Saturday, February 9, 2019

It is the economy, silly!

This is not a political post.

Yes, we, as retired people, have our own economy.

My husband is over 65 and I am under.

The year before we retired money was tracked carefully. To the penny, it was tracked. Weddings and first houses, bought. Education, as far as our input, was done. Mortgage was finished.

Our income stabilized quickly.   Cost of living adjustments, addition of my pensions (2022) and my SS ( 2023) will be the only changes. After that, until one of us kicks the can, it will stay the same.


1) Come up with a rough food budget.
All of our groceries, OTC meds, paper goods come out of the same pot.
We add in any food we buy when visiting friends and family- since we do it often.

2) Look at the yearly price of things and divide by twelve.
House taxes, House/car/health insurance, car maintenance, doggie bills, propane, presents, smaller trips, house maintenance. We added all the bills up in each category and started a savings account for each. Retirement money comes in, these savings accounts are filled.
A huge plus this year is we are paying hardly any income tax! Hurray for the new accounting.

3) Spending money.
We are, both, pretty independent. Neither of us likes to "report" to the other. We started an allowance years ago. Right now it is about $300 per person, per month. Neither of us spend on impulse (well, there are times....). The allowance has us saving for things that we want or need. My husband has two hobbies, I travel.

4) Savings
 Currently we save about 10% of our monthly income.
We have a nest egg, but you never know what is coming. This is also the money for emergencies- like the roof- and major travel.  We will withdraw about 2% this year. It is saved in a combination of CDs, Stocks and (gulp) savings accounts.

5) Everything else.
Gas for the cars and electricity are about $100 a month a piece. Dinners out are simple. Runs to Walmart for the little things. Books, music. The only nemesis is Amazon. We are going on an Amazon fast beginning in April. Really, we are!

I keep one other set of books- investments. Our net worth- sans cars/house/Johnnyboat- are kept in a book. I've been doing it since 2005. It is fun to look back to see our money grow.

We don't have a lot, but it works for us.


  1. I like your new home. If you would prefer a new look or new name for your other blog, that is easy enough to do; I can walk you through it. That way you'd still have your old URL. As far as links, when you are n the blogger platform, highlight the words you want to link, then click the chain thing on the toolbar.

  2. I too like the new format, and am very impressed with your budget and organizational skills ... esp. that you're able to save 10% of your income!

  3. You baby boomers are literally the most evil generation to ever exist. You are all psychopaths. You destroyed your own children's future, destroyed the economy, and then you sit back and laugh smugly about it. Well guess what, you are all going to end up in retirement homes and there is ALREADY a ton of cases of white boomers being abused by the African-Americans and Mexican-Americans and Asian-Americans on their staff. You boomers destroyed your own children's future and so even if your children WANTED to help you, they would be incapable of doing so financially. I hope you boomers enjoy the retirement homes, and enjoy getting abused by all the blacks and mexicans and asians who work as nurses there! LOL!!! I guess what I'm really trying to say is, can you baby boomers hurry up and fucking drop dead already?

  4. Wow. Thank you for your pleasant visit. You seem to have some racial issues you may want to address...maybe a bit of inadequacy in your own life? Have a blessed day.