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Subject:  Re: Poll: Age you started SS retirement benefits Date:  3/27/2013  6:42 PM
Author:  RetiredVermonter Number:  18339 of 19741

We basically had to both start SS at 62 and we did so. That was several years ago now. We had to because she had to stop teaching to help care for her ailing mother (who moved in with us). I had been laid off 2 years earlier, and was, honestly, tiring of doing consulting work.

Sure, we "missed out" on getting more SS income, but let's not discount the fact that we've also gotten to enjoy being retired (as in doing whatever the hell we WANT to do every day) for all those years!

We manage okay. We eat out one meal almost every day (usually at noon -- cheaper and our big meal for the day then), we pay our bills, and,