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Sharon B

If I get rid of my house in Florida I would be fine. Taxes and insurance is too much. ..and worrying about hurricanes. Been there and done that with Hurricane Andrew.
Looking at New Mexico for a possible change. I’d also be able to explore the West and the rest of the country so a pre owned Class A is looking better every day for my main home. I still may keep my small travel trailer for exploring the USA and Canada.

Captn John

In my 20s and 30s things were tight. Just when there was a light college started ~~ and a big wedding. Daughters are expensive. I retired at 55 and now at 71 we spend more than ever and it is easy street.

TR Kelley

My partner and i are full timers in our mid50s, we live well on under 30K a year. We work 6 months out of the year in Oregon; we’re festival musicians and he’s a home-builder, we own a communal farm near Eugene. We take care of our health, not obese, non-smokers, simple eaters. We have very few bills (the cell phones, the truck & the 28′ TT , both bought secondhand). We boondock at Imperial LTVA in the winter. Our expenses are low, we’re minimalists. In case of a Big Problem – we have savings and open credit cards with… Read more »


Everything is fine for now. What I am a bit apprehensive about is when I retire next summer. On paper, my misses and I should be fine, However, in my current position, I receive bonuses based on performance that usually are in the thousands of dollars that won’t be there at least four times per year. Budgeting for monthly expenses shouldn’t be a problem including the RV loan and expense. But the unknown as of now is how far the leftover disposable monies will take us in our camping adventures.

Sandy Frankus

Pay check to pay check is fine. Big emergency is terrifying

Sharon B

Agree Sandy. Until I sell my house I worry about that.

No good deed unpunished

Just as we adopted two foster kids, we both lost our regular jobs due to [namesake government program] forcing layoffs. Been about 8 years of being defacto tax free due to *losing* 20-30K/year while working. No such thing as retirement or college for kids anymore.


While I don’t have such a hard time meeting the bills each month my fear is of having some big expense, that would be hard to deal with.


I am not sure how too answer that question right now. We can pay our bills but in the next few weeks it may be hard. The last two weeks the company I work for issued me two bad checks. Yesterday August 23rd the owner came back in and reissue us two new checks. I see on our court records that the boys have a civil case against dad. And the mom’s boys has filed for divorce from the boy’s dad.

Cat Majiv

One heck of a confusing comment. Gave up trying to figure it out. Would be better able to feel sympathy or empathy for you if you stated it in a way I could understand. But it seems to be very stressful for you, so you do have my sympathies. Best of luck to you.