Travis | 32 | Los Angeles

Travis is saving money but does not have a plan for retirement.

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Do you have a plan for when and how you will retire at the end of your career?
It’s a little difficult to answer, since I don’t really have my career set. The job I have right now is more or less [for] paying bills. But I think my only plan right now is whatever job I have, just to put money away. And I’ve been doing that successfully for the past 12 months.

Are you putting it in a savings account?
Yeah.

Are you saving for a specific purpose, or just in general?
Kind of for both. More or less because I might need that money for circumstances that may arise. I’m trying to leave this job sooner than later, hopefully. So I want to have that money that I can tap into; but I don’t want to tap into it, because I want it to grow. And I’ve enjoyed seeing it grow for the past 10 months or so.

Can you picture a time in your life when you won’t have to work anymore?
Not unless I win the lottery. I sort of equate retirement with death—I want to do something. The guy I work for is great. He’s going to be 70 soon, and he’s had four and five different careers. He wants to retire soon, but he’s just an active guy. I’m kind of the same—I would like to be working as long as I can.