@canarydiamond: Our dream is to move somewhere warm one day too. Why wait until retirement to enjoy life? We want to live near the ocean NOW!
@Baroness_Meg: We are actually a very low key couple. We have a mortgage, but I bought the house alone and was comfortable paying it alone. We don’t spend much! I think the only thing that would be noticeable is that more would have to go towards bills and we’d have less to save, and less for retirement like you said. I may not notice that now, but I will one day!
@HisIrishPrincess: The contract is for 5 years! I lucked out in that regard. At the same time, it could always be cancelled at any time. Contract isn’t exactly stable. Apparently I get a raise in October if I stick around. It’s tempting to do so because banking money is always a good thing.
@Kings7911: That’s what I worry about! I want to enjoy what I do, but we are used to the money I make. Having less would be an adjustment but I’m hoping I’d also be less stressed.
@MadTownGirl: My last job sounds like what you were describing, but this one isn’t THAT bad. Maybe I just need to suck it up.
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: We mostly use it to save. I will say that we do like weekends away, and try to do that every few months. On a lower salary, I’m not sure we’d be able to do that as often. I guess I’d just have to make a better budget!
@joya_aspera: It’s good to hear that someone else did the same thing I’m considering…and is happy with the decision! 🙂 My friends think I’m nuts to consider leaving where I am.
@Butterfly6: That’s a really interesting outlook, and I always say something similar…I work to make money, not to have fun. Then I use the money I make to have fun! And having less would mean less fun, lol. It’s just hard when you spend so much time at work and you don’t like it. I am good at it though, and could probably make a future here if I wanted.
@Mrs.KMM: My last role was like that, but this one isn’t impacting my health…yet. I know we definitely need two incomes, but perhaps mine doesn’t have to be as high as it is. It’s just that once you start making it, you get used to it!
@pinkshoes: That’s such a good point…My goal is not work at all anymore too! And we do bank a lot of the money I make, hoping to retire early. That’s where we would feel the loss for sure. Some of my friends make $30,000/annually and I’m considering LOSING that much. It’s scary.
@MLDoddie: My FI has a similar outlook. He said it makes sense to save the money now before we have kids, and then find a less stressful job where I can be home more often when we have kids. You decided to leave though? Do you have kids now? I just worry about the ease of finding a job when I want/need one. It’s always hard to do when you actually HAVE to and the jobs seem to roll in when you don’t need them.
@Meowkers: What you said really makes sense to me, and that’s what I worry about. Just becasue I take a *stable* full time job doesn’t mean that it will be any less stressful than what I’m going through now…It just means that I will make less doing it, lol.