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Old 03-18-2008, 10:56 PM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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Interesting topic. I found myself having to come back to see what others are saying.

Summering, I hadn't even thought about some of the companies who have been pushing their employees out before their time. AND I'm sorry to hear that your DH had such serious health problems so early in life.

Cdlena, I know what you mean about everything skyrocketing. I'm not sure about everyone else, but we're sure starting to do some shuffling and we don't have that much to shuffle. Hopefully things will improve before too long.
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:49 AM
 
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We always lived from paycheck to paycheck, each time we would try and save and one of the kids would end up with the need for something expensive.
Have you considered saying "no"? Are they going to care for you when you're too old to work?
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:18 AM
 
Location: New Orleans Louisiana
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Also, being terminally single, I am more likely to spend money getting out of the house for socializing. It just happens that way.
Terminally single....wow I never heard that one before...lol...It could be worse ya know. You could be terminally married lol...(just a little humor)
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:50 AM
 
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I've always said I'm not overly concerned about being alone and lonely, but would be terrified to look over at a male lump in front of the TV and think, "I don't like you and you live here."
Yep, terminally single is the right phrase. Only a couple of interesting near-misses in the past, and nothing lately on the horizon.
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Old 03-19-2008, 08:06 AM
 
Location: New Orleans Louisiana
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I've always said I'm not overly concerned about being alone and lonely, but would be terrified to look over at a male lump in front of the TV and think, "I don't like you and you live here."
Yep, terminally single is the right phrase. Only a couple of interesting near-misses in the past, and nothing lately on the horizon.
A male lump lol...You need to write a book...or at least an article for Cosmopolitan. Something like..."How to find your prince and not a male lump"...lol
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Old 03-19-2008, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma(formerly SoCalif) Originally Mich,
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In some cases, a person that get's into a slump and has concerns about the furture will automatically learn how to manage their money and make it stretch out. I my case, I've mentioned that I was starting over in OK. and my line of work wasn't seasonal in Ca. like it is in OK. And that this was the first time I've been unempoyed in over 25years. Through the winter I've learned how to live on nessecities only, (I'm widowed and have a dog) I've learned what food to buy and where to buy at a good price and make it last, and if that means fixing the same thing for a week, that's fine with me.
But most importantly, I've figured out a plan to avoid the same thing from happening in the future, along with options.
But the plan cannot go into play intil I'm back to work which should be within the week.


I've made a deal with my dog, I'll share my food with him, if he'll share his with me.
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Old 03-20-2008, 03:28 AM
 
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How many here will be like me and not afford to ever retire?
I have not been able to save enough and got hit with some big medical bills that wiped me out.
Planning for retirement doesn't work when you need every penny.

I want to hear from others who are in my shoes.
I don't know your particulars, but if you will have $800 or more in Social Security income you can get Pensionado (retiree) residence status in Panama. The health care there is much cheaper than in the US and I have been told (?)that they are beginning to accept Medicare. It's a big culture change, but the cost of living is quite a bit lower. It might be the difference between "dying in the harness" or having a few years of hard earned rest.
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:39 AM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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I don't know your particulars, but if you will have $800 or more in Social Security income you can get Pensionado (retiree) residence status in Panama. The health care there is much cheaper than in the US and I have been told (?)that they are beginning to accept Medicare. It's a big culture change, but the cost of living is quite a bit lower. It might be the difference between "dying in the harness" or having a few years of hard earned rest.
Do you have any links you could provide for us? If many of the others here are like me, they know very little about it. They've often had articles about retiring outside of the country. Does one keep their American citizenship? Is it relatively safe there?

One of the most recent things I've read is that the cost of living in some of those countries is very low, but only if you live the way the natives do. Does that apply to Panama?
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:57 AM
 
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I've always said I'm not overly concerned about being alone and lonely, but would be terrified to look over at a male lump in front of the TV and think, "I don't like you and you live here."
Yep, terminally single is the right phrase. Only a couple of interesting near-misses in the past, and nothing lately on the horizon.
This mind set may help to explain Spitzer/Clinton etc.
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:56 PM
 
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Brightdoglover; never say never ;I know alot of people who found their soulmates late in life.IMO it makes life ever so much easier to have someone ti share it with besides your kids.
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