Thank you for the insightful response to my post, your advice holds weight since you have the wisdom from experience that comes with your age. I see what you're saying about me taking the future into consideration, and I've thought about that alot, especially with congress implementing these budget cuts on contracts. This particular contract that I'm on is set in stone for the next 5 years ("knock on wood), and I've just completed my first year with my current company, but our parent company (Booze, Allen, & Hamilton), wants to hire me for my second year. BA&H will pay me an additional 25k (with added benefits) to do the exact same job I've been doing these past 12 months, which is a win win. So to get to the point, I would really consider doing that for the next 5 years until I'm 30, which means I would accumulate an additional 625k. I also realize there's no such thing as true stability in this current economy, so I'm using my G.I. Bill to get a degree in accounting, while using the VA to pay for my IT certification courses......and that way I'll have a chance of getting into another career field for when these jobs dry up. I'm also thinking about getting back into the Air Force Reserves, so that way I can earn more G.I. Bill money while not having to be obligated to serve full time. Basically, I have alot of options right now, but that seems like the most logical path to take at this time.
If I accumlate 625k within the next five years, how much of that should I have in savings? I'm going to look into putting money into an IRA, I've been hearing that alot recently.
Oh, and I'm not focusing on any serious relationships right now lol, at this point, I kind of see it as being a distraction from my goals. I don't really feel like I'm missing out on much rigt now, I don't see myself starting a family anytime soon, but that's me, to each is own lol.
But once again, thank you and everyone else who responded to this post.