We want to hear more retirement stories by real people. This is the place!
Do you have a plan yet, or have you already retired and want to share your valuable experience? Below are stories by and about other real people that may inspire you or offer lessons to warn you.
Even if your story is a sad one, you might be able to help others be prepared in case it happens to them or so that it won't.
Or maybe you discovered something that surprised you.
Tell us about that!
What have you observed about people you know who are retired?
Parents, grandparents, neighbors, etc.
Our newest story from Nicki is about how she coped with her mother's retirement.
I'm sure many of us can relate to this experience.
My Aunt Jo and Uncle Jimmy are my role models because they have done so many fantastic things while retired. Click this link to read their story: Best Retirement - Aunt Jo and Uncle Jimmy
This retiree budget and income example comes from Deb and Jack, who are openly and generously sharing their financial details for the benefit of others.
My Aunt Lorraine's story has several ideas and an important social security benefits tip. You might also enjoy the "vintage" photos!
This teacher has a plan for a retiring later, as long as the kids behave:
Sarah's story shows why we need to plan for things to do when we retire, as well as planning financially:
The time they planned for has come, but is it really the best time to retire?
This retired business man found the best way to spend time in retirement.Best Way to Spend Time: With Grandchildren
This story is from a retired office worker who is now excited about learning a new career and working again.
Sometimes life gets in the way of the best plans to retire. Here is the story of an unexpected early retirement.Early Unexpected Buyout
After a 48 year marriage, the unthinkable can still happen. How divorce affected one woman after many years in retirement.
After a long career with the Civil Service, this lady retired with 27 years of service. She offers advice for others planning to retire:
Unexpected and Unplanned
Another Reader Submitted Story and Bucket List
Stephanie's story about how real life can mix up the best laid plans.And Cat's Bucket List along with ideas for yours.
Do you have a story that might help others in their life decisions?
Some lessons from these stories: