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Always Room for Improvement!

December 30th, 2014 at 06:54 am

I thought I had gotten really good at keeping track of gift cards. I have a special little box where I keep important things, including passport, cash, and gift cards.

Well, this morning I was shredding some old receipts and I found a Starbucks gift card in with them. I checked the balance on-line and it has 87-cents left on it so I put it in my wallet in a slot where I already have another S-bux GC.

I'm not sure how that gift card ended up in the receipts box, but my guess is that I wrapped a receipt around it after a purchase. Note to self: don't do that!

Just Slightly Over 463 Weeks

December 28th, 2014 at 03:33 pm

That's how long until our target retirement date!
I don't think retirement will mean that we never work again, but it will mean "work optional." I think I'll continue to work, but whether it is volunteer work or part-time paid work or some combination of both is TBD.

Austin ranked #3 on the most recent "top 25 places to retire" list from Forbes and was one of the bigger cities on the list. We like it here. So relocating after retirement may not be something that we even need to think about. We envision some day moving to a condo, and that would be the logical time to think about whether we want to stay in Austin or relocate. Because it is a single-story, our current home should be fine for at least the first several years of retirement and maybe longer.