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Retirement #1643054
02/08/2020 13:05
02/08/2020 13:05
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Letter came the other day about my private pension fund. Next January I turn 65 and what do you want to do. I don’t get the state pension until I’m 66, so for some reason I kind of was pleasantly surprised regarding private pension. Been paying a significant sum of money into it for a long time all through my time in the oil industry and very surprised what I have in the pot. smile I’ve been toying with retiring early during lock down. Our son needs shielding, and Ill health regarding my leg, also although I love my work as a care worker everything is done on line now, not the end of the world but they keep changing passwords and training on line is just a mini nightmare, well it is for me. It’s not rocket science, I’m continually cut off and I have to start from the beginning. Blah, blah. The simplist of things are just made more difficult.

I know my job backwards and without sounding big headed, I’m good at what I do, and I find it a pleasure. Had the big pow wow with my wife, she said just retire now, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Anyone else on here retired early, or thinking about it?


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Re: Retirement [Re: jimboy] #1643063
02/08/2020 14:57
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If you feel relief Jim then yep I would say you've done the right thing. Circumstances have a habit of being a catalyst for big decisions, and the recent months of online activities are a bridge too far for some. Mrs Ed (also a piano teacher) has had to get stuck in with the hell that is Microsoft Teams whose installation took years off my life, followed by plenty more frustrating sessions of password-losing on other platforms.

In my profession, live one-to-one piano teaching has just not happened, and although many continue through Zoom, Facetime, Skype etc. the handful of lessons I've done in this way has been a disappointment for me as the sound - what it's all about - is so poor and subject to latency.

I retired from my school teaching a year ago and have been thankful I did before all this nonsense occurred! But in our job it's quite difficult to retire altogether so I'll go on for a bit yet, "lite".

Time for you now to enjoy quality time with family, your cracking coop and catching up on all those wee projects you've hidden under the carpet over the years - have fun!


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Re: Retirement [Re: jimboy] #1643066
02/08/2020 17:02
02/08/2020 17:02
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I'm a a couple of decades off retirement yet, but I agree with the above. You've worked all your life for the pension, so the earlier you can enjoy it the better. No good waiting as you never know what's around the corner. Often it can be better financially to go a bit earlier if the investments come good.

If I had my way I'd go at 55. But unlikely I'll be done until 67... So a way to go yet.

Enjoy Jim. You've earned it.

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Re: Retirement [Re: jimboy] #1643076
03/08/2020 10:42
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Thanks chaps for the encouraging words. I’m at a bit of a crossroads and was airing my thoughts, lock down at the moment I’ve really no one apart from family to talk to, it’s helpful when you can blether to mates, but I’m not seeing any at the moment. The forum as usual comes up well smile


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Re: Retirement [Re: jimboy] #1643103
03/08/2020 22:16
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Hi Jimboy,
I turned 63 in June !'ve been self employed all my life , my son now works in the business and is 30 next year ,lockdown meant I stayed off for almost 2 months ,this did two things ,it gave him and me the confidence ,that he can run the business and secondly , it was great to turn off totally to business and get up in the morning with my only thoughts being ...what will we do today (td by lockdown of course).

ive lost 2 of my best friends to the dreaded C .....and the time away from the biz, has made me realise he !!! what am I waiting for , my pension is more than adequate, and we have 4 properties we rent out that bring in a fair income with no borrowings...so money shouldn't be an issue......

my point being ,if you cam afford it Jim ,what are you waiting for ?? ,you have worked hard ,take the 'me' time now ,we don't know what's around the next bend ...........lockdown has made that clear to me , I'm now only doing 2x 6 hour shifts to make sure everything is ticking along nicely, all being well ,down to 1 shift by October, and by xmas all over me for ...so im keeping my fingers crossed it all goes according to plan .

Enjoy your ME time ...starting now wink


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Re: Retirement [Re: jimboy] #1643110
04/08/2020 02:30
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I agree with the others - if you can afford to retire, then do so and enjoy the time with your family and for yourself.

My Mum and Dad worked hard to have a nice future, but my Dad died at 46 years old, so my Mum was left to face that future on her own frown

You never know what's going to happen in the future, so take the opportunity to make the most of what you have now.

If you were ever at a loose end, there's always new hobbies you could take up, volunteering, etc. At least you won't be committed to having to go to work any more and you'll be able to live a nice, comfortable life and spend your time as you wish to smile

You've worked hard over the years for that pension, so take it if you can afford to smile

Re: Retirement [Re: jimboy] #1643138
04/08/2020 20:49
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I retire in four weeks... it would have been earlier but the lockdown prevented the house selling sooner. I'm moving to Germany.

But my boss has already arranged with the contractors that the company uses to keep me working remotely for a couple of days a week, at least until January when the madness starts.

Best of luck with yours, Jim.


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Re: Retirement [Re: jimboy] #1643181
05/08/2020 15:47
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Im sixty two and a half. I tend to take work on when it comes along and enjoy the time off when there's no work. I've plenty of projects and property upkeep to keep very active.

Moving to France gave me the chance to take my foot off the seven day working week life I had in the uk.

Pensions will be very standard for me,so I won't retire. If there's a want for my skills and I'm still able then I'm going to carry on as I enjoy the discipline.

Holidays will be had as they have been had already but not this year.



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Re: Retirement [Re: jimboy] #1643183
05/08/2020 16:00
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Slightly different perspective on retirement from me. I joined the RAF as a boy and left after 12 years and two active tours to join the Police, spending 23 years with them. I got 9 years transfer on my RAF pension and although the 12% police contributions are tough in the early years I was able to retire at 53. At that point all of the restrictions placed upon you are worth it! I wasn’t really intending to work and set up a consultancy as a hobby- now in danger of being busier than before... at least I get to have an opinion for the first time in my life. I will probably still work into my mid 60’s but choosing what I do and when. I feel quite lucky really.


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Re: Retirement [Re: barnacle] #1643188
05/08/2020 16:51
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Originally Posted by barnacle
I retire in four weeks... it would have been earlier but the lockdown prevented the house selling sooner. I'm moving to Germany.

But my boss has already arranged with the contractors that the company uses to keep me working remotely for a couple of days a week, at least until January when the madness starts.

Best of luck with yours, Jim.


Great news you've shifted the house Neil, are you renting in the Vaterland or staying with family?

@Joe, sounds idyllic. When we had our bathroom done around 15 years ago we got to know the "team" pretty well and still use the same spark. I volunteered as a plumber's mate and learnt one or two tricks of the trade. His plumber dad died almost as soon as he retired so he told me "I'm 46 now Simon and no way am I going on past 50". He had already bought a run-down detached property not far from Carcassonne which we actually stayed in two years running for £100 pw! It wasn't "finished" or ready for rental hence the deal. He's been living in Carcassonne since he retired, at 50, and did up another couple of flats, got remarried and as far as I know still happy as Larry.
The chap who looked after his property initially while it was empty was in fact the local spark, and used to tease our plumber by saying "you British are mad, you connect your showers to 10kw and then stand right underneath them in a huge puddle" laugh

@BallyPete, that was a good deal indeed, security-wise, though I suppose you count yourself lucky coming through the force and two stints of RAF action unscathed.

@Jim OP, good thread - it's showing the average age of a few of us laugh


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Re: Retirement [Re: jimboy] #1643195
05/08/2020 18:49
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I see things a certain way. Our generation,in the main,has worked hard. We've had the chance to make a life and be happy.
Hicups come along and hopefully we can deal with them. Health,injury,divorce etc come and go.

It's a wonderfull world mostly. Our Parents and Grandparents paved our way and that gave us the opportunity's.

Please don't think that France is for everyone! It's not. And most know it's not. Ok for hols etc. But many here have cocked it right up and leave very disillusioned,mainly due to having no ability to learn the language.



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Re: Retirement [Re: magooagain] #1643250
07/08/2020 03:50
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I retired 8 years ago next month, just 3 weeks before my 61st birthday when my business partner and I sold our financial planning practice. A wise choice, given all the new rules/restrictions that the Australian Government has introduced to that industry over the last few years. I was also diagnosed with Prostate Cancer at age 60 so this was another good reason to retire. I have had the "all clear" for 8 years now following successful surgery.

My wife and I have been able to travel to Italia and extensively within our fine country of Australia, although somewhat restricted over the last 6 months.

We downsized our house 6 years ago and the profit has also contributed to our "retirement income" as the house you live in today may not be the one you choose to reside in in retirement.

I have kept very busy in retirement, being the Treasurer of a Statutory Trust and Service Club activities (all voluntary positions). Returned home late last night after a yacht delivery of 350 nautical miles from Keppel Bay (near Rockhampton) to Brisbane dodging the migratory whales on the way.

Remember that funeral shrouds have no pockets so enjoy life whilst you still have your health.


Re: Retirement [Re: jimboy] #1643272
07/08/2020 20:31
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We're renting a room from the kids! laugh For as short a time as possible, but looking to find a plot and build a prefab house. Then I can get my veggies growing again.

The coupes remain in Joe's care for the meantime, so they may be making an appearance from time to time.


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Re: Retirement [Re: jimboy] #1643275
07/08/2020 23:34
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Jim, have to agree with most of the comments here, I have just turned 61 and have been running my own project management consultancy for nearly 11 years now. I took one of my pensions early but my plans are to retire in the next 2-3 years. If you have the opportunity and don’t feel the need or call to keep working then make the break.
I have to say the last 3-4 months have given me a different perspective on working and intend to ensure I make the most of any opportunities that come my way smile


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Re: Retirement [Re: jimboy] #1643280
08/08/2020 09:48
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I'm amazed at how many of us 'old f*ckers' are still on here laugh


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Re: Retirement [Re: jimboy] #1643281
08/08/2020 10:03
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Once again thank you all. This must be one of the friendliest and caring forums in existence today laugh As for us oldies, the reason for so many on here is obvious, the Coop, it’s a grown up car for grown ups.... wink

Long live the Coop...... driving


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Re: Retirement [Re: jimboy] #1643297
09/08/2020 09:38
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I think that I would agree with comments so far - If you have an opportunity to retire early, can afford it and probably most importantly, you know what you are going to do once you stop working - then do it!

I had a good job, that I really enjoyed, but retiring was the best thing that happened. I can't claim to have retired early (4 months doesn't really count), but we planned ahead, bought a house and renovated it over 3 years and then moved here to France once I retired.

We have been here 5 years and work is a distant memory - strangely however I seem to busier than ever, with so much to do! I'm not how I found the time to work! smile


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Re: Retirement [Re: barnacle] #1643299
09/08/2020 10:30
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The coupes remain in Joe's care for the meantime, so they may be making an appearance from time to time.[/quote]
Originally Posted by barnacle
We're renting a room from the kids! laugh For as short a time as possible, but looking to find a plot and build a prefab house. Then I can get my veggies growing again.

The coupes remain in Joe's care for the meantime, so they may be making an appearance from time to time.






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Re: Retirement [Re: magooagain] #1643302
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Originally Posted by magooagain




Originally Posted by barnacle
We're renting a room from the kids! laugh For as short a time as possible, but looking to find a plot and build a prefab house. Then I can get my veggies growing again.

The coupes remain in Joe's care for the meantime, so they may be making an appearance from time to time.






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Yes these ^^ are impressive, saw them a few years back on Grand Designs with Kevin McLeod.

IIRC they send a team of no-nonsense fitters so if you want any mods Neil get in there quick laugh


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