Enrich Your Life!
Which days are the happiest in our lives? At Retirebook, we think the best days could easily be the days you are living right now. A happy retirement is so much more than how much money you have.
Both my mom and grandparents kick-started their retirement by volunteering in their communities and making friends in the process. I remember randomly calling my grandmother to come over for dinner. She wasn’t sitting there waiting for someone to call, she was getting ready to go out with the friends she met at her volunteer job! We took a raincheck. I loved that about my grandmother. She always had something fun to do.
We spoke to other retirees about what they do to stay happy, engaged, and active. Here are some of their stories about how they found happiness in their golden years.
Will vs Revocable Trust Why you should create a Trust Photo from Pixabay A common misconception is that a will and a Revocable trust are the same document. A will and a Revocable trust are completely different forms of estate planning. The most basic...read more
Genetic Testing The Right Medicine Right From The Start Photo from Pixabay How many times have you heard your doctor say "Let's try this drug and if you don't see improvement, call the office for another appointment"? What if you could get it right the...read more
Airbnb Increasing our Retirement Income Being a travel addict is expensive. Our retirement income covers the basics so we started to look for ways to make more money. Holding down a job has absolutely no appeal and is too restrictive. I can hear myself...read more
Retiring Early Using the Rule of 55. How to Withdraw early from your 401(k) Without any penalties. Photo from Pexels Gary Gary is the web designer. He loves his wife and his dog, and he loves everything about Thailand. Just about everybody knows if you withdraw from...read more
Wait, Didn't You Retire? Barbara T Barbara lives in Arizona with hubby and their spoiled dog, Meadow. They recently retired, bought a motorhome and now enjoy the good life. A common question these days when telling friends I’ve gone back to work part time. “Wait,...read more
How to reach 10,000 steps Get a dog Photo by Cindy Chen at Unsplash Gary Gary is the web designer. He loves his wife and his dog, and he loves everything about Thailand. I recently made myself a really fun and realistic fitness goal. I would like to walk at least...read more
High Intensity Interval Training Can Lengthen Your Telomeres And Help You Age Gracefully But be careful. Too much intensity can be harmful. Gary Gary is the web designer. He loves his wife and his dog, and he loves everything about Thailand. The secret to looking...read more
We are now living longer than any other time in human history. Unfortunately, it's not because we are making healthier choices. Our longer life spans are mostly due to advances in medicine and access to cleaner sources of water. However, as we live longer, our quality...read more
Over the last two years of being retired, we have learned a few things regarding traveling with the dog. Mostly "A tired dog is a good dog". Before heading out for the day's drive we have figured out our 5 year-old beagle/golden retriever mix needs a good run in order...read more
Putting money into your 401K at an early age is a fantastic idea. And if you did this, then you are probably in great shape. But when you started investing into your 401K, how much risk were you willing to take when it came to stocks vs bonds? Did you invest your...read more
What if you retired today, and then you found yourself completely bored as a result? It happens. It happens a lot. Many of my "retired" friends can't sit still for a moment. Many of them go back to work part time, and never fully retire. We love our old jobs and our...read more
I have come to the realization that I can't afford to retire in the US. Let me rephrase that. I can't afford to retire and keep living the same lifestyle I am living now. But I am an optimist, and I have always felt there is a solution to every problem. And that is...read more
It's time to talk about one of my favorite topics here at RetireBook. It's time to pull up our sleeves and talk about retirement. Here are our favorite retirement tips at every age. Weather you are a teenager or in your 60's. Retirement Tips as a Teenager Be a geek...read more
Call me old school. I remember the good days when I could watch NFL football for free without subscribing to ESPN or the NFL Network. You could relax and watch free NFL games on CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox. Life was simple back then. My friends and I loved our football, and...read more
We recently made a trip to Eastern Washington to take in The Great Prosser Balloon Rally in late September. This annual event coincides with the harvest of the grapes involving thousands of acres of vines. Dozens of huge hot air balloons are launched on Friday,...read more
Whenever I talk to a teenager who isn't sure what classes to take in college, I get excited and I tell them to get a career in computers. And if you are old like me and in your 50s, a career in computers is still a great choice. There are tons of computer jobs out...read more
Did you know that your toothpaste might be the biggest reason you get so many canker sores? I have suffered from getting frequent canker sores my whole life. For me, I would get one almost once a month. As soon as one canker sore would heal, another would show up in...read more
Whenever we think of someone having roommates, we usually think of a young and free spirited college age student. I am in my 50's now and I think having roommates after 50 is terrific. Most people think as we get older, we get more set in our ways. Maybe that's true,...read more
Rent vs Buy? Most of us were taught as we were growing up that buying a home is the foundation to a secure and stable life. Well - what if you are an expat living in another country? Does that mantra still hold true? Pros of renting property as an expat 1) You are...read more
I have a homesick wife. My wonderful wife and I met 4 years ago, and just recently, she moved all the way from Thailand just to marry me. She misses her family terribly. She misses all of her friends. And she misses her culture. Sometimes in the mornings she gets very...read more
I'm 55 years old, and I'd like to retire early. I have $200,000 of equity in my home and I have $350,000 saved in my 401k. Can I afford to retire early? --- Joe S. First off, congratulations on saving $350K in your 401k at the age of 55! You saved more than twice as...read more
I am married to a wonderful Thai lady, and I couldn't be happier. I thank my lucky stars my wife speaks excellent English. Before we were married, I traveled back and forth to Thailand every chance I could get to see her. I fell in love with Thailand, but my Thai...read more
Move your router to a better location You can easily fix your slow WiFi by moving your wireless router to a better location inside your home or apartment. Just a few months ago, my roommates were having trouble wirelessly streaming movies on their smart TV. Their...read more
Arrg! I just got my bill from Comcast today and my awesome low introductory rate has ended. After enjoying a low rate for a year ($49 a month for 25 Gig and Basic TV), my bill just skyrocketed by almost 30 bucks. I was getting a good deal originally, now it sucks...read more
I'm writing this for those of you who are curious about what it's like to marry a Thai woman. Maybe you've heard how sweet and how beautiful Thai women are. Well, I married one, and she is amazing. Maybe you're like me and had had a bit of bad luck with a few Western...read more
I've been to lots and lots of dog parks with my water-loving dog Bear. I am fully convinced that Double Bluff just might be the Best Dog Park in Washington State. That's a tall order, because there are many wonderful dog parks in this beautiful state to chose from....read more
My Retirement Plans Just a Few Years Ago I'm lucky. From an early age, I've been saving for my retirement. Since I was in my early 20's I saved the maximum 15 percent of my paycheck into my 401k retirement plan, and then to top it off, I bought a home. Those were the...read more
A young man in Home Depot asked me the other day how I liked retirement. "It's pretty cool" I said. "They send you money for not working!" (Not that I didn't earn that money and put away for it!) "But how do you live on so little money?" he asked. "Planning for...read more
About a year ago, my eye doctor said it was time for cataract surgery. "So," I asked, "what is involved in that?" She told me they give me a shot in the eyeball, cut it open, take out the old lens and put in a new one. I'm thinking "Are you kidding me? A shot...read more