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View Poll Results: If you had a guarenteed income of $1,500 a month you would....
Yes I would keep working 86 64.18%
I would quit and live off 1500 a month 10 7.46%
I would quit to start my own business 12 8.96%
I would work part time-maybe 20 hours a week 11 8.21%
None of these choices would match my behavior 15 11.19%
Voters: 134. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-06-2013, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Fredericktown,Ohio
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Being in a 2 income family and our cost of living is cheap I would find no reason what so ever to go to work. If our gvt was that dumb to shell out 1500 bucks a month I would take it. I have a small farm so it is not like I am lazy, I would give my attention to my farm and small money making projects. With both incomes we could pay our bills easily and have some throw money to boot.
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:45 PM
 
Location: mancos
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Couldn't imagine not working,I love my work and love my tools.Carpentry isn't a job it's a way of life,my life.Making gifts for my grandchildren tonite.The new twins are in the cradle I made when their Mom was born.I would spend the extra money on wood,beer, and a carburater for my jeep.
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:46 PM
 
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I retired at 49. I get more than $1500 a month but not a whole lot more. I have no bills. I fish, travel and volunteer. I'm in my boat about 150 days a year easy.

If I still worked I'd just earn money to buy stuff. I have enough stuff. I'm all about the adventure now. In the last 6 years I've driven to Alaska and spent a few months volunteering in the summer time. Fishing there is incredible. I also went to Yellowstone for a summer. It's a spectacular place. You need more than a week to see all of it.
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Victoria, BC.
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Have you ever considered getting a job and becoming a productive member of society?
What the hell kind of comment is that...You don't have a clue who I am, what I did for a living or the fact that I've been retired since 2001.... I would say that the fact that I paid over $44,000 last year in income tax makes me a pretty productive member of society .......What I do with MY money is not your business...... Be smart with your money, invest well and you too will be able to retire early....

You know what they say about people who assume....


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Old 12-06-2013, 10:56 PM
 
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What the hell kind of comment is that...You don't have a clue who I am, what I did for a living or the fact that I've been retired since 2001.... I would say that the fact that I paid over $44,000 last year in income tax makes me a pretty productive member of society .......What I do with MY money is not your business...... Be smart with your money, invest well and you too will be able to retire early....

You know what they say about people who assume....

Wasn't being entirely serious there, this is a longstanding question I have for able-bodied adults who don't work

??? How can being smart with your money enable a burger flipper to retire early? I don't see enough investible surplus to make that happen.
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:58 PM
 
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What the hell kind of comment is that...You don't have a clue who I am, what I did for a living or the fact that I've been retired since 2001.... I would say that the fact that I paid over $44,000 last year in income tax makes me a pretty productive member of society .......What I do with MY money is not your business...... Be smart with your money, invest well and you too will be able to retire early....

You know what they say about people who assume....

Wasn't being entirely serious there, this is a longstanding question I have for able-bodied adults who don't work

??? How can being smart with your money enable a burger flipper to retire early? I don't see enough investible surplus to make that happen.

Great pic there, good sense of humor, not quite sure what animal that is.
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Old 12-06-2013, 11:05 PM
 
Location: California
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Since it's not my goal to live like a poor college student floating by on student loans and gift from grandma, yes I would work. $1500 would barely pay for a 1 bedroom run down apt in my area. Why is it so expensive? It's a good area...not a place you can live on $1500 a month. I don't think I'd want to live in those areas.
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:35 AM
 
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You need to define work imo. Humans have always engaged in various activities that could be called work. That said by traditional job standards 1500 a month is doable, but not really going to go but so far. If you made some choices you could get it to be doable.

However, without changing the rest of the corporate control model everyone having a set income I don't think would change much. The ones at the top would simple make changes to suck that up, as well.
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Old 12-07-2013, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Victoria, BC.
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Wasn't being entirely serious there, this is a longstanding question I have for able-bodied adults who don't work

??? How can being smart with your money enable a burger flipper to retire early? I don't see enough investible surplus to make that happen.
If he were smart then the burger flipper would acquire skills that pay more and are in demand in the job market wouldn't he/she?
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Old 12-07-2013, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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I would definately still work, I absolutely love my job. But, $1500 extra a month would be really, really nice!!!!
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