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    High income bros. Did going from $150k to $250k make a big difference?

    Seriously. What is the tipping point where stuff feels less stressed?

    Fkkn inflation, $160k doesn't feel like it's even comfortable this year for a family of four.
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    Tax jew takes more of your money. You also lose lots of tax benefits, limited IRA and 401 contribs, child care tax credit, etc
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    Going from 100k and 200k didn't feel different to me but my living expenses are super low.

    There's definitely a breakpoint for everyone where more money is about mogging harder and less about getting the stuff that you want.

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    Originally Posted by LinuxJon View Post
    Seriously. What is the tipping point where stuff feels less stressed?

    Fkkn inflation, $160k doesn't feel like it's even comfortable this year for a family of four.
    Nope. In fact I still live in the same house and drive the same vehicle. All it did was was bring retirement that much closer.
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    Originally Posted by LinuxJon View Post
    Seriously. What is the tipping point where stuff feels less stressed?

    Fkkn inflation, $160k doesn't feel like it's even comfortable this year for a family of four.

    no, unless you are good with saving. you will just find ways to spend it, you will get taxed more and feel more disillusioned as you watch larger chunks of paycheck go to the government, diminishing returns for more work
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    I accumulate a lot more toys and get major projects done around the house

    Everything else is the same


    But I also don’t worry about retirement really so idk my mindset is probably different then people trying to build that up.
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    No but my expense went up. Made 275k last year and netted 190k after taxes lol
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    Yes that jump in my career made a huge difference but only because I wasnt a Dilbert that didnt immediately increase my cost of living...

    Im still living like I was when I made 100k...I am a zero debt guy. Im not a wild'n out buy a 50k watch person. I was able to pay off 100% of my debt (with the exception of my house) within a year (cars/long term investments/wifes small school debt/etc).

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    Originally Posted by TugOfPeace View Post
    Retirement is retarded, don't see the appeal in staying at home doing nothing all day waiting to die. Even if one has enough money to travel and do chit, it gets old quickly, definitely wouldn't want to do that from say 45 to 85.
    I think the point is to make sure you don’t run out of money while doing whatever you want as a grumpy old man.
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    Originally Posted by TugOfPeace View Post
    Retirement is retarded, don't see the appeal in staying at home doing nothing all day waiting to die. Even if one has enough money to travel and do chit, it gets old quickly, definitely wouldn't want to do that from say 45 to 85.
    If this is your version of retirement, ok.

    I want to open a charity so retirement really means not having a steady income for me, not sitting home rotting.
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    Originally Posted by Duckliver View Post
    I think the point is to make sure you don’t run out of money while doing whatever you want as a grumpy old man.
    but why would you want to be a grumpy old man that cant even keep up with people walking through an airport before traveling. Im in the camp of do experiences while your young and able. see too many wait for retirement just to find out they have some life end/limiting illness diagnosed as they were getting ready for their big plans they kept putting off.
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    Originally Posted by TugOfPeace View Post
    Retirement is retarded, don't see the appeal in staying at home doing nothing all day waiting to die. Even if one has enough money to travel and do chit, it gets old quickly, definitely wouldn't want to do that from say 45 to 85.
    Wait till you need money for long term care to stay alive then no amount of saving is ever enough LOL.
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    Going from $60k in mid 2000's to $120k in early 2010's made a HUGE difference. Went from just getting by after paying for housing, transportation, food, moderate savings, and modest entertainment/vacations on $60k, to feeling a lot more freedom at $120k while being able to maximize savings and investments. In today's terms, I would say that would be like going from $80k to $150k.

    However, going from that $120k then, or $150k today, to much higher did not make too big of a difference for us. I have done my best to keep our overhead and lifestyle inflation in control, so could still live very well on $150k today. The additional income has mainly helped with much higher savings/investment, higher level and frequency of entertainment/vacations, more expensive automobiles, etc.

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    Maybe buying all those Rolexes wasn't such a smart idea OP?
    This is a reasonable point. lol
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    Originally Posted by LinuxJon View Post
    Seriously. What is the tipping point where stuff feels less stressed?

    Fkkn inflation, $160k doesn't feel like it's even comfortable this year for a family of four.
    The only advantage is that you can afford to max our your 401k. Other than that, I feel like I still only have the buying power of $80k/year.

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    People actually bother getting out of bed for $250k?
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    People actually bother getting out of bed for $250k?
    that’s monthly income, and bare minimum for miscers
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    People actually bother getting out of bed for $250k?
    I don't wake up for less than 350k.
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    For me personally, breaking $200K for a family of four was when it really started to feel like I was not only no longer paycheck to paycheck, but had a significant amount of financial freedom. Even getting raked on taxes, maxing out FSA's, and contributing a healthy amount to 401K's we are taking home thousands more than we spend each month. We can freely buy what we want without checking the bank account, and if we set a budget and follow it we can easily save a couple grand a month.


    Mind you I don't live in CA like I think you do. Average COL with a 2.5% mortgage on a 275K house and no car notes. If you don't hit at least a couple of those boxes, I could see it getting much more paycheck to paycheck.
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    Went from 103k to 275k. That jump felt huge, but I dumped every red cent into retirement investments and paying down 4% mortgage. I am now higher than that, but lifestyle creep definitely does set in.
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    I'll let you know in two years. Of course by then it will be the equvilent of $75k and I'll have a whole other level of responsibility to deal with.

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    Brb over here making $28/hr and feeling like I have a ton of money while OP out here struggling on 160k.
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    Originally Posted by TugOfPeace View Post
    assuming social security benefits kick in at 65.
    It kicks in at 67, and 10 years from now the trust fund runs try and they start paying out only 70% of what they're supposed to.
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    Originally Posted by placentalprevia View Post
    no, unless you are good with saving. you will just find ways to spend it, you will get taxed more and feel more disillusioned as you watch larger chunks of paycheck go to the government, diminishing returns for more work


    Yea and your brain thinks about the difference in gross, while the real difference is net. So a 50k salary increase you think you get 50k more to spend and can ball on that, in reality after taxes it’s like 30k more, which can disappear pretty quickly
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    I would’ve thought you made more than $160k with all the watches etc
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    Seriously asking if $100k makes a difference? This may be one of the dumbest threads I’ve ever seen and that’s saying a lot
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    Originally Posted by LinuxJon View Post
    Seriously. What is the tipping point where stuff feels less stressed?

    Fkkn inflation, $160k doesn't feel like it's even comfortable this year for a family of four.
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