EMBRACING LIFE TO ITS FULLEST - LEGACY RESERVE

Patrons of Legacy Reserve at Fritz Farm can hardly wait to move into their new homes this month. Some of them signed up over a year ago.  “I chose Legacy Reserve as my future home for many reasons,” said Don Bayer, a retired Chicago Public Schools principal. “I was fascinated by the fact that it is going to have a heated saltwater swimming pool. I love to swim.”   “We decided we wanted to live here the rest of our lives,” said Loretta Jones, another resident looking forward to moving in. “So we are downsizing and we’re ready to go.”

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LIVING FRUGALLY

Many people in the United States with significant savings fear going broke in retirement, according to a recent survey. However, there are ways to live frugally to try to prevent that from happening.

1. Analyze your living situation. According to research, the cost of a home and home-related expenses accounts for nearly 43 percent of spending for people who are 65 to 74 years of age. ....

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TECHNOLOGY PRIMER FOR GRANDPARENTS

No one needs to be told the younger generations are attached to their technology. It used to just be computers, but now it’s smart phones. These days, if you want to stay in contact with your grandchildren – and sometimes even your children – you’d be wise to learn a few basic methods of keeping in touch in the digital age. A study released in 2012 by Microsoft and AARP called “Connecting Generations” found teens and their parents and grandparents are communicating more because of social media and other online tools.

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seniors feel lost and depressed after they quit their jobs, so a part-time job would ensure you remain busy.


Living frugally is a lifestyle that covers the basics in the least expensive way possible. You don’t have to give up everything and live like a hermit. Having a thrifty yet fabulous life in retirement is possible with a little discipline and attention to detail.


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Many people in the United States with significant savings fear going broke in retirement, according to a recent survey. However, there are ways to live frugally to try to prevent that from happening.


1. Analyze your living situation. According to research, the cost of a home and home-related expenses accounts for nearly 43 percent of spending for people who are 65 to 74 years of age. So, to save money, it may be worth downsizing to a smaller home, which also gives you a chance to earn money by selling items you no longer need.


2. Plan ahead if you are thinking of shifting to another home or a different part of the country. Ensure the area has the amenities you’re looking for, such as medical facilities, places of worship, colleges and universities. Make sure you’re going to be comfortable there.


3. Check out senior discounts, deals and offers from hotels, restaurants, drugstores, etc. Some tickets to museums and live performances come with discounts for seniors, so make use of them. In Florida, people who are 60 and older can audit any college course anywhere in the state at no cost, but they don’t get any college credit.


4. Cut the fat from your food budget. It’s cheaper to make more meals at home after retirement. If you choose to dine out, find places

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that offer less expensive meals and again, take advantage of senior discount offers.


5. Be a savvy grocery shopper. Keep a lookout for good deals wherever you shop, including dollar stores, wholesale clubs and farmers markets. Look for coupons in the newspaper and stores and check out online discounts and coupons as well. If you plan your meals for the week and make a shopping list, you’ll make fewer trips to the grocery store and waste less food.


6. Evaluate your bills and costs. If you’re not using most of your cable channels, consider scaling back to a more affordable package. Couples with two cars may be able to get by with one to cut maintenance and gas costs. Retirement is a good time to consider going in for more compact and fuel-efficient vehicles.


7. Take charge of your medical costs. Always ask your doctor what different diagnostic tests will cost.


8. Look for other sources of income. You can even consider part-time work. Many

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer and blogger who has a keen interest in health and wellness. She can be approached through her blog (www.aha-now.com) and Web site, www.harleenasingh.com. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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