away, I've revised it a bit, thinking more like 2016 or 2017. Net worth-wise, I'm actually within 1-2% of where my spreadsheet forecast that I would be, a calculation that I had plotted back in 2002. I guess, considering that in the last five years we've had the "Great Recession", plus I bought a used car, a new truck, went to Aruba twice, and put more money than I should have into two antique cars, I'm doing all right.

Looking ahead five years, when I'll be just about to turn 48, I'm pretty sure I'll retired. Or, at most, working part time. One major expense that might keep me in the workforce a bit longer is that I've developed a pipe dream of owning a house or condo in Aruba...something that I could go to from time to time, but rent it out on a weekly basis when I'm not there. But, with luck, that might actually break even or turn a profit, even.
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I eagerly await such a time in my own life
Hopefully, you will reach that state in your youth, instead of in geezerdom like some people here.
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My planning horizon is limited to what will I have for lunch...
Heck, at your age, green bananas might be a stretch....
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You plan THAT far ahead? Honestly I have no idea what I will have for lunch...
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You plan THAT far ahead? Honestly I have no idea what I will have for lunch...
That's only because you usually eat out! If you made lunch at home, you would at least have to plan on having the basic ingredients. And it would probably be healthier too! Do you have any idea how much salt is in restaurant food?
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Hmmm, I missed the original thread too. We still live in the same house, drive the same cars. But I have semi-switched careers and employers. Our portfolio is many times the size it was 5 years ago, probably above what I reasonably would have forecast, even given the drops in 2008 and early 2009 (or maybe due to those drops!).

We had a third child during these last 5 years, which wasn't on the radar 5 years ago (when we had 2 kids still in diapers...).

No real surprises otherwise. Everyone in the family and my parents and DW's parents are all still relatively healthy and alive, just 5 years older.
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Hmmm, I missed the original thread too. We still live in the same house, drive the same cars. But I have semi-switched careers and employers. Our portfolio is many times the size it was 5 years ago, probably above what I reasonably would have forecast, even given the drops in 2008 and early 2009 (or maybe due to those drops!).

We had a third child during these last 5 years, which wasn't on the radar 5 years ago (when we had 2 kids still in diapers...).

No real surprises otherwise. Everyone in the family and my parents and DW's parents are all still relatively healthy and alive, just 5 years older.
It all sounds great, Fuego! What happened with the relative who had a gambling problem?
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It all sounds great, Fuego! What happened with the relative who had a gambling problem?
I'm not really sure whether she is still gambling or not, but I know she continued for quite a while for certain. Her husband recently left her (just before Thanksgiving). She's broke broke broke. Working 2 jobs and still trying to pay down her gambling creditors (loan sharks). Word is she will lose her house at any time.

I used to talk to her husband occasionally, but he's out of the picture now, not sure what he's up to.

We remain the only branch of the family to have any money or net worth to speak of, and we are constantly vigilant of being hit up for money, which happens frequently. We have a whole lot of "no's" to hand out though. We were just asked to kick in $40k to 75k into a flip this house deal where we are the money people and the others in the family are the business people and construction workers. No thanks! It's going to be a tough ER if they ever figure out we have as much as we have. But DW is on my side (for now at least!)
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Five years ago we were just embarking on our purchase of a condo in PV. Now we are experienced at wintering in Mexico and travelling to Europe in the spring/fall.
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Hopefully we will be at least semi-retired. Our plan is for DH to take on short-term contract assignments (6 months or less) while I find short-term work as well. We'd like to make enough $ to cover our living expenses (and health insurance) for the entire year, letting our investments grow untouched until we feel ready to completely retire. For the other 6 months when not working we want to travel, spend extended time with family, etc. Wish we were in a position to semi-fire now since my father is elderly and not in the best of health. Life is what it is, though.
Well, blast from the past this is. Let's see...

1) I'm essentially retired. I do teach a few days a week, but only b/c I love it - not b/c I have to.
2) DH is still working full-time. We have not amassed enough $ to take the plunge into full semi-retirement. We also need the health care coverage situation to become clearer before we take any leap, since I am now essentially uninsurable on the private market (due to a significant health issue we had no clue was coming our way).
3) My father passed away summer of 2008 - didn't know how prophetic my statement would be.

Despite all of that, we are happy to be alive and enjoying life!
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SG sad that you prophesied your father's passing but so very happy that you are doing well health-wise.
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I did not have a prediction of what our life would look like in 5 years. I was happily retired and DH was working full-time. In 12/07, I would not have been able to predict that I would now be working part-time, DH would be disabled and not working, that we would have a granddaughter and that DD, SIL and granddaughter would be living with us. One never knows what the future will hold. I wonder what will be going on in our lives over the next 5 years.
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With any luck, I will still be retired... fishing on the lake..
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With any luck, so will I. But I will be traveling instead of fishing.
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