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The Haves: Top 10 Places to Retire

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So you’re doing well for yourself now. Maybe everything else in your life is shit, but you’ve got a 401k (cool, I guess?) and if you stick with this job you’re at – hey, you could be sitting pretty in retirement one day. With that, you may want to check out these places I think are the top 10 places to retire to when the time comes.

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A One-Sided Conversation with a Have

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First I couldn’t get anyone to open up about student loans, and now here we are interviewless when it comes to talking with someone who considers themselves well off financially. The woman set to do this interview was an old friend from high school who’d moved to a far off land known as “anywhere past Vegas because that’s far in my book.” She was down to answer the 1 questions I sent over to her, but then life happened – she became a new mom, and from what I know based on TV and movies, a newborn is quite the handful. So I am sitting here wishing her and the baby the best, while figuring out how to go about the following. Without her intake I can only dive into the questions and discuss what I was hoping to learn from her.

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The Haves: 401 Whats?

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Student loans are possibly the biggest low of getting a higher education when you realize you’re in a job that doesn’t make enough to pay back said loans. Unless of course you’re one of the privileged who still bank on parental units, if not you’re in the broke category of life. All of that said, we’ve already talked about each of those, so today we’re focusing on a sector of people I am the furthest from, the people whose savings accounts allot them to lead a life where finances are never really an issue. They rarely have to check their accounts on their phone to ensure they can pay for a refill at 7-Eleven. These people have a 401k, and actually know what that means. I on the other hand will admit right now that I had no clue and actually had to look it up while at the library. Which thanks to Ellie Williams’ All about Your 401k Plan: Simple Answers to Securing Your Financial Future, I learned it was when your job takes money from your check and puts it towards retirement. When you’ve never had a “real” job, this is an absolutely foreign concept.

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