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Author: John3haha Big red star, 1000 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 5069  
Subject: On-Topic ideas? Date: 8/6/2003 5:55 PM
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Suggestions for thread ideas anyone? The board is still young...

Anyone have a good experience planning out how to get medical and dental insurance while R/E?

Anyone trying a mini-break while the job market stinks? In the current environment with unemployment insurance available for an extended period of time, does it make sense from a financial standpoint to consider a break or brief "consulting" period? Anyone tried to sell this to employers when returning to a standard-type job? How about looking at the same question from a "do it while you are still young" approach? Anyone tried a cost/benefit analysis of this question, as it really applies to me right now.

Anyone have a good experience downshifting to part time work while still doing interesting & challenging work? Travis McGee did it but salvage consulting is not for everyone ;-)

Anyone struggling with projected life expectancy, trying to guess if it will keep increasing at a similar rate or throwing up their hands like me and guestimating 100?

Anyone trying to figure out if a future 10% long-term estimate of returns from indexed stocks split 90% U.S. and 10% international continues to make sense? In other words, have the few years of low returns wrung out some of the excessive returns? How about a long tern return after inflation on equities of 6%? That last one is my personal guess.

Any good experience with national camping park systems or other less traditional, lower cost ways to "RE". Anyone try this with kids in school?

Cheers,

JohnH
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Subject: Re: On-Topic ideas? Date: 8/6/2003 7:57 PM
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Anyone have a good experience planning out how to get medical and dental insurance while R/E?

Unless someone is within a few years of FIRE, it's hard to really determine how much is need for medical insurance.

Rising health costs could throw a wrench into a lot of peoples plans of just plain retiring. So, here's a few ideas to help keep these rising health care costs in check.

Keep yourself and your familiy as healthy as possible. Drink water, tea and juice and completely give up soda. Soda is a waste of money and it's unhealthy. However, many people enjoy soda and not too many will take me up on this idea.

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Exercise.

Wear your seatbelt at all times and drive normal, not crazy.

That's just a few ideas, but hopefully you get the idea.

Anyone struggling with projected life expectancy, trying to guess if it will keep increasing at a similar rate or throwing up their hands like me and guestimating 100?

I'm just figuring on 100. If I live longer, great. If not, oh well.

Any good experience with national camping park systems or other less traditional, lower cost ways to "RE". Anyone try this with kids in school?


Camping is a great way to take a vacation. In fact, that's what I'll be doing for my vacation this summer. It's cheaper than a hotel, plus you can cook versus buying all of your meals out.

By the time I'm ready to FIRE, my kids will be out of high school. The youngest will probably still be in college, but that's another thread on the college plans for the boys.


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