I'm Better Off NOT Working
I worked for the government for 31 years. Last summer I was offered "early out" at age 53. I took it, for a number of reasons, mostly health-related. Before retirement, my take-home pay was roughly $1700 twice a month. My last day of work was July 29,2005. Then the retirement pension checks started rolling in. My check , once a month, is a little over $2900. (I still pay income taxes and my own health insurance) Then came Katrina , and gasoline prices shot way up. When working, I was driving 90 miles roundtrip, and filling up my tank twice a week. I now spend about $20 a week on gas. I also eat lunch at home with my darling husband. The way I figure it, I am better off staying home, the money I would be spending on transportation and lunches out is more than offset. And the lack of stress has improved my overall health.