Tech Tips for Retirees

For retirees interested in learning more, making life easier and staying connected with distant friends and family.

Getting to retirement

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You are probably here because you have been planning for (dreaming of?) the day when you can walk away and start something new. This plan is very different for everyone.
Things to consider are:
1) Do I love going to work most days? If the answer to this is “Yes, my work is rewarding and my co-workers are an extremely important part of my life”, then you may as well continue on until at least part of that statement is no longer true. You will know when you are ready, because other interests will begin to pull at you more strongly, and you will find less gratification in what you are doing.
2) Do I need a lot of money to pursue my retirement interests? If the answer to this is “Yes”, than you will need to take a serious look at your savings and check your numbers against some of the many retirement calculators to be found on-line. In most cases you will find that you will probably be working until death. There are, however, numerous websites waiting to give you advice on maximizing your savings. Search for “retirement planning” and you will have all the advice you care to read. The social security site will help calculate your income from that resource. If you have a broker, their website will offer a wealth of info, as well.
3) Is my desire to retire, strong enough that I am willing to live more frugally to make it happen? Now we are talking my language. If I had followed available wisdom, I would have missed out on the first 6 years of my retirement. My next posting related to finances will discuss money management in early retirement.


Author: Marci

Having first retired from social work in 2008, I've now had time to work through seasons of all play, and seasons of part-time work, while I figured out how best to make use of my "golden" years. The internet provides so much assistance in finding unlimited ideas related to finances, hobbies, travel and staying healthy, but I soon found my passion in quilting. The vast array of techniques have resulted in seeing inspiration everywhere, and practice is always rewarded with improved skills. Of course, grandchildren and family still get priority, but I see this as a pursuit that will remain interesting into my old age.

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