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I found this link on the Retire Early Home Page which I have been avoiding since I have to wade through SOOO much political brouhaha to get to anything useful. The Akaishas' website: is interesting if you haven't seen it especially the PBS interview with early-retired couples. Their nest egg was $500,000 that apparently has appreciated significantly. They invest aggressively and get their healthcare needs met in less expensive countries (see "Medical Care" link).

This is the sort of article that does my heart good. I am planning to have a bit more than $500,000 before we pull the proverbial plug, but to hear their life described at age 38 to the present and the adventures they have had, countries visited, etc. It is a wonderful antidote to the endless "Is a Million Dollars really enough to retire at 62?" articles that fill the financial sections.

I might spend a little time looking over my post-retirement budget this weekend and see if we can't find a couple of corners to trim...
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