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Old 04-16-2010, 11:39 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I started saving for retirement at age 15 (working 3 jobs), left home at 16, got full eldercare responsibility of a disabled parent @ 18, so the party was over for next 30 yrs. I did learn the value of having LTC insurance (which my parent did not have).

I kept living off my part-time jobs most of my life and banked / invested 100% of my full-time paycheck. Bought my first house at age 19 and was at property #20 by the time I pulled the plug at age 49.

Not rich by any means, but also not keen on being employed. Currently health care and property tax expense alone is 10,000x my hourly pay when I was age 18. (i.e. = 5 yrs wages). I live on less that those 2 expenses (includes food, clothes, transportation, house payment, entertainment)

Lesson: start saving much earlier than age 15! or... consider another place than USA to retire... maybe Bangladesh or Dominican Republic.
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Old 04-17-2010, 05:32 AM
Location: Tampa, FL
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Started at the age of 27 after earning my college degree and working fulltime - full contribution to IRA and also separate mutual funds. Saved well over 20% of my paycheck for retirement.
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Old 04-24-2010, 03:42 PM
Location: Tampa, FL
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8-great-companies-to-retire-from.html: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance (http://finance.yahoo.com/focus-retirement/article/107923/8-great-companies-to-retire-from.html?mod=fidelity-changingjobs - broken link)

No reference to military retirement - 20 yrs gets you 50% of your salary for life, usually starting at an early age (40's) - with a cost of living adjustment as well as medical care for you and your family. Great deal serve your country then be rewarded.
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Old 04-24-2010, 05:06 PM
Location: Texas
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Originally Posted by Rita Mordio View Post
I'm just curious if my situation is abnormal.. or the norm for people here.

When I was 16, I got my first job and opened my first bank account. With the account, I got a savings account, checking account, and fee-free IRA. Without any financial obligation, I put a large portion of my check into the IRA, $50 into my checking, and the rest into savings.

Now, I'm 20. I got a better job and I've got financial responsibilities with my apartment... so I'm putting a lesser percentage (but around same amount) into the same IRA. I recently got a letter stating that because I've been so good about keeping my eye on the IRA, they're raising my interest rate!

So my question is: when did you start saving for retirement?
keep it up. you have the right program. I started much the same when I was 18. Now 61 and retired and quite comfortable. Do not count on others or the government. Do it to and for yourself, you will not be sorry.
Also I retired 20 years ago at 41.
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