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geekette

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Social Security "seminars" - anyone gone to one?
« on: September 24, 2019, 09:26:25 PM »
Being of a certain age, and FIREd, we get flyers All. The. Time offering seminars on maximizing Social Security, (and twice as many offering investment strategies - not gonna do that even with a steak dinner, a 10 foot pole, and a fake name).

Anyway, Social Security has a ton of rules and options, so I'm tempted to go to one, but...  Are they just going to try to sell me crap there too?  They're free, so you know they want to make money off the audience somehow!

Anyone gone to one and found them useful?

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Re: Social Security "seminars" - anyone gone to one?
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2019, 09:37:40 PM »
Anyone gone to one
Yes.
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and found them useful?
No.

If someone is unfamiliar with the following (or similar), it could be useful to become familiar.  But it's doubtful that one of these seminars will help one do that.

A couple of spreadsheets and a web tool that work well for calculating an individual's benefit:
 - The 'SocialSecurity' tab of the case study spreadsheet.
 - The Downloadable Social Security Benefit Estimator (repost) - Bogleheads.org.
 - Social Security Calculator
A web tool that evaluates SS benefit start dates for a couple: Open Social Security: Free, Open-Source Social Security Calculator

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Re: Social Security "seminars" - anyone gone to one?
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2019, 11:00:30 AM »
Thanks for the links. I will now happily trash these invites.

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Re: Social Security "seminars" - anyone gone to one?
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2019, 03:31:21 PM »
Going to one next week for the free dinner at the nice restaurant. I will let you know!