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I will agree with WilliamLipp's first paragraph in #13902, and disagree somewhat with the second paragraph. Doesn't it make more sense to pay down the debt before thinking about cars, houses, and investments? Naturally, the cost of living (rent, mostly) where sassyseagull lives is the big driver. But if two incomes are producing $34,000, then the loss of one of them is going to produce a big cash flow problem. Then it's a major penalty to get at the invested money, whether it's in a Roth IRA or in a house.

I'm not saying I'm right here.
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