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Subject:  Re: On-Topic ideas? Date:  8/6/2003  7:57 PM
Author:  mazske Number:  88 of 5245

Anyone have a good experience planning out how to get medical and dental insurance while R/E?

Unless someone is within a few years of FIRE, it's hard to really determine how much is need for medical insurance.

Rising health costs could throw a wrench into a lot of peoples plans of just plain retiring. So, here's a few ideas to help keep these rising health care costs in check.

Keep yourself and your familiy as healthy as possible. Drink water, tea and juice and completely give up soda. Soda is a waste of money and it's unhealthy. However, many people enjoy soda and not too many will take me up on this idea.

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.


Wear your seatbelt at all times and drive normal, not crazy.

That's just a few ideas, but hopefully you get the idea.

Anyone struggling with projected life expectancy, trying to guess if it will keep increasing at a similar rate or throwing up their hands like me and guestimating 100?

I'm just figuring on 100. If I live longer, great. If not, oh well.

Any good experience with national camping park systems or other less traditional, lower cost ways to "RE". Anyone try this with kids in school?

Camping is a great way to take a vacation. In fact, that's what I'll be doing for my vacation this summer. It's cheaper than a hotel, plus you can cook versus buying all of your meals out.

By the time I'm ready to FIRE, my kids will be out of high school. The youngest will probably still be in college, but that's another thread on the college plans for the boys.

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