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Old 12-07-2021, 04:21 AM   #1
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Thanks for all the specific things I learned about here

So I just applied for the $100 Fidelity deposit bonus for myself and DW I learned about here. That is $200 found money! Got me to thinking about some of the other money saving and making ideas I have learned of here (not even counting all the more broad-based LBYM knowledge):

Fidelity 2% Visa card
Amex 6% Blue Cash card
Penfed mortgage (got 1.99% 5 year rate about 8 years ago when that was much harder to come by)

Sure there were others but that is all I can think of now. Anyone else have similar things to add?
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Old 12-07-2021, 05:42 AM   #2
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#1 for me was the discovery of retirement calculators through this site, which allowed me to become comfortable with retiring at 57.
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Old 12-07-2021, 11:15 AM   #3
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Old 12-07-2021, 12:11 PM   #4
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This site has saved--and made--me tens of thousands of dollars over the years....and educated me that I didn’t have to worry about going back to work! So many stupid mistakes I didn't have to make!
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Old 12-07-2021, 12:34 PM   #5
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Learned here that my husband was eligible for disability due to his hearing loss acquired during his Navy days. Decades later, he applied, and got it ... thank you, ER folks!
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Old 12-07-2021, 05:22 PM   #6
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FireCalc has been worthwhile in helping know that the conventional 20-25% stock exposure recommended to retirees was too low and increased long-term risk. I've also learned about Michael Kitces, and his recommendations for relatively conservative allocations right at retirement, and increasing stock allocations later. Both have influenced my actions in the first two years after retiring.

I've also learned about IRMAA and how it would affect the surviving spouse in our case. Doing some Roth conversions to help mitigate that, and perhaps accelerating payoff of our small mortgage later.
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Old 12-08-2021, 11:46 AM   #7
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I learned about the 72t section of the U.S. tax code that allowed me to access a small portion of my IRA before I was 59 1/2, PENALTY FREE.

Others on this site pointed out as a good place to begin my research.
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The many threads over the year that helped me save on cell and home phone service (OOMA), and other things.

I also learned about sous vide here. So we never go out for steak. Mine is much better.

Ketogenic/low carb diet. A member sent me a PM about it and I did some investigating. For me it has worked fairly well, reducing my risk of diabetes especially. Thanks!
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I'm most thankful for all the people that posted "jump on in, the water is fine" and those that shared their own journeys as they made the leap. That's my primary motive for the follow-ups I make to my announcement post (a bit of giving back).

The SWFL group really inspired me too when I got to meet them in 2020 right before the world stopped turning and I came down with OMY Syndrome.

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I got help dealing with my FIL who is getting much older and is IMO not as good at driving as he used to be.

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Just recently I made an easy $1000 by applying for and using a Chase Platinum card. I learned about it here.
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