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Old 07-13-2012, 11:52 AM   #57
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Save 50% of your income! Wow, a job paying that well would sure keep money arguements at bay. But DH being home early sure has its plus side for me. Now to find a way to get my cake & eat it too.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:28 PM   #58
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Save 50% of your income! Wow, a job paying that well would sure keep money arguements at bay. But DH being home early sure has its plus side for me. Now to find a way to get my cake & eat it too.
Well I've saved 50% since my very first job as a cleaning lady at the age of 17 when I left home...it's not how much you earn, but how you choose to use it. Of course we never had kids (other than the furry kind) so that does free up some $$.
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why: I don't think she wants me to know how much we have in the bank since I would more then likely upgrade our TT, and TV, but it works and both are happy campers!
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Old 07-13-2012, 10:38 PM   #60
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Well I've saved 50% since my very first job as a cleaning lady at the age of 17 when I left home...it's not how much you earn, but how you choose to use it. Of course we never had kids (other than the furry kind) so that does free up some $$.
Good for you Nina wish I would have done that, But I got to say only having fur kids saves a Lot of $$$ not just some.
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Yes, have 4 children, and saving will be a luxury. But after college saving is possible. Once you've raised and schooled them, don't let them ruin your retirement!
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:33 AM   #62
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Fifty percent is great. One of our daughters has chosen that route. While I don't know the percentage, I do know that both earn six figures and yet, the first time we visited their new house, Mom and I went out and purchased a bed frame to get the mattresses of the floor! They plan to retire in their mid forties, I believe, and unless the economy goes into total collapse, I think they will be able to.

They have no kids, so there's a half a mil right there!
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Also, just because you are retired and on a fixed income, does not mean that you have to stop saving. We pay to our savings first and if we have any money left over from the month, that also goes into savings. We start each month with the money we receive from our respective retirements and only have that to spend unless we encounter an emergency.
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Fifty percent is great. One of our daughters has chosen that route. While I don't know the percentage, I do know that both earn six figures and yet, the first time we visited their new house, Mom and I went out and purchased a bed frame to get the mattresses of the floor! They plan to retire in their mid forties, I believe, and unless the economy goes into total collapse, I think they will be able to.

They have no kids, so there's a half a mil right there!
Awesome! Tell her that was exactly our goal and that's exactly what we achieved and why we're currently able to fulltime RV in our early 40's. It's not everyone's choice and I totally respect that, but for those that want it and make the life choices (and sacrifices) to pursue it, it's a totally doable goal.
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Yes, have 4 children, and saving will be a luxury. But after college saving is possible. Once you've raised and schooled them, don't let them ruin your retirement!
Why not let them pay their own college tuition/expenses? Both DH's daughters got jobs and paid their own way, as did my son. Just curious as to why some people feel they owe their children college educations.
Educating children can really put a dent in the parent's savings, future and lifestyle.
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We are probably lower middle class (I don't know the qualifications) and there is pretty much no way we will be paying for college educations. My parents weren't able to pay for mine but I started working full time at the age of 17 and became a productive citizen. I've suggested that my daughter go into the military so that she will receive training that can be used after the military & she can also go to college.

We are pretty much a 1 income family with 2 children (a teenager & a 5 y/o). We have made a lot of sacrafices for me to be able to stay home with the kids, but this is what works for us, this is the way we were raised. Both of our moms were SAHM's and we know the value of that.
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We put our three through college and none came home afterwards and all could now support us if it was necessary, which it isn't. Still, they all had jobs during school for spending money. But they all finished in the 90s and still tuition was expensive.

I went to a Jesuit university in the 60s, actually had professors rather than TAs in most classes and tuition was, well, about the cost of what we paid for books for our children. Something's wrong today, as costs have increased hugely the last decade. I'm guessing if we forbade student loans, profs would go back into the classrooms and competition would force costs to a reasonable level.

Sorry to get so far off the subject.
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Ex controlled both his salary and mine. Once I was out of that controlling environment, swore it would not happen again. We both pay a percentage of the expenses based on our income. For example, when my salary increased by 12%, after I increased the savings, I took on that amount of the bills. We have complete access to each others accounts and it is easy to transfer monies online, if needed. It all comes down to complete trust for US. It works for us also because our income is almost identical.
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Many of the posts in this thread have confirmed a perception I've held for a long time... that many couples keep his and hers money separate.

This has not been something I've ever done and I'm curious.

Does this ever present a problem when doing things or making plans as a couple? What if "he" wants to go to a nice place for dinner and "she" can't afford it... or go on a nice vacation, etc? How about retirement? Are each on their own and expected to pay their own way once retired too?

A couple we know quite well works under the his and hers money arrangement. He is about to retire but she is nowhere close to being able to. He says he'll just be spending a lot of time at their cabin fishing. Just struck me as odd since retirement is such a wonderful thing to share as a couple.

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I wondered the same thing Rick. Also, what if one is a spender and the other isn't. Does one ever have to bail out the other when they don't have their money for bills? How do you decide who pays for mutually used things?
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