How am I really doing for retirement savings?

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    We’re looking at our budgets carefully right now. With two growing kids, we’re finding that our budget is tighter today than it was a few years ago, when we had 1 little kid, which then felt tighter from when we had no kids.

    Anyways, I’m trying to decide whether we need to go “full throttle” (maxing out all retirement accounts) or whether we can back off to “idle” (just enough to get company match) on retirement savings. At the moment something near “idle” would be a lot more comfortable than “full throttle”.

    Age: Both of us are 38
    Projected retirement age: No clue, will retire when we have enough
    Projected retirement spending: No clue at this time.
    Total tax advantaged retirement space, including company match: $52,000
    Minimum practical retirement contribution, including company match: $21,000

    Current retirement savings: $650,000
    Both spouse and myself also will receive pensions and social security in retirement.

    – We expect no mortgage in retirement.
    – We have enough in 529s that we do not expect paying for college when kids are college age
    – We have a significant amount of non-retirement (taxable) money that might end up rolling into our retirement if we don’t spend it between now and then. Not really sure what the future holds with this fund at this time.


    With both of you age 38, and the progress you have made, and the interest you have, and the detail you articulate, I would say you can ease down to idle if you like. Just remember not to get stuck there and the sooner you can accelerate the earlier that retirement date will come.

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