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Old 05-14-2015, 02:38 PM
Location: in the miseries
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Bh worked nonstop from 18 til now Retired.
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Old 05-14-2015, 03:10 PM
Location: Washington State
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No, I've done non-stop work since at least I was 15 but really earlier I worked for my Dad.
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Old 05-14-2015, 03:25 PM
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I did the paper route bit in jr. high, then worked six days a week in high school, summers in college. After college I worked unless I was fired or quit a job, and then my work consisted of looking for another job.
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Old 05-14-2015, 05:02 PM
Location: Hampstead NC
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I stayed at home with my kids for 9 years. Had a few gaps after that due to layoffs. Had some underemployment. Which gave me more time with my kids. They appreciated it. Looks like I'll be working until I die to make up for it. I don't mind...as a librarian I can easily work part time in my golden years. I have co-workers in their 70s, still contributing!
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Old 05-14-2015, 05:10 PM
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Yes, started in HS and worked while in college.
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Old 05-14-2015, 05:26 PM
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Paper boy in the late 60's, retail, 30 hours a week though high school. Bartended through college and grad school. Once I started full time employment I picked up every Saturday at my brothers deli to make $100 a week extra. I am soon to be 61, sent three through college and they are off the "Daddy dole" and debt free. Will be retiring with $3 million in retirement savings and a full old fashioned pension. Never unemployed and believe it or not have missed three days of work in 40 years, and I get paid for sick days. No debt, bought used cars for cash and paid off the mortgage in 12 years. Max'ed out on 401K and IRA's with a dollar for dollar match on the first 6%. Every raise I got early on I split between me and the 401k. Once I max'ed out on that I turned to deferred income and I am now saving 25% of my salary plus the 6 % the company throws in. Have gifted the kids a ROTH IRA since they started working at 16, they are now in their late 20's with about $50,000 each and they are maxing out on their 401K's. If you think I am not spending anything the wife and I just took the kids and their significant others on a $20,000 vacation. Hard work and a good education paid off for me.
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Old 05-14-2015, 05:33 PM
Location: Nebraska
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Started as a buss boy at age 11 for a local steak house. Switched jobs to local cafeteria and worked till I graduated from High School, then right out of high school I went to work at a local factory. Then retired from there at age 47 with 30 years. So no breaks for 36 years. Then I took 2 months off and then went work for the federal government, after 4 years I quit to go to Alaska. Been semi retired and now fully retired since.
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Old 05-14-2015, 05:51 PM
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yes, started working at 19 and worked until I retired at 67. Only a few days or couple of weeks break when I moved to and from different cities and one time I was laid off, moved and immediately worked as a temp. I was self supporting all my life so had to work! Contrary to popular opinion, us baby boomers knew the meaning of work.
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Old 05-14-2015, 06:39 PM
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Thus far, I've worked from age 16 to now (45) with 11 months of unemployment after getting laid off in 2009. Even during my college years I worked (at a radio station) in between my class schedule. During my layoff time I did freelance work to extend my unemployment benefits as long as I could. So I was still working in some capacity even then (transcription from home).
In one month I turn 45. Replace the word transcription, with software engineering consulting....and everything matches. Even to the radio station part
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Old 05-15-2015, 05:09 AM
Location: Northeast Ohio
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I worked from 12 yrs of age babysitting and a newspaper route until I turned 40 when I got married.
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