Category: Retirement choices

20 Questions to Ask Yourself (and your spouse) Before You Retire

If you’re like many people, you probably don’t think much about what your life will be like after you retire. Maybe you don’t like to think about getting old. Forming a clearer picture of how you would like to live your life after you reach the point where you no longer need to work will…
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What Does (s)he Who Dies with the Most Toys Actually Win?

You have probably seen a bumper sticker, T-shirt, or coffee mug that exclaims, “He who dies with the most toys wins!”  Many people in the U.S. and other first-world nations seem to have bought in to that philosophy to at least some extent. What does the person who dies with the most toys actually win?…
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Best Places to Retire Lists – Fact, Fiction, or Fantasy?

The internet is consumed with list-mania!  It seems that top ten lists (or twelve, or twenty, or…) are the magic formula to attract viewer traffic.  Some web sites are comprised of nothing but top ten lists, and some major news web sites publish lists frequently as well. There are now dozens, if not hundreds, of…
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100 Things You Can Do After You Retire

100 Things You Can Do After You Retire

After you retire, what will you do with all of your new-found time? Are you concerned that you’ll be bored? I’m always bewildered when I hear people say that they think retirement will be boring. I’ve heard many people say they don’t want to retire and they would rather keep working, because they have no…
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The Best of Both Worlds: The Pros and Cons of the Snowbird Lifestyle

It’s December in Phoenix. Our daily high temperatures reach into the upper 70s, and our nighttime lows are in the lower 50s. The days shift between sunny and partly cloudy; it rains only occasionally. The freeway traffic is heavier, the restaurants are more crowded, and the grocery check-out lines are longer. Why? The snowbirds are here! Snowbirds are people…
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12 Flexible and Fun Ways You Can Work During Retirement

Will working be part of your retirement? Perhaps your answer is not just “no!” but a resounding, “HELL no!!!” It may seem like an oxymoron to see “working” in the same sentence as “retirement.” By definition, isn’t retirement what you do after you stop working? Not necessarily. Retirement comes in many shapes and sizes, and…
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4 Essential Ingredients of a Balanced Life

Do you sometimes find yourself imagining how you’ll fill your days once you no longer have to work? During those times when you seem so busy there never seems to be time to do what you want, do you say to yourself, “When I retire, I’ll have lots of time to do this!” On the…
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8 Conversations Every Couple Needs to Have

Hopefully, you have at least a general idea of how you hope your life will unfold in the years to come.  You probably have some ideas (whether vague or specific) about where you’d really like to live, where you hope to travel, when you hope to retire, and an assortment of dreams and “bucket list”…
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LGBT Retirement Communities – Unrealized Potential vs. Unclear Demand

[Editor’s Note: An updated version of this article appears here.] You are probably aware that the baby boomer generation (those born between 1946 and 1964) is now reaching the ages of 50-68, which means that we’re entering an era in which a lot of people are and will be retiring. According to Serena Worthington of the…
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