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Old 11-09-2019, 09:15 AM   #21
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Way back in college co-op working days I worked for just over 6 months straight on one job. Company policy meant I had earned 1 week vacation time. The co-op program was supposed to be for less than 6 months so no vacation earnings. As a poor college student, that 1 week pay was a great unexpected bonus.
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Old 11-09-2019, 09:37 AM   #22
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Our recent "pleasant surprise" was Allstate is sending us an extra $500 from their Allstate Bonus Drive program for purchasing a new Hyundai. I thought it was a scam at first, then researched and verified with our Allstate agent.
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Old 11-09-2019, 03:25 PM   #23
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At the local drug store I was picking up some Vitamin D. Got to the check out cashiers says this is BOGO.

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Old 11-09-2019, 03:45 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by HenryD View Post
What FIRE-related pleasant surprises have you experienced recently?
Recently I noted I've been FIRE'd 13.4 years, I'm still alive, in reasonably good health and finances are fine. That's all pretty pleasant!
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Old 11-09-2019, 08:51 PM   #25
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All good news on this thread, love it!

DH and I have retiree medical (primary for me age 63; secondary for DH age 67). Total cost to us is $150 /month premium. Great physician network, low copays and deductibles.

I'm told it COULD change in future but it hasnt since first being offered in 1998 so not worrying much.
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Old 11-09-2019, 09:34 PM   #26
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Not exactly recent, but when I was on the "glide" path for ER, I took a lateral job move. when I got the acceptance, they told me it came with a 5% raise. I lol'd all the way to the bank.

Then the raise got tied up and took a while to take effect, so they made me whole with a lump sump make-up for 3 months.

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Old 11-10-2019, 05:17 AM   #27
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This year's stock market rally. We're going to spend $10K extra next year.
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Old 11-10-2019, 05:41 AM   #28
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When I involuntarily RE'd, retirement had been a very abstract concept. As I was going through my numbers at the time, I suddenly realized that I was eventually eligible for SS! (I know, I know...oblivious worker).

Getting an extra $25K from SS was something that had never occurred to me. Seriously, I knew about SS, but it never entered my mind as part of my own equation until maybe 6 months after my ER and I was re-re-re-re-running my numbers. "Wait a mean...."

Then came the Medicare revelation..... mo' money! mo' money!
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Old 11-10-2019, 06:48 AM   #29
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As of this June, I am also qualified for the employer's health insurance benefits. But if I retire this year, our (my wife and I) monthly health insurance premium with this benefits would be about $1,340 per month, which is probably slightly more than that of unsubsidized ACA premium. I am wondering if such a retiree benefit is really useful in my case.

I understand that ACA may change, but the employer health insurance benefits can also change. But I could probably control my income to get ACA subsidies.

Any ideas about health insurance in a similar case?
I am eligible for retiree health insurance from my former megacorp employer, but the insurance I get from the ACA is far less expensive. I do get a subsidy with the ACA but even without that, buying health insurance on my own would be cheaper than my retiree health insurance 'benefit'.
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Old 12-13-2019, 02:11 PM   #30
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I find out that I do not need to spend that much to be happy, while I have more money than ever.

For example, either my taste buds have died or I don't give a darn anymore, but XO Cognac does not taste that much better than cheaper grades.

Hmmm... Is that a positive development, that you care about fewer things?
A very timely change of taste:

The U.S. is weighing tariffs of up to 100% on European products the Trump administration previously absolved from such duties, targeting some of the euro zone’s most emblematic products, including Irish and Scotch whiskies and Cognac.
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