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golfreak12

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We are officially a DINK couple......
« on: June 08, 2019, 11:04:31 AM »
Wife just graduated from school in Finance and has a job lined up.
$48k to start. 40 hrs and after 1 year she can work at home on Friday.
It might not seems much but $48K is a lot to her.
She came to the US 6.5 years ago and I told her to go to school. I'll take care of everything.
She constantly worried about being able to get a job after college but I really didn't care if she did or not. We are doing pretty good regardless.
I've been making $120K-$130K for the last 5 yrs so with her getting a job is just the icing on the cake.
I joke with her I can retire now. We can live easily on $48K/yr.
Don't know how much longer we will remain a DINK couple as her biological clock is running out and she does want to have a baby.
I'll enjoy for now. Maybe cut back on my work for a little while.

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Re: We are officially a DINK couple......
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2019, 02:10:23 PM »
Congrats to you and especially your DW! - definitely makes a big difference. We are in a similar situation where DW was in school when we got married and has now been working for a little over a year. Luckily she was/is totally cool with investing 100% of her income. It is also nice knowing that I could quit my job and we can live off her income and still save if needed.

Our DINK days are probably numbered as well (we are early 30's), but it sure is good while it lasts. I will probably encourage her to be a stay at home mom for the first 3 years or so if she is interested. Will definitely set us back though. I figure having 1 kid will require us to work an extra 4 years; 2 years for the 3 years DW might stay at home, and 2 years for the costs of raising 1 child (200k +/-). If we want more than one kid it would really set us back. She is saying 0 or 2 kids. I am saying 0 or 1 kid. I haven't quite wrapped my mind around the costs of 2 kids + any extra time DW would not be working - I really do not want to be working at 40 let alone 45 or god forbid 50.

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Re: We are officially a DINK couple......
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2019, 11:35:53 PM »
Congratulations, yay! $48k might not seem like a huge amount on this forum where 6 figure incomes are thrown around with impunity, but it's a good figure for a recent grad, and it's a great start to any career to have a reliable and stable job!

Plus, your partner earning $48k is sort of like you earning $65k-$70k when tax implications are considered, so that money actually goes further than you think!

Welcome to the DINK club, and I hope it brings you both good things.

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Re: We are officially a DINK couple......
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2019, 02:22:26 AM »
As an older DINK, I recommend it highly!

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Re: We are officially a DINK couple......
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2019, 10:45:23 PM »
Sweet job! I am in a similar position to you and Steeze. Suddenly having an income twice as high as a year ago with the same expenses feels great!

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Re: We are officially a DINK couple......
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2019, 05:43:45 AM »
Welcome to the club!

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Re: We are officially a DINK couple......
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2019, 11:03:23 AM »
Welcome to the DINK club! It's sweet.