How is your retirement plan coming along? Do you have enough money set aside to help cover expenses when your retire? Below are different resources offering advice on creating a retirement plan,  determining the best path to follow, planning for social security, and more. 

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    • Retiring On A Shoestring: How It's Going 2 Years Later
      by Forbes » Retirement on October 16, 2021 at 12:22 am

      Joan and Steve Reid planned to retire happily by slashing their spending after moving from New York to less-costly Florida in 2019. Here's what happened.

    • Despite Medicare, Health Costs Are Painful For Americans 65+
      by Forbes » Retirement on October 16, 2021 at 12:22 am

      How high out-of-pocket health costs are causing them financial pain

    • Is This A Good Time To Get A Reverse Mortgage?
      by Forbes » Retirement on October 16, 2021 at 12:22 am

      A reverse mortgage's pros and cons, plus alternatives for retirement income

    • Five years – taking inventory
      by Living Life Retired (LLR) on October 15, 2021 at 11:14 pm

      Five years.  Wow.  I can’t believe it has been that long since I launched  So much has happened during my retirement these past five years.  I took a personal inventory and was surprised at the length of the list.  I… Bought a mountain cabin property, tore down the water- and animal-damaged addition by hand, hauled out truckloads of pine cones and needles, cleared out a fallen tree, and had my she shed built. Learned my mom fell at her home, was hospitalized and then she was moved into a nursing home. Experienced some loving and sweet but also tough and heartfelt times with family members Trained and volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children in Larimer County Read a ton of books and wrote a few blog posts Worked part time as a substitute teacher in two school districts Lost my sweet kitty Lily to old age Joined a lovely group of women for a weekly Bible study group at my church Endured an international pandemic Sold my home, bought a home and moved to a town closer to my grandchildren Began attending the sister church to my primary church Reunited with a good friend from Amarillo, Gail, and two high school friends, Mark and Marie, through Facebook Endured a few disputes with neighbors Served as president of an HOA Volunteered at Life Stories (CASA Program) in Weld County While it is a decent list of accomplishments and growth, it also reveals areas of neglect. In taking an inventory I realized why I struggle to consistently write blog posts for this site.  I have had so much I wanted and needed to write about, but I just didn’t.  More discipline is needed to sit down and write.  In the future I need to put my many projects aside and make writing a bigger priority.  The lawn mowing and room painting can wait one more day.  It’s not easy because as a solo retiree, if I don’t do it, it doesn’t get done.   Have you taken inventory of your past five years or even one year?  Try it; you might surprise yourself at your list.  I believe it helps to reflect on your past in order to help move forward in the future.  What do you want to do differently or less of?  What do you want to do more of?  Where are your priorities? Thanks for following along with me these past few years.   I would love to hear from you and do more posts about what you are doing in your retirement. Please email me at  I would love to feature your solo retirement. The post Five years – taking inventory appeared first on Living Life Retired (LLR).