Speaking of having 3 kids...

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Speaking of having 3 kids...
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Mon, 04-07-2008 - 3:21pm

Any comments on this editorial that ran yesterday?


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/04/AR2008040403217.html


I really object to the line that says that a family with just two kids is minimalist and "even a little sad."


Any other comments?


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Registered: 04-04-2005
Tue, 04-15-2008 - 10:02pm

Actually though, I did have some issues with the boy the article

 

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Registered: 07-17-2007
Wed, 04-16-2008 - 6:53am
I agree, retirement saving should come first. That is one of the advantages DH and I had by graduating debt free. We both started saving for retirement as soon as we had income (in our 20's). I think some of it is also because we had parents who grew up in the depression and came of age during the rationing of WWII. We are also savers and not spenders. As a result, we have been able to fund both our retirement and our children's college.
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Registered: 07-17-2007
Wed, 04-16-2008 - 8:31am
When I was at Tech, it was considered a safety school for in state people - but not for out of state. We also had one of the worst football teams. I guess times change. Even George Mason is getting a good reputation now.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 04-16-2008 - 9:17am

"Yes, it would be nice for them to graduate debt free but I am not sacrificing my retirement so they can go to Harvard, Yale, or an expensive out of state college."


Or, you could WOH FT and be able to fund college and retirement.


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Wed, 04-16-2008 - 9:21am

I read the article too, and was thinking that his GPA wasn't, quite frankly, THAT high - wasn't it just a 3.4?

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Wed, 04-16-2008 - 10:00am

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Not true in my area....there is a chain of resale shops in my area that target the tweens to teenagers.


http://www.platoscloset.com/


Actually, I take that back....they seem to be across the country.

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 07-17-2007
Wed, 04-16-2008 - 10:44am

That would be cool if they were nearby- but the closest one is around 50 miles. I have found it nearly impossible (with one exception- noted below) to find gently used clothes for my elementary aged children. I have a hard enough time trying to find new clothes that fit them.

Every other year or so I strike it rich at our Congregation's rummage sale. It seems that there is a similarly constructed boy a few years older than my oldest whose parents donate.

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Registered: 04-04-2005
Wed, 04-16-2008 - 11:16am

I graduated debt free but my parents did not pay a dime of my college. I was an athlete and had a combo of athletic and other scholarships. Sometimes I wonder if my kids could do the same and all this savings is not necessary. One of my daughters wants to be an Astronaut and is talking about going to the Air Force or Naval academy. It is way too soon to say that would be a possibility but if it is college would not cost me a dime.


My brother graduated with lots of debt but his wife's grandparents paid it all off.

 

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Wed, 04-16-2008 - 11:27am

But she is funding both college and retirement, just not college at an ivy league school.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 04-16-2008 - 1:04pm

"Are you saving 100% of the cost of Yale for both boys up front?"


We're trying. We have a long way to go, though.


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