Very brave decision, but I can understand why. Life is just too short.
You do cope, we had 18months with no wages and a bloody porshe to pay for. Its long since gone but it bled us dry for a long time. What I plan to do is make a list of groceries every week and send Peter for it as I am hopeless and just get carried away whenever I step foot in the supermarket. Peter does not know this yet but as he has been in a supermarket about 5 times in 5 years he is about to have a rude awakening. If it doesn't work I will have to live on bread and water. The redundancy package is not wonderful but as I had to work until Im 65 for my works pension it will do, I followed him round the country for 27yrs while he was in the RAF so did not get the opportunity to accrue much pension anywhere. Younger people be aware…. I never thought I would be old or need a pension duh! I have to wait for another year to get my old age pension as I fall into that group where pension ages were changing.
But I am so looking forward to the challenge to fill my day.
I take it the children survived the storm in Oz
Dear Sarah and Min you are both going to enjoy not working you will soon wonder how you ever found the time to work!! The extra time with the grandchildren alone makes it worthwhile . Min I am living on benefits now and a small work pension and my solution for the shopping is on-line The big 3 supermarkets are all pretty good and the delivery charge is much less than I would spend in the store, also I keep a favourites list and most weeks I can stick to that .Jeff has only been in a supermarket twice in the last 27 years so I dont think we would eat if it was up to him!Sarah I look forward to seeing some pics of your garden this summer, unfortunately gardening is something else I used to be responsible for and now I cant do it any longer I am waiting for Jeff to realise he needs to go out there more than once a year!!Heres to relaxing days with our loved ones which when all is said and done is worth far more than any chores love Bridget x
I had my redundancy meeting with HR today, I was his first ever interview and he read from an idiot sheet throughout. Really filled me with confidence. He told me I will go on 31st of March. I begged him to make it earlier, telling him he could save the tax payer a months wages if he let me go in two weeks instead but it fell on stony ground.
I asked for a meeting with a financial adviser which is not something that was on offfer?
Next I have to wait for a formal offer even though he gave it to me at the meeting, and have to take some time to digest, (should take me all of 60 seconds to find the pen) Then I am free to go on a spending spree. No folks this is a local government offer so wont be booking a cruise.
But I may buy a new sewing machine so I can make some new curtains. Or a course to learn how to use the apple mac I bought last year.
Hope the Puppy has learnt where the pee pads are located now Gill, perservere he will get there. Or have Stephen shout a dex remark at him when you catch him. My baby dog learnt how to use the cat flap as a puppy and never had to train her. We did have to change it for a very big dog one eventualy though!
Hi Min I bet that feels great now its more official and the time will fly!! Before long you will be having leisurely lunches and long shopping trips , dont forget spa days too Sorry just teasing Icant imagine you are the sort of person who would enjoy that sort of lifestyle!! You will love being retired though and I bet Peter is looking forward to spending more time with you love Bridget x
I was one of those idiots who always said I was never going to stop working! How wrong and stupid I was. I did work until I was 65 and only stopped because the Taxman made it unprofitable to continue! But boy am I pleased he did so I have never been so happy.
My only regret is that this disease is not going to allow me a looooonnng retirement and the Government is not going to have to pay my State Pension for that many years, after 46 years of paying in I feel somehow cheated by that thought!
Got to dash got to make the wife?s sandwiches and get her to work!!!!!!! (she only works 10 hours a week 😀 )
This subject is one that gets me mad.
Why cant you get an early pension/retirement from the government when you have a diagnosis of this type. It has to be better than begging for other benefits. As you say, it wont be a loooong retirement. Unless something remarkable comes on the market to cure the beast. Then they can chanage the rules. If big businesses can offer early retiremtn why cant the govenment provided you have done 30yrs of contributions.
I look forward to my happy retirement. Keep Well David
Hi, I absolutely agree. How many people die before their time. The government must save a huge amount each year by not having to payout on pensions.
I feel that anyone diagnosed with an incurable disease before retirement age should have the option of taking early retirement. This would remove people from the benefit system, but also allow them access to other forms of help, ie: free bus passes, etc.
I know it will probably never happen, but it would certainly be a step forward.
Hi The fingers worked, I am now officially free and unemployed. I have a massive hangover after going out last night to celebrate with colleagues but thanks folks for the crossed fingers. I don't have a letter yet to confirm this as my employers could not organise a **ss up in a brewery! But I do have a healthy bank balance.
Im sure they will get round to it when they do there accounting. Next stop the dole office!