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Old 09-21-2012, 05:33 PM   #21
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Only know one example - age 63, retired from govt @ 55, has been working almost full time at Lowes and loves it. It's mentally un-challenging, and he is in good enough shape to stay on his feet for hours on a hard floor. He loves chewing the fat with customers.


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I disagree somewhat... if you can find a P/T job in retail or whatever doing something that you like to do or working with products you enjoy, then it can be a good experience.

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Old 09-21-2012, 05:44 PM   #22
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I retired in 06/06 and went back to work in 03/10 at a low stress receptionist job for a glaucoma specialist. I am finishing up getting my social security quarters. I work 24 hours per week on Mon, Wed and Friday. I earn $9.25 per hour. I am paid for 8 or 9 holidays and for 3 days of vacation per year. I have 90% of my pay go into a 401K and just received my first ever employer contribution to my 401K. I previously was under the old civil service system with the Fed gov and they did not contribute a cent to my TSP (401K). I like the people that I work with and the majority of the patients are elderly and are extremely nice and well-mannered. My job is 3 miles from my house. I have bought lunch one time since 03/10. I normally have an apple and nuts every day. I wear the same clothes that I wore when I worked for the gov. I am fortunate that I am off for a month in the summer.

However, I would not want to have to depend on this job. I like it knowing that I could walk out at any time that I chose. I do have a schedule and I have missed out on fun things due to the job. I have not went on the last couple of retiree cruises that I always went on prior to this. Some of my friends and my sister are exasperated with me at time, when I can't go play with them. They can not understand why I am working when I don't need the money. I wonder if any of them will be gone, when I can go play at any time with them at a later time. Will I even still be here? Questions, questions.

I would think over your choices carefully. As quickly as time goes, you could stay where you are and get your financial situation straightened out. If you only need $21000.00, I would think that you could tighten the belt and have that amount in less than a year. Good luck with your decision.

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Old 09-21-2012, 09:26 PM   #23
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Assess the potential of working part time for your current employer, either where you are located now or on a telecommuting basis. If that isn't in the cards and you are really keen to move, look for a part time job in the area that you want to move to before retiring from your current employer to get a sense as to the part time job opportunities in that area and your employability.

As others have observed, if all you're looking for is an additional $21k to pay some things off, why not just hang in there where you are for a little while more. If $21k makes the difference between being comfortable retiring and not, then you may not be ready to retire yet.
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:20 AM   #24
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If it were me I'd tough it out for the last three years just to make sure that I wasn't in a position where I had to work. That can create an aura of desperation and then you may have to settle for something worse than where you are now. Then later if you find work you like, that's fine, and if not that's fine too.

While I don't share the total aversion to working that some others do I'm very happy to be in a situation where it is optional. Most of the others I work with are in a similar position and the supervisor and company management people know it.

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