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Subject: Re: How much to FI/RE Date: 9/23/2003 1:49 PM
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ChocoKitty states: I think that I and other women planning for FIRE are in the tiny minority. I've tried to teach my women friends about finances, but they just wave their hands and say "Oh, I'm so bad with money" and change the subject.

That being said, I don't think that men are immune to the fantasy either. I've worked with plenty of men (I work in a male-dominated field) that talk a good game, but turn over all the financial decisions to a stockbroker and run up their credit cards. So rather than depending on a husband to take care of them, they depend on their broker and their credit cards. Same fantasy, different execution.


Evelynk shares:
I guess what you mentioned could be a possibility, but it works both ways. A lot of my earlier credit-card debt was caused by a completely worthless SO. Liked to spend, spend, spend, but couldn't manage to hold a job or pay rent. Fortunately, I left and cut my losses. I shudder to think what would have happened if I had married the guy.

Now I am married to a much more sensible man. One nice thing about marriage (if you marry a like-minded person) is that you can be FIRE'd much faster. I know our situation is different than others, but I don't really think children are in our future, so that leaves us with two incomes to save, instead of just one. That's definitely a benefit.


zsimpson adds:
The greatest part is now my best buddy is a married woman that handles the finances in the house (so do I), she does a much better job than her husband (so do I), they have a small business (so do we), and her wonderful kids are just as nerdy as mine!!


...and Chooey has come to the conclusion that...

"Spenders" greatly outnumber "Savers" of BOTH genders!! So, no matter who you date or start seeing steadily, Mr. or Ms. Saver, you are much more likely to run into a Mr. or Ms. Spender!!!

Does that sound fair? Does that take the "sexist" edge off a bit, Petey?
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