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Posted: October 24, 2018, 11:25 AM Post
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Or at what age did you retire?

I’m just curious about everyone’s perception. For me, it’s 55. If I’m in good health and still don’t mind showing up to the office every day, I could see myself working longer. However, I’m concerned that the decision won’t be up to me and it’s therefore best to be prepared. I think my wife and I are off to a good start, but it’s scary to think we only have 20 years left to earn all the money we’ll ever need.


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Posted: October 24, 2018, 11:29 AM Post
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I'm shooting for 55 also, which will be in 2026.
I'll have 30 years with my company shortly after my 55th birthday.


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Posted: October 24, 2018, 12:42 PM Post
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For me it is 60. While I like my job we are only on this planet once and I want to make the most of it. Travel, grandkid stuff, etc

I have a decent 401K account going and still have a long ways to go; the biggest question is how to bridge the health insurance gap between retiring and losing the company health insurance and then eventually signing up for Medicare. I imagine private health insurance for a 60 year old won't exactly be cheap when that time comes.


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Posted: October 24, 2018, 1:46 PM Post
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57 for me. 4 more years of my current teaching job, then I'll be done.

My wife and I have been planning since we got married, and unless the world goes up in flames before that, I will be done at the earliest possible chance.

In fact, I'll be 57 for a total of 1 week when I retire.


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Posted: October 24, 2018, 2:21 PM Post
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Seldom post. Have been lurking since around 2003. I check in everyday and greatly appreciate most of the posts I read.

I retired at 49, my better half stopped working at 45. How you ask?

In our mid twenties we both worked for an international corporation, I as a production manager, she are a research chemist.

We decided then to live on one income and save the rest for an early retirement at 45. Hoped to open a Ma and Pa bird feeding store.

While our peers had their 5 bedroom homes in the "right" neighborhood and drove several luxury vehicles.

We lived in a one bedroom home in the country and drove an economy sedan. Not two but one.

We heated with wood, grew most of our vegetables and only went out to dinner several times a month.

In 1992 the division I worked for closed. Ugh!! Thankfully, we had already made plans to open a business.

Sold our home, moved to Wisconsin and ran a small business for a couple years. Sold that (broke even), she stopped working as I took a job with a competitor. 3 plus years (2004) later retired to Southwestern Wisconsin.

Still heat with wood, grow most of our vegetables and are living happily ever after.


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Posted: October 24, 2018, 4:44 PM Post
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Planning for age 53 when I reach Normal Retirement as a teacher. Scary that I’m almost halfway


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Posted: October 24, 2018, 5:32 PM Post
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67 is my goal. Although I hope to start throttling down at 62. Man, teaching has its challenges as all jobs do, but being able to retire that young with a pension is pretty sweet.


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Posted: October 24, 2018, 5:42 PM Post
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DHonks said:
Planning for age 53 when I reach Normal Retirement as a teacher. Scary that I’m almost halfway


53 normal teacher retirement age?


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Posted: October 24, 2018, 6:35 PM Post
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42, on my way there.


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Posted: October 24, 2018, 8:04 PM Post
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turborickey said:
DHonks said:
Planning for age 53 when I reach Normal Retirement as a teacher. Scary that I’m almost halfway


53 normal teacher retirement age?


In Arizona, those hired before 2011 reach Normal Retirement once they accrue 80 points, with age and years of experience counting as points. I’ll finish this year at 38 with 12 years of experience, meaning 50 points. 15 years to go. Of course, our pensions have always been contributed 50% by us and our wages are far lower than other states (thus our pensions will be lower payouts). Early retirement (age 50) doesn’t have a good payout, while retiring a few years later can slightly boost the payout. It stinks giving up nearly 12% of our pay each period, but the long term pension is nice. I’m figuring that after all these years of 40 person classes and 185 daily contacts, I’ll be ready to move on at 53.


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Posted: October 24, 2018, 8:29 PM Post
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Echoing dhonks, I currently have 8 years remaining until I hit "early retirement" by Arizona standards (my wife has 6.) I will be 53 at that point. But the monthly pension at that age is slightly over $800/month. Egads! That's NOT going to work!

If I stay until I'm 58, I can get about $1800/month, and if I stay until "regular/full retirement" at age 65, I will get about $3800/month.

So, as bad as I'd like to retire at 53, when I get my "80 points", it's not going to happen. We've got IRA's and other investments, too, but those have just been stagnating for so long. The growth just isn't really where it should be. So, I'm guessing that I will go into my 60s before it's a strong consideration for me. *sigh*

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Posted: October 24, 2018, 9:23 PM Post
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I could retire at 55 but probably will work longer (I'm 38). I got started a bit later and got my first teaching job at the age of 28 so I missed out on a few years of retirement contributions. Assuming I stay in the same job and district (which is a huge assumption), there is a policy where any unused sick time gets parlayed into insurance coverage. I'll retire when I have enough banked sick time to get me to medicare and I have enough in the state retirement system to live comfortably.


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Posted: October 25, 2018, 12:07 AM Post
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Echoing dhonks, I currently have 8 years remaining until I hit "early retirement" by Arizona standards (my wife has 6.) I will be 53 at that point. But the monthly pension at that age is slightly over $800/month. Egads! That's NOT going to work!

If I stay until I'm 58, I can get about $1800/month, and if I stay until "regular/full retirement" at age 65, I will get about $3800/month.

So, as bad as I'd like to retire at 53, when I get my "80 points", it's not going to happen. We've got IRA's and other investments, too, but those have just been stagnating for so long. The growth just isn't really where it should be. So, I'm guessing that I will go into my 60s before it's a strong consideration for me. *sigh*


That’s no fun. Last I checked I’ll be at $2200/month at age 53, but that’ll surely go up since this is by far my highest paying year. The benefit to me going past 53 isn’t that great as it’d take several years to hit the next multiplier


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Posted: October 25, 2018, 4:28 AM Post
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I'll keep working until I'm 55, but since my health is not so great it might change.


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Posted: October 25, 2018, 5:53 AM Post
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There sure are a lot of people on Brewerfan with pensions. I can't imagine retiring before 65 which is another 25 years, accounting pays well but health insurance costs are too much and want to delay eating into the 401k.


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Posted: October 25, 2018, 5:54 AM Post
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I have no idea. 55 sounds great, but that’s 22 years out yet, and I haven’t done any detailed planning. I teach in Wisconsin, so I have a pension to look forward to (hopefully), and I also contribute to a 403(b), but that is only about $3k a year. I should probably up that.

My wife is a couple of years younger and has a decent 401(k) setup at her work. I tell her she should plan on working until she is 60+ to provide insurance for us when I retire... [wink] .

We are basically debt free right now, but we will be buying or building a home in the next year or so. I probably should sit down and make some long-term plans.


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Posted: October 25, 2018, 11:10 AM Post
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I would love to retire at 55 (six years). However, I don't know if that will be possible. No pension, but have been frugal and put the max into 401K every year. We help our children with college -- the third one is starting next year and the fourth will be in four years. Now that our youngest is in high school, Mrs. Samurai is looking to enter the workforce on more of a full-time basis.

Insurance is going to be a big factor. My dad retired from teaching at age 55 and has a Cadillac heath care plan (now at age 72). I don't think that is the norm.

When I retire, I don't know what I'm going to do. Coach youth baseball / softball, I suppose, or go on some missions trips abroad.


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Posted: October 25, 2018, 11:45 AM Post
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My wife and I just met with some fellas that know a lot more about retiring, investing, and saving than we do. We are on pace for 60, but I am hoping for a little earlier than that.

Don't worry guys and gals, if wallus retires at 42 ill sock him in the belly for all of us.


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Posted: October 25, 2018, 12:15 PM Post
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Well I am waaaaaays away from said retirement, but imagine I will retire in my late 50s if I stick with a federal job for life. I would be eligible to retire at 55 technically due to 30+ years of service, but not sure I would want to start milking my savings that early.

Thankfully I was born into a time where saving for retirement early is a pretty big deal and highly recommended. In today's dollars my pension should come out to about $40,000 annually. Add in a my retirement savings account that gets 10% of my salary (with match) I should have a nice sum of money between those two and SS (if it exists then...).

Interesting story Storm. Super early retirement can be a nice option if you get into a lucrative career early enough into your life and plan for it. You will never see me driving around a luxury car or having a huge house, but I plan to spend money and enjoy myself too. Spend money on what makes you happy. Some people want to retire at 45 and some don't care if they work to 70 if it means a big house and a Tesla.


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Posted: October 25, 2018, 1:06 PM Post
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Well I am waaaaaays away from said retirement, but imagine I will retire in my late 50s if I stick with a federal job for life. I would be eligible to retire at 55 technically due to 30+ years of service, but not sure I would want to start milking my savings that early.

Thankfully I was born into a time where saving for retirement early is a pretty big deal and highly recommended. In today's dollars my pension should come out to about $40,000 annually. Add in a my retirement savings account that gets 10% of my salary (with match) I should have a nice sum of money between those two and SS (if it exists then...).

Interesting story Storm. Super early retirement can be a nice option if you get into a lucrative career early enough into your life and plan for it. You will never see me driving around a luxury car or having a huge house, but I plan to spend money and enjoy myself too. Spend money on what makes you happy. Some people want to retire at 45 and some don't care if they work to 70 if it means a big house and a Tesla.


This is how I feel. We have always tried to balance "enjoy it while you're young" with save enough for retirement. There's no right or wrong way, and I'm not complaining that I will work until I'm 65/67. We enjoy going out, enjoy vacations (often times expensive), concerts, sporting events, etc. No regrets.


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