The Motley Fool Discussion Boards

Previous Page

Retirement Discussions / Retired Fools

URL:  http://boards.fool.com/poll-age-you-started-ss-retirement-benefits-30602588.aspx

Subject:  Poll: Age you started SS retirement benefits Date:  3/22/2013  4:41 PM
Author:  alstroemeria Number:  18312 of 19325

My husband signed up for SS retirement benefits yesterday, and the CSR was puzzled about why he wanted to start 4 months after retirement and tried to persuade us to do it retroactively to last December, when he retired. "That's $6,000 you're leaving on the table!" But it's also another $40/month for life. If I did the math correctly, pay back in 12.5 years when the hubster is 78 [6000/(40x12)].

S0...how old were you when you started collecting Social Security retirement benefits? You can also answer if you're close enough to be pretty certain about when you'll apply (e.g., you're 57 and plan to start at 62, or 64 and plan to start at 68).

If you took a spousal benefit before your earned benefit, go with the age at spousal benefit, which is earlier.
.
 58% (28 Votes)
<=62
 6% (3 Votes)
63-64
 16% (8 Votes)
65-66
 14% (7 Votes)
67-68
 4% (2 Votes)
69-70

Copyright 1996-2014 trademark and the "Fool" logo is a trademark of The Motley Fool, Inc. Contact Us