Lifestyle & Retirement

Could You Become Car-Free?

It wasn’t a decision we took lightly. In fact, Billy and I discussed the idea of becoming car-free for several years. There were good reasons to do it: no more maintenance and repair costs; no more fees for insurance, license plate renewal, or registration; no more fuel expense; and no more worry about storing the vehicle here in the States w...Read More

How Many Words Does It Take?

  There are a lot of words in our lives. The Oxford English Dictionary lists 171,476 words in current use, not including 50,000 words labeled obsolete, technical, regional, new, and invented by people like The Orange Man in the White House.   Think covfefe and braggadocious. The rest of us own fewer words. The average English-speaking adult kn...Read More

Want Your $$s to Last? Create Financial Sustainability!

These days, no matter what the topic, the talk is all about sustainability. In regards to financial sustainability, there are 3 legs to the stool; Income, spending and Investments. Income Income is derived from money you make through your job using physical or mental labor or both. Passive income can be created through property rentals, bond intere...Read More

3 “Musts” When Downsizing for Retirement

Downsizing means to make something smaller. No matter if that ‘something’ is an old CD collection or the big pile of junk in your garage. But when you’re facing reducing everything you own so you can retire to a neat little cottage for a well-earned life of leisure, it’s another matter altogether. It’s your whole life! Downsizing: Here’s What You N...Read More

Retirement Countdown? Here’s Your Cheat Sheet!

One day you’re celebrating the first day at a new job. The next thing you know, toasts are being raised at your retirement party. With each passing year, the hands on the retirement clock spin faster. That’s why it’s wise to establish milestones — at 10 years, five years and one year out — to fine-tune investment strategies, buffer against market v...Read More

Forget the Russians….The Beeps Are Taking Over!

Beeps are on the attack. How many are there in an hour? Let’s count. I cooked dinner in the microwave – two beeps to choose the time, one for the start button, and a double beep when the food was hot. Two more beeps when I didn’t take it out it fast enough. While waiting for dinner there were two beeps when I left the refrigerator door open t...Read More

Meet the 95-year-old model taking over the internet

Clearly age is nothing but a number for Ernestine Stollberg, the 95-year-old woman who has gone viral as an Instagram model for an Austrian fashion boutique.  Over the last months, she has gone viral and become an Instagram sensation, thanks to her regular appearances on @park_wien for Vienna concept shop Park not only because she is, in fact, 95 y...Read More

Working Longer? GREAT! Here’s Why ($$$-hint, hint)

WELCOME BACK to our 3-part series on the benefits of working longer.  Here we look at the financial advantages of staying in the workforce later-in-life. Now we know that financial factors are exactly what drive most people to work longer and a lot of people probably read the first article and thought, “Working longer?  I have no choice!”  But no m...Read More

Are Baby Boomers using Facebook? The stats will shock you!

Facebook makes staying connected with extended family a snap. It’s simple enough that anybody minimally tech-savvy can handle it and while people used associate social media with Millennials, Baby Boomers are heavy users of social media, with Facebook being the biggest for the demographic. One of the driving factors is connecting with old fri...Read More

What’s Next for Social Security?

Key Points Social Security’s 2018 cost of living adjustment will be the largest in six years For many, higher Social Security benefits will be offset by increased costs for Medicare The Social Security system faces long-term challenges, but may be healthier than you think In recent years, Social Security recipients have had to settle for little or ...Read More

Working Longer? GREAT! Here’s Why….

WELCOME to our 3-Part series on the benefits of working longer! Benefits, you say? You betcha! Here, (Part 1), are some of the physical and mental health benefits… When you first start your career it feels like you’re opening up a book, knowing that when you get to the end of that book there will be a happy ending: retirement!  While many peo...Read More

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