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You can work after 65, but don’t expect the same benefits

You can work after 65, but don’t expect the same benefits

One of the books I have sitting on my desk that I fully intend to read and review is Victory Lap Retirement by Micheal Drak and Jonathan Chevreau. It is based on the premise that once you have reached financial independence you have the freedom to do something different including starting a second or encore career, which may involve taking more risk. But what if you are still making a contribution... »

Questions I asked myself when planning for retirement

Questions I asked myself when planning for retirement

The post Questions to ask yourself when planning for retirement by Scott Wallace on Retire Happy made me think about whether my husband and I have covered all the bases in our preparation for the next chapter of our lives. These thoughts are particularly relevant this week because both of our 65th birthdays are imminent and Joel’s official retirement date is at the end of this week. So I thought I... »

My Take on the Federal Budget

My Take on the Federal Budget

I haven’t written about the Federal Budget yet because I’ve had my ear to the ground listening to what everyone else has to say. First of all, I freely admit I have no idea what is good for the economy. Of course I like the RRIF and TFSA changes because my husband and I are on the cusp of retirement. But be assured that it would take alot more than a pre-election budget to change my vo... »

How the medical tax deduction can save you money

How the medical tax deduction can save you money

  Medical expenses for you, your spouse or common-law partner, and dependent children under 18 are claimed on line 330 of the federal tax return. I don’t know anybody who wants to pay more taxes than they have to, but medical expenses are one area where many Canadians of all ages may be leaving money on the table. There are several reasons why this may occur. First of all, only expenses in ex... »

8 things I learned on my vacation

8 things I learned on my vacation

We just came back from two weeks at an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana. Last year we had several very active vacations in Europe and Vietnam/Cambodia so we decided to plan a more low key warm weather getaway this winter. Our daughter, her wife and our grandchild joined us for the second week. Most people we spoke to before we left suggested we would get really bored if we spent two weeks at the... »

Blockbuster Blogs: Week of March 2nd

Blockbuster Blogs: Week of March 2nd

When you read this I’ll be packing my bags to trade sand for snow again, but even after liberal applications of SPF 45, I hope my tan won’t fade for at least few days. This week I am linking to some blockbuster blogs. These are blogs that took on a life of their own as they were re-posted and referred to on weekly round ups of other bloggers. I’m pretty new at this game, but Why using my Aeroplan ... »

Media scan: Week of February 2nd

Media scan: Week of February 2nd

  This week on RetirementRedux.com I wrote Fired 55-year old man gets $346,000 after three years and Why my financial planner is a great investment. How much will I get from CPP? was posted  on savewithspp.com. On MoneySense my friend Jonathan Chevreau talked about my “unretirement” in Maybe You Just Think You want To Retire. Here are some interesting articles and blogs I read:  Car In... »

Media Scan: Week of January 5, 2015

Media Scan: Week of January 5, 2015

I didn’t do a media scan last week so there are many interesting stories to report on. Since the week of December 22nd, I have posted on retirementredux.com: The pros and cons of condo ownership My 2015 New Year’s resolutions Ontario Retirement Pension Plan: Who will get to participate? 6 ways to unlock home equity at retirement Another Look At Life Annuities (Part 2) appeared on savewithspp.com a... »

Media Scan:Week of December 1

Media Scan:Week of December 1

This week I wrote Financial Literacy: The 23 step program and Fired older employee may have reduced duty to mitigate. BOOK REVIEW: 397 ways to save money was posted on savewith spp.com. Here are some of the interesting blogs and articles I read: Blonde on a Budget has posted her December 2014 Budget & Goals and she is ecstatic that as compared to last year her expenses are way down. On Retire ... »

Beautiful photo exhibit on aging

Beautiful photo exhibit on aging

Eight-year-old Mykeal Kronebusch and 89-year-old Lillian Sjogren laugh during a session of Play-Doh snake-making and pretend attacks. They are part of the Adopt-A-Grandparent program at Hampton House Retirement Residence in Chilliwack, B.C —— A recent exhibit of black and white photos on aging at 2 Bloor west in Toronto has been taken down, but most of it is available online. If you cl... »