The New York Times recently ran a piece on retirement boot camps. The author wrote about folks who had attended a retirement workshop at UNC Asheville. I actually wrote about the University of North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement some time ago.
< I think these articles and programs are important. They make the point that retirement is more complex than simply picking up a gold watch, collecting Social Security and living happily ever after. Learning what is important and necessary for your own life fulfillment may require some serious self-discovery. These boot camps can facilitate that process.
More stuff from my baby boomer reading pile for your consideration:
The SmartyPig online savings bank is running a “Race Out of Debt” contest. SmartyPig is a bank with an interesting concept – specific savings goals. The accounts are free and they pay decent interest rates on insured deposits (currently 1.75%). You can win almost $5,000 by having an account and setting a new goal.
The My Money Blog posted an interesting article exposing some of the dirty secrets of mutual fund fees. Bottom line remains: Stay with low-cost index funds and you are likely to come out ahead.
The Mighty Bargain Hunter is getting back to his roots – bargain hunting. He wrote about a shopping portal rebate site I had not heard of but looks very interesting. I will definitely be giving it a try.
Do you want to kill your junk mail inflow? I do and I’m working on it. The Money Crashers blog tells you how.
Over at the On Retirement blog, I wrote an article on 3 Ways to Decide When to Claim Social Security.
Finally, I forgot to tell you about last week’s Carnival of Personal Finance where there is always good stuff to scan and read.
Have you guys read anything lately that the rest of us might find useful for our retirement plans and dreams?