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One aspect of the Retire Early subject that I'd like to know more about is how blue collar workers perceive it. From polls conducted on this board, it appears that most participants are independent professionals (largely in the software field). But we have a few participants with blue-collar backgrounds, and I suspect that many others have spoken with blue-collar workers or have some opinions about their attitudes toward the Retire Early idea.

Here are some things I'd like to know about, if anyone can help:

1) Do blue-collar workers believe that they earn enough to support a Retire Early plan? While some might be hard-pressed to retire very early, it seems to me that others would have good prospects. Many blue-collar workers are paid union wages, and are paid extra for overtime. Also, union contracts generally provide for a high level of benefits, and, in some cases, traditional pensions.

2) It is my impression that, while many white-collar workers are married to their primary jobs (whether by personal inclination or company edict), blue-collar workers frequently seek part-time work for extra money. Such jobs could serve as a valuable source of extra savings. Do many see the retire early possibilities opened up by moonlighting income?

3) I presume that blue-collar workers are less inclined to spend vast amounts of money on status goods. They don't need to consider the effect of a house or car in impressing clients, so they might spend less. On the other hand, they might hear less about financial issues when growing up, and not be as aware of the importance of saving. Also, I get the impression that status spending has spread into the blue-collar world with the increased promotion of easy credit.

4) Blue-collar workers might be more independent in their thinking, in my estimation. It might be that they are less likely to hear about Retire Early ideas, but more inclined to act on them in cases where they do hear of them.

5) Blue-collar workers would have less of a problem leaving the job once they acquired sufficient assets. In most cases, they do not consider the job to be the core element of their personalities. On the other hand, they may have fewer outside interests, as a general rule. Or perhaps that's not so.

If anyone has any responses to these comments, or any thoughts of their own, I'd be grateful for hearing them. I'd be particularly interested if anyone could relate conversations they have had with blue-collar workers illustrating their mindset on the possibility of early retirement.
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