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Old 07-10-2014, 04:05 PM   #21
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Wow, that's exciting! I'm so happy for you and now will wait to hear what you decide to spend it on since you will just have to increase your spending level. Have fun and enjoy the extra $$$ coming your way.
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Old 07-10-2014, 04:17 PM   #22
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Holy cow! OMG!!! Break out the champagne and sparkly water and let's party till we drop! I just can hardly believe it, but this morning, what should I see in my checking account but my very first, very unexpected direct deposit from Social Security.
Now this deserves a "Wheeeee!"

And it happens every month until you're 70. That is a good type of surprise.

I have a sneaky suspicion that Amazon.com is just gonna luv you....
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That is a nice way to start your day! Enjoy the extra monthly benefit for the next 4 years!
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That is really good news, W2R. I am happy for you. Keep us updated on any splurges you decide to use it for.
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You are entirely welcome.

Please indicate your gratitude by spending an entirely inappropriate amount on something fun and [what you consider to be] completely frivolous. And if you have even a millisecond of regret for spending the money, shame on you.
Will do, I promise!

I just took Frank out to lunch and we spent 3x as much as usual, my treat. I told him that the next time he comes into some unexpected money, he can return the favor. That was fun!

I will definitely keep everyone updated on my splurges and I will keep Amazon in business, that's for sure. Frank pointed out that I should curb that impulse for a couple of days, at least until I find out what the money represents and that it is not some sort of mistake. But as of now, I'm shopping online and bookmarking....
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That's super news. It's great to hear a positive windfall story.
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Congrats, have some fun with your unexpected treasure.
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EXCELLENT news - I'm so happy for you.

As for Amazon - you're gonna need a BIGGER cart!
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I can meet you at Fritzel's. You can buy me a beer. That's where they call me "Baton Rouge". You'll get a name, too.
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I can meet you at Fritzel's. You can buy me a beer. That's where they call me "Baton Rouge". You'll get a name, too.
I hate to imagine what THAT might be.

Calico, that's for sure - - I'm going to need a bigger cart if I buy one of everything.

Veremchuka, hi, and thanks! Good to see a post from you.

Photoguy, thanks! I have to admit that I was bowled over by such a big surprise.
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I hate to imagine what THAT might be.
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"W2R"? That would be fine. I was actually asked if I am Cajun. I need a bodyguard who knows the ropes!
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Wow! Sounds like good news, even if it does cover 2 months. Glad you looked into it.
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W2R, please leave something for the rest of us.
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Will do, I promise!

I just took Frank out to lunch and we spent 3x as much as usual, my treat.
$12
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Wow! Sounds like good news, even if it does cover 2 months. Glad you looked into it.
Thank you so much for posting that link a long time ago. I think it was the same link that I added to my first post in this thread, IIRC.

Things are working out even better - - just now I logged into the social security website for the first time today, and it told me how much I would be getting per month. It is essentially the same, only a few dollars less and a very, very satisfactory amount IMO. The maximum possible would be $1321*, and my monthly payments will only be about three hundred less. It also said that these payments do not include any deductions. That's FINE! Now I know what I have, and I am on cloud nine.

I have had dreams like this.... but this time it's real! Now it's time to run FIRECalc with this in it, too! I haven't ever included spousal benefits because I had no idea what they would be.


*(Since the maximum SS benefit at FRA in 2014 was listed as $2642 here.)
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It was $36 total, including tip. Usually we each pay $6 ($5 for the meal plus $1 tip), for a total of $12. I urged him to order dessert but he couldn't eat another bite.

And yes, if you want any to be left you'd better hurry up!
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Hey, it's hard to spend money when one does not eat much, and also does not drink.

Me, I would order the whole horse instead of the usual 1/2, and the entire vat of booze instead of the usual gallon.


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Now this deserves a "Wheeeee!"
And it happens every month until you're 70. That is a good type of surprise.
I have a sneaky suspicion that Amazon.com is just gonna luv you....
Walt, I'm not familiar with the working of ss. I know when you reach a certain age you can collect. Could you explain what you meant by the sentence that I bolded? What happens at 70?
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Walt, I'm not familiar with the working of ss. I know when you reach a certain age you can collect. Could you explain what you meant by the sentence that I bolded? What happens at 70?
In my case, at age 70 I will be able to switch over to my own SS benefits based on my work history. Between now and then, they will be growing just as if I never took my present spousal benefits.

I planned to take my own benefits at age 70 all along. This just adds spousal payments between ages 66 and 70. At age 70 I will switch from spousal benefits to my own (larger) benefits.
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In my case, at age 70 I will be able to switch over to my own SS benefits based on my work history. Between now and then, they will be growing just as if I never took my present spousal benefits.

I planned to take my own benefits at age 70 all along. This just adds spousal payments between ages 66 and 70. At age 70 I will switch from spousal benefits to my own (larger) benefits.
Ahhhh, thanks. This is why I love this forum. Not ready to retire but learning so I'm ready.
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