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by 10YearPlan
Tue May 23, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it worth it spending money to keep your house looking sharp?
Replies: 37
Views: 3828

Re: Is it worth it spending money to keep your house looking sharp?

Yes. My home is a reflection of me and I like to have a home that shows I care, both inside and out. And I do care what my neighbors think, but this is mostly for me and my family. That said, some expenses bother me more than others. I will gladly pay for something that makes an impact, appearance-w...
by 10YearPlan
Mon May 22, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your priorities for retirement?
Replies: 56
Views: 4955

Re: What are your priorities for retirement?

Fortunately or unfortunately, early retirement coincides with kids in college, so I will likely retire in stages: Semi-Retirement: Consider buying property somewhere warm for us to become snowbirds Dial back hours at work--possibly begin consulting. Travel more often. We're already traveling a fair ...
by 10YearPlan
Mon May 22, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Issue With Real Estate Agent (Seller)
Replies: 56
Views: 4889

Re: Issue With Real Estate Agent (Seller)

Last time I sold a property (condo), which went pretty quickly, I was shocked/surprised by the comments we received from the people who did a walk through. For example, many, many people commented on how they loved my dining room table and table setting. Since neither the table nor the table setting...
by 10YearPlan
Fri May 19, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to stay on a budget?
Replies: 31
Views: 3162

Re: How to stay on a budget?

Full disclosure: we don't follow a budget and could probably benefit from some belt-tightening ourselves. Do you have a goal with what you'd do with the extra money saved? If so, since you're already proven to be good savers, I'd set an account up with a specific purpose like Vacation Fund or New Ca...
by 10YearPlan
Fri May 19, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Quickest Path to Financial Independence
Replies: 27
Views: 4088

Re: Quickest Path to Financial Independence

I agree with the others that the path to financial independence is usually not a fast one, but you can improve your chances through a combination of the following: 1. Earn more income. As a freelancer, you may already know this, but there are lots of apps related to the "gig economy" that ...
by 10YearPlan
Fri May 19, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are the powers of HR in a company?
Replies: 40
Views: 3031

Re: What are the powers of HR in a company?

My wife worked in HR for many years, here is the inside scoop: 1. They are not your friends 2. They are 100% agents of The Company. Engage with HR only to the extent you must to get your work done, otherwise shut up. You have nothing to gain by opening up to HR. They are a necessary overhead to com...
by 10YearPlan
Fri May 19, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are the powers of HR in a company?
Replies: 40
Views: 3031

Re: What are the powers of HR in a company?

I have spent my entire career in HR/Recruiting and my answer to you is: it depends. Some companies leverage HR as true partners in the hiring process and in those cases, yes, HR can make/break an offer. In other companies, HR is not as well respected and is involved as a formality, more or less. In ...
by 10YearPlan
Fri May 12, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How specific/specialized is your Living Will?
Replies: 22
Views: 1115

Re: How specific/specialized is your Living Will?

Mine/ours are not very specific but I've been thinking about updating them recently because I do have a lot of experience with actually using them, sadly. Both of my parents were very sick/in declining health for many years before they died. Both had a DNR/no extra measures on their Living Will. How...
by 10YearPlan
Fri May 12, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Nonqualified Deferred Compensation distributions
Replies: 13
Views: 781

Re: Nonqualified Deferred Compensation distributions

I began contributing around 2010 and choose a 5 year payout period post termination of employment. However, our Board of Directors decided to accept a takeover offer in 2015 resulting in a change-in-control of the company. This triggered a provision in the plan whereby all deferred amounts had to p...
by 10YearPlan
Thu May 11, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Nonqualified Deferred Compensation distributions
Replies: 13
Views: 781

Re: Nonqualified Deferred Compensation distributions

I chose the longest distribution period available each time. I think the first two years that was 5 years and more recently, 10. I hate that this is my only option (not allowed to contribute to 401(k), but I will now begin to think of it as a Bridge.income in earli retirement.
by 10YearPlan
Sat May 06, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Stay home with kids?
Replies: 103
Views: 7238

Re: Stay home with kids?

I'll answer this way.... Mid 30's, barely started work and almost SEVEN MILLION dollars - When you have won the game why keep playing? What's the long term plan here? Make it to 20M, 25M? This is a really good call out. I inferred, due to the poster's age, education and career status, that earning ...
by 10YearPlan
Sat May 06, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job Decision
Replies: 53
Views: 3586

Re: Job Decision

Thanks for the input. For all questions 1. Communication is not a problem. My business analytical reports were the best (comments from top managers). I admit when I am tired or in a rush, my writing may be sloppy. 2. Higher offer is impossible due to organizational structure. also, let me put this ...
by 10YearPlan
Sat May 06, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Stay home with kids?
Replies: 103
Views: 7238

Re: Stay home with kids?

We make less and no awesome windfall, but DH stays home with kids. Financially you will make it work if you want to. the pace of your life changes when one is home, hopefully for the better. Weekends are more free, household duties divide up quicker and manage to just get done (at least to me). The...
by 10YearPlan
Sat May 06, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Stay home with kids?
Replies: 103
Views: 7238

Re: Stay home with kids?

I think you need to ask yourself: will you be satisfied as a SAH Parent? I am not as highly educated, nor as highly compensated; nonetheless I know that being a SAH Mom would not be fulfilling to me. If I were you, I'd consider whether I could maybe dial back a bit--is there any way to squeeze in mo...
by 10YearPlan
Fri May 05, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: wife offered her bosses position, questions
Replies: 17
Views: 1211

Re: wife offered her bosses position, questions

My two cents, in order of importance: PLEASE DO NOT TALK TO HER MANAGER. It will not reflect well on you, but more importantly, it will make her look weak. Not the image she wants or needs to convey in her career. As for the rest, I would encourage her to take the job if she's interested. Do a great...
by 10YearPlan
Wed May 03, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to fund 529 college expenses (13 to 16 yr horizon)?
Replies: 5
Views: 491

Re: How to fund 529 college expenses (13 to 16 yr horizon)?

Personally, I would not (and have not done so myself), transfer money from investments made prior to marriage into a 529. I would keep that money earmarked for retirement or other long term objectives. When the kids go to college, you will always have the option of also tapping that taxable account,...
by 10YearPlan
Wed May 03, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How quick is too quick for a job offer?
Replies: 29
Views: 3280

Re: How quick is too quick for a job offer?

Some folks here are being quite conservative. I'd be eager to join a firm who could manage to do three interviews and then hire quickly. Sometimes these processes can take so long and I think sometimes they do so because they do so and not for any good reason. Nice comment - agree completely. As a ...
by 10YearPlan
Wed May 03, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How quick is too quick for a job offer?
Replies: 29
Views: 3280

Re: How quick is too quick for a job offer?

Some companies/departments are efficient when it comes to hiring, some are not. Also, hiring is painful. Especially when the position is vacant. So it is natural to want to minimize that pain. I would not read into a fast offer any more than I'd read into a longer process-it's typically not about yo...
by 10YearPlan
Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Baby on the way checklist
Replies: 34
Views: 2810

Re: Baby on the way checklist

Looks like it is worth it to sit down with an estate lawyer and get all of the paperwork settled with peace of mind. On the fence about 529, think I may just do enough to get the state tax deduction and forget the rest. Appreciate all of the responses. Congratulations. On the topic of 529s, I think...
by 10YearPlan
Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Why not add a "like" button to Boglehead posts?
Replies: 143
Views: 18534

Re: Why not add a "like" button to Boglehead posts?

Personally, I would appreciate a LIKE button and find it ironic that we're open to emojis but LIKE buttons are for 12 year olds. That said, other than emojis there is a certain old-school charm about this forum's UI (and many of its participants) that give it a sense of charm. Perhaps even an air of...
by 10YearPlan
Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Banned from Home Depot Returns
Replies: 131
Views: 46603

Re: Banned from Home Depot Returns

Hello, I've been doing a lot of work around my house, and sometimes I will buy an extra few pieces/parts and make the returns to Home Depot. In the past, I've made returns without receipts, and just use the store credits for future purchases. After the new year I traded in AMEX points for a $200 Ho...
by 10YearPlan
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 529- should I stop contributing?
Replies: 46
Views: 5326

Re: 529- should I stop contributing?

It's actually not as common as it should be. I believe less than half of 401k plans (employers) allow post tax contributions, so you have to check. Even when they do, many people don't know they can make them. Larger companies tend to be more likely, but that doesn't mean smaller companies won't. W...
by 10YearPlan
Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 529- should I stop contributing?
Replies: 46
Views: 5326

Re: 529- should I stop contributing?

It sounds like you're in very good shape. Rather than over-saving, I would put the money into your taxable account. I'm assuming you could fund any shortfall and have plenty for retirement. If you see that there will be a shortfall or graduate school is in the cards, you can also put some of that m...
by 10YearPlan
Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 529- should I stop contributing?
Replies: 46
Views: 5326

Re: 529- should I stop contributing?

I would stop contributing, at least for now. I would spend the next 5 years building up taxable investments. Then revisit. If the college tuition inflation has outpaced your earnings, you can always choose to contribute again or cashflow the delta when the time comes.
by 10YearPlan
Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any regrets living a frugal life for high income/high networth individuals?
Replies: 170
Views: 19778

Re: Any regrets living a frugal life for high income/high networth individuals?

Frugal is a comparative term. I'm frugal compared to a billionaire. I think it's more important to be be responsible with your money than it is to try to "out frugal" someone. Living below your means (or at your means once retired) seems like a better yardstick to me. Many people try to m...
by 10YearPlan
Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why never speak badly about boss? [Need Bogleheads' wisdom]
Replies: 138
Views: 12756

Re: Why never speak badly about boss? [Need Bogleheads' wisdom]

OP here, and I want to thank everyone who responded to this thread. Although my gut was telling me it would not generally be a good idea to speak badly about my boss, my current toxic situation caused me to post, and this thread gave me many new, additional perspectives to think about. As I contemp...
by 10YearPlan
Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New job and offer - recruiter sent a wrong $$
Replies: 43
Views: 4994

Re: New job and offer - recruiter sent a wrong $$

A move to another company is one of the few times you can make a double digit overall increase in your compensation. Don't squander this opportunity. Negotiate to an improved offer or decline it but do not accept the same money you are making now. I agree with this. This is the ultimate "lean ...
by 10YearPlan
Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New job and offer - recruiter sent a wrong $$
Replies: 43
Views: 4994

Re: New job and offer - recruiter sent a wrong $$

OP-I am sorry you are in this situation. My thoughts and advice are as follows: -You don't say whether the recruiter is internal to the company or not. If external, he/she could be trying to play a game of hardball with you. Lots of agency recruiters are trained that way. It could be a lot of bluste...
by 10YearPlan
Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Helping adult children
Replies: 81
Views: 8134

Re: Helping adult children

Another vote for keeping it as even as possible to prevent the potential build up of resentment. To make it easier for you, maybe just do a set amount as a gift each year to both, proactively, and that's it. This will also potentially help the son who does need your help to "make do" with ...
by 10YearPlan
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any regrets living a frugal life for high income/high networth individuals?
Replies: 170
Views: 19778

Re: Any regrets living a frugal life for high income/high networth individuals?

Its interesting that people think that some spend money to keep up with the jones. There is also the possibility that the individual spenders may actually like what they buy, regardless of the joneses. I definitely like buying certain things. I wont shop in a thrift store as someone mentioned earli...
by 10YearPlan
Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you are financially independent, how much monywould you bother to make?
Replies: 31
Views: 3673

Re: If you are financially independent, how much monywould you bother to make?

Still very much on the hamster-wheel myself, but I thought this was an interesting question. A lot of people seem to find great satisfaction in finding travel deals, eeeking out the most value from points, devising strategies for earning points/miles, etc. -- so much so that it has become a hobby fo...
by 10YearPlan
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why never speak badly about boss? [Need Bogleheads' wisdom]
Replies: 138
Views: 12756

Re: Why never speak badly about boss? [Need Bogleheads' wisdom]

randomguy, << In my experience people that take the initiative to figure out what needs to be done and get it done even if it isn't their job are the ones getting promoted. They are far more valuable than the ones that are only concerned about their individual job. >> Not in my 30+ years working ex...
by 10YearPlan
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why never speak badly about boss? [Need Bogleheads' wisdom]
Replies: 138
Views: 12756

Re: Why never speak badly about boss? [Need Bogleheads' wisdom]

And I do just that. Which gets back to my original point. I am not saying I am a great leader, but I know my team is happy and we regularly give/receive feedback. So, chances are someone will never feel compelled to go above my head, even when I am annoying, or they disagree, etc. So, I am good. I ...
by 10YearPlan
Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why never speak badly about boss? [Need Bogleheads' wisdom]
Replies: 138
Views: 12756

Re: Why never speak badly about boss? [Need Bogleheads' wisdom]

I am not suggesting that the person should do somebody else's job. Nor am I suggesting that all bosses are open to feedback. Many (most?) aren't. Only you can know whether making suggestions for improvement will be welcome or put you on a blacklist somewhere. That said, the OP was about why we neve...
by 10YearPlan
Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why never speak badly about boss? [Need Bogleheads' wisdom]
Replies: 138
Views: 12756

Re: Why never speak badly about boss? [Need Bogleheads' wisdom]

Hi Klang, I know I will not be able to win this argument with you, so I won't even try, but let me just say that I respectfully disagree with you on both points. I believe that everyone (regardless of whether he/she is a leader) needs feedback, whether they like it or not. Feedback is critical to g...
by 10YearPlan
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When does it make sense to start paying down (or off) a low rate mortgage?
Replies: 53
Views: 5363

Re: When does it make sense to start paying down (or off) a low rate mortgage?

Right now my strategy is to slowly chip away at the balance by paying extra each month, but it's not going to get me to paid off status unless I get more aggressive. That being said...my answer, for now: When the mortgage balance is at a point where I can pay it off while still maintaining an adequa...
by 10YearPlan
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What constitutes "a lot" of money?
Replies: 81
Views: 11311

Re: What constitutes "a lot" of money?

My definition of a lot has evolved over the years but mostly in relation to my income not my portfolio and it's definitely not always rational. But I guess, if I had to say what causes me to pause before I just buy something, that number is pretty firmly fixed at around $300. If over $300, I have to...
by 10YearPlan
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Calling for all the Moms: career and family.
Replies: 42
Views: 5422

Re: Calling for all the Moms: career and family.

This is just my opinion so please don't take offense, and also I realize that every family is different. What works for one family might not work for another. I personally would never put a career above my child. He's my first priority and if that means I don't work at all or I only work part time,...
by 10YearPlan
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why never speak badly about boss? [Need Bogleheads' wisdom]
Replies: 138
Views: 12756

Re: Why never speak badly about boss? [Need Bogleheads' wisdom]

If you're brave (and working on that EQ), you could broach the topic with your boss directly. You could say: "Boss, I've noted x, y and z lately and was wondering if you'd be willing to hear my input on how we could improve/change/work together on a solution". OR "Boss, are you open ...
by 10YearPlan
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Calling for all the Moms: career and family.
Replies: 42
Views: 5422

Re: Calling for all the Moms: career and family.

This is just my opinion so please don't take offense, and also I realize that every family is different. What works for one family might not work for another. I personally would never put a career above my child. He's my first priority and if that means I don't work at all or I only work part time,...
by 10YearPlan
Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why never speak badly about boss? [Need Bogleheads' wisdom]
Replies: 138
Views: 12756

Re: Why never speak badly about boss? [Need Bogleheads' wisdom]

In my 32 years at two megacorps, I had good and mediocre bosses. I managed to avoid the bad ones, thank goodness. I've also had a couple of overseas assignments which meant that I had ample opportunities to meat a constant parade of vice presidents and executive VP's who were checking up on their f...
by 10YearPlan
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Calling for all the Moms: career and family.
Replies: 42
Views: 5422

Re: Calling for all the Moms: career and family.

Working mom here. While my situation is very different than yours, I wanted to reply because I don't think there are a huge number of working moms on this board. Hope I am wrong about that, but if they're on here, they're very stealthy in my opinion. In my case, I never left the working world and co...
by 10YearPlan
Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How many financial secrets?
Replies: 58
Views: 5694

Re: How many financial secrets?

...One woman had never balanced a checkbook! It was horrifying. I agree with your main point on both people being financially savvy. I even balanced my checkbook faithfully for several decades starting around 1970. But for the past decade+, I no longer balance my checkbook, due to things like web t...
by 10YearPlan
Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How many financial secrets?
Replies: 58
Views: 5694

Re: How many financial secrets?

Yesterday, I attended one of these financial seminars at a community center. It was OK, did not learn much but the instructors were good and personable and did not push any products at this stage. I sat next to a widow in her late sixties. She is still working as a paralegal and terrified of not ha...
by 10YearPlan
Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How many financial secrets?
Replies: 58
Views: 5694

Re: How many financial secrets?

No secrets, we're definitely a team and on the same page, philosophically, about finances and our goals. That said, my spouse is definitely not interested in the day to day management of said finances. He leaves bill paying entirely to me and I also make smallish investment decisions without his dir...
by 10YearPlan
Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Packing cubes for travel
Replies: 60
Views: 4286

Re: Packing cubes for travel

They're magical. On the front end, from a packing perspective, it keeps things more organized. At the hotel, you just go into the cube you need instead of rummaging, which keeps things more organized. And then packing to leave is easier as a result. I don't ever use drawers at the hotel-I live out o...
by 10YearPlan
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Spending beyond my means, I think..is my budget out of whack?
Replies: 81
Views: 8525

Re: Spending beyond my means, I think..is my budget out of whack?

I meant it more in a relationship or psychological sense. It seems strange for your wife's income not to count in the household budget when finances are so tight and also that you are posting detailed information asking for advice about the tight finances and deliberately leaving that out. Seems li...
by 10YearPlan
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Got my second comma -- what is this anticlimactic feeling?
Replies: 55
Views: 6705

Re: Got my second comma -- what is this anticlimactic feeling?

I think that is a pretty common reaction around these here parts. But this internet stranger thinks it is a big deal and certainly worth noticing and celebrating in some way. My opinion is that if we don't celebrate the milestones accomplished along the way, and enjoy the process of getting from poi...
by 10YearPlan
Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Not opting for 529... anyone else?
Replies: 175
Views: 10185

Re: Not opting for 529... anyone else?

I don't think is has to be that binary - use 529 and don't use 529. You could always fund the 529 up to say 50% of the college costs you expect. That would allow you to take advantage of the benefits 529 offer (be it the tax deduction for amounts contributed, if that applies in your state, or just ...
by 10YearPlan
Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Early Retirement - What are we not considering?
Replies: 14
Views: 3276

Re: Early Retirement - What are we not considering?

If I were you, I'd be considering what trips I would take in the first year of retirement. And then retire already.
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