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Old 03-22-2016, 07:18 PM
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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About the same. Skiing, mtn biking have picked up a bit, but not the monthly cost. I do walk and hike more, so there is the shoe wear factor. Spend more on propane and wood for heat. Some days I will drive to town twice due to visiting. Instead of once for work. 10 miles. Restaurant stuff about the same except for that second trip with Mrs5150. She still works.

For me there is no " less expenses". Had a short commute-11 miles and a business very casual dress code. Wore jeans and button shirt for the last year of employment. So work clothes not an expense.

We moved to our retirement location 13 years before I retired and intend to stay so no changes there. Medicare plus supplement is cheaper that health ins so there is savings there. My post retirement income is about the same so it is a wash.
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Old 03-23-2016, 02:18 PM
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Assuming we will still be up for it when "retirement" arrives (if it ever does), there will be lots of temptations in terms of concerts, clubbing, bar hopping, etc. Even worse if weed becomes generally legal in many states (and noting that in two of the ones we are considering, it's already legal). It's going to be "interesting" to say the least.
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Old 03-23-2016, 10:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Happy in Wyoming View Post
Reading is my entertainment, I probably spend a few hundred for periodicals (yes, the paper ones) and probably fifteen hundred to two thousand for books in the course of the year. I seldom go to restaurants. I do have some collecting interests as well. The sky is the limit on those.
Yes to the paper books! I love the smell and the feel of new books...almost as much as old, worn books. I love to turn down pages that contain passages I will read over and over again...almost as much as I love keeping the pages in another book in pristine condition.

I mark up many books, highlighting, circling words and phrases and adding my own comments to the writers own. Later, I may look at a particularly "marked up" book and recall the circumstances in my own life at the time I did so, and how what I had read [and added to] impacted my own life.

Waking up to discover a book open face down on my chest or laid next to my face with my finger inserted at the place I had fallen asleep while reading is like being greeted by a dear friend.

A kindle has its' purpose, I know, but to truly be transported into an entirely new and different world, nothing, IMHO, beats a "real" book.
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