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Old 08-07-2017, 02:50 PM
 
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1. Not saving enough money -------------couldn't have done any better
2. Leaving the workforce too early-------- never regretted leaving
3. Not having a plan for your free time----I like that! I flip around: classes in literature & pottery; kayaking, hiking, biking, writing, reading, movies or just vegging!
4. Not planning for your retirement goals -------my goals were to not work, so that went well
5. Not adjusting to the required lifestyle ----------no problem
6. Drawing Social Security too early -----------------won't be a problem
7. Not retiring earlier -------------------couldn't have done it earlier
8. Not downsizing earlier -----------------------did it right away (well, for "stuff" anyway; but see #9)
9. Making a rash moving decision --------------THIS is what I did wrong, painfully so, but it's been rectified
10. Depending too much on debt in peak earning years ----nope
11. Not accounting for taxes -----------------------------nope
12. Making the wrong decisions for surviving spouses ----not in the picture
13. Not getting professional financial advice earlier -------nope, got it early and revisited recently

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Old 08-07-2017, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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Number one I wish we had more money as opposed to SS only. and the other thing I wish is not on the list. I wish my husband and I were not very sick and disabled.
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Old 08-07-2017, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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2. Leaving the workforce too early



Nobody on their deathbed has ever said "I wish I had spent more time at the office" have they?
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Old 08-07-2017, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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Retired at 50. That was 14 years ago. No regrets!
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Old 08-07-2017, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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I hate to be a downer but, No regrets or second thought.

I am not old enough for Social Security but I do plan to start at age 62. We'll see when I am 90 or 100 if I regret not waiting till 70

There are a lot of numbers between 62 and 70.
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Old 08-07-2017, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Nobody on their deathbed has ever said "I wish I had spent more time at the office" have they?

Well, how do we know that no one has said that?
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Old 08-07-2017, 03:24 PM
 
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Well, how do we know that no one has said that?
Especially the ones who die poor, hungry, miserable and in pain, due in part to such poverty having set in well prior to the moment of death.

That's got to be the worst way to go out.
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Old 08-07-2017, 06:38 PM
 
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Well, how do we know that no one has said that?
I also wonder about this - maybe someone regretted that they didn't find the cure for cancer?
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Old 08-07-2017, 06:40 PM
 
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Maybe number three - free time?

I got in over my head with animal rescue. And not even close to what some people do around here. One lady I know has almost 100 dogs and she still works!! I only have 8!
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Old 08-07-2017, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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I also wonder about this - maybe someone regretted that they didn't find the cure for cancer?
Yeah, if you have a good job, if you are really using your skills - whatever they are - work is satisfying. Not just cancer research, plenty of blue collar jobs can be quite satisfying. I have done some things in my current job that were satisfying to me far beyond just the money. Nuclear safety upgrades, mentoring college students, research into advanced reactors, all sorts of good stuff. I can't do this stuff on my own, need to be on a team. Will miss it when I eventually pull the plug. Whenever that turns out to be.
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