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Old 07-26-2009, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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Living under a "vow of poverty" is a euphemistic rationalization for suffering a break with reality that renders one unable to interact normally with the prevailing social structure.
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Old 07-27-2009, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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It's always interesting when you see some one who takes the opposite extreme of something they view of extreme in itself. When I see something like that there has always been something very bad and very close to the person in the past in the extreme they are trying to get away from, I wonder what it is for him. If it works for him, best of luck to him.

I don't think I would do it, even if I felt I could...I like good food and good medical care. Moderation in all and paying yourself are the keys to life for me, never got into that "spend, spend, spend" mode or "The world is ending, save, save, save", it just gives you an ulcer jumping around like that. Simplicity works great, but only if you do it for yourself rather then to be at war with consumer society.
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Old 07-27-2009, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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The ideal combination is frugality (not to this extreme, though) combined with a good income. It's amazing how fast you can accumulate wealth that way. The BMWs and boats and vacation cruises we didn't buy are the retirement and free time we enjoy today in our 40s. And living frugally makes retirement that much more sustainable and comfortable as well.
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Old 07-27-2009, 06:08 PM
 
Location: On a Farm & by the sea
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Great for you, Bob. I wish DH and I were farther along on our retirement road. I really enjoy hearing early retirement stories from hard working folks who planned well. It would be cool for you to start a thread to collect early retirement stories from others on this forum (hint, hint!)
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Old 07-27-2009, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Great for you, Bob. I wish DH and I were farther along on our retirement road. I really enjoy hearing early retirement stories from hard working folks who planned well. It would be cool for you to start a thread to collect early retirement stories from others on this forum (hint, hint!)
Yes, Bob, please do. I don't think I'd mind retiring at 40.
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Old 07-28-2009, 08:35 PM
 
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Great for you, Bob. I wish DH and I were farther along on our retirement road. I really enjoy hearing early retirement stories from hard working folks who planned well. It would be cool for you to start a thread to collect early retirement stories from others on this forum (hint, hint!)
There's a really good blog on this subject:

www.earlyretirementextreme.com

It's a great mix of philosophy and practical nitty-gritty stuff.
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:48 PM
 
Location: Denver
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There's a really good blog on this subject:

www.earlyretirementextreme.com

It's a great mix of philosophy and practical nitty-gritty stuff.
Thanks for the link. It will probably keep me entertained for the next couple weeks.
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Old 07-29-2009, 07:24 AM
 
Location: On a Farm & by the sea
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Thanks MysticalTyger! Rep to you.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:55 AM
 
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There's a really good blog on this subject:

www.earlyretirementextreme.com

It's a great mix of philosophy and practical nitty-gritty stuff.
Great link!

Probably a bit more do-able for us "average folks" . When I posted the original story, I knew it was "extreme", just found it interesting.
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:27 PM
 
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More power to him. I don't judge.
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