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Haha, thanks for the laugh and affirming what I thought as well. :)

I will try to get them to find out more about what their current plans are and what they are doing towards retirement. I think they really have no idea... but my family has always been fairly frugal.
Spur-of-the-moment purchases, eating out, traveling... all that is not something my parents do. In fact, I'm sure that I'm more liberal/wasteful with my money than they are! I would say that the biggest reason why they have so little is because they didn't start saving early on, and they have 4 kids (including myself). I no longer live at home (or even in the same country for that matter), but there are still 3 other children and schooling, housing, food, etc - one person's salary doesn't stretch very far when taking all that into account.

I will try to get more information on what they have and then I'll come back and update this post to ask more advice on what they can do at their age to maximize whatever it is they currently have.

Thanks again Peter :)
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