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what does the word retire mean?

April 26th, 2008 at 10:40 pm

I went to Staples for ink today. I got 2 of each color, black, red, blue and yellow. I had a coupon for 12% off the entire purchase for customer appreciation week. So I saved $15 there. I also signed up for their reward program which will save another $11.

Walked with mom outside and it was freezing. It started out about 39 degrees but by the time we finished walking it was snowing. Then later on today it got warmer again and blue skies. Weird Colorado weather.

When did the meaning of the word retirement change? My dad was talking to someone the other day and they asked what he did. He said he was retired. Then they asked him if he worked part time. Well no, then he would be working, not retired. I get that question a lot when I tell people I plan to retire. They always ask if I will be working part time or if I will get another job. So when did the meaning of the word retire change from not working to working part time? Smile

I finished reading the library book Mona Lisa Craving by Sunny. Supernatural/Romance. Very good.

6 Responses to “what does the word retire mean?”

  1. baselle Says:

    I think it changed a few years ago when you could earn a decent bit of something in addition to earning SS. I seem to remember in the past that if you earned more than 3K/year, that SS would drop commensurate with what you earned, so part time definitely wouldn't pay.

    And its a rare person who really planned well for retirement. I'm guessing that more people than not work part time after retirement; unfortunately they have to.

  2. Carolina Bound Says:

    People assume that I will be getting another job because I retired at 58. I may -- but it seems a lot of people think retirement equals boredom.

  3. Thrifty Ray Says:

    I think it is a complex combination of things...there are now more solutions to medical problems, extedning life expectancy...but those are expensive, as Baselle said, the ability to work part time is there without giving up benefits, GASOLINE is outrageous now- I feel sorry for those who planned to travel in their RVs...things cost more...and there are more things that people want...and it really has become more of the social norm.

  4. disneysteve Says:

    http://www.savingadvice.com/forums/personal-finance/35580-working-retirement-oxymoron.html

    I started a thread on this topic last month. You might want to read the responses.

  5. disneysteve Says:

    sorry, double post

  6. retire@50 Says:

    Thanks disneysteve those were some interesting replies. I think I prefer semi-retired if people are working part-time for income during 'retirement' I still think the word retire should mean not working for money.

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