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Briefcase to Backpack: New Retirement Options

It has been 22 years since we exchanged our briefcases for backpacks and as it has turned out, it’s one of the best decisions we’ve made. Trading an office for the world, opening our minds instead of books, and swapping sandwich lunches for global cuisine, what an experience it has been! The fine people, intriguing […]

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Is Being Frugal Worth It?

Have you embraced frugal living? Many people have cut back and searched for easy ways to save money. Is being frugal worth it? Have you taken the time to think about the costs versus benefits of living frugal. A few years ago, I wanted to raise tomatoes. While the product was much better than those […]

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Early Retirement Benefits: Senior National Park Pass

When one thinks of early retirement benefits, the thoughts are usually concerned with Social Security, pensions, IRA’s and the like. There is a huge perk to being age 62 that many people are not aware of and that is the senior national park pass. I’m going to be perfectly honest with you. I think our […]

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Save Your Retirement by Being a Conscious Consumer

The largest part of retirement planning has been whether or not you saved enough to last for the rest of your life. There is a whole financial industry that has developed over the last fifty years to help you save and invest for your retirement life. If you spend much time reading about retirement on […]

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Frugal Living in Retirement

Whether by necessity, a passion for being environmentally responsible or because of the challenge, many retirement age baby boomers are taking up the mantel of frugal living. The financial industry loves to say that baby boomers don’t have enough money to retire. While there are serious financial issues to confront, many people are taking a […]

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Haunted House Sit in Guatemala

So there I was, in the kitchen of a beautiful home just outside Antigua, Guatemala, speaking to a ghost. After weeks of unexplained events – radios turning on and off by themselves, an intolerable sense of sadness in certain rooms, and a sudden chill when walking between the living and dining rooms, it was what […]

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Our 25th Year of Retirement by Age 62

At the age of 62, we are beginning our 25th year of financial independence. That is quite a feat! From the beaches on Nevis, West Indies, to the shores of Phuket, Thailand we have traveled extensively through these decades, and what a ride it’s been! Young and strong in those early years, we were willing […]

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What Every Woman Needs to Know about Retirement

The other day I read an article about women and retirement. In this piece, the number one premise for motivation was that we should be afraid. Very afraid. It said that for the most part, men did the planning for retirement and that we as women rely on them blindly. I dislike reading articles such […]

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Quicktips for Living Cheaply in Retirement

Ed. Note: Experts and readers contribute their quicktips about living cheaply in retirement. Ilene Davis, CFP, MBA wrote: The first thing to do is stop worrying about what “other people think”. For most people, much of what they spend is not out of need, but out of wanting to show they can “afford it”. Beyond […]

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Baby Boomer Finds Ways for Living Frugally

My name is Paul Lawrence Vann and I’m providing a few tips to pertaining to baby boomers living frugally. I’m a 52 year old baby boomer who retired at the age of 43 after serving 20 years in the United States Air Force and retiring in the rank of lieutenant colonel. I’ve been retired for […]

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