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Apr 26, 2013 12:24 as a reply to  @ post 15868656 |  #31

Just as an aside, I am always amused at the 'wife gave me approval' so now I can buy 'X' threads.

Really, you need approval to buy things? I have been married 30 years and I would never expect my wife to ask approval to buy anything. She has come home with a new car and I think it's great. She works, has a career, why would she need my approval?

We completely trust each other in our money sense and neither of us would make a purchase that would jeopardize other monthly expenses.

I guess that is why we have been married 30 years...


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Apr 26, 2013 13:35 |  #32

ZREXER wrote in post #15869877 (external link)
Just as an aside, I am always amused at the 'wife gave me approval' so now I can buy 'X' threads.

Really, you need approval to buy things? I have been married 30 years and I would never expect my wife to ask approval to buy anything. She has come home with a new car and I think it's great. She works, has a career, why would she need my approval?

We completely trust each other in our money sense and neither of us would make a purchase that would jeopardize other monthly expenses.

I guess that is why we have been married 30 years...

Normally, I would agree with you. About 18 months ago my wife decided to switch professions. She is taking 3 years off to get re-trained. I am retiring from one job, at the spritely young age of 56, in order to take 3 years off and get re-trained for a second career, while I am still young enough to do so. In order to make this work, we put our heads together on most financial decisions these days. We are basically taking 3 years off AND paying for two more college degrees AT THE SAME TIME. For most folks, something like this is a financial strain. We'll get through it together specifically because we are working together.

As far as jeopardizing our monthly expenses goes. We've been bleeding cash for 18 months, with about 18 more to go before we get back in the black. And that is if everything goes as planned. This is more exciting than the $20 slots in Vegas! I highly recommend it.




  
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Apr 26, 2013 13:49 |  #33

ZREXER wrote in post #15869877 (external link)
Just as an aside, I am always amused at the 'wife gave me approval' so now I can buy 'X' threads.

Really, you need approval to buy things? I have been married 30 years and I would never expect my wife to ask approval to buy anything. She has come home with a new car and I think it's great. She works, has a career, why would she need my approval?

We completely trust each other in our money sense and neither of us would make a purchase that would jeopardize other monthly expenses.

I guess that is why we have been married 30 years...

I'm always amused at folks who think their situation is so universally applicable that their way is the only way to do things.

At my house, it's not necessarily gaining "approval" as much as it is coming to an agreement about a large purchase. My wife is a stay at home mom so she doesn't have a "career" right now but her contributions are equally valuable. So, just because my job earned the money doesn't mean I don't have to discuss big ticket purhcases with her.


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Apr 26, 2013 13:54 |  #34

Man, if you say *last* DSLR, why not go all out for the 5D3? You only live once, so why not enjoy every moment of it. With a 5D3 and 24-70 II you cant go wrong!


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Apr 26, 2013 13:58 |  #35

I would guess there are lots of poor ways to approach decision making in a marriage. This being said, I doubt there is only one way to do this successfully.

We'll have been married for 39 years this coming June. I have learned many things during this time, one of which is that I'm hardly qualified to give others advice on how to have a successful marriage.

We got married fairly young. We're fortunate. Not only do we love each other, we actually still like each other too. It turns out, we ended up liking who we grew up to be. Sometimes, I think this was just the luck of the draw as we've known many great people for whom things worked out differently.


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Apr 26, 2013 14:38 |  #36

Phoenixkh wrote in post #15870186 (external link)
We're fortunate. Not only do we love each other, we actually still like each other too. It turns out, we ended up liking who we grew up to be. Sometimes, I think this was just the luck of the draw as we've known many great people for whom things worked out differently.

I am completely areligious, but the word certainly applies here: Amen!




  
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Apr 26, 2013 15:33 |  #37

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I am completely areligious, but the word certainly applies here: Amen!

+1

I'd like to touch on the issue of approval...

During the 32 years of our very happy marriage we were blessed not to have any money issues (between the two of us we share 5 engineering degrees).

Nevertheless, for any expenditure of $100 or more, we always (and still) discuss it and agree on it before proceeding. Regardless whether is something for me, for her, for us or our son.

Why?

Because it's OUR money!;)


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Apr 26, 2013 16:03 as a reply to  @ post 15868656 |  #38

Can I borrow your wife? :D


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Apr 26, 2013 17:53 |  #39

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Can I borrow your wife? :D

Are you talking to me? :D

No!...:cool:

In a parallel to the OP's circumstance, as a present for coming OUT of retirement and back to the workforce, my wife agreed to this...

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This is the 5 liter 420 HP Mustang GT...:D worth coming back to the workforce for...:cool:

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Apr 27, 2013 04:29 |  #40

^^^Nice Mustang!!

To the op:
1. Enjoy your retirement!!
2. You are not old --- 56 is young.


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Apr 27, 2013 06:56 |  #41

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If I think I am going to need ISO 3200+, I can shoot my 60D.

Well even your old 5D should be better at ISO 3200 than your 60D, so I am unsure why that comments. And also consider the new Tamron 24-70 VC. It's been recently tested to out perform even the Nikon 24-70, and for a lot less and it has image stabalization that neither the Canon nor the Nikon has.




  
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Apr 27, 2013 10:02 as a reply to  @ HappySnapper90's post |  #42

tommy1957. enjoy your retirement. I wish I could have retired at that young age. I had to wait a little longer. Purchase the 6D, and enjoy.


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Apr 27, 2013 10:12 |  #43

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tommy1957. enjoy your retirement. I wish I could have retired at that young age. I had to wait a little longer. Purchase the 6D, and enjoy.

Tommy1957, enjoy your (temporary) retirement.

I went into (semi)retirement at age 48... I got involved with the things I liked, albeit they didn't pay in money. Having time to raise our 8 year-old son paid handsomely, but not in $$...

At age 59 I decided that I like what I trained for and I like getting paid, so I came out of retirement... I hope that eventually I can get my involvement to a level of happy part-time (not party time...:p)

Retirement is not what it is cranked out to be... actually it is quite dangerous! People die...


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Apr 27, 2013 10:26 |  #44

Thanks to all for the advice, suggestions and retirement wishes. I just want to point out that the first two years of my "retirement" will consist of working part-time and being a college student (again) full-time. After that, at the ripe old age of 59, I hope to start a second career. The best laid plans of mice and men....

Oh yes, the camera stuff. Someone suggested just getting the lens and skipping the camera for now. I think that is the best route, at least until I decide whether I need a new body, and why. No real complaints about either the 5D or the 60D, yet.




  
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Apr 27, 2013 12:24 as a reply to  @ Tommy1957's post |  #45

My wife gave me the green-light! Now what?

RUN!!!

For 6D, of course. :cool:


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