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Old 02-11-2016, 02:35 PM
 
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I frequently hear people stating that they "retired" at 30 or 40; well, usually that means that they're on disability or just quit working and are living off the government. By my definition, you have to have worked long enough to qualify for some sort of retirement package/benefits such as SS, if not an actual pension with health care coverage until Medicare kicks in. Has "retirement" become a euphemism?
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Old 02-11-2016, 02:40 PM
 
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Never heard of such a thing. Well, except military that are medically retired due to severe injuries that will never allow them to work. Which is different from VA disability compensation.
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Old 02-11-2016, 02:42 PM
 
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Well, I'm a future RVer, so am on a lot of those message boards to learn about it. Awful lot of young people already "retired" out there! Not sure what they're doing for health care...
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Old 02-11-2016, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I see lots of "retired" bums with cardboard signs begging for money at most intersections.
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Old 02-11-2016, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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They aren't really retired in the conventional sense. They're most likely still working on the side for themselves. I'm 29 and a guy I went to high school with founded several companies that have grown to nine figures in revenue in under five years. He's in his late 20s and could retire today and never work again.
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Old 02-11-2016, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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Do a web search on Mr Money Mustache and read some of what you find. This guy has a blog where he talks about his low-cost lifestyle and early retirement. It is an entertaining read, and he has a lot of good observations.

I personally don't consider him "retired", but he's bought himself and his family a lot of financial freedom and time, which I think is great. He left the corporate workaday world at a young age.
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Old 02-11-2016, 03:51 PM
 
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Well, that's the question; what DO you consider "retired"?
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Old 02-11-2016, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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To me, retired is no longer HAVING to work for a living.
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Old 02-11-2016, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Has "retirement" become a euphemism?
No, but that doesn't mean the term isn't abused from time to time.
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Old 02-11-2016, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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Yes, there are a lot of people who are in a sense "retired", at a very young age. They are living a very minimalist lifestyle, working part time on line, working a job for a few months, then traveling, maybe living on a trust fund or savings or mom's money. Some have a job, of making videos and posting them on YOuTube and making money with that. As someone observed though, its a risky idea. What happens if you get sick and need medical care, or can't work because of a disability but don't have enough work time built up? I don't know. Its really their problem. I guess they figure they can get enough help from the govt. that if they live real cheap, they can get by, and many do.
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