Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
New member from the midwest
Old 03-03-2007, 10:44 AM   #1
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
happy2bretired's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 1,311
New member from the midwest

Hi, I have been lurking here since my retirement last spring after 31 years with the federal government. I was under CSRS so I have a pension. My husband and I lived below our means for our 20 years of marriage saving as we went. We built our new little house in 1999 getting ready for our retirement. We decided that I could retire at 55 at the end of 2006. Everything was looking rosy - then my husband died. I could not face working until the end of 2006 so I took the plunge and retired in the spring. Even though it was a big decision so soon after my husband died, I have NEVER regretted that decision. I really enjoy reading this board. You donít know how much you have helped me over the last year Ė not just with financial tidbits, but also with some good laughs.
__________________

__________________
happy2bretired is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Re: New member from the midwest
Old 03-03-2007, 11:01 AM   #2
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso) Give me a forum ...
REWahoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 38,949
Re: New member from the midwest

happy2be, welcome to the forum. I'm very sorry to hear about how you got to FIRE, but I'm very happy you've found this board to be helpful.

__________________

__________________
Numbers is hard.

The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts while the stupid ones are full of confidence. - Charles Bukowski

Retired in 2005 at age 58, no pension

REWahoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: New member from the midwest
Old 03-03-2007, 12:28 PM   #3
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 10,867
Re: New member from the midwest

h2Br,

Welcome aboard, and very sorry to hear about your loss. Your CSRS pension will give you a little more lattitude to take some risks with your investments (if you want/need to) compared to an individual without a solid pension.

__________________
"Freedom begins when you tell Mrs. Grundy to go fly a kite." - R. Heinlein
samclem is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: New member from the midwest
Old 03-03-2007, 02:26 PM   #4
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 557
Re: New member from the midwest

h2b
welcome. same neck of the woods. we're still trying to clear the walks and driveways. nice part is that we'll be out skiing as soon as it clears up, and spring is right around the corner.

tio z

__________________
uncledrz is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: New member from the midwest
Old 03-03-2007, 02:36 PM   #5
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Moemg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sarasota,fl.
Posts: 9,454
Re: New member from the midwest

Welcome,
I'm also a widow so let me just say it will get easier .Time is a great healer .

Moe
__________________
Moemg is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: New member from the midwest
Old 03-03-2007, 04:23 PM   #6
Full time employment: Posting here.
DRiP Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 546
Re: New member from the midwest

Sorry to hear of your loss. Welcome aboard. I think you will find a laugh or two here; I know I sure have!

__________________
DRiP Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: New member from the midwest
Old 03-03-2007, 09:24 PM   #7
Confused about dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 7
Re: New member from the midwest

Welcome happy2bretired. I just joined the other day too.
Congratulations under difficult circumstances. Family losses also contributed to my decision to retire early.
__________________
frugalguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: New member from the midwest
Old 03-06-2007, 07:34 AM   #8
Recycles dryer sheets
RP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Marilao, Bulacan, RP
Posts: 55
Send a message via Yahoo to RP Send a message via Skype™ to RP
Re: New member from the midwest

Welcome from me also. My condolences on your loss. The really big things that happen in life can't truly be planned for. But I'm confident you did the right thing by retiring under your CSRS plan, no matter what the rest of your lifeplan works out to be. I'm a CSRS retiree as well, there are a few of us "conventional" retirees left ... and I enjoy it more everyday. Hope you find some conversations which interest you.
__________________
Best regards,
RP

RP is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: New member from the midwest
Old 03-06-2007, 07:42 AM   #9
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
happy2bretired's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 1,311
Re: New member from the midwest

Thank you all for your warm welcome.
__________________
happy2bretired is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: New member from the midwest
Old 03-06-2007, 01:35 PM   #10
Dryer sheet wannabe
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 24
Re: New member from the midwest

Welcome to the group. I recently delurked myself. Not only will you find good advice and food for thought here, but this is a really nice group of people. Something about being able to retire when you want to makes people so gosh darn happy!



__________________
I would live all my life in nonchalance and insouciance...Where it not for making a living, which is rather a nouciance. - Odgen Nash
sheboyganite is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: New member from the midwest
Old 03-06-2007, 03:30 PM   #11
Dryer sheet wannabe
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 21
Re: New member from the midwest

I echo everyone else's feelings about your loss. This is a great (and very well informed) group of people. I know you'll benefit from it. I have alread and I expect to learn a lot more before I take the plunge, both about the boring but important stuff ($$$) and the fun stuff (travel) Welcome aboard.
__________________

__________________
gozzie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Midwest National mrbill FIRE and Money 4 05-31-2006 08:47 AM
Midwest Economy Gone Forever? wildcat Other topics 14 02-28-2005 05:34 AM
Moving to Orange County from Midwest Spanky Other topics 13 12-21-2004 04:54 PM
New member Martha Martha Hi, I am... 4 02-27-2004 07:12 PM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:09 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.