Radical Personal Finance 445 - Should we Keep Paying off Our House with Gazelle Intensity or Switch to Saving 15% for Retirement?

Today, we cover this question:

Joshua,

My husband and I love your show and would LOVE IT if you could help us answer a question from your point-of-view.

Facts:

  1. We’re completely debt-free except for our house.
  2. We make around $130,000 per year.
  3. We’re currently investing 10% for retirement.
  4. We are dead-set on paying off the house in the next 2.5 to 3 years.

The DILEMMA:

Dave Ramsey suggests saving 15% for retirement for someone in our position. We can do this..but that’ll slow down our house payment goal quite substantially (or, in my mind it’s substantial, as I want this house paid off TOMORROW!)

The goal after the house repayment is to throw everything we can spare towards investing in retirement funds.

THE QUESTION:

Should we stay strong on our course to pay off the house in 3 years tops only saving about 10% for retirement or do we bump up retirement savings? Ultimately how do I figure out the opportunity cost in each scenario?

Thanks so much!

Taliah

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