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Subject:  Re: Your Money or Your Life Date:  7/26/2000  1:51 AM
Author:  hairyfoot Number:  13763 of 794680

The exercises strike me as a major time sink. I'm wondering how many of you did them, and what your impressions were. Did you / do you track every penny you spend? Have you calculated how much money you've made over the course of your life, or your total net worth to the penny? If so how much time does it take?

I read YMOYL shortly after it came out but really didn't apply any of it until I began to think about early retirement.

I've done most of the exercises to one degree or another at one time or another. One spring, I happened to run across several large boxes stuffed with old pay stubs and tax returns while cleaning out an attic so figuring approx. what I'd earned was fairly quick. Later, had to provide an inventory of our valuble items for insurance purposes so while I was going room-by-room anyway, video taped and cataloged all the contents. That took the time (done over two weeks) as we