Post # 1
Has anyone opted not to have kids and live the DINK (double income, no kids) lifestyle with their partner? For the longest time, this was my plan with my ex-FI. I have changed my perspective and now definitely see children in my future.
We will still have a double income, but it will be eaten away by children, lol. I can’t imagine not working after getting two degrees and advancing to where I have in my career. Plus, we can’t raise kids the way we want to on one income. I can see the appeal of living the DINK lifestyle; having less discretionary income will certainly be challenging to get used to.
What about you?
Post # 3
We are, and are very happy.
Post # 4
You can be DINKs and plan to have kids in the future. All DINK implies is that you have 2 incomes and no kids. It doesn’t imply that you’re never going to have kids.
Kids are a few years off for us, and I love watching the expression on the faces of my coworkers with kids when i’m planning nice vacations, talking about my weekends, etc. It’s actually brought up whether we will have kids at all, after all the stories they have shared with us, haha.
Post # 5
Like PP said, its not a permanent thing to be DINK — we are getting married in October and we will have kids in the future. It seems like kids aren’t too far off for us, but we’re both working and we’re trying to save as much as we can (despite a ton of wedding-related expenses coming up in the near future).
In the meantime, we’ve been traveling as much as possible. 🙂
Post # 6
We don’t want kids and we both make very good money. It’s a sweet lifestyle!
Post # 7
We are DINK’s and plan to stay that way. We know what we want and know that although we make good money together, it’s just not possible with children. Plus, I love working, working part time specifically- that would be near impossible to swing financially with children.
Ultimately, we weighed the pros and cons of having children and decided- it’s not for us.
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
Yes we are by choice, however I honestly don’t know what the future will hold since we are both still relatively young. At this point, neither of us want kids, both of us want bunnies and puppies and money instead 🙂 I never even really thought this was a real option until switching job locations from the burbs to the city and noticing that a lot of people I work with (managers in their 40’s/50’s) don’t have kids and are, of course, very happy.
Post # 9
We’re DINKs, although we plan to have kids in the future. For young couples (early 20s) getting married, I think living the DINK lifestyle for awhile is a great way to build a solid foundation and just spend time enjoying being married. Why rush into parenthood a year after you’re married?
Post # 10
We’re currently DINKs, but plan to try to have kids in the future. Hopefully. Though I’ll admit it’ll be hard to give up. Its probably the only point in my life where I can indulge in expensive hobbies guilt-free.
Post # 11
Hopefully we’ll be DINKS soon (the job market has not been kind to me lately). We have never wanted kids. We want to be able to live comfortably.
Post # 12
We are not planning on having kids. When we were in our early 20s we talked about a lot of what-ifs, but the last couple years we really solidified our decision that kids are not for us. I’m going in for the essure procedure at the end of the month.
Post # 13
Now and forever 😀
But our incomes are each not all that much so it doesn’t translate the way it sounds…
Post # 14
We sort-of are & aren’t… partner is older & has adult kids (19 & 21yo). So while he does have kids & we do spend time/money etc on them, our lifestyle is pretty much DINK.
Post # 15
We are DINKs. We recently moved out of the city and into a ‘family’ suburb .. I swear we are the only house on the street to not have young children!
It is very nice to be able to relax whenever you want to, but we do plan on trying to start our own family in a couple years.
Post # 16
We plan to be DINKs but aren’t there yet.