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    We are spending more in retirement, but it is only a guess,
    I would say $10,000 more a year. Health insurance premiums change the picture, as do trips to Europe.

    And then, we bought another house, so yeah, big spending changes. We are spending easily 2X our income, not including the expenditure on a weekend house. Soon I will start to draw Social Security income and that will narrow the spending/income gap, obviously.

    Over the last two years our assets have gone up slightly despite spending in the red of income.

    I look at our net worth statement annually, and I expect it to be down next year due to spending 2x our income and the market rise slowing.

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    Congrats! Our monthly expenses are roughly half of our retirement income so I continue to sock away the savings. We have spent quite a bit on house fix up, but hoping it returns or exceeds when we sell. I would like to work very part-time but need to figure out how much it will increase our taxes if any. With new tax rules in place, it's a little unclear to me how best to invest/spend. Moving to a much cheaper city has really made a difference too on things like property tax expense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmc View Post
    Iím not sure I can buy a Roth IRA without earned income. I may take some out of my reqular IRA and do it that way, I still have to watch my tax rates.
    I'm not sure about earned income, but you can sure move funds from a traditional IRA to a Roth. I've been doing this with relatively small amounts every year since I retired.

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    We are spending more than when working. Our health insurance went from 200 month to 1k. We also are taking 2 big vacations a year so spending between 10-14k year on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosarugosa View Post
    Yes, either you or wife needs earned income to do a Roth.
    My bad. Didn't think about that.

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    I having always felt I am doing so badly, but saw on the news the average family retirement savings at 65 is $60,000. (The story was about rising rates of senior bankruptcies). Barring further hiccups in employment I should be able to hit that average before 65, and that as a single.

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    Good on you and your wife, dmc! This kind of data is fascinating. I would love to see a lot more posts here, maybe even a book with different people describing their finances and lifestyle 5-10 years post retirement. Helps those of us who are looking at that retirement date from this side of the fence (still working).

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