Friday, December 9, 2011


We got our Social Security information for the coming year in the mail today.  Hooray!  Next year we're going to get a COLA - a Cost of Living Adjustment.  But we've changed insurers for our Medicare prescription drug coverage and the premium will be taken out of our Social Security checks before we ever get them.  However, that information hadn't caught up to the SS people yet so it was not reflected in our new figures.  So I took the monthly totals and subtracted what will be deducted to give me a new figure.  Then I added mine and SWMBO's together to get the total of what our monthly checks will be.  Then I did the same with this year's figures and once I had a real total there, I subtracted it from next year's total.  And it's a nice round figure: $50.00.   Fifty bucks a month for the two of us.  That's our Cost of Living Adjustment.

That will just about pay our new Internet Service Provider for hooking us up to the big wide world.  But it won't do anything for the increased costs of food and gasoline.  'Course, gasoline prices have been dropping over the last several months for us.

So we'll scrimp and live, as it seems we almost always have, from paycheck to paycheck.  We're not poor, we're not homeless, we're not hungry.  So we'll be okay.

And there's always that Powerball ticket.

Gee, I wonder who those guys are.


Lowandslow said...

"We're not poor, we're not homeless, we're not hungry."

We're right there with you, friend. Life is tough these days, but all things considered, we're not too bad off. :)


Stephen Hayes said...

Mrs. Chatterbox and I have much to be thankful for. She just had a medical procedure that cost twenty thousand dollars, and our benefits covered it all . Barring that she had to endure the surgery, which was a success, life is good.

Steve said...

Bruce, I'll get my first SS check next month. Guess there is a benifit to getting older.

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

Scott - Agreed.

Chatterbox - I, too, had a hospital procedure this year - angioplasty. Was in the building for just 3 hours and my bill, too, was over $20,000. I'm praising Medicare.

Steve - There are some benefits though it seems the body begins to break down more easily. Congratulations on becoming an old fart! :^)

Jerry said...

One reason I haven't retired yet, aside from the fact that my wife cannot get Medicare until 65 which is next year, is that I'm just not sure I can afford to.

The Bug said...

We're still among the working, but in the same boat, sorta - paycheck to paycheck & happy for health care coverage...