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Answer all that apply - 1. Married, typical 2 person home, kids gone
116
46.22%
Married, wife and kids at home
71
28.29%
Living a single life, but kids at home
10
3.98%
Living a single life, no kids
32
12.75%
Living with SO, not married, no kids at home
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2.79%
Living with SO, not married, kids at home
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1.20%
Living an "ascetic" bare bones financially life
25
9.96%
Just making it financially
59
23.51%
Lots of money to spend
64
25.50%
Some other lifestyle or arrangement
20
7.97%
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What is Your 50+ Life Situation?

Old 01-02-08, 05:30 PM
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What is Your 50+ Life Situation?

What is your current 50+ lifestyle?

This is an anonymous poll.

Answer all that apply.

Please add other arrangements below. Only 10 choices are allowed.

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Old 01-02-08, 05:43 PM
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married, no kids.

Dual income, but miserly.
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Old 01-02-08, 05:54 PM
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Single.
Teenage son from first marriage lives with me.
Seven year old daughter from second marriage with me about 40% of the time.
Gave up my profession during second marriage to raise mine and her kids and can't get back into it because I don't have current training and experience (it's a young git's game anyway).
Can't get other work because although discrimination on the grounds of age or parenting responsibilities is against the law here in Australia, I'm too old and too restricted to be considered. ****, I applied for a leaflet delivery job recently and didn't even warrant a reply. I've signed up for a librarian's course (at uni) next year, but was rejected for a librarian traineeship on the same day they received my application despite 'no experience needed'. The family fraud ... er ... court system here ensured that most of my payout from the last marriage was spent ensuring I kept contact with my daughter. That was essentially my life savings gone - the ex came into the marriage with nothing and walzed out of it with the house I'd owned at the time and most of the money. So I'm too old to get a job (at 51), can't afford to buy even a small hovel and stupid enough to keep doing the right thing by my kids.

Yeah, I buy bikes, but it's retail therapy - dearer than booze but probably better for me.

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Now if you could have just squeezed in "Some/Moderate amount of money to spend." There is quite a gap between just getting by and having lots to spend.
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Now if you could have just squeezed in "Some/Moderate amount of money to spend." There is quite a gap between just getting by and having lots to spend.
No comment, but Tom was first!
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Old 01-02-08, 06:32 PM
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Tom would be first a lot of the time if'n I didn't bite my fingers. But 'tis a bit unfair for in an earlier life, Tom was a professional pollster. Not that I do it right all of the time ... especially if making one up on the fly on an on-line forum.
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
What is your current 50+ lifestyle?

This is an anonymous poll.

Answer all that apply.

Please add other arrangements below. Only 10 choices are allowed.
Married, no kids, saving and spending wisely (I get to define "wisely" . . . . )
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Old 01-02-08, 06:56 PM
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Married. Wife and one kid at home. Scraping by but looking forward to a little breathing room after paying off two car notes this year.
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DINK:

i shop, i cook, i clean; i work in the garden, i wear pretty things, and i service the woman!

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life is good!
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Married for 20 years

Lived together 10 before that.

A couple a year before that.

Knew each other 3 years before that.

No kids.

All our beloved pets have passed on, and we don't have the heart to bring in replacements.

No extra money, ever. So, we spend what we can and really make it count.

One bike...a Rivendell.
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I made a couple of contradictory answers. Married with kids at home and married without kids at home (I have kids at home and away). Lots of money to spend and just making it. We're not just making it - we're in good financial shape. I have adequate locked-in tax-sheltered investments and have it set up to contribute to them automatically, and a lot of equity in my house, but with 2 kids in University (including one out of town) expenses are high at the moment so cash flow is being closely monitored.
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Life is good! My wife "let" me buy a '05 Trek Madone 5.9 SL, I have the same bike I rode over 30 years ago (VISCOUNT Aero Pro by Trusty in pristine condition) All the toys I want and everything I need. What else is there?
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1. Married, typical 2 person home, kids gone

Lots of money to spend
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Old 01-02-08, 07:31 PM
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Married, wife just went back to work after 13 years at home. All the extra money is going towards paying bills and saving for the kids college expenses.
Every time we get things paid off lightning hits (literally) or something else. My daughter celebrated her 20th birthday today by having the second car accident within 30 days. She's shaken up but otherwise ok. The last accident hadn't been repaired yet so this one was additive so to speak.
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Married, wife's youngest son living in guest house, wife's oldest son in Kansas Highway Patrol Academy, his fiance' sharing the guest house for another couple of months pending his graduation and the wedding. My two kids are grown and gone. We have enough income to be debt free and have a nice nest egg of savings and investments. We live a moderate lifestyle with an emphasis on more savings to assure a comfortable retirement. I guess we have more to spend than we do spend, which for me is the only way to live.
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Married 24 years. Tried, but no luck having kids. Didn't want them badly enough to adopt. Had a household of pets, but down to one old cat. Both working right now. We like our toys.
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Married, two person home, never were any kids, not enough $$$ to retire.
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I only learned recently that we (wife and me) apparently are now classified as, baby-booming altruistic dinks. And, as both of us dinks are not-aligned with a political party, we will be deciding who your next president will be. Who knew?

Please note, however, that in our case, our votes will be canceling each other out. Moreover, the next presidential election will be decided prior to any tally of California voters or the country is doomed.

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Married twenty six wonderful years and lived in sin for two before that. Both kids out of the house. We have two schipperkes and two chinchillas for company. We are okay financially and am able to sock away a good chunk into the old retirement account and still have some fun. Will be better when the real estate market comes back.
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Married for 26+ years, no kids at home (both married off), more than enough money but we live simply. Living the vida loca in a tropical paradise (tis the time of year folks - as it gets worse up there, I gloat more - sorry)
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The 19th of this month I will be married 31 years to my high school sweetheart. Both our kids are grown and have left, but are back home again due to failed relationships and other problems. I kid them that I run the "Broken Wing Hotel" for birds who cant fly.

Financially, my wife and I manage to get by, but it's not easy sometimes. I can still buy bike shwag, even a new bike for my wife, but we have to budget like a lot of people do. I'm just thankful we're all together and still in reasonably good health. (cross fingers)
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The 19th of this month I will be married 31 years to my high school sweetheart. Both our kids are grown and have left, but are back home again due to failed relationships and other problems. I kid them that I run the "Broken Wing Hotel" for birds who cant fly.

Financially, my wife and I manage to get by, but it's not easy sometimes. I can still buy bike shwag, even a new bike for my wife, but we have to budget like a lot of people do. I'm just thankful we're all together and still in reasonably good health. (cross fingers)
We fled the country to make this harder, but our son and his wife came down to work for us - who figure on that! (we are glad to have them in truth)
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Divorced for several years. Two kids in college, daughter is away but IM's frequently and son materializes often at 2:00AM staring into the fridge. I knew I would be tightly budgeted when they hit college...and it turned out so. Not looking forward to retirement-- I like teaching, keeps me, salmon-like, in the stream of life. Cycling was "there" for me through divorce several years ago and a heartbreak a few years ago. Amazing how the****utic riding your brains out can be.

Recently decided time to look for someone new, but, to be honest, many women I meet my age are into collecting porcelain pigs, or scrap booking. Holy Sh*t! What's with that? But I persevere.
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Originally Posted by cgallagh View Post
Married twenty six wonderful years and lived in sin for two before that. Both kids out of the house. We have two schipperkes and two chinchillas for company. We are okay financially and am able to sock away a good chunk into the old retirement account and still have some fun. Will be better when the real estate market comes back.
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A serious question: What sort of company does a chinchilla provide?
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