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Old 01-05-2016, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I had forgot about SS when I signed up for it. About 2 months after I was supposed to have received SS my wife asked if I had received any money? She checked my bank account and found an extra $4000 in there. So receiving my first check was anti-climatic.
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Old 01-05-2016, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Well, I thought about time. I worked for that, I earned it. I now look forward to the second Wednesday of every month.
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Old 01-05-2016, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I retired early and I'm years away from collecting social security. Who doesn't like extra money? I grew up with the fear that it wouldn't be there for me so I prepared accordingly. If it's there it will be fun collecting it, and one more step closer to not being a landlord anymore. If it's not there, then plan B will work.
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Old 01-05-2016, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Eastern UP of Michigan
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Gratitude?


Have you ever added up how much money you paid into the system over the years?


I'm going to be like, "Give me my damn money back."



Yea, I can see grateful.


I will be grateful for that SS check amongst the many other things that have gotten us to the point in our life that we are, and that we didn't screw things up to badly.



$$ are just a part of the equation.
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Old 01-05-2016, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I'm almost in the same boat. I was lucky enough to get into Civil Service at age 21. Retired last month at age 46, and my first pension check should be here any day, now.

I'll let you know how it feels.
You could be collecting a pension for twice as many years as you worked. Unfortunately I am on the other side having to fund my retirement and yours. I do not think the future tax payers can afford your pension so I would worry that something might happen that could adversely affect your pension so make sure you have other assets to support yourself.
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Old 01-05-2016, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Long Neck , DE
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Living on a pension for 10 years, and FINALLY in June going to get some of my money back that Sam has been taking care of for me all these years. With emphasis on some of the money.

Maybe you will live long and actually make money on your investment in Social Security.
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Old 01-05-2016, 12:59 PM
 
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Not emotional, but pleased that it shows up on time the second Wednesday of each month.
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Old 01-05-2016, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Well, since I'm collecting widow's benefits, I'm sad for the reason I'm able to collect them while simultaneously grateful for the additional income. I think next year when I'm FRA or 5 years down the road when I'm 70, I'll be more excited to see the increased amount of my SS deposits.
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Old 01-05-2016, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Old 01-05-2016, 02:56 PM
 
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Depends on which first SS check you're referring to.

The first one was my own (reduced, from having to claim 2 1/2 years early) which was only about $1000. Because I had no other income and no possibility of any job prospects, that first check produced the feeling of being pulled back from the edge of an abyss.

Later on, the first check after the survivor's benefit was added on brought the emotion of finally being able to look forward with some financial optimism rather than simply treading water.

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