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I basically retired back in Mar this year...
Only 1 observation, while the idea of doing the "every 10 yr" sabbatical sounds neat, there's only 1 issue, finding work when older (over 55), BTDT. Im 67 BTW...

Don't believe for a minute that finding work is easy as an older employee. To stay out from underfoot I've been doing a bit of searching and had numerous face to face interviews over the past couple months. More often than not its a "look" on the face of supervisors concerned I might replace them or HR reviewing a job I'm obviously overqualified for...

Just sayin' ;)
Not sure about that. Young employees are so fleeting, older guys look pretty good. For example, who would think of taking off a year thirty years ago. Nobody in my circle.

I retired a couple years ago in my fifties. Fortunately I have an instructors license to teach helicopter pilots. I don't really want to do it much (just keep my feet wet) and I don't really need the money, so I priced myself real high. You wouldn't believe it, but now I have a rep as like the best instructor. This year I have tons of guys hiring me. I guess they think because I charge so much, I'm better. I'm a good pilot, but I don't really think I'm special. It blows me away how people are throwing money at me. I get offers all the time to go to their location all expenses and my rediculas rate.

You maybe right, I might not be able to get a real job flying anymore because of age.
 

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there are things i want to do that need extensive amounts of time.
There's no reason, with the right gig, you can't have "extensive" amounts of time to do things.

I'm taking what will probably be one last swing at a business acquisition that would tie me down ... a little bit. On the other hand, it will also give me reason to travel to some pretty cool places across our country.

Once I flip that business (probably in about 5-7 years), I'll most likely create online courses, write books and articles and have zero employees and zero office space outside of my home/car/hotel/wherever. I have no desire to "do nothing." I want to continue to produce for as long as I can.

There are hundreds of alternatives to traditional white collar (or blue) collar jobs that don't truly tie one down.
 

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Sounds like retiring early with a skill and a household is the ticket. If you tighten lug nuts in a factory, or can be replaced with automaton you are SOL.
 

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i dont care what tax bracket your are in ... im paying taxes as i go on 227k not the 1.7mil of growth. that $541 is the current ROTH max of 6500 for the year.

can you get fancy and start moving money around and being cute to save a few bucks on taxes, yes. but simple repeated over and over will do just fine.
The fallacy of the graph in your post is that inflation is not taken into account. Ask what $1.9MM means in 35 years. I bet it would be in the range of $1mm.

And hopefully your salary has kept up with inflation. Know that in only rare cases, will you get a raise more than 5% per year on average. The older you get the less. The only way to beat that is to change employers, or move to a better position within the company...or hopefully start a profitable business.

Of course you can beat the 5% rule by just working 5% less per year....LOL.
Work smarter not harder.
 

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No his contribution to the debt under his presidency is on track to be more than Barak Obama or anyone else.

I’ve read this several places that had trump not pushed his tax cut through it’s plausible he would have contributed the lowest to the national debt since Regan. But the rich need that socialism. Granted I did receive a temporary tax cut under trump.

Edit: if trump would have cut military spending to offset the tax cuts I would have been for it. Bombing poor brown people doesn’t seem like a very economical viable operation.

Sorry to derail this thread.
Ummm, a tax cut is socialism?

How about cutting social programs to offset the tax cut?

To be clear, the budgets that Trump has signed is my biggest disappointment in him. I'm hoping that now that he has fixed the economy, maybe he will address the debt in his second term. (Probably not)
 

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No his contribution to the debt under his presidency is on track to be more than Barak Obama or anyone else.

I’ve read this several places that had trump not pushed his tax cut through it’s plausible he would have contributed the lowest to the national debt since Regan. But the rich need that socialism. Granted I did receive a temporary tax cut under trump.

Edit: if trump would have cut military spending to offset the tax cuts I would have been for it. Bombing poor brown people doesn’t seem like a very economical viable operation.

Sorry to derail this thread.

We are adding to the debt faster than at any point during Obama's presidency. No one in DC cares. And what it's worse... The electorate doesn't care either, as long as they get their free stuff.

On the tax cuts adding to the debt - Last year broke all tax collection records. It's not a revenue problem. It's a spending problem.

And yes, I would be happy to make savage cuts to military spending. Given that it's run by politicians and bureaucrats, there must be enormous corruption and inefficiencies that we can get rid of without affecting performance.
 

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The fallacy of the graph in your post is that inflation is not taken into account. Ask what $1.9MM means in 35 years. I bet it would be in the range of $1mm.

And hopefully your salary has kept up with inflation. Know that in only rare cases, will you get a raise more than 5% per year on average. The older you get the less. The only way to beat that is to change employers, or move to a better position within the company...or hopefully start a profitable business.

Of course you can beat the 5% rule by just working 5% less per year....LOL.
Work smarter not harder.
inflation is going to chew up my money, be it a taxable or nontaxable. so unless im am missing an economic principal, the growth of the account over time will be independent of inflation. i wont argue that 2.5mil will have less buying power in 35 yrs, no argument there at all. i also think healthcare cost will have bigger impact on peoples ability to retire in the future than inflation will.
 

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Once I flip that business (probably in about 5-7 years), I'll most likely create online courses, write books and articles and have zero employees and zero office space outside of my home/car/hotel/wherever. I have no desire to "do nothing." I want to continue to produce for as long as I can.
i was thinking about this last night on my pedal. if i did extended periods off i wouldnt be doing nothing, it would be to relax and spend time improving/learning new skillsets. in my head this is what my perfect mini retirement week would look like when i was home. i would take a few extend trips to do cool stuff, figure 20% of the time.

m-f: kids breakfast, drop them off at school, shadow someone or work at a business for free (see below), pick kids up, dinner, hump wife, bed

t-th: kids breakfast, drop em off at school, mtb ride/gym, hump wife, lunch, read, pick kids up, homework, dinner, bed.

w: golf with my dad, lunch spend afternoon with wife, pick kids up with wife, dinner, hump wife bed.

one of the places i worked in my 20s had an old guy who built a business and sold it. he was loaded. he would come in a few days a week and help out with whatever needed to be done and hang out. his son was friends with the owner. it gave him something to do, he also helped the owner out in a mentorship way. i would probaby leverage a few relationships and see if i couldnt shadow some CEO types of different companies. there are also some people i know who have their own business, where i could just be helpful.
 

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We are adding to the debt faster than at any point during Obama's presidency. No one in DC cares. And what it's worse... The electorate doesn't care either, as long as they get their free stuff.

On the tax cuts adding to the debt - Last year broke all tax collection records. It's not a revenue problem. It's a spending problem.

And yes, I would be happy to make savage cuts to military spending. Given that it's run by politicians and bureaucrats, there must be enormous corruption and inefficiencies that we can get rid of without affecting performance.
I agree, but not enough care to make a difference. At some point your going to want to own a big enough farm to feed yourself and enough guns to protect it. Were not even going to slow down for the cliff, just full steam ahead.
 

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inflation is going to chew up my money, be it a taxable or nontaxable. so unless im am missing an economic principal, the growth of the account over time will be independent of inflation. i wont argue that 2.5mil will have less buying power in 35 yrs, no argument there at all. i also think healthcare cost will have bigger impact on peoples ability to retire in the future than inflation will.
In your example, you included the projected "profit"of 10% per year. Well we haven't seen that average in quite some time. And hopefully when you do retire it is not when whatever investments you are in...are valuable. Not so long ago, some 401k's took 50% beatings and kept several (of us) working for a while longer. My employer kicked in an extra 50% to whatever I invested. That kept me whole in the long run. And the banks knew that they were making out as they could use your money for free and lend it for 4-16%. That can mean they are making 400-1600% profit on your $$$$ AND only have to payback in DE-flated money 35 years later.

There has to be an enlightened banker here. Not a sales guy but one that will talk about how THEY make money.

To me. If you can buy something cheap that you will still have and want 35 years from now. Make it happen and enjoy it for 35+ years. (I have had my flatfender for 45 years :)) As for the wife, make it happen now also, testosterone will not rise as easy 35 years from now. And you will be lucky to shoot your age on the course. Cheers.

Where you want to skimp now is what you won't remember 35 years from now. Movies, restaurants, too many techie products that will have obsolete lifetimes, etc. (((And thinking about a second wife)))
 

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It is doable, some take off more frequently than that. But a few things make it hard

1. Retirement accounts are built that you can get the money till a certain age. So you have to invest/save somewhere else you can get your money out of

2. Healthcare in the US is a clusterfuck. You either go uncovered or pay out the nose

3. Many professions don't lend well, and employeers look at jobless times as bad, in general. Some occupations work better than others

4. Family - kids, pets, etc. Costs go up and it gets complex as they get older. Can be solved...

The best way I've seen people pull it off it traveling. They take a year off every few and travel the world. There are a ton of countries where a dollar goes further than here, Healthcare is a gamble anyway, and it doesn't look as bad on a resume to say you were traveling across Africa instead of how you spent all spring fishing on your bass boat. Or you can "invest" in rental homes, small cash businesses, etc that by the time you have 5-6 pay your salary with minimal intervention. Then your "retired" but have active income.

Other option is to retire at 60ish and buy every toy you want, hit it hard and figure one of them will kill you before you run out of cash at 70

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^^^^^^^ LOL

AT 65 we have medicare which handles the basics. Then it is up to you to add on the extra's. My health care plan is near 100% and about $400/month. I didn't take SS until 70 and my take home is about $1100. I always figured that SS would all be sucked up with medical, and to not plan on it. So far, so good.
As you say... Where will we be 30 years hence??? But any which way, planning no SS and some medical is a good start. If that gets problematic, you would have Venezuela in our streets.
 

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There's plenty of people on expedition portal who have either hit the road full time or done a year on the road and I'm guessing some good reading on how they did it.

This is our plan. Pretty half-baked at this point, but I think we're about 5 years out from trying out full-timing in our RV. I think we'll be able to get that done for about $6k/month, but that's based on a spreadsheet, not actual data.
 

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^^^^^^^ LOL

AT 65 we have medicare which handles the basics. Then it is up to you to add on the extra's. My health care plan is near 100% and about $400/month. I didn't take SS until 70 and my take home is about $1100. I always figured that SS would all be sucked up with medical, and to not plan on it. So far, so good.
As you say... Where will we be 30 years hence??? But any which way, planning no SS and some medical is a good start. If that gets problematic, you would have Venezuela in our streets.
That's the same way I see medical stuff. I don't know if I'll have enough, but I know I'll have much more than most. So, if I'm totally screwed...
 

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My problem with the OP’s original idea is that in 40 years of working, you would get 4 years off. What happens when you’re actually at retirement age? You’ll have enough for one year before you need to go back to work. The point of saving as you go is to get the power of compounding interest. 40 years of saving is worth way more than 40x 10% of your salary.
 

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My problem with the OP’s original idea is that in 40 years of working, you would get 4 years off. What happens when you’re actually at retirement age? You’ll have enough for one year before you need to go back to work. The point of saving as you go is to get the power of compounding interest. 40 years of saving is worth way more than 40x 10% of your salary.
i am in no way indicating that you shouldnt save for the end game of traditional retirement. the mini retirement savings would be in addition to that long term savings, in a liquid account with no tax advantage. i would also strategically take the time off so i have enough taxable income in a single year to contribute to IRA accounts.

i have also come to realize most people who plan on retiring early pump all their money into 401ks or IRAs for the tax advantage, but forget it has age restrictions, so they put themselves in a tough spot if there is an opportunity to retire early. so i will be doing some non retirement savings allowing me to have some operational capital in the event i want to retire 'early'
 

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i am in no way indicating that you shouldnt save for the end game of traditional retirement. the mini retirement savings would be in addition to that long term savings, in a liquid account with no tax advantage. i would also strategically take the time off so i have enough taxable income in a single year to contribute to IRA accounts.

i have also come to realize most people who plan on retiring early pump all their money into 401ks or IRAs for the tax advantage, but forget it has age restrictions, so they put themselves in a tough spot if there is an opportunity to retire early. so i will be doing some non retirement savings allowing me to have some operational capital in the event i want to retire 'early'
You should definitely try to have a mix of pre and post tax accounts for retirement. If you’re saving enough for your regular retirement, and can save an additional 10% for 10 years, then go for it. I think others have brought up valid points regarding re-entering the workforce after a year. Some jobs are always in demand. Some jobs start to demonstrate age discrimination as early as late 40’s. Reddit has r/FIRE as others have mentioned. Financial Independence Retire Early. They may have more precise planning tools.
 

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I don't know what my end game is just yet. I do know that unless I start to really enjoy what I am doing down the road, there is no way I make it into my 60s working. I have been saving pretty heavily since I started working knowing that I want to retire early.

All that being said, I am going for a major job change within the next year so maybe things will change for me. Enjoy what you do and you never work another day in your life right?
 
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