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Old 11-01-2019, 09:31 AM   #1
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2 Year Retired Anniversary

This week marks our 2 year anniversary of being "retired". I'm using quotation marks because I've maintained 2 hobby jobs that provide some income but are VERY part-time and allow me to pick and choose what I do and when I do it. I enjoy both hobby jobs a lot!

Neither of us are collecting SS yet. The first year we withdrew 3% from our portfolio and the second year we withdrew 8.8%. Despite this, our portfolio is almost exactly where it was before we withdrew any monies. We have taken 3 trips each year and enjoy traveling. So far so good!

My wife, the lower earner, will begin SS next year at age 62. I will continue to wait until I think it makes sense and am content to evaluate that decision annually.

We are THOROUGHLY enjoying our retirement and we continue to learn on this site all the time. So, thanks for all the great posts and articles!

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Old 11-01-2019, 09:42 AM   #2
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We're almost at the 2.5 mark. DW hit FRA a couple months ago and I turned 62 earlier in the year. We both filed for SS at her FRA. We got by easy peasy for over 2 years with some pension $$ and IRA $$.

I thought about PT job or PT consulting, but just could't cross that bridge. Instead, I volunteer and find it very rewarding. We are loving the retired lifestyle. Day to day is fairly modest, but we travel more than ever and spend more to travel in style (for us).

Freedom to choose is its own best reward.

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Old 11-01-2019, 09:52 AM   #3
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ER allows us the freedom to do what we want. If that brings in some money (or a lot), so be it.
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Old 11-01-2019, 03:06 PM   #4
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Congrats. Enjoy retirement any way you wish.
It is close to 2.5 years for us. While no work is anywhere in our plans, I understand others doing as such.
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