Retirement on our minds

June 18, 2016

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is talking all things retirement this weekend, with a nod to Fathers Day. Because it’s mid-June and time to celebrate Dad.

Whether you’re young or older, though, retirement is coming to you, too, one day. And faster than you think. So take a look at these posts and save yourself some troubles down the road. So here’s what I’ve got for you this weekend:

Tom Sights is selling his family home in the suburbs, looking to buy a smaller retirement home, hopefully one that’s a little nicer, someplace where the climate is a little warmer and the cost of living a little lower. This is a perfectly reasonable aspiration, and something a lot of baby boomers want to do.

But as Sightings points out in Truth or Consequences for Real Estate, it’s not necessarily easy to accomplish.

On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist, writes about tips for those who want to give money to help victims of the Orlando tragedy. Find that HERE.

Do research, understand how your donation will be used, and find out if the charity is registered by a state agency. In addition, contributions that are donor-restricted to help a specific individual/family aren’t deductible in the U.S. as charitable donations, even if the recipient organization is a charity.

It’s been two years since Laura Lee and her husband, Mike, left their perfectly nice home in suburbia for the adventure of a lifetime. It may not sound like such a big deal to move to small town USA to build a custom solar home in the southern Colorado foothills–but it was for them, at age 60.

Laura Lee tells us here about making major lifestyle changes in retirement.

Here in California, I see a lot of folks struggling to retire young. I do mean struggling, and young is a relative term these days. I wrote about this not too long ago. Even if you’re not ready to retire yet, the day will come, and faster than you think. Check it out and learn from their lessons.

Here’s some wise counsel on giving to help victims of the Orlando massacre.nOn The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist, writes about tips for those who want to give money to help victims of the Orlando tragedy. Find that here.

Do research, understand how your donation will be used, and find out if the charity is registered by a state agency. In addition, contributions that are donor-restricted to help a specific individual/family aren’t deductible in the U.S. as charitable donations, even if the recipient organization is a charity.

And who could let Father’s Day go by without a mention?

This week in honor of Father’s Day, Meryl Baer of Six Decades and Counting reposts an oldie but goodie, reminiscing about her father in Happy Father’s Day, Dad.

Finally, Rita Robison offers facts and figures for Father’s Day. For example, consumers are expected to spend an average $126 for the holiday, up from last year’s $116. And there are 70.1 million fathers in America, with 1.9 million of those being single fathers.

Happy weekend reading! And share if you like!

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5 comments on “Retirement on our minds
  1. carol graham says:

    I have never thought of retirement and probably never will. My parents never retired, my brothers (one is 86 and the other 79) have no desire to retire. My sister is 76 today and retirement is the furthermost thing on her mind. I started my new career at 67 and have many more plans for working in the distant future.

  2. Alana says:

    Right now, neither my husband (64) nor I (63) are planning to retire soon. I’m told, again and again, “you’ll know when the time is right”. They may be right. If we have another harsh winter (we live in upstate New York, on the edge of the snow belt) it may hasten our decision. One of my aunts was 77 when she died (in a car accident) and retirement was not on her mind. She was still working full time.

  3. Elizabeth O. says:

    Retirement is something we have to work hard for these days. Jobs are scarce and it definitely impacts a lot of people. It’s a real struggle and a little help would be nice especially when it’s learning about finances and how to handle them.

  4. I am not really sure what retirement means, changes happen all the time and as we get older we should embrace change. Keep dreaming, planning and setting goals. I love the attitude of Carol Graham above.
    Kathleen
    Bloggers Pit Stop

  5. Nicole Escat says:

    I think, Retire is related on a job that means need to leave and get rest at home, I’m sure my mom would be retire soon.

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