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Old 10-19-2009, 11:57 AM   #1
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Hello all,

I'm 52, an engineer with a national HVAC company, and looking for sound advice on how soon I might be able to give up the daily grind.

Married, 4 kids (14, 12, 9, & 8) + a dachshund hound dog.

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Old 10-19-2009, 12:15 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.... Loads of great info here.

Married, no kids and two cats.

There's no need to complicate, our time is short..
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Old 10-19-2009, 12:18 PM   #3
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Start running FireCalc ( and get a snapshot. Of course you should look at other programs and considerations as well.... Quicken has a decent one with their program as well.
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I don't have much to add without more information, but if you can pull it off while raising four minor children -- wow...
"Hey, for every ten dollars, that's another hour that I have to be in the work place. That's an hour of my life. And my life is a very finite thing. I have only 'x' number of hours left before I'm dead. So how do I want to use these hours of my life? Do I want to use them just spending it on more crap and more stuff, or do I want to start getting a handle on it and using my life more intelligently?" -- Joe Dominguez (1938 - 1997)
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Old 10-19-2009, 02:04 PM   #5
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Welcome to your planning session! First things first. Assess what you got, figure out what you currently spend, figure out what it costs to do what you want. If you have enough and want to then jump out. If you don't have enough, then figure out how to get there or simplify the wants.

Planning is a necessary part of retiring early successfully.
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