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Old 10-07-2020, 07:51 AM   #121
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July 5th.
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Working past June gave me one last employer paid contribution to my cash balance plan, about $14,000.
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Old 10-07-2020, 08:10 AM   #122
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January 22nd 2009. I waited until my profit sharing was posted to my 401K. Two day later, DW and I were on a plane to Santiago Chile for a 14 day land trip of South America.
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Old 10-07-2020, 08:43 AM   #123
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My last day of work was just prior to the Christmas holidays in 2011... I had just turned 56 the month prior.

I was on holiday and vacation from then until February 1, 2012.... which extended my workplace health insurance through the end of February.

I deferred all my comp in 2012 so I had no earnings in 2012 which gave me more headroom for long-term capital gains trading at 0% tax.
It’s interesting that some folks has vacation extending their working months and getting other benefits. I was just paid for the 6 weeks I had accrued.
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Old 10-07-2020, 09:28 AM   #124
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As a teacher on one hear contracts I did not have much of a choice:

Stopped working - Mid June when I quickly followed the last kids out of my classroom, locked the door and never went back.

Official Retirement date - September 1, the first day of not being on a contract for over 20 years.

Note: I could have retired July 1 as many not so financially smart teachers did, but that would have cost me two months pay, two months of my medical insurance coverage, and reduced my pension by a smidgen. Since I had already earned that money, I saw no point in giving it back to the 'gubmint'.
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Old 10-07-2020, 10:00 AM   #125
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Retired on March 17- St.Patty’s day. Drank green beer to celebrate.
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Old 10-16-2020, 12:07 AM   #126
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November...I wasn't able to pick the time of year lol.
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Old 10-16-2020, 12:25 AM   #127
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December 27th. My current contract ran out at the end of the year. I had a HUGE check coming that was not going to make it to my bank until the next month, so next tax year. I socked max into 401K, 457, etc. Maxxed out matching funds. I also cashed in my sick leave of over 9 months on the books plus vacation of over 800 hours. I also had my hernia surgery that month as well, capitalizing on the holiday days off with pay so I could cash in the sick leave. My final pay was at least a year's worth of salary, so I was grateful to carry it into the next year.
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Old 10-16-2020, 07:18 AM   #128
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December 31st. It was cleaner to retire at the end of the year paper-wise than earlier in the year, but it was harder to go home when everything was pretty much closed for the season. It was kind of freaky in that I was the last person in my department that day and leaving my entry card with the guard at the front door was kind of a weird lonely time. I'm glad I'm retired though - no regrets on that side!
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Old 10-16-2020, 09:06 AM   #129
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I stopped working on June 23rd, officially. I had not used any vacation days so my 1st day of retirement was Aug 1st.
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Old 10-16-2020, 09:23 AM   #130
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March 28 in order to max out retirement contributions (TSP) for another year.
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Old 12-15-2020, 09:27 AM   #131
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I retired Sept. 1st, 2020. Was having a great year financially and at the same time had pushed myself too far physically and was ready mentally and physically to leave. I decided I wanted to enjoy the autumn weather, my favorite time of year, so the timing seemed perfect. I knew I did not want to work into or through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays so September it was.
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Old 12-15-2020, 09:31 AM   #132
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Old 12-15-2020, 09:58 AM   #133
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I retired Sept. 1st, 2020. Was having a great year financially and at the same time had pushed myself too far physically and was ready mentally and physically to leave. I decided I wanted to enjoy the autumn weather, my favorite time of year, so the timing seemed perfect. I knew I did not want to work into or through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays so September it was.
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Old 12-15-2020, 10:04 AM   #134
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I retired at the best time of the year. The best time of the year is whatever month it is when you pull the plug and never have to work again!
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ReWahoo! We retired on the same day! and they say it's a small world! I bet hundreds of others did also.
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Old 12-15-2020, 01:33 PM   #136
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Me too. My departure was so unexpected it took me and the couple people who knew when I planned by surprise. DW had watched OMY fully expected another when I said I was done she was surprised and happy.
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Old 12-15-2020, 02:54 PM   #137
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The exact right time was May 25. It was at my age 59.5. Not exactly ER.
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Old 12-15-2020, 03:26 PM   #138
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I retired Sept. 1st, 2020. Was having a great year financially and at the same time had pushed myself too far physically and was ready mentally and physically to leave. I decided I wanted to enjoy the autumn weather, my favorite time of year, so the timing seemed perfect. I knew I did not want to work into or through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays so September it was.
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Old 12-20-2020, 01:24 PM   #139
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my goal was to retire prior to my birthday month (march) because I refused to spend one more birthday in the office. retired Jan 24, 2020
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Old 12-21-2020, 10:14 AM   #140
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February of this year, 2020. Right before Corona hit.

I wanted to make sure I received my annual bonus and then a few weeks later we moved and I quit for good.

Never going back to the office ever, and at the age of 41!
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