It just seems like it would be easier and faster to make investments to create, say, $5,000 cash flow per month at retirement than to try to save $millions so said investments can be drawn upon and eventually depleted. Isn't the whole point to be creating cash flow, and ways to do so?I dunno. Just thinking out loud. It's my intention to have my rental units provide free housing for me in the years to come, and I don't hear other people talking about it much. Plus I'm starting a fledgling business of my own that I want to figure out how to grow over the years.I know the real estate vs. stocks issue is a long-standing investment topic, and I'm doing both. But I guess I'd rather figure out more ways to be making money than figure out how to be a more draconian saver.Funny you mention this...DH and I decided to get back into the rental property "business" (some things have changed making it a more enticing & viable option for us).We've scaled back our company sponsors plans to 10% contributions and are putting the rest into down payment savings. We plan on buying a 4 plex every 2 years for the next 10 years (5 bldgs).We've calculated that the cash flow - WITH mortgages - will provide us with a solid base for income. The rest will come from retirement savings, and in the differences as the mortgages are paid down.C.
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