By Maggie Reimherr
I think the life stage Derek and I are in right now is cause for celebration. For the first time in our lives, we have a lot of financial freedom as post-grads and young professionals. We have no mortgage, nothing tying us to any particular city, no babysitters on speed dial, and as little responsibility as we’ll ever have again. The world is our oyster. We are DINKs (Dual Income No Kids), and we are proud. I have the utmost respect for parents, and I’m sure that #momlife is in my future. But for now, here’s why we think the DINK life is grand:
1. You have more disposable income now than you might have again until you’re done paying for your children’s weddings.
2. You can go wherever you want, whenever you want, and make plans as spontaneously as you desire. Last minute dinner date in the city on a Tuesday? No problem!
3. You can live in a tiny apartment and enjoy city life. Never again will you be able to appreciate the beauty of a cute, affordable, conveniently located, 700 square foot apartment.
4. You can go on fabulous couples vacations without worrying about where to leave your kids.
5. You can practice parenting with pets. Puppies have all of the cuteness and cuddliness of a baby with slightly less responsibility involved.
6. You can pursue new things that are riskier when you have kids. Now's the best time to leave that stable job for your dream career, move to a new city, or be one of those travel blogging couples who are inexplicably able to spend boatloads of money without any indication of employment.
7. You can use your extra money to pursue lofty financial goals. Pay off those student loans, save for an amazing European vacation, have a full 6-month emergency fund in the bank… your choice!
8. As newlyweds, you have time for just the two of you to grow in your new (or relatively new) marriage.
We know we have a lot in store for the future, but we're happy to be in this simple life stage for now when our worries are small, our disposable income is large, and we can do whatever the heck we want. We're savoring the DINK life while we can.
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