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|Subject: Re: Are Americans saving too much for retirement||Date: 2/18/2007 11:09 AM|
|Author: rainphakir||Number: 2276 of 73789|
In my case, DW and I will receive about 30k in Social Security. This does not seem "adequate" to me.
My budget spreadsheet shows that I've spent about $22,000 in any given year since 2003, to maintain my mortgage, insurance, taxes, food, vehicle, basic household maintenace, and medical expenses.
I consider this a reasonable estimate of my NEEDS. I suspect I could cut this by about $8,000. It would be tight, but I did it in 2001-2002.
As for what I WANT - like you, I WANT more. But do I HAVE to have it order to 'retire'? No.
In 1997, I put together a 'plan' that included a detailed description of what I considered 'basic needs' and the $$ required to support that lifestyle. I estimated, on top of that, the things I considered