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Old 12-08-2006, 03:55 PM   #101
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Canadian friends that I ride with agree that routine medical care is great. However, if you need a major or expensive procedure they complain of the long wait. They joke of dying while waiting for my "free" healthcare. Those Canadians that have extra $$ come to the US for these procedures if the wait is too long.
there is some truth to this, although it depends somewhat on what procedure and where you are. Some things like hip replacement surgery take a long time, and apparently some things like MRIs can take a while (I can't speak from personal experience here).

Fortunately, I have insurance that is valid in the US as part of my retirement package from a state government, so I guess I'll try to milk the best features of both countries
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Re: Retire on 3k per month thoughts...
Old 12-08-2006, 04:08 PM   #102
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My base budget is around $2.1k/month. Does not include food, booze, mad money, cause I'm too lazy to track them...
Your base budget does not include food?

At 2.1 k for the remainder, I'd suspect that adds a pretty signficant percentage.
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Old 12-08-2006, 05:25 PM   #103
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Canadian friends that I ride with agree that routine medical care is great. However, if you need a major or expensive procedure they complain of the long wait. They joke of dying while waiting for my "free" healthcare. Those Canadians that have extra $$ come to the US for these procedures if the wait is too long.
My DW aunt lives in the Quebec province and had to wait one year for a back surgery because it was not a life threat. The poor woman was on heavy dosage of pain killers for a year with limited mobility.......
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Old 12-08-2006, 06:01 PM   #104
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Thanks Sundance, for pointing out another one of the services I provide for my still-working wife.

Exactly how much do you figure it would cost a couple to hire a fulltime security service to keep an eye on the place? How about one that does dishes and vacuums a bit?

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reward, 2 months ago. I plugged in the vacuum and nothing happened. Guess, it's broken. Have to tell the DW about it. Time to call Help Line!
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Old 12-08-2006, 09:56 PM   #106
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Whenever I think about the risks of dropping health insurance, I am reminded of unplanned injuries or illness, like an indigent motorist driving into me when I'm out walking or bicycling.
And it is those fears that the Corporations and Government leverage to keep the drones chained to their cubicles. That is why we will never see any meaningful healthcare reform in this country.
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Personally, I could not imagine living on 3K per month in retirement. I bust my %ss each day in order to prepare for the future. I am planning on doing some real splurging in retirement. Being on a tight budget in retirement just is not an attractive proposition as far as I am concerned. Just my opinion.
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Old 12-09-2006, 03:53 PM   #110
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I had planned on/and could live on $3000 pm - but find that I am spending closer to $4000. I think that we are still kinda in the celebration phase and have been doing alot
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Old 12-09-2006, 03:58 PM   #111
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Personally, I could not imagine living on 3K per month in retirement. I bust my %ss each day in order to prepare for the future. I am planning on doing some real splurging in retirement. Being on a tight budget in retirement just is not an attractive proposition as far as I am concerned. Just my opinion.
Agreed. To work all these years so you can live on a tight budget. I estimated my needs at retirement to be between 4.5K and 5K per month. I would rather work for a couple of years longer. But that's me......
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I live on less than $2000/mo and don't miss anything.
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I live on less than $2000/mo and don't miss anything.
My guess is you don't have to. If at any time you could switch to a 4-7K per month life, that is a little different - there is security there. Retiring on a small budget without that security just isn't my idea of retiring. I'd like to be in the position to afford a 2K monthly mortgage payment in retirement, if I chose.
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I'll be at $4000 per month initially ($3000 pension & $1000 401k withdrawal) between ages 55-60. At 60, another $1200 pension kicks in. Very small SS after that at 62 (or maybe wait longer). I won't get much SS because of my civil service pension (old CSRS). DW is 3 yrs younger, so when she's 62 & could get SS, I'll be 65. She has a 401 also, but we plan to use it plus proceeds from home sale to pay cash for our retirement palace on the lake!
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Old 12-09-2006, 05:12 PM   #115
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DW and I were just up at her father's place checking out his paperwork in anticipation of... He is just turning 80 as is DW's step mother. They live in a paid off condominium townhouse (worth about $300K), drive a 4 year old Buick, dress well, and lead a pleasant, if uneventful, life. I was a little surprised to see that they are getting by on about $3K/month, including $1K from a reverse mortgage. We are planning to pick up some utilities to make things a little more pleasant for them.

It does seem that as you get older, you can get by on remarkably little.
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Old 12-09-2006, 05:24 PM   #116
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My DW & I live off of 2300/month, and I don't think its that tough.
Don't forget that the median household income is just around 50K/year.
Subtract out taxes, SSI, etc. its pretty close to 3K/month.
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Old 12-09-2006, 08:40 PM   #117
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That is just it who wants a 200K mortgage??

I was making 100K and paying 20K mortgage 9K in taxes after commuting costs car payments and such in NJ . Lets see after tax take home was around 65K. -- 30K for the mortgage and taxes on the house I have 35K left over!!!

So now with a 300 dollar a month mortgage and 2800 a year in taxes well my 33K pension is well do able, in addition the fun I will have doing stupid jobs to bring in another 1000 a month will be well priceless.
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I don't remember the exact details, but I'm pretty sure that Billy and Akaisha live on less than $3,000 per month. It seems like they live a pretty full life. I don't have any objection to money, but ultimately I have more control over money than I do over time. At least how much time I have left on the planet. I'm going to pull the plug no later than 10 months from now whether I have to live on 3, 4, or $5k per month. Although barring major economic upheaval, it will be more like 4 or 4.5K. But if a lot of things move against me, it is reassuring to know that DW and I could be comfortable and happy on $3k per month.

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Your base budget does not include food?

At 2.1 k for the remainder, I'd suspect that adds a pretty signficant percentage.
I.e. "the bills"... :P

Add maybe $400-500 monthly. Yes, I know I need to track it more closely. Thinking next year I'll buy all groceries with CC. Easier to track, and airlines miles...
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Hey, another thought, If one feels they can do it, and can live on 3K
per month, why would you bust your *** for a few more years or whatever so that you could get to 4K or 5K per month. Life is short, I watched two of my golf buddies go out at 57 and 59...Pick the flowers while you are looking down at them and not up. You work longer to get access to more
$$$ but age and get sick or to old to do much of anything and never get a chance to enjoy whats left...I'm thinking downsize and bail asap...
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