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JrzyTmata

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Posted: Jun 7, 2024 - 2:05pm

 Manbird wrote:


Especially if you buy the World's Best Cat Litter.

it really is The World's Best! and that's what we use.
I read  that chicken feed (Chick starter, specifically) is the same thing and half the price. it is not the same. the amount of dust in the feed is insane and can't be good for the cats to breathe.

Manbird

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Posted: Jun 7, 2024 - 1:32pm

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Indeed. I don't ever want to calculate how much money we spend on dirt of our cats to poop in. 



Especially if you buy the World's Best Cat Litter.
Antigone

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Posted: Jun 7, 2024 - 1:30pm

 JrzyTmata wrote:

I've been retired about 8 months now. so far, so good. I work about 15 hours a week to keep my foot in the door. it pays for groceries and keeps litter in the cat boxes. Pets are expensive these days.
Buzz retires in September. 





Red_Dragon

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Posted: Jun 7, 2024 - 10:28am

 JrzyTmata wrote:

I've been retired about 8 months now. so far, so good. I work about 15 hours a week to keep my foot in the door. it pays for groceries and keeps litter in the cat boxes. Pets are expensive these days.
Buzz retires in September. 



Indeed. I don't ever want to calculate how much money we spend on dirt for our cats to poop in. 


ScottFromWyoming

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Posted: Jun 7, 2024 - 10:00am

 JrzyTmata wrote:

I've been retired about 8 months now. so far, so good. I work about 15 hours a week to keep my foot in the door. it pays for groceries and keeps litter in the cat boxes. Pets are expensive these days.
Buzz retires in September. 





JrzyTmata

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Posted: Jun 7, 2024 - 9:30am

I've been retired about 8 months now. so far, so good. I work about 15 hours a week to keep my foot in the door. it pays for groceries and keeps litter in the cat boxes. Pets are expensive these days.
Buzz retires in September. 
black321

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Posted: Jun 7, 2024 - 9:22am

Well, you can always go back to work if you run out of $, but maybe you shouldnt? 

My grandparents retired from NY to FL in the early 60s...had to move back about a year later as the old man blew too much $ at the race tracks.
Unfortunately, on the way back he stopped to help a stranded driver...he and a policeman were hit and killed by another car (possibly drunk driver). 
Not sure of the moral of the story there. 

Personally, I'd like to continue working through my 60s, though not as much as I do now in my 50s.
ColdMiser

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Location: On the Trail
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Posted: Jun 7, 2024 - 8:01am

 Steely_D wrote:

Slightly morbid, but as I/we watch people around us abruptly, unexpectedly either die or come close to it…I’m starting to get a lot more into the carpe diem mode. Recently I had a coughing fit (flipping Covid #3) so bad I passed out in my chair, dropping my iPad. Completely gone. When I woke up, a bit confused, it dawned on me “this is what happens. I’m suddenly not here at all. And that’s the end of my story.”

Kinda obvious but a little more real than when you’re in your twenties: all this could be over, abruptly, without warning. 
Made my decision to retire a little more straightforward.


Similar circumstances influenced my decision. Wife died age 50, Best Friend 51, Dad 66 (3 years after retiring), Mom 77. I'm 60, in decent health, and haven't seen nearly any of the country I live in. So once it looked like I could financially swing it I pulled the trigger. 

GeneP59

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Posted: Jun 7, 2024 - 7:20am

Retire!? Retire!?   
No Freakin’ Way. Can’t and won’t happen. I’m soooooo freakin’ scrod that I will be working long after I’m dead.   
oldviolin

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Posted: Jun 7, 2024 - 7:07am

retire?
DaveInSaoMiguel

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Location: No longer in a hovel in effluent Damnville, VA
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Posted: Jun 7, 2024 - 3:03am

 Red_Dragon wrote:


We looked into Belize, but the hitch for us was health care. The wife is still in treatment for breast cancer and drugs to treat that can be hard to come by down there.


The Health Care in Portugal/Azores is rated better than in the US. Which was yet another reason I chose to move here.
NoEnzLefttoSplit

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Posted: Jun 7, 2024 - 12:23am

THREE MORE YEARS!!!

(daily mantra). My business is under threat due to AI.. but so far this year has been fantastic, so it's effectively two more years... kind of like sliding into home base.


Steely_D

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Posted: Jun 7, 2024 - 12:17am

Slightly morbid, but as I/we watch people around us abruptly, unexpectedly either die or come close to it…I’m starting to get a lot more into the carpe diem mode. Recently I had a coughing fit (flipping Covid #3) so bad I passed out in my chair, dropping my iPad. Completely gone. When I woke up, a bit confused, it dawned on me “this is what happens. I’m suddenly not here at all. And that’s the end of my story.”

Kinda obvious but a little more real than when you’re in your twenties: all this could be over, abruptly, without warning. 
Made my decision to retire a little more straightforward.

geoff_morphini

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Posted: Jun 6, 2024 - 7:48pm

 ColdMiser wrote:

I'm a little over a year in and couldn't be happier that I pulled the trigger. So far everything is going according to plan. Pulling up stakes in New Jersey this spring and heading north to New Hampshire. NH is retirement friendly, no state income tax, no sales tax, no death taxes. And I like winter, which we really haven't had much of in NJ the last few years. 



Same here, retired in May last year. Still do minor consulting. Moved from N. CA to Eugene. I loved work but I love non-work better. I also have a great retirement pension and health benefits.
Red_Dragon

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Posted: Jun 6, 2024 - 7:35pm

 DaveInSaoMiguel wrote:

I couldn't afford to retire if I stayed in the US unless I was willing to spend the rest of my life if a depressing place like Damnville which is still in a downward slide to oblivion. So I started doing research and travel and found the Azores. Its not perfect to be sure but for my financial means it would be hard to do better. My expenses have been less than half what I was spending in Damnville which was considered to be a cheap place to live for the US. And they have top notch health care here that is inexpensive. And great food. And natural beauty and wonderful people. 



We looked into Belize, but the hitch for us was health care. The wife is still in treatment for breast cancer and drugs to treat that can be hard to come by down there.
DaveInSaoMiguel

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Location: No longer in a hovel in effluent Damnville, VA
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Posted: Mar 21, 2024 - 2:15pm

 Steely_D wrote:


We’re enjoying Lisbon ATM and definitely looking to return and add the Azores to our “move till we can’t” list. Thanks for the pointer, since it really wasn’t on our radar.


Another nice thing about living here is that you can fly to the UK and most any place in Europe for less than 200 euro RT. Its only a 2 hour flight to Lisbon from here and cost 50-80 RT. Makes for a nice inexpensive  way to see the contentment. I'm in the process of building a nice 80 sm apartment in my cellar here so friends will have a nice place to stay. I may airBnB it later.  In the tourist season its really hard to find an airBnB or hotel that is not booked.   One tip - If you do come in tourist season book your car rental 6 months in advance or you may not be able to get one or have to pay 150 plus a day if you do find one. 
Steely_D

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Posted: Mar 21, 2024 - 1:58pm

 DaveInSaoMiguel wrote:

I couldn't afford to retire if I stayed in the US unless I was willing to spend the rest of my life if a depressing place like Damnville which is still in a downward slide to oblivion. So I started doing research and travel and found the Azores. Its not perfect to be sure but for my financial means it would be hard to do better. My expenses have been less than half what I was spending in Damnville which was considered to be a cheap place to live for the US. And they have top notch health care here that is inexpensive. And great food. And natural beauty and wonderful people. 



We’re enjoying Lisbon ATM and definitely looking to return and add the Azores to our “move till we can’t” list. Thanks for the pointer, since it really wasn’t on our radar.
black321

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Posted: Mar 21, 2024 - 1:11pm

But I love my job?
ColdMiser

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Posted: Mar 21, 2024 - 8:07am

I'm a little over a year in and couldn't be happier that I pulled the trigger. So far everything is going according to plan. Pulling up stakes in New Jersey this spring and heading north to New Hampshire. NH is retirement friendly, no state income tax, no sales tax, no death taxes. And I like winter, which we really haven't had much of in NJ the last few years. 
DaveInSaoMiguel

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Location: No longer in a hovel in effluent Damnville, VA
Gender: Male


Posted: Mar 21, 2024 - 7:31am

I couldn't afford to retire if I stayed in the US unless I was willing to spend the rest of my life if a depressing place like Damnville which is still in a downward slide to oblivion. So I started doing research and travel and found the Azores. Its not perfect to be sure but for my financial means it would be hard to do better. My expenses have been less than half what I was spending in Damnville which was considered to be a cheap place to live for the US. And they have top notch health care here that is inexpensive. And great food. And natural beauty and wonderful people. 
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