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Old 09-10-2017, 03:46 PM
 
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My mother retired at 52. My father died of a heart attack just a few months short of retirement at 64. It's probably why I retired at 59, took a year off, then went back to work for two years until 62. My last paycheck and first SS check were received when I turned 62.
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Old 09-10-2017, 03:56 PM
 
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Father age 66, Mother age 67.
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Old 09-10-2017, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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My father was offered an early retirement package after several rounds of layoffs, and took it at age 59. My mother was a SAHM who only worked a few years when I was still in high school. My dad made her quit, as her earnings put them in a higher tax bracket.
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Old 09-10-2017, 04:15 PM
 
Location: equator
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My dad loved his physical therapy business, and only quit it when he got too feeble to lift and move patients, and could not handle the computer requirements. So he volunteered at nursing homes to keep his hands in the business. Right up until he died at 87, back in 2010.


SAHM, never worked. I wonder if she ever appreciated that fact, when she saw how all her daughters had to work.
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Old 09-10-2017, 04:23 PM
 
Location: in the miseries
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My pop retired at 62. Couldn't wait
He made money after by picking up cans
$100 + a week
Grew a garden
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Old 09-12-2017, 01:55 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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My pop retired at 62. Couldn't wait
He made money after by picking up cans
$100 + a week
Grew a garden
When I was biking around Mission Bay, I literally ran into a guy carrying a couple of bags of cans and bottles. I was really curious how much he made picking up cans and bottles. He said $100 a week was his average. He retired early and just needed to make a couple of hundred bucks a month to make ends meet.

Then I asked him where he lived? He said he owned a home in an area of San Diego. He lives in a very upscale area of San Diego. I'm not sure I could own a multi-million dollar home and dig thru trash cans. Maybe he likes working in the sun. Maybe he likes looking at young girls in skimpy bikinis. Maybe he needs a financial adviser.
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Old 09-12-2017, 02:05 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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My dad retired at 58 because his factory closed. His union gave him a nice retirement package: lifetime pension, lifetime medical care, social security benefits etc for both him and my mom. He died at 78.

I'll be working long past 58. Maybe I should have skipped college, worked a blue-collar job, and joined a union.
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Old 09-12-2017, 04:52 AM
 
Location: the Old Dominion
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My step-father retired from the Air Force at 41. He retired from civil service at 65. My mother warned him not to retire as he had no hobbies, no interests and no friends. He was bored all the time and spent the next 11 years bothering his relatives. While in the hospital dealing with a complication, the doctor found some cancer that had been quietly knocking his health down. He died shortly after.
My mother did not begin an official job until her early forties as a school cafeteria worker. She retired at just over 70. With my step-father's survivor benefits and her meager pension and SSN, she has a comfortable retirement.
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Old 09-12-2017, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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my dad use to tease us that he was retired longer than we were alive.

Anyhoo my dad was a Korean war vet, then he became a NYC cop because he had done two tours of duty in a war he got a ton of "credits" toward his pension.

He retired at 48 with both a nyc pension and a military pension by the time he started collecting ss he was making way more being retired than he did working.

My mom passed from cancer when I was young
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:12 AM
 
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Interesting question.
My father retired from journalism at 65. My mother never technically retired since she only had little jobs with long periods of time without being employed. She was lucky to have her elder sister , who has a comfortable standard of living, help her in her last years.
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