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Subject:  Is this a sin, or being practical? Date:  2/28/2014  4:27 PM
Author:  DeltaOne81 Number:  74331 of 88418

I've always been a big saver. Even as a kid. I just like having things squirreled away just in case and I definitely don't want to work until I can't stand. Straight out of college I started funding my 401K and a Roth IRA, and not too long after working, I started maxing out my 401K. I'm 32 now, so I've probably been maxing it out for 6 or 7 years.

But life changes. I moved to the NY metro area 5 years ago where expenses are high (and took a slight paycut in doing so). I bought a house 2.5 years ago in NJ with my $12K in property taxes for 1/3 of an acre (*after* I got it knocked down on appeal, heh). And now, I have a kid on the way and am finding out the cost of child care around here... lets just say many colleges are less.

I'm faced with the internal crisis of actually considering scaling back on retirement savings. My wife and I make a good living, and it feels like it should be enough, but everything costs so much. Nevermind saving for college, and all the 5-digit periodic home owner expenses (new roof, new porch, repaving the driveway, etc). I do some things around the house, but I'm not about to start cutting walls open.

I'm looking at cutting back on some expenses - like I don't think we'll be doing much expensive traveling for a while, and we could stand to eat out less, and bring lunches to work - but there's not much I can do about mortgage, taxes, forthcoming child care, etc.

Retirement calculators tell me I have a good chance of being able to retire at 55 with meaningful income even under less than ideal market conditions. Scaling back contributions don't seem to hurt those projections. So I guess it's good that it feels wrong to me to consider cutting back on savings, as opposed to so many Americans who feel wrong saving at all. But it still does.

It is wrong to think about cutting back for other life priorities? Am I sinning against Fool-kind? Or is that just the way life goes?
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