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Old 01-23-2009, 02:31 AM   #1
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Retirement 2009?

Just wondering if anyone else is thinking about retirement this year? The wife and I are still going to try, I will start in May and Nancy will follow me in July. But with all the bad news about the economy makes it pretty scary. Our first long trip will be out to Glacier National Park in August. We are looking to have much more time with the Grandkids, they seem to grow up too fast. Hopefully we can finally attend one of the MOC gatherings in the near future. We look forward to finally meeting some of the fine folks from the MOC,

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Old 01-23-2009, 03:02 AM   #2
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I retired March of last year. And since then my 401K (rolled to an IRA) has dropped substantially. Fortunately, my wife and I own a small business that she runs. We had planned to sell that last year also, but had to wait due to some other reasons. Glad we waited now as we would have put that money into investments just before the large drop.
But retirement is great. No pressures. No long daily commuting thru heavy traffic. No business travel keeping me gone a week or two at a time. Loving it.
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Old 01-23-2009, 03:06 AM   #3
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Thank heaven that we made some some strategic moves with all of our retirement funds about 18 months ago. If we didn't, there would be no retirement this year at all.

What was your biggest surprise with retirement?
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Old 01-23-2009, 03:52 AM   #4
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If your finanical situation can allow it you just have to do it. We never know how long we will be able to enjoy retirement. We figure if we can pay the bills at the end of the month and have 1.98 left over we are doing good.
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Old 01-23-2009, 04:17 AM   #5
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Biggest surprise? That after 40+ yrs of working, 35 at the last company, the ease of transition into retirement. I enjoyed my job and am proud of my accomplishments. But I had no problem putting it behind me and walking away.
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Old 01-23-2009, 04:22 AM   #6
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You are so right Rich. After 35 years working in health care, both military and civilian, I know that this is no practice for the next life, this is all you get. I remember a couple of years ago when you and I were researching out some insurance for the Montana's. If I am not mistaken thats when you were getting ready for retirement. Did you and your wife leave work about the same time? From your posts on the forum you sure have put some miles the Montana during the last couple of years.
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Old 01-23-2009, 04:42 AM   #7
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My wife and want to go this year and our fininacial guy says we can but........I'm Chicken. If they keep printing money, a loaf of bread will cost $10.00
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Old 01-23-2009, 04:45 AM   #8
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We both worked for the Federal Government. I retired in 1999 and Helen Retired in 2006 at age 55.We have been on the road ever since. Waiting for Helen to Retire I drove school bus and charter bus. Saved every dollar that I made and was able to purchse the 3400 Montana and Shinny new Truck and then some before she retired. Planning is everything. We have never looked back and we now enjoy our new lifestyle. There is so much to do, so much to see, and so little time. The week after you retire you will not understand why you waited so long. Come on out and play...
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Old 01-23-2009, 05:10 AM   #9
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Both of us retired in 2005, then took a 2 year assignment in Hong Kong. Have been back in the States since march 2007 and full timing ever since. We have managed to live on SS and a small retirement check. When things are this rocky, we don't want to get into the 401K's. You don't lose money until you sell in a declining market.
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Old 01-23-2009, 06:48 AM   #10
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I agree with Rich. We don't know how long we have to be here so if you can see your way to retire now and enjoy some retirement years, go for it. As for us, we had no IRA or stocks or bonds or personal savings. We just had ourselves, an AF pension, Social Security and a small Rockwell pension. We live from month to month and are enjoying every moment. We consider ourselves members of the SKI club (Spending our Kids Inheritance).

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Old 01-23-2009, 09:20 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the responses. I know that my wife and I share your ideas. We have been "practicing" on being very frugal this last couple of years anticipating retirement. You all are right, there is so much to see and do in this great country.

Rich, sounds like you and the wife are enjoying life, I hope in a couple of years some new member of this board will say this about Nancy and I!

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Old 01-23-2009, 09:29 AM   #12
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Rich if you have 1.98 left over every month, you need to consider investing it.
My wife has retired but I'm afraid that I have another year or two yet before the fun begins. If the economy hadn't went south this year I may have been the one heading south. But you have to play with the cards dealt.
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Old 01-23-2009, 10:25 AM   #13
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Bob,

This is off the subject a little but, you mention that "Hopefully, we can finally attend one of the MOC gatherings in the near future." Well, since you live in the Great Lakes region and even if you didn't, why don't you and Nancy start by making plans to attend in Mackinaw City, MI in late July?

Gail and I are not yet retired, got at least 2 years to go, and we are are all set to go up there. Love to have you folks there, too. The more, the marrier!

If you're a golfer, bring your clubs and we will have an 18 hole "shoot-out"! Even if you're not a golfer, come watch me for the grins-n-giggles.

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Old 01-23-2009, 11:39 AM   #14
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My retirement date is July 2,2009.7 days shy of my 56th birthday.36 years with the same company,kind of rare these days huh???I get a pretty nice pension from the Teamsters Union.So I`am counting down the days.
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:48 AM   #15
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Congratulations on retirement. I am self employed so there is no such animal for me. However I plan to take more and more time off in the future.

My travel partner, my sis, is planning to retire this spring but will probably continue to work on an on call basis.

We are planing a trip to Glacier in the early fall and then on up to Banff and Lake Louise.

Let us know how you trip goes and what to see and what to avoid.
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Old 01-25-2009, 09:36 AM   #16
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Congratulations on your retirement. We're planning to do the same this year...as soon as the house sells. We've had it on the market since October. Had a buyer but contingent upon sale of their house. That didn't happen, so we back to square one! All we can do is keep our fingers crossed that the right one comes along (with money or preapproved loan!) Till then, I keep tabs on this forum to live vicariously through those already enjoying retirement!

We're also looking forward to attending our first MOC rally in Mackinaw...and meeting some of your fine folks!
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Old 01-25-2009, 10:56 AM   #17
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Absolutely! The DW and I will retire in June of 2009. We are planning to take an extended trip to the SW US beginning in late September returning to Virginia in mid-March if the good Lord is willing and the creek don't rise. This extended trip will tease us into deciding yes or no to a full timing kind of attitude.
109 workdays remaining. 84 for the DW.
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Old 01-25-2009, 11:39 AM   #18
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I retired in 2005 and Don retired in 2006. We are full timing now. Took us 2 years to sell the house so we could do this.
Having a great time. It is wonderful to spend winters in south where it is warm.

You should go for it. You only go around this life once.
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:24 PM   #19
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I am retiring on June 30th this year, after 31 years with the same company (DW has been retired for 8 years). I was (am) a chief engineer for a high rise building in Portland (OR). The BIG factors are, one the company has a good "defined benefit" plan. Two, I also have a good 401K plan. I let the company handle it all, and they guarantee a rate of return each year for the whole year. It's not huge, but much better than what is going on now. It's been stable for the whole 30 years, including even this year. I'm not rich, but I'm "comfortable". Three, and the real BIGGEE, is last year we paid off the house and farm. We own it free and clear. Other than the new 3400, we are going into retirement debt free. But, a lot of it (most of it) I owe to DW. If it weren't for her, I'd probably still be living in my first trailer, with nary a dime to my name!
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Old 01-27-2009, 11:38 PM   #20
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Thanks for all the comments. The wife and I thought that we were crazy to stick with our plans in this terrible economy. When we began to plan and save back in the early 70's, I never thought that fuel prices would be what they are. Sure they are are down now, but they will go back up again.

Reading all the comments is very reassuring. See ya all down the road this year!
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