A Glimpse into One Retirement Future

December 31, 2008 by  
Filed under Retirement Planning

Mrs. ToughMoneyLove and I are wrapping up our short visit with family in Florida.  This visit has exposed us again to the different retirement lifestyles available in one of the most popular retirement destination states.  Florida is attractive to retirees both for the weather and low taxes, including no state income tax.

My Dad lives in The Villages which has to be the largest retirement community in the world.  It has grown tremendously since our last visit.   I have decided to spend some time over the next few months writing more about it as well as a different retirement lifestyle that my mother enjoys.

Regardless of your age, retirement planning is something that should regularly appear on your personal financial planning agenda.  If you are a baby boomer like me, retirement planning is near the top of the agenda. 

Part of retirement planning is learning about the different retirement lifestyles that are available.  Thus, learning more about communities like the Villages is part of that process.  I think it helps to receive information about retirement communities from folks who do not work or even live there.

One initial observation I have about the Villages is that it may be the most environmentally friendly community in the country when it comes to transportation.  This is a golf cart community, with thousands of residents doing their shopping, visiting, and carrying out other daily routines of life in totally electric vehicles.  It helps that the community was designed for that purpose and that the weather accommodates it.  Nevertheless, there is much that can learned from the people who live here about living without gasoline.

Time to catch a plane back to the unretired world.  Happy New Year to each and every one of you.

Photo credit:  Randy Rowe

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2 Responses to “A Glimpse into One Retirement Future”
  1. Dale Carter says:

    Thanks so much for dedicating some of your posts to retirement options. After I helped my mother sell her home/find a retirement community in Maryland last spring, I started a blog to share “lessons learned”. Top lesson learned is to be proactive in search and planning well before a crisis situation hits. Things worked out great for my mom and she is thriving and happy at Fairhaven Retirement Community (Sykesville,MD), but the outcome could have easily been quite negative.

    Thanks for your writing. Dale Carter

  2. Dale: Thanks for your comment. You might want to check out another baby boomer blog that focuses on retirement issues. http://gotoretirement.com

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