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Old 08-29-2013, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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A co-worker has been here just over 44 years. He was married 44 years ago, and they are coming up on 44 years of living in the same home. I thought that was amazing. He also told me that his wife packs him a lunch every day and she has been doing that for the 44 year time frame. She clips coupons. They paid their home off early, years ago. They did finally by their 1st new car, 3 years ago and paid cash for that. He drives a Dodge fullsize pickup that he bought used 9 or 10 years ago. He plans on repainting it next year as the paint has some fade marks. All of their 7 kids have been raised and are on their own. Both him and his wife are still "young" at heart anyway. Not much they can't do. I doubt that they are going to hit up the clubs on the weekends, still they are able to live and do what they want. he says that he likes living the way that they are living. I mentioned yo him that he doesn't like change much. He told me that one of the keys to his happy life was making sure that they were debt free so that they had freedom and didn't have to worry about much. He could retire today if he wanted to but has no intentions of doing that. Just thought this was a cool story. A lifestyle that I wouldn't mind living myself.

Have others done this or are working on this kind of lifestyle?
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:14 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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DH has worked for the same employer for 30 years. We are married almost 33 years. We have lived in the same house since 1987.
I do not think we are amazing. Many of my neighbors are the same way.
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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OK, maybe others have a similar story. Still few people stay at the same employer that long. My parents have been married over 50 years and were in their 1st home for 38 years. They moved 10 years ago to their current home. During that time my dad was in the Navy, worked for Southern California Edison, ran a business, and finally retired from Wells Fargo.

Still, how many people started working at the same company, got married, and bought a home all within a 2 year period of time and have been holding steady for more than 40 years. I don't know anyone else that I can think of near me.
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:34 PM
 
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It is amazing to me. I cannot imagine 44 straight years of anything.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:32 PM
 
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44 years at one employer? Work for the government? All three are longshots, together that is almost unique.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:59 PM
 
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A co-worker has been here just over 44 years. He was married 44 years ago, and they are coming up on 44 years of living in the same home. I thought that was amazing. He also told me that his wife packs him a lunch every day and she has been doing that for the 44 year time frame. She clips coupons. They paid their home off early, years ago. They did finally by their 1st new car, 3 years ago and paid cash for that. He drives a Dodge fullsize pickup that he bought used 9 or 10 years ago. He plans on repainting it next year as the paint has some fade marks. All of their 7 kids have been raised and are on their own. Both him and his wife are still "young" at heart anyway. Not much they can't do. I doubt that they are going to hit up the clubs on the weekends, still they are able to live and do what they want. he says that he likes living the way that they are living. I mentioned yo him that he doesn't like change much. He told me that one of the keys to his happy life was making sure that they were debt free so that they had freedom and didn't have to worry about much. He could retire today if he wanted to but has no intentions of doing that. Just thought this was a cool story. A lifestyle that I wouldn't mind living myself.

Have others done this or are working on this kind of lifestyle?
I work for the government and have been with the same employer 16 years. I do save a substantial chunk of my modest income so that I won't need to work if I don't want to. I'm reaching the point where I could almost retire in a 3rd world country, although money would be very tight...but it's good to know that being able to permanently walk away from paid employment is becoming a real option for me in my early 40s. Alternatively, if I ever lost my job, I could probably get by in the U.S. on a low paying job, never save another dime, leave the money I have invested alone, and I'd probably be ok to retire at 55, assuming my pension actually pays out; and at 60 if the pension goes bust.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:41 AM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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Although my hubby didn't work 44 years for the same employer - only 30 - much of how we have lived is the same. I never really thought of it as being unique and hardly ever thought that we were being frugal.. We didn't have 7 kids, only 2. House paid off years ago and we have lived in it 40 years this December, making improvements and repairs as needed. Right now we are concentrating of doing some decorating. We each drive a fairly recent model car and those have been paid for - no car payments here for over 4 years. We've been able to take some nice vacations - flying to other parts of the country, but so far haven't been overseas. One of our kids graduated college. We now live on SS, pension, and a few investments.
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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44 years at one employer? Work for the government? All three are longshots, together that is almost unique.
we work at a hospital. I think if you were to work for the government you would get out after 30 as you could get your retirement and do something else if you want. Unless that has changed. I used to wonder why government employees would leave a job that it would seem they loved after they were there 30 or so years. Wish I would have done the same thing. LOL
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:40 AM
 
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sounds like a boring life if you ask me. Life needs its ups and downs..
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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LOL! I've had at least six employers who have gone bankrupt or sold out, and worked at at least a dozen different things and moved somewhere around sixteen times. While the co-worker in the OP has been saving up to live life, I've done it.

Different strokes.
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