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Old 08-31-2017, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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Biking, golf, and fishing expensive? Get a cheap or used bike. Then pedal it. No cost. Get a cheap or used set of golf clubs and play on ''senior day'' at a par 3 or local course. We pay 20 bucks for 18 with a cart, hot dog, and drink. Fishing? Get a 20 dollar Ugly Stick package at Wal-Mart and a fishing license. From there on you might need some worms or use artificial lures. Lakes, streams, and ponds charge no admission.
Canoes and kayaks can be rented, but I always heard that a boat was a ''hole in the water that you pour money into''. Don't know.
I am heat and sun sensitive too. I go out in the early mornings and evenings to do outdoor stuff most of the time and there are sun-blocking shirts and hats to boot.
There usually is a way if you explore options.
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Old 09-01-2017, 04:42 AM
 
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My plan for retirement was pretty simple and it was to enjoy spending time with my husband but sadly he passed away 16 years ago. Had he lived today would have been our 31st anniversary. I was able to pick of the pieces of my life and move forward and have been blessed in many ways with the passage of time. But loosing my husband suddenly and at a young age I learned not to plan too far into the future and make the best of each day as it comes because tomorrow is not guaranteed.
Sorry for your loss Nightengale but again- this post is really at the core and bears repeating.
I am so stressed about how I am going to spend my time........my job has become increasingly NOT pleasant so I won't miss that, but the structure, the interactions etc does have me worrying.
At the core though is the understanding that there are lots of things that are beyond our control ------of course planning is helpful and making intelligent educated choices helps-------but then stuff happens so we just go with it.
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Old 09-01-2017, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I thought retirement would be great... and it is.

Only one problem: the day still goes by just as quickly -- how can that be?!
days, weeks, months, years go by quicker than I expected ---I feel a sense of urgency to do as much as I can - before my time ends.

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Old 09-01-2017, 10:12 AM
 
Location: CT
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Biking, golf, and fishing expensive? Get a cheap or used bike. Then pedal it. No cost. Get a cheap or used set of golf clubs and play on ''senior day'' at a par 3 or local course. We pay 20 bucks for 18 with a cart, hot dog, and drink. Fishing? Get a 20 dollar Ugly Stick package at Wal-Mart and a fishing license. From there on you might need some worms or use artificial lures. Lakes, streams, and ponds charge no admission.
Canoes and kayaks can be rented, but I always heard that a boat was a ''hole in the water that you pour money into''. Don't know.
I am heat and sun sensitive too. I go out in the early mornings and evenings to do outdoor stuff most of the time and there are sun-blocking shirts and hats to boot.
There usually is a way if you explore options.
Great post and inspiring! I'm semi retired now, but I'm looking forward to full retirement next year and challenging myself to find ways to enjoy an active and adventurous lifestyle on a budget. We have never been big spenders but we have enjoyed travel and entertainment without ever having to break the bank. If you don't have any date constraints, airlines usually offer very cheap last minute fares to some interesting places, same for cruise ships, there's always senior discounts or special local trips for Broadway and off Broadway shows, in the summer fairs and festivals offer a lot for your buck. Just having a day with no plans or demands, to take a mountain hike sounds like a good day. I can't wait to be free to begin the next phase of our lives.
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Old 09-01-2017, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Biking, golf, and fishing expensive? Get a cheap or used bike. Then pedal it. No cost. Get a cheap or used set of golf clubs and play on ''senior day'' at a par 3 or local course. We pay 20 bucks for 18 with a cart, hot dog, and drink. Fishing? Get a 20 dollar Ugly Stick package at Wal-Mart and a fishing license. From there on you might need some worms or use artificial lures. Lakes, streams, and ponds charge no admission.
Canoes and kayaks can be rented, but I always heard that a boat was a ''hole in the water that you pour money into''. Don't know.
I am heat and sun sensitive too. I go out in the early mornings and evenings to do outdoor stuff most of the time and there are sun-blocking shirts and hats to boot.
There usually is a way if you explore options.
That's great advice. I think they key is to not give up the things that you enjoy, because they actually need to expand to fill your time now that work is no longer your life focus. It is time to get creative along the lines of your suggestions instead of pulling back.

Something I just came up with is hiking on the early morning hours. It is free and there are many great places to do it. It is also a great way to experience new places when traveling.
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Old 09-01-2017, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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Free concerts in the park, free hiking trails, free DVD, audio books, and books at the library. My apartment complex has a beautiful pool, workout room, and dog park. Drives in the country are almost free. I really spend nothing for recreation and I have not listed all of it.
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Old 09-01-2017, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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In the earlier years I had many ideas about how retirement would be . However the closer it got the more I saw it would be nothing like I had assumed and started trying to make plans to save us from disaster. So now things are about how I thought they would be in the five years leading up to when husband did retire due to his health.
So now neither of us is in good health and that is the main fly in the ointment as far as retirement goes, though financially things are just scraping by.
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Old 09-05-2017, 12:01 PM
 
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I'm sorry to hear
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Old 09-05-2017, 12:05 PM
 
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Other than entertainment and travel, are you thinking of any volunteer work? Perhaps finding a part time job..etc?
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Old 09-05-2017, 12:07 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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In some respects our plan worked better than we expected. We both retired early and found satisfying part-time jobs doing work that we wanted to do for several years while still having time to do trips or other diversions. When my wife died I had to re-work the plan but it still works for me.
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