Retirement should be the best years of your life! After all, you’re going to be around for awhile, aren’t you?

Planning and preparation focus almost exclusively on finances. Yet, your overall well-being will be determined by the balance of wealth, health, and happiness.

You really don’t want scarcity in any one of those areas. For more information see Improve Your Retirement Well-being.

Our goal is providing fresh perspectives and ideas helping you navigate to the wonderful retirement you deserve.

Join us on our voyage of discovery!

Debbie and Shannon, Retires Great


The Pros and Cons to Downsizing Your Home for Retirement in 2020

The question staring many would be retirees in the face, what are the pros and cons to downsizing your home for retirement? Should you remain .....

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10 Tips to Caring for Aging Parents at Home in 2020

Most of our aging parents dread the thought of “getting stuck in an old folks’ home”. With the wildfire spread of COVID-19 throughout senior facilities, .....

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12 Tips to Prevent Retiree and Senior Scams in 2020

Who hasn’t been a victim of some sort of fraud? I thought I was pretty sharp when it came to security, only to learn how .....

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The majority of folks assume everything will be good, or at least as long as they saved enough.

No more time clocks to punch.

The complete freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you desire.

And that’s when the challenges begin.

  • How do I want to live the rest of my life?
  • What's  most important to me?
  • What activities make me happiest?
  • What (if anything) is holding me back?
  • How do I want to be remembered?
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The framework is a visual model to better understand the many aspects of retirement. For more information, see How to Have a Successful Retirement.

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Should You Buy a New Car Before Retirement? Or Not?

Purchasing a vehicle ahead of retiring seems to be a common practice. Pay for it while you still have a paycheck and have a reliable vehicle in the years to come. But, should you buy a new car before retirement? .....


Dealing with the Fear of Growing Old, Is Age Just a Number?

Dealing with the fear of growing old is a universal challenge as well as accepting our own mortality. Taking a personal approach to this long-standing problem. We’re not getting any younger and each of us needs to come to terms .....


Retires Great First Podcast: A Glimpse Behind the Scenes

WOW! Our first podcast! You might be wondering what it's like to participate in one. Up until a few short weeks ago, we did too. Obviously, we wanted Retires Great first podcast to go well. Surprisingly, it was fun, exciting .....


Coping with Forced Early Retirement: Story of my DIY Kitchen Renovation

Seldom discussed around the water cooler, or anywhere else for that matter, is coping with forced early retirement. Yet, the ax will fall for over half of all mature workers before they are prepared to retire. The loss of those .....


Retires Great Review: Celebrating Our 1st Year Anniversary

It’s hard to believe this is our 1st year anniversary! Our Retires Great review of the past year shares our trials and tribulations with a glimpse behind the scenes. What we did right and all those moments we questioned ourselves. .....


Why the Future of Social Security is at Risk of Financial Meltdown in 2029

The future of social security (SS) and its viability are threatened by the cascading numbers of retiring baby boomers. Recent findings predict that there will be a financial meltdown by 2029! Already underfunded, the onslaught of COVID-19 has trust funds being gobbled .....


Planning Your Dream Retirement and Living Happily Ever After

Who doesn’t imagine the day they can retire and start living the good life? Finally stepping off the ever faster spinning gerbil cage rat race we call work? By planning your dream retirement, you get to decide what life will .....


How to Deal with Fear of Retirement and Outliving Your Savings

After a lifetime of working and managing daily expenses, understandably, almost everyone is unsure if they saved quite enough. How to deal with fear of retirement and outliving your savings becomes critical to enjoy retired life. This can become a .....


The Future of Retirement and Adapting to the New Normal

What is the future of retirement and what will it look like over the next decade? Especially when you consider the recent pandemic and how it is changing each of our lives in so many unimaginable ways. No one knows .....


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