Retire Happy: What You Can Do NOW to Guarantee a Great Retirement
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Retire Happy: What You Can Do NOW to Guarantee a Great Retirement

by Ralph Warner, Richard Stim
     
 

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A great retirement isn’t just about having your financial situation in order.
It’s easy to be preoccupied with stock portfolios, 401(k) balances and saving options, but true happiness in retirement comes from simpler, more enjoyable things like an active social life, family time and leisurely travel.

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Overview

A great retirement isn’t just about having your financial situation in order.
It’s easy to be preoccupied with stock portfolios, 401(k) balances and saving options, but true happiness in retirement comes from simpler, more enjoyable things like an active social life, family time and leisurely travel.

In Retire Happy: What You Can Do Now to Guarantee a Great Retirement, author Rich Stim and Nolo co-founder Jake Warner show you how to become rich in the ways that matter most. They encourage you to balance financial concerns with a lifestyle you always envisioned for yourself.

The book advises you on how to estimate real retirement needs and create a workable savings and investment plan. Even more importantly, it advises you to make personal preparations for life after work, including:

  • cultivating interests outside work
  • leading a healthier lifestyle
  • revitalizing family relationships
  • spending more time with spouses
  • embracing spirituality or meditation
  • nurturing friendships and making new friends

All the money in the world won't make for a happy retirement unless you're satisfied with the rest of your life. So start today.

Editorial Reviews

St. Petersburg Times
If you are among the majority of people who have never tried to calculate their financial needs for retirement, this book is worth it just for these discussions.
Library Journal

These are the first three titles in a new series coproduced by Nolo and USA Today. In The Busy Family's Guide, USA Today personal finance columnists Block, John Waggoner, and Kathy Chu focus on the building blocks of family security: budgets, savings, investing, insurance, and estate planning. They begin by coaching readers on how to talk about money and how to set up a plan, then tackle taxes and tax breaks, controlling and dealing with debt, home buying and mortgages, and the components of an estate plan. A chapter on investments demystifies the options by comparing and explaining cash investments, stocks, and mutual funds.

Attorneys Fishman (Lower Taxes in 7 Easy Steps) and Fitzpatrick's Work from Home Handbook is for those considering working at home either as an employee or a freelancer. Essentially, it is a narrative checklist of issues to consider and the steps to take to make home-based employment feasible. Readers will learn to assess whether a job can be done from home, how to make the case for it with an employer, and how to find existing telecommuting jobs. The section on freelancing helps those ready to create their own home-based businesses with information on setting fees, finding clients, and dealing with tax implications.

Finally, in Retire Happy, attorney Stim (Patent Pending in 24 Hours) and Nolo cofounder Warner (How To Run a Thriving Business) advocate thinking through retirement well before turning out the office lights. They present strategies for constructing the elements of a successful retirement (e.g., health, money, rewarding activities, a circle of friends) and devote significant space toretirement money issues. Particularly useful is the section on calculating the amount needed for a long and secure retirement. Each of these books is clear, practical, and nicely enhanced by charts and checklists. Recommended for public libraries.
—Joan Pedzich

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781413308358
Publisher:
NOLO
Publication date:
03/14/2008
Series:
Retire Happy: What You Can Do Now to Guarantee a Great Retirement Series
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
498,785
Product dimensions:
8.98(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.52(d)

Meet the Author

Ralph  Warner is widely recognized as a pioneer of the do-it-yourself law movement, Warner founded Nolo with Ed Sherman in 1972. He began publishing do-it-yourself law books written by him and his colleagues after numerous publishers rejected them. Warner holds a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Princeton.

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