Social Security

Social Security

Some facts on Social Security to get started with: You will not receive Medicare* in any country other than the United States. If you are a U.S. citizen, you may receive Social Security benefits if you are living outside the U.S. as long as you are eligible for them. (There are exceptions.) Even if you […]

WHERE IN THE WORLD TO RETIRE?

WHERE IN THE WORLD TO RETIRE?

What to do – where to go? In one respect, we were very lucky, in that we have lived in several different areas during our 50+ year marriage. That basically meant that we had no really strong ties to any one area. At the time of our retirement, we had relatives in Ohio and one […]

Health Insurance and Medicare

Health Insurance and Medicare

Just a short (I’ll try, really I will) note, in response to an email questioning medical insurance and Medicare in Mexico: Dick retired at 62 – and I’m 4 years younger than he.  We understand completely the fear of the medical costs in that scary period between leaving work – starting your retirement – and […]

Your Social Security

Your Social Security

Hi Everyone, Just a short message today, but very pertinent – I received an email regarding our Social Security, quite a while ago. I didn’t want to share it with anyone until I had a chance to check the math. So, I put it in a file and just thought about it again today – […]

Financial Worries In Retirement

Financial Worries In Retirement

Another thing that can be like the dragon in the closet…   …or the elephant in the room – to some, is the financial worry. Do you really think you have enough money put away to afford to retire? That was one of Dick’s and my first dragons to tackle. Now, if you’re soon going […]

Mexico Utility Costs and Social Security

Mexico Utility Costs and Social Security

It’s true. According to an in-depth investigation by Money magazine, “250,000 Americans are leaving the country for good every year – (BP: and many are heading to Mexico!)  And millions more are seriously considering it.” Why? Sad but true, many people can no longer afford to retire in the U.S. U.S. Social Security reports that […]

Retirement Finances and Expat Email!

Retirement Finances and Expat Email!

FACT: More than 70 million boomers approaching retirement age don’t have enough money saved for a comfortable retirement in the U.S. No wonder more and more retirees are moving overseas to make their retirement income stretch… In fact, over the past few decades, the number of S.S. benefit checks for people living in other countries […]

Figures for Your Retirement Haven

Figures for Your Retirement Haven

If you and your partner have an income of $36,500 a year, $100 a day, and taxes (city, county, etc) amount to 25 percent, you still have a disposable income of about $2280 a month.   Now, if you do not own a home free and clear, and want to buy instead of renting, you […]

Email & Expenses

Email & Expenses

Hi Everyone, It looks as though you did enjoy, and hopefully pulled information out of my recent article series, “Mazatlan Trip”. That’s wonderful, but today, I want to share some more email from folks who are already living in Mexico, or have serious plans to move there, for their retirement. I want you all to […]

Renting vs. Buying

Renting vs. Buying

I’ve recently had some requests for information on renting during retirement instead of purchasing. Now, the best answer for me may not be the best answer for you. So, let’s look at some of the pros and cons of doing both. Have you already set up a possible budget for your retirement? One that you […]

Mazatlan Trip, Part 10

Mazatlan Trip, Part 10

Yesterday we played and rested. How has the time flown by so quickly? In the short time we’ve been here, we have been able to see so many old friends, met new friends, and caught up on all the little personal things that we had missed. Even the hurricane, which did slow us down a […]

Best Places To Retire

Best Places To Retire

I’ve written nearly 200 articles on the subject of “retirement”… …and they are all available for you here, on my blog, for free. Maybe you want to retire here in the United States and you’re looking for the best (cheapest) place to retire. Or maybe you’re ready to take the plunge and move to an […]

Preparations for Retirement

Preparations for Retirement

Hopefully I’ve gotten you started toward the process of getting all your finances in order, which is great to do whether you are looking at retirement in 20 days or 20 years, as well as many other important segments of your life. The day will come when you realize the old paycheck is going to […]

Dental Trip to Mexico

Dental Trip to Mexico

Just received this note from Middle Son, Steve, through Skype, about his Dental Experience a couple of days ago and thought immediately I need to share it with my readers:
“Hi Mom, I wanted to send you a quick message about how happy I was about my 6 month dental check up and my latest trip to the dentist in Algodones, Mexico.
“I made my appointment with

It’s Your Life – Plan Your Retirement !

It’s Your Life – Plan Your Retirement !

HI, Barbie here. It’s already August and boy is it hot here. Perfect weather for staying inside and getting some much needed blogging done.

In this blog post, I delve into two important concerns you’ll face during retirement: Your car and your finances. You’ve got to admit, two pretty important items. I’ve even included a chart so you can get started realistically planning your retirement.

I’ve said over and over, get the car paid off – get rid of your credit card debt – try to get your mortgage paid off – if that means selling and buying a small home, so be it. I’m sure everyone’s list will vary, but this is a pretty good one to use as a base – it’s a good way to get started planning for your retirement.

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Information for All My Readers

Information for All My Readers

I’ve had the pleasure of bringing to all of you information on Retirement and the possibilities of perhaps moving to Mexico for that retirement, for the past 10 years!  I even present actual emails from Expats who are already living the good life in Mexico and are willing to share their experiences with others. You’ve […]

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