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View Poll Results: How much did you spend last year?
Married: Less than 30,000 5 2.75%
Married: 30,000 to 40,000 5 2.75%
Married: 40,000 to 50,000 16 8.79%
Married: 50,000 to 60,000 18 9.89%
Married: 60,000 to 70,000 11 6.04%
Married: 70,000 to 85,000 29 15.93%
Married: 85,000 to 100,000 14 7.69%
Married: 100,000 to 125,000 14 7.69%
Married: 125,000 to 150,000 9 4.95%
Married: over 150,000 15 8.24%
Single: Less than 20,000 9 4.95%
Single: 20,000 to 30,000 9 4.95%
Single: 30,000 to 40,000 9 4.95%
Single: 40,000 to 50,000 3 1.65%
Single: 50,000 to 60,000 8 4.40%
Single: 60,000 to 70,000 5 2.75%
Single: 70,000 to 85,000 0 0%
Single: 85,000 to 100,000 1 0.55%
Single: 100,000 to 125,000 1 0.55%
Single: over 125,000 1 0.55%
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Old 08-24-2008, 02:04 PM   #1
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Supplementing Nicolette's question: How much do retirees live on a year?

My impression when I first joined the board was that there were many people who were retired or going to retire on three to four thousand a month. I remember once we had a poster who said he needed $100,000 to $120,000 a year and we kind of gave him a hard time. Now it seems like a regular occurrence for people to want/need that much and it seems quite rare to see people who claim to live on less than $50,000 a year.

Is my impression right? How have things changed? Is it just because more people are on the forum?

I know that nicolette has asked the question "how much do you want a year to live on when you retire?" I am asking the question pointed to actual retirees: How much money did you spend last year? Yes, taxes included. Everything included. If you had a big special expense, tell us about it.
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My vote includes an accelerated mortgage payment.
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Between $125-$150K (married). New house, new furniture, moving expenses, multiple trailer rentals, getting the other house ready to sell, etc. Plus the new mortgage, although that frees up equity to invest in more diversified investments. Next year is going to be significantly less.
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I voted $60-70K. That's what I spend now, but when I retire I will have more time and will probably spend more money!

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ERed last year. Spent $46k (included new car purchase). On track to spend $40k this year. Home improvements making it hard to stay under $40k.

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Single - 50,399 all included - sorta attached now.

8 trips - 4 to New Orleans, 3 to 'The Crappie Capital of The World.' ? 15k including gas/gifts/entertaining/etc. 1 to Georgia.

2006 - 89k - maybe 25k remodeling, Mexican cruise, 45th high school reunion PacNW plus visiting Sis/Bil south of Seattle plus Portland. 3trips to Alabama. One to Pensacola.

Probably keep it down to maybe 5 trips this year - only one left on the books - Nags Head in Sept - ? plus ? somewhere at Christmas?


heh heh heh - Even in expensive Kansas City - if I paid off the mortgage - could get into the 25-30k range and party locally.

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Are these figures after taxes?
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Married, still w*rking. Last year our spending was just under $48K. I put in another $12K in the other poll to adjust for the need for more insurance after retirement (high-deductible sort, and not even sure if that's enough).
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Are these figures after taxes?
Nope - all included - taxes, dog license, including 2k added to in Vanguard Prime MM for emergency mad money/etc. Not total reserve - try to hold a one yr 'float' 30-50k.

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So when someone says they spent $50k, that's before income taxes?
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I just checked and it was $55,000 . I took my daughter & her husband on a cruise for their birthdays . I furnished my grandson's nursery . We all went to Washington ,DC for Thanksgiving and I paid for my Mom's hme health aide . I think I did amazingly well . I'm going to JJill next week and reward myself.
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Trick question.

Someone with no mortgage payment, car payments or other debt payments might be living pretty well on 40k a year.

Someone with all of those might be eating a lot of rice and beans and watching tv with rabbit ears at 60k.

I think we've got a lot more people. Many probably are playing it close to the vest. Everybody's fibbing by 20-30% or more, because its the internet. People who want to spend too little or too much often get a tough time about it.
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Spent ~$25K last year ('07)(including taxes) (and bought a car to replace 1989 vehicle(not part of $25K)).
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Yeah bunny, we have other polls for net worth. I just wanted to get an idea of what people are claiming in the range of retirement spending. Which seems different from claims four years ago.
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You didnt get me. I dont mean net worth. If I had a mortgage and two car payments, I'd be spending about 20k more a year than I do.

So the spending depends on what you're arrangements are.

Someone with a two homes with mortgages in retirement would spend a lot more than me but their lifestyle could be the same.

The folks with 4-5 rental properties have huge spending demands, but their cash flow is excellent!

Now if you delineate it to be spending ex-housing/car/debt/other flim-flammy stuff and keep it to standard expenses, you might have somethin.
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I remember once we had a poster who said he needed $100,000 to $120,000 a year and we kind of gave him a hard time.
When I respond to post like the above I first ask if they track their current expenses and do they have a detailed budget for before and after retiring. How they answer tells me if their budget estimate for retiring is reasonable.

Assuming (single or married) no debt an no children; spending $100K a year and growing it by the 4% guideline is a very difficult spend rate to maintain. (Yes, I know it can easily be done - if you want to do it to prove a point)

I think the major error that those who have such a budget do is they plan for peak spending (e.g. doing a lot of international travel to expensive locals) and projecting that forward. Or they have not done the detail work and thought it out.

So, in my guess is that expenses would remain rather flat over time. Travel & Entertainment expenses would be a large part of the budget in the early years. Over time T&E expenses would decline and Health and other expense (inflation, home base expenses) would increase.

So; give those people with large budgets a hard time. Make them do the grunt work - It just might help them retire sooner.
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You didnt get me. I dont mean net worth. If I had a mortgage and two car payments, I'd be spending about 20k more a year than I do.

So the spending depends on what you're arrangements are.

Someone with a two homes with mortgages in retirement would spend a lot more than me but their lifestyle could be the same.

The folks with 4-5 rental properties have huge spending demands, but their cash flow is excellent!

Now if you delineate it to be spending ex-housing/car/debt/other flim-flammy stuff and keep it to standard expenses, you might have somethin.
I did get you, I just jumped too many steps, waiting for someone to say that what is really important is how much income you are generating.

The poll is FWIW. You might pay rent. You might have a mortgage. You might own a million dollar home mortgage free. Nevertheless, it is still interesting to hear whether someone is living on 20,000 or 200,000.

I don't imagine we have too many people with huge cash outlays for rental property mortgages and are reporting that spending here. If they do, I trust they will report the oddity as I asked people to report any big "special" expense.
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2007: Total spent $24,096 (all expenses, including all taxes). Two people, traveled to NY, VA, Chicago, FL and spent the winter in Mid-west.
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Single but my daughter lives with me. Last year was NOT a typical year. I spent $111K. Fifty thousand of that was federal and state income tax and $7K was for travel and some new furniture. I did get about $13K back this year in income taxes due to over paying last year. Things are much different this year and I expect to spend about $50K by the end of the year.
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The tax thing can be confusing for me. Obviously taxes will be less than now, but with part-time work, maybe not that much less. Second, if I use post-tax savings to live on first, that mean no taxes on that part, but when that runs dry, I have to gross everything up by 20% or whatever (ouch).

Anyhow, I didn't reply since I wasn't retired but for future reference, it would be interesting to know what folks spend after taxes, that is, true living expenses only.
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