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Figuring out expenses in retirement to determine how much we needed is exactly what we did as well.

That means we are spending as though we were retired on our retirement activities with the sole purpose of that being to ensure that I have budgeted enough.

No time to do this. DH still putting in 12/day at the office and a couple more here at home, I am rehabbing two houses, one to move out of and one to move in, as well as teen duties. We are lucky to get awake time together, never mind time to play!

But most of our activities will be free: kayaking out the back yard, fishing, tubing, gardening, hiking, biking... We plan to volunteer to maintain the Appalachian Trail and a Blue Way on a nearby river, as well as Habitat for Humanity. Really want to learn how to hunt and look forward to cooking more from scratch, working on original recipes. I know I have way over budgeted dollars for play time.

We are just not spenders. Any extra in the budget will probably get deposited into our travel budget so we can travel further away and for longer periods of time. Once our pooch heads to chasing squirrels in the sky we expect to do extended international travel, domestic before that. But I hate hotels and am more into renting a flat for weeks or even months. Being retired, we can take the time to drive cross country rather than fly, exploring as we go along. It's not so much that we are unwilling to spend, particularly for a good value, it's that we are very content with non-luxury options. We've been there experienced that, and once in a while it's fun, but to me luxury is kayaking out our back yard rather than a cruise, jeans and a T shirt rather than black tie. I put value on being comfortable.

Very low maintenance.

willing to fund an education account for the future grandkids if we don't manage to spend enough
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