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Maryland
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I will get my first SS check at the end of March, two days before our Easter cruise. I have about 10 payments left on our 1st mortgage. I am going to use the money from SS to pay it off a few months early. Then by working next school year, I plan to pay off bills so I can retire in June of 2019.
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SoCal Gal
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I have 126 Mondays left before retirement or 29 paperclips, depending on which way I'm counting.
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48 months and 8 days. I am retiring 2-2-22
Can't wait.
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Kansas City (Gladstone) , MO
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I am so "happy" for everyone that has just retired, or are counting the months/days until they do. As for me, I turn 75 (they say I act/look 10 years younger) next month, and it is so hard for me to be home, as I have worked from high school on, (only taking off one year when my youngest son was born) until I retired this past February. It doesn't seem possible that it will be a year the end of next month that I have not been working. I am still wanting to work part time, so time will tell.
Winnipeg Canada
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Joined Mar 2016
I retired almost 3 years ago, but my wife will retire on March 23rd and then we'll board a cruise ship March 30th.
She has worked for the same employer for 44 years, which is almost unheard of these days.
To say she is getting excited would be an understatement.
New jersey
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I have 20 more years here in nj as a sheriff officer and I’m counting them down


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north yorkshire
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Joined May 2010
Originally posted by Look2Sea
Anyone close to retirement?

When do you start counting the days?


8 shifts to go and been counting since I put my papers in - very exciting, can get all the best cruise deals and can go at the drop of a hat 🥂


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SoCal Gal
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I've changed my countdown method. When the truck is paid off, I'm gone. I'm making additional payments constantly. I hope to have it paid off next year.
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Maryland
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Originally posted by Northumberland
I retired almost 3 years ago, but my wife will retire on March 23rd and then we'll board a cruise ship March 30th.
She has worked for the same employer for 44 years, which is almost unheard of these days.
To say she is getting excited would be an understatement.
This is my 30th year in the same school (I work in a private school). My children went to the school. My granddaughter is presently in 1st grade. I have two students in my class that I taught their mothers. The second grade teacher was also one of my students.
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Canada
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Joined Aug 2013
I'm just reached my one year milestone on the 31st of January. Hard to believe I found this thread about three years ago...retirement seemed so far off. Not so much anymore. I'll be out of the office in 10 months with the last two spent vacationing. I'm booked on the RCCL Anthem Jan 6-18 so far...thinking an NCL cruise in December might also be an option. Or....so many options...
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California
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Originally posted by Sasksilver
I'm just reached my one year milestone on the 31st of January. Hard to believe I found this thread about three years ago...retirement seemed so far off. Not so much anymore. I'll be out of the office in 10 months with the last two spent vacationing. I'm booked on the RCCL Anthem Jan 6-18 so far...thinking an NCL cruise in December might also be an option. Or....so many options...
Congratulations! Great to think you have less than a year to go!
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My countdown started in August of 2016 when the company I had worked for over 30 years decided my position would be eliminated on 2-1-2018. A co-worker/friend who was also on "the list" and I decided to take a RIF cruise (Reduction In Force - that's what they called it) last February to celebrate the news. We are both now retired and enjoyed the RIF cruise so much we have a Retirement cruise scheduled for this March.
Haven't been at it long enough yet to know if retirement is for me, but early indications look promising.
New York City
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Joined Nov 2006
Just checking in, countdown is at 440 days . I have replaced my cancelled "Retirement cruise" with a new one ( in fact 2 new ones) First one on Equinox and then Adventure of the seas as a side to side spending a night in FLL in between.

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California
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Joined Nov 2005
Originally posted by DKNYC
Just checking in, countdown is at 440 days . I have replaced my cancelled "Retirement cruise" with a new one ( in fact 2 new ones) First one on Equinox and then Adventure of the seas as a side to side spending a night in FLL in between.

Denise

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I love the term "side to side." I have heard of "back to back" but like the idea that going from one ship to another has a different term!
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USA
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Joined Jun 2007
Originally posted by iatag
My countdown started in August of 2016 when the company I had worked for over 30 years decided my position would be eliminated on 2-1-2018. A co-worker/friend who was also on "the list" and I decided to take a RIF cruise (Reduction In Force - that's what they called it) last February to celebrate the news. We are both now retired.....
Congrats! Hope you enjoy your new freedom from work and find many blessings ahead!
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Maryland
4,472 Posts
Joined Apr 2007
Well, I guess I am getting closer to retirement.
I am a teacher and plan on one more school year. I wanted to go on Symphony of the Seas so we booked it for Oct. of 2019.
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Originally posted by Go-Bucks!
Congrats! Hope you enjoy your new freedom from work and find many blessings ahead!
Thanks Go-Bucks - Happy sailing to you as well!