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Old 09-11-2013, 10:34 AM   #43
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I retired on my 50th birthday. My boss and I did not get along and he was the boss so always right (no matter what I or other employees suggested or offered). That's been over 20 years.

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Old 09-11-2013, 11:27 AM   #44
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Working hard to make it happen by 52/53, about 3 years from now. Agree that the key is to have no debt. I also have plenty of hobbies to keep me busy. Will not be full timing it, but plan to make a bunch more time on the road!

Question for the retired early crowd: what do you do for health insurance? Full coverage or just catastrophic or ???

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Old 09-11-2013, 11:46 AM   #45
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Retired first time at 50, second time at 53. The second attempt stuck. Just went full-time two months ago at age 56.
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:57 AM   #46
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:44 PM   #47
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We still on COBRA for the next six months but are starting to evaluate those issues as well and the affect Obama care will have. I did hear a financial planner on the radio the other day and he had a $10,000 deductible plan for $350/month and was utilizing a health savings plan to tax shield as much of his out of pocket as possible. Hopefully some of the other posters on here will have some good ideas.
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Old 09-11-2013, 03:50 PM   #48
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Was fortunate to be able to retire at 53 when AT&T told me my next position would be in Chicago or Texas. With 35 years service and good savings habits I said goodbye. Been retired for 13 years now. Never regretted it but really missed co-workers. I had a great job and was treated very well.
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:04 PM   #49
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I retired at 65. I had enough savings by age 62, but having health insurance for the DW and me was what made me put it off that long.

Been retired for 5 years, 1 month, and 11 days.

Much more fun counting up than counting down.
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:28 PM   #50
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Out of the Fire dep't, pensioned off after twenty years at age 39 with a busted back. Went Fire Marshaling for a few years to build up minimum Social Security (Fire Dep't. is exempt) Then fully retired in 1988 at age 47

Now, 25 years later, I would give everything I own to have a good back and to have a spot as an officer on either a Ladder Truck or a Pumper. I miss the job more than I can say.
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:32 PM   #51
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Retired at 55 . Fire service , did 30 and outa there. Moved into a coach and never looked back . 2 - 1/2 years now . Best damn lifestyle out there .
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:47 PM   #52
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Retired in 2000 early due to USAF drawdown before 9-11 at age 34. New Mh- toad and haven't been east of Idaho. I used to bitch about the gas in Monterey cal being $1.67 a gallon. I can get nothing done for at least 3 days without even trying.
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:45 PM   #53
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The way our country is going now-days, it doesn't look like I'll be able to retire at 66...will work for insurance!!!
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Old 09-13-2013, 01:17 PM   #54
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I retired one day after my 50th birthday. I couldn't trust the company not to screw it up. Actually that was my last day of work. By the time sick leave, comp. days, etc. were used up the official retirement was like two months later. That was 11 years ago. We have been fulltiming for 26 months now.
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Old 09-13-2013, 01:40 PM   #55
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My wife and I both retired last fall at age 51. Life couldn't be better. We now have times to work on our homes, which seemed to get neglected due to work getting in the way. We travel both in the motorhome and fly overseas often and then winter in Florida. So nice to be able to really enjoy each day rather then do as much as possible before having to return to work. We both loved what we did professionally, but retirement is a lot more fun!!
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Old 09-13-2013, 04:36 PM   #56
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Retired at 56. No hobbies, no problem after several years. Rather than manage to a NUMBER that will get me and wife to 90ish., we used an age where we would stop driving around in a rig. That really saved me money and allowed for an early retirement. I didn't run this by my financial planner. He just wouldn't understand.
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