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Old 04-05-2013, 09:41 PM   #1
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At what age did you pull the plug?

I was sharing with my DH [I think that means husband?] about this blog and he asked me what the average age of the FIREs was so....


Curious as to when you retired?
Was it a good decision or should you have waited?
Or should you have done it sooner?
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:24 PM   #2
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Yes, DH=darling husband, DW=darling wife, DD=darling daughter, DS = darling son

Curious as to when you retired? 56
Was it a good decision or should you have waited? Good decision
Or should you have done it sooner? No (retired once we sold our second home which reduced our expenses dramatically and padded our retirement investments)
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:26 PM   #3
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Right after I turned 62.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:30 PM   #4
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Plug was pulled by the company and I was suddenly unemployed @ 58 or so. To my surprise we had plenty of pensions/investments that will last until we are 100+.

That's OK. I'll get over it.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:37 PM   #5
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Great Decision

Company ceased all pension accruals so sticking around 8 more years to get a formal retirement no longer had any appeal.

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Old 04-05-2013, 10:42 PM   #6
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I'm 57 and will be out for sure at 58.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:46 PM   #7
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Retired @55. It was the right time.
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:00 PM   #8
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I retired at 61.

The three and a half years since then have been great. If I had only known I would like retirement this much, years ago....
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:03 AM   #9
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I was 56 when I retired. I would have retired earlier but DW was still working (her choice). She will retire june 1st. WE should have retired several years earlier.
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Old 04-06-2013, 02:46 AM   #10
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Yes, DH=darling husband, DW=darling wife, DD=darling daughter, DS = darling son

Curious as to when you retired? 56
Was it a good decision or should you have waited? Good decision
Or should you have done it sooner? No (retired once we sold our second home which reduced our expenses dramatically and padded our retirement investments)

WHAT I thought the "D" stood for dependable
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Old 04-06-2013, 04:00 AM   #11
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Yes and no. I was absolutely the right decision for me to take some time off work, and smell the rose, or orchids in my case.
But I think 39 is too young not have found a second career and while I do volunteer work it isn't the same thing.
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:03 AM   #12
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46.......didn't really 'retire'....just quit being employed.
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:53 AM   #13
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DW and I were both 56.

Best decision of our new lives!
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52 the first time. I'd been in law enforcement for just shy of 30 years and while there was no one factor that made me go there were a multiple of smaller ones that cumulatively made the choice easy.

It was a good choice. I'd have been committed by now if I hadn't.

So while I'm working (for now) I have the option to leave when I want. It's a much more laid-back and less stressful environment.
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:41 AM   #15
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Turned 55 in March - plan is February 2014 when i will still be 55. Just so I can say, "55".
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58 but became a live-in caretaker of a local historic estate which required about 15 hours of work each week. Did this for 18 months. Now officially retired @ 60. DW is 58 and plans to work another 5 years.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:24 AM   #17
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51. It could have been a little earlier but all in all, the timing was right. Staying longer would not have been good for my health.

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Old 04-06-2013, 08:28 AM   #18
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45. Planned it three years in advance and left at the right time for me.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:29 AM   #19
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54 and not a moment too soon.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:36 AM   #20
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A couple of earlier polls on ER age

Poll: What Age Did You FIRE?
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