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Subject:  Re: I'll never be fashionable... Date:  10/31/2013  4:19 PM
Author:  Windowseat Number:  877691 of 902712

Dad passed away in June and mom and dad are also multi millionaires (although THEY never, ever talk about money, let alone brag about it). In talking to mom last week, she said that although they did travel, they never splurged. On cruise ships they booked cheap, windowless rooms. They always flew coach on very early or very late flights, took buses, stayed in cheap hotel rooms, etc. She did express that they were so used to being frugal that they never stopped even when they could afford it. She wishes they would have lived it up more, while dad was here to enjoy it.

I'm sorry for your loss.

My father had a massive stroke before he could retire, and he died a few years afterward. He and mom had traveled, gone to Broadway shows, taken cruises, and lived a comfortable life while still putting aside money. Mom said after he died that she was glad they had done so many things, rather than just sitting on the money. She had years of memories, and they were good memories. She died just over a year ago, and her estate was just about a million dollars. It's possible to put money aside, and still enjoy life.

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