November 26, 2008 Leave a comment
News today from Alliance and Leicester (see below for link) that 42% of “Silver Savers” have made sacrifices to help ensure they enjoy a comfortable retirement. The mind boggles.
Are there boomers out there in the dead of night slaughtering unsuspecting beasts and drinking their still-warm blood, shrieking, wailing, ripping off cardigans and comfy slippers and hurling them into bright bonfire flames? Are we selling grandchildren to the slave trade, or fleeing our homes to live in tents?
Probably not. I guess just like everybody else we’re not going out to dinner quite so much (so maybe we are slaughtering unsuspecting beasts…?), taking a rain check on yet another holiday and deciding that a score of shoes is more than enough for anyone. Irksome. But not exactly sacrificial.
Oh – and apparently ”the majority of people (58%) over 50 do not harbour any illusions of an extravagant retirement lifestyle”. Hardly surprising if we haven’t got one now – and a bit scary that 42% do.