How long did it take you to save up money

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  1. quickcat

    quickcat Mouseketeer

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    Would you consider adopting us into your family! :rotfl2: We wish we only had a mortgage- someday!

    We use our tax return and DH bonus for our vacation every year. We also either book way in advance or this year we were hoping for either a kids sail free or GT rate and both came so we got a choice! :goodvibes
     
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  3. EPCOTatNight

    EPCOTatNight I am the Polynesian Parking guy

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    We don't save for vacations. We live a certain lifestyle that allows for us to do what we want when we want to. We vacation at non peak times and take advantage of discounts. We cruise next Sunday after booking less than 3 months ago because of a great gurantee rate. We usually go to WDW in early Dec or early Jan because of less crowds and cost, and we utilize free dining always. We only have 1 child, no mortgage, and no car notes even though we have multiple vehicles. Even though some family members think so, we are not wealthy. We just spend our money differently than they do. Also, we don't have expensive vices (outside of Disney) like gambling, smoking, or alcohol.
     
  4. moomy-san

    moomy-san I'd rather be in O'Gills.

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    My husband has a wonderful job that allows us to use only his salary for our day to day expenses. I own my own business that pays for our vacations and other fun stuff. We generally know a year in advance of our vacation plans and use my $$ throughout the year to book flights, cruise etc.
    We never ever take a vacation that isn't 100% payed off before we go! There is no way my husband would enjoy himself if he was mentally tallying up expenses every day!
     
  5. jbshell

    jbshell Earning My Ears

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    My mortgage payment is less than my car payment lol.. We have a great interest rate due to hubby being a disabled vet.... We do not live beyond our means... But do not have disposable income... We are none other then average middle class citizens...
     
  6. jbshell

    jbshell Earning My Ears

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    That's awesome if I do side jobs like babysitting etc or selling something we add that money to our extras etc.. Like eating put small day trips etc..
     
  7. mimmi

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    This goes a little off topic now, but I guess it often isn't considered resl debt because the alternative would be renting (or coming up with a few hundred thousand Euros all at once). I cover a basic need, living, with my mortgage, renting would be more expensive, so it's definitely better than going into debt just for buying stuff.

    Back on topic: We decided early on about our priorities, bought a small house and only one car (but public transport is much nicer over here and widely used), my husband got a well paid job, so we are able to travel a lot, which, together with our daughter's education, is our top priority.
     
  8. tinkerone

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    we are wanting to take (and pay for) a family cruise in 2014. our children are adults with their own familys so we will be looking for three cabins. add that to the cost of air and we need to save a good bundle. i'm retired so its going to be budget budget budget for a long while. we are sailing this October so we will book the rooms then to get the obc's which will help pay tips at least. I don't want to charge it or cash in investments, wish me luck! :hug:
     
  9. jbshell

    jbshell Earning My Ears

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    Good luck....
     
  10. casinochic

    casinochic Earning My Ears

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    We were able to pay in full after about 5 months of payments. Weekly, we'd buy 2 (sometimes more) Disney gift cards from Target, taking advantage of the 5% off by using Target debit card. For any birthdays or holidays, we asked for Disney gift cards. Last month, there was a Target coupon for $10 off $50 purchase. We used these coupons to buy remaining cards to pay off balance.
     
  11. rbw5t

    rbw5t Earning My Ears

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    I think the reason mortage debt is generally considered as being different (less bad) than other debt is because it is just about the only common type of debt tied to an appreciating asset. Plus, there is the mortgage interest deduction, but in my mind that just affects carrying cost, and is more a detail than a substantive difference. Credit card debt, car debt, etc is all tied to spending/wasting assets, whereas home debt represents an "investment", for whatever that's worth. Similarly, the only type of "favorable" debt, if you believe in any distinction, is student loan debt, because it's also an investment in that, at least in theory, it allows the borrower to increase earning power.

    That's the party line from the finance world anyway -- although of course, not needing to borrow is always best!
     
  12. MedicGoofy

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    My mortgage is not even close to what you are estimating. And to me, it is not debt. It is a necessity of life. As is food. As is transportation. If I can pay these things comfortably, and continue to do what I want, then I am not, to me, in debt.

    To pay my mortgage down 'first' before I travel, would be a waste of life and adventure. If people can comfortably live, able to pay the mortgage, and continue to spend on things they wish, then enjoy life.

    Niether my mortgage, nor spending puts me in debt.
     
  13. Pirate Chica

    Pirate Chica Earning My Ears

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    Wow! Great idea!

    My first Disney cruise is coming up in May. I booked it last May and have been saving $130 bi-weekly so that when the final payment comes up next month, it's paid in full. I normally don't do this -- I usually put it all on the credit card -- but the Disney cruise was definitely an expensive trip compared to our other vacations (I'm in Florida so we do WDW and other attractions often - and I've cruised on CCL and NCL).

    I have a feeling we're going to fall in love with DCL so I'm going to continue saving -- I've got my eye on an Alaskan cruise for 2015!
     
  14. Rogillio

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    If you have convinced yourself that a mortgage loan is not "debt" I am happy for you and I will whistle thru the graveyard with you! :-) You are correct that housing is a necessity but you chose to live in a $50k house or a $150k house or a $500k house and that makes a huge difference in how much and how long you will be paying for that house. i.e. you obligation to pay the loan. The same thing is true with a car loan. You can drive a $15k car or you can drive a $70k car. Transportation is a necesity of life but you obligation to pay (debt) is over much sooner if you drive a $15k pick-up truck than a $55k Corvette.


    I don't mean to harp on this but I know a lot of people who refinance and take the equity out of their home to pay off their credit cards or student loand or car loans and the refinance the 10 years they had left on their mortgage into a 15 year mortgage. And the cycle starts all over again. And so they spend their whole life being a slave to their mortgage and just "accepting" that a mortgage is a way of life like you have. You do not have to carry a mortgage the rest of your life! Pay off your house and quit paying $5k a year or more in INTEREST on that loan.
     
  15. cmwade77

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    While this is indeed true at a basic level, mortgage rates are so low right now that it can be in your financial best interest to make the minimum payments and nothing more. In many cases people only cary a 10 or 15 year loan now, so that is no way leaving them with a mortgage for the rest of their lives.

    It is up to each person to determine what is in their best interest and yes, in some cases that can mean refinancing into a 15 year mortgage and freeing up some money that can be used on something with a higher return than the small amount of interest paid on it will be. And no, not everything can be measured in dollars and cents, I think the previous poster made a very good point about not missing out on live's adventures just to save a few dollars on interest. Now, if we are talking $5,000 a year, yes that adds up, but most people are no where near that amount anymore.
     
  16. newmommie77

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    While u r earnestly paying off that mortgage loan how many family vacations do u attend? Remember, our life can end tomorrow, and all that TIME (which is so much more valuable) and money that one spends on paying off that mortgage loan early is for for nothing. I lost a sister due to a car accident at 32. She was trying to pay off her mortgage early too. She also didn't go on a single vacation in her life.

    With that said, I have absolutely no credit card debt but I do a super safe and expensive car because i don't want any family member of mine to go through again what i did because of a cheap car. I also have a mortgage and I also go on many many vacations a year because if I am gone tomorrow I want my dd to remember our fun times, not me paying off a mortgage.

    Life is short And youth is wasted on the young. I am not going to work my a$$ off now so that i will NOT have a mortgage when my daughter 15 and therefore miss her childhood. She is only this exact age once, and I adore the age. Meaning what ever age she is, I LOVE and don't want to miss out on it.

    Sorry for my rant!
     
  17. jjje

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    We didn't have to save for our upcoming cruise because we are paying for it with the money I earned from my most recent surrogacy. If we had to budget and save for a (non-discounted) cruise we could probably do it in a year if we really scrimped and saved or two years without affecting our day to day life too much. Maybe we'll love this first cruise so much that we'll do whatever it takes to get us on another quickly.
     
  18. PizzieDuster

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    O/T, what a wonderful blessing you have given a couple. :hug:
     
  19. Rogillio

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    Not sure why you are writing this about my post. I did not suggest paying your mortgage off early!! I said it is debt and you should have a plan for paying it off. Life is short and I am all for living large but the reason so many people got upside down on their mortgage loan is because they refinance and take out the equity and then blow the money or buy a bigger house. My goal wa to have our mortgage loan paid off by the time the kids went o college....so we could afford to pay for college. Not saying that is a plan for everyone....but we need to have a plan to eventually pay off that loan so you don't have to work till you are 70.
     
  20. NY Disney fan

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    I don't save for vacations per se. I live a very simple simple lifestyle and save money for emergencies. I do not vacation every year and go every two years or so. Disney every 5 years.
     
  21. newmommie77

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    I wrote it because it felt like your multiple posts were about debt and mortgages. I was simply pointing out that life is short and focusing on paying off debt should not be the focus of ones life. Balance is the key.

    And the reason so may people got upside down on their mortgages is so much more multifactorial, including banks giving 80-20 loans, the over value of land and the recession. My daughters college is also paid for, as is my retirement fully funded but not everyone has that luxury. I was simply pointing out that we should not focus on debt payments. Our kids memories are what will live beyond us, not paying off that debt early.
     

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