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« on: September 01, 2018, 08:06:33 AM »
I am pretty much FI, I have a couple rentals that I own outright and at 49, I just make the FI numbers.  I left my high paying very stressful corporate gig about a year ago but had some residual income from that which is now ending. I am considering taking a gig at a big box hardware store mostly for the discount since there's a bunch of (non-mustacian) stuff I want to do in my home - new solid core doors, new paint, quiet dishwasher (please no face punches....),etc... Also, if I go full time I would get benefits. Has anyone went from high paying corporate land to low paying retail when they were FI? Am I nuts to be considering this????? :) Thanks!!!!!

I should add that DH is still working and will work a few more years to pay off his rental, so we really can't travel yet.
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2018, 02:01:22 PM »
I am pretty much FI, I have a couple rentals that I own outright and at 49, I just make the FI numbers.  I left my high paying very stressful corporate gig about a year ago but had some residual income from that which is now ending. I am considering taking a gig at a big box hardware store mostly for the discount since there's a bunch of (non-mustacian) stuff I want to do in my home - new solid core doors, new paint, quiet dishwasher (please no face punches....),etc... Also, if I go full time I would get benefits. Has anyone went from high paying corporate land to low paying retail when they were FI? Am I nuts to be considering this????? :) Thanks!!!!!

I should add that DH is still working and will work a few more years to pay off his rental, so we really can't travel yet.

If you want to work full time, just do it in your profession. You'll make far more money than any big box discount would net you and you'll get benefits as well...probably better ones too. Retail jobs are hard labor. I did 10 years in a supermarket during my teens to late 20s.

Anyways, I think somebody here did something similar. They lasted a few months.

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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2018, 04:02:35 PM »
My stepdad did that for a few months after he retired, just to get out of the house and earn some fun money. I think he worked at Staples and an auto part store, ended up quitting each one because they wanted him to work too many hours and he didn't have control of his schedule.

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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2018, 08:22:16 PM »
I think you're underestimating how much it will suck.

Customers
Schedules
Managers
Loss of autonomy 
Holidays

Add up the discount and the wages and figure out another way. If you're really spending enough to make that discount lucrative- just do as little part time as possible. (And remember that your discount is only at 1 store - if another has it cheaper, you're not really saving)

Benefits take time to qualify for - maybe a year of working. And they're not going to be great by any stretch.

Just something to think about

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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2018, 05:51:09 AM »
Do not conflate low wages with low stress. Retail is no joke.

That said, both of my parents left corporate for retail later in life, but thatís because they bought small stores, so they have none of the pressures, crazy managers, or corporate bullshit to contend with. They also get to sit for a lot of the day, constant standing can be hard on the body.

Go befriend an employee first and pick their brain about what itís like. Then decide if you think it would be pleasant enough to try or if itís just a better idea to work for a few months more at your professional job instead.

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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2018, 07:44:02 AM »
I am pretty much FI, I have a couple rentals that I own outright and at 49, I just make the FI numbers.  I left my high paying very stressful corporate gig about a year ago but had some residual income from that which is now ending. I am considering taking a gig at a big box hardware store mostly for the discount since there's a bunch of (non-mustacian) stuff I want to do in my home - new solid core doors, new paint, quiet dishwasher (please no face punches....),etc... Also, if I go full time I would get benefits. Has anyone went from high paying corporate land to low paying retail when they were FI? Am I nuts to be considering this????? :) Thanks!!!!!

I should add that DH is still working and will work a few more years to pay off his rental, so we really can't travel yet.

If you want to work full time, just do it in your profession. You'll make far more money than any big box discount would net you and you'll get benefits as well...probably better ones too. Retail jobs are hard labor. I did 10 years in a supermarket during my teens to late 20s.

Anyways, I think somebody here did something similar. They lasted a few months.

That would be Mr. Green.

OP, if you really need the discount, figure out your projects over the next year or two, make a detailed list, and then buy it all at once during the first week you qualify for the discount. Then quit when the job and schedule becomes too onerous.

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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2018, 08:01:19 AM »
How big is the discount?

Seems like Home Improvement Stores regularly cycle thru the credit card bonus categories.  Discover can be 10% reward in the first year.  Stack that with some other discount or deal and maybe you're close.

On the other hand, if you want to work there for some structure, learn something new and different, social interaction, whatever, seems like it could be interesting if you manage the demands well.
Full disclosure: I'm working for some of those reasons, despite being well past FI, and really enjoy it.

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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2018, 08:56:47 AM »
You could also just spend your time sourcing materials for these projects from non-retail places and then taking your sweet ass time to learn and do it yourself (because you have the time, ya'know?). For example, left-over materials from contractors, salvage yards, craigslist, Habitat for Humanity re-store, consignment shops and the returned materials at the big-box stores (which are sold for significant discounts). You'll save more than an employee discount and it will probably take less time than 20 hours a week (or whatever other hours you would work).

In a lot of ways its learning how to get off the mindset that, "I only have time to go to Home Depot for my materials, how else would I even get them." You now have the time to come up with a better solution.

Also, Mr. Green did do this and said it sucked. But, there is no reason you can't give it a try and see if it works for you. If you quit the retail job after a few months, it won't ruin your resume!

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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2018, 09:11:53 AM »
You could also just spend your time sourcing materials for these projects from non-retail places and then taking your sweet ass time to learn and do it yourself (because you have the time, ya'know?). For example, left-over materials from contractors, salvage yards, craigslist, Habitat for Humanity re-store, consignment shops and the returned materials at the big-box stores (which are sold for significant discounts). You'll save more than an employee discount and it will probably take less time than 20 hours a week (or whatever other hours you would work).

In a lot of ways its learning how to get off the mindset that, "I only have time to go to Home Depot for my materials, how else would I even get them." You now have the time to come up with a better solution.

Also, Mr. Green did do this and said it sucked. But, there is no reason you can't give it a try and see if it works for you. If you quit the retail job after a few months, it won't ruin your resume!

Great point. When a deck doesn't have to be completed this weekend, you can source materials over a month.

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« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2018, 02:19:30 AM »
The building material stores in Norway often give discounts to building companies, maybe 10%. Maybe it is worth registering yourself as a company and buying the materials through that with a 10% discount?

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« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2018, 10:05:51 AM »
The building material stores in Norway often give discounts to building companies, maybe 10%. Maybe it is worth registering yourself as a company and buying the materials through that with a 10% discount?

We milked just this thing in the US--we would walk into an appliance or home improvement store and let them know we had just bought a new house, and "builder's discount" couldn't be said quickly enough.  It was about the same amount.

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« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2018, 01:33:13 PM »
If you think it might be interesting, then work there for a little bit and see if you like it.  You can always quit.  Either way you will learn something.

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« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2018, 05:05:58 AM »
The thought of another full time has never crossed my mind. Especially in low paying retail. Some folks love it though. You can get discounts without the full time hassle I'm sure. 

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« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2018, 10:01:47 AM »
I was thinking about your question on my morning run. Many of the other responses focus only on ONE aspect of your question/situation. I was trying to think about it "from all sides".

Your question was "has anyone else reached FI and then taken a retail/low wage job for benefits/discounts" (Paraphrasing here...).

I'd answer that yes, I've taken low-wage work for benefits/discounts, in multiple ways...

Example, I work for free at local runs, that means I get to participate in them without paying.

I teach part time at local com college, so I can take other courses for free/get out of the house, help others obtain their goals.

I don't see this as a "single point" question (Do it just for the discount...).

I'd suggest there might be other benefits:

1. You get out of the house and get interaction with others. You mentioned that you can't travel (yet). I'm in the same boat, so getting out of the house for little adventures/meetings/church etc. is very valuable in ensuring I don't sit at home all day, watching netflix...

2. You'll be exposed to co-workers who can offer advice/suggestions on the projects you are planning. Getting the "inside scoop" from the old plumber working the plumbing section can be a great help. They can also tell you who to hire (if you need to hire out) and who to stay away from (lot's of half-ass contractors out there).

3. You'll be exposed to new skills and challenges. I was tired of my line of work and seeking new challenges, even if low skill etc, I was glad to find new roles to "try out" and see if they fit my aptitude/abilities etc. Something as simple as learning the floor layout, how to run a forklift, how to cut rope, they can all teach new things, especially if you are not coming from a hands on "line of work".

4. You might get some extra movement/exercise/fitness benefits out of the situation.

5. It's not THAT hard of work, my 18 year old has been working retail for two years... She's not a people person but she makes due, she has a lot of friends at her job and, being 18 years old, she'd rather be there than home... :)

6. As others have said, you can always walk away, you have FU money and are not in a wage slave situation. This makes you a VERY valuable employee. You'll likely add value to the organization as you are not scared to speak your mind but also smart enough to know what to bring to management and what falls under the umbrella of "that's just how things are in this org/line of work". I often ask questions that others are "scared" to ask, and they reach out to me later and thank me for asking the "hard" question that they wanted to ask but were afraid of looking dumb/being penalized for asking....

So, running it through multiple "filters" I'd say it's a fine idea. Best case, it's a "hobby with benefits" where you make new friends, support org leadership, and have other intangible bennies. Worst case, the leadership sucks, you can't stand the customer interactions, you don't like the work hours and you walk away.

Just my .2 cents.

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« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2018, 03:06:18 AM »
I find the idea of working a simple job after FIRE interesting to be in touch with other people. But no way I will be working full time again, if not necessary for financial reasons.

My DH thinks it is a better investment of our time to work consulting hours in our own field or expertise, as we can have a much higher hourly rate. But I would probably want to work in a low stress environment.

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« Reply #15 on: September 06, 2018, 04:02:45 AM »
I've thought about trying this first as a seasonal employee. It would have a natural ending point and you would most likely be seeing worst case conditions for job stress. After that, you could decide if you wanted to go permanent part-time.

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« Reply #16 on: September 06, 2018, 06:49:21 AM »
I know OP said they can't travel, but for anyone else, you can work at the airlines for 10 hours a week (last I heard) and get free airfare for you and your family.

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« Reply #17 on: September 06, 2018, 07:44:25 AM »
My DH thinks it is a better investment of our time to work consulting hours in our own field or expertise, as we can have a much higher hourly rate. But I would probably want to work in a low stress environment.

That makes a lot of sense. For me, when I retired for the first time, I wanted NOTHING to do with the industry that I was in, after 25 years, I'd had enough.

It "stung" to walk away from that much experience and income potential but it was a relief to leave it behind.

I think the novelty of something different can help us continue to grow and enjoy our new found freedoms and flexibility.

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« Reply #18 on: September 06, 2018, 11:38:16 AM »
I love my Bosch dishwasher. It has a small red spotlight shining on the floor when it is running. Otherwise, you will not know.

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« Reply #19 on: September 07, 2018, 07:41:21 AM »
According to a Google search, Lowe's offers 10% employee discount and Home Depot none (but give benefits after 20 hours a week) so that's not a huge deal. I'm pretty sure you get 10% off if you open a store credit card (good only for first purchase so get everything at once) or, as others have said, get creative.

For example I buy all my home appliances from a local business that has a huge "scratch and dent" clearance section (everything is still brand new so still warrantied) so I save 30-40% that way.  They also service everything and they actually know what they are doing.

Consider it a challenge to source creatively - you got lots of good suggestions here.

And, as others have said,go ahead and try it if you want - you have FU money!

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« Reply #20 on: September 07, 2018, 12:20:22 PM »
It depends on your main reason for doing it.
1. For the discount? Home Depot gives none and Lowe's gives 10% How much are your upgrades going to cost? 10,000 saves you 1,000? The hassle of a job to save 1,000 :/ since you are FI, you can take your time. Check out estate sales, tear down/reconstruction sales, Restore locations, As is/clearance locations. Saves you more than 10%
2. For the money? If a big box store is your ideal making money scenario, then go for it.
3. For the social interaction? Again you can get that at any job or volunteer situation. Is Home Depot/Lowe's your #1 choice for that?

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« Reply #21 on: September 09, 2018, 08:12:58 PM »
If you go to your local post office and ask for a change of address pack, there is always a 10% off your whole purchase coupon from Lowe's in there.

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« Reply #22 on: September 10, 2018, 05:19:36 AM »
Work at the movie theatre and see all the free movies you want!

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« Reply #23 on: September 18, 2018, 09:29:07 AM »
While I personally have no interested in working retail after FIRE (not enough $), I think people are being a little harsh re how "terrible" it is.  I've found that being the "best" employee gives you a lot of control.  I worked as a pizza deliverer and a sonic carhop and was always able to set my own schedule and hours, because it was so valuable to my managers to have someone who actually worked. I also worked at a laundromat/dry cleaner--which is great job for those on this thread who don't like standing!  So if hardware store is your ideal chill job, I think once you've proved yourself you would be able to have increased autonomy and flexibility.

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« Reply #24 on: September 18, 2018, 10:45:07 PM »
I worked a low paying gig at a gardening store this summer and loved it.  Because I was there to fill out the schedule on occasional weekends it never felt like a burden.

I really enjoyed the people I worked with and met interesting people from all over the country.  I received great discounts, had the opportunity to talk to people all day about my hobby, and also got to spend part of the time in the beautiful outdoors.

When I left my full time gig I was tired of the people I worked with.  I had little in common with them and often felt isolated.  It was important for me to spend time with people I enjoyed.  It really wasn't about the paycheck.

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« Reply #25 on: September 21, 2018, 08:14:34 AM »
Have to admit that if I ever start considering this plan, I'll figure out the neatest way to off myself. I haven't retired from a well paying, prestigious job to work at Home Depot. It seems like the worst idea I've ever heard, but hey, different strokes.

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« Reply #26 on: September 21, 2018, 08:44:39 AM »
I would consider part-time for the discount, which in some stores gives you access to wholesale pricing. You could probably do like 10 hrs per week and be useful to a store. I worked at a sporting store a few years ago for only 10-15 hrs / wk and got wholesale access to some top brands (ex. mountain hardwear down sleeping bag for $130) which was amazing. And, only working such short shifts allowed me to enjoy my time there more and I actually felt like I was being helpful to customers. Versus when I worked at a big box store for 40 hrs and just felt agony at every shift. Going from 10 hours up to 40 just for the benefits would never be worth the misery for me.

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« Reply #27 on: September 21, 2018, 08:51:00 AM »
I worked at Home Depot for a while doing order picks/loading when in university, and it was one of the worst jobs I've had.

In my eight months there I never received the 'required' safety training.  Actually, I never received any training of any kind, but was expected to know how to use their proprietary computerized order system.  My manager yelled at me because I spent a few minutes helping a customer load heavy items into her truck . . . and then told me to tell anyone who asked me for help that I didn't work at Home Depot.

The few long term employees that they had seemed to go mysteriously missing whenever a difficult job came up.  Discounts sucked and were not available to all employees.  Most employees made up for this by stealing stuff all the time though.  Employee turnover was very high (in the eight months I was there, I think 1/4 of the employees were replaced.

Ugh.  Dredging up memories of that place makes me sad.
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« Reply #28 on: September 21, 2018, 09:02:27 AM »
...just tossing this out there from my experience working in big-box retail...

As others have said, the across-the-board discount is minimal and not on its own to justify taking a job.  But, one of the greatest 'perks' (to me) was getting first crack at returned/scratch-and-dent items, which management would 'damage out' and could often be aquired for 50-80% off list. Just being there a few days a week and seeing what was in the stockroom allowed me to score some monumentally great deals.  A disciplined employee could reno their entire kitchen and bath with high-end appliances and fixtures if they were willing to just take a wait-and-see approach.  Of course this sometimes leads to another trap, where employees spend their entire paychecks on things they don't actually need just because it was at such a steep markdown.

Ultimately it depends a lot on the individual's personality and the management of that particular store. GuitarStv clearly had a miserable time at his HD because of the management.  I've had very good and very bad experiences.  In the end if you've got "FU" money you can just quit if the job sucks.

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« Reply #29 on: September 21, 2018, 09:29:02 AM »
The people who work at my local hardware store always seem informed, well trained, and happy. I always go there if I can.

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« Reply #30 on: September 21, 2018, 12:38:47 PM »
...just tossing this out there from my experience working in big-box retail...

As others have said, the across-the-board discount is minimal and not on its own to justify taking a job.  But, one of the greatest 'perks' (to me) was getting first crack at returned/scratch-and-dent items, which management would 'damage out' and could often be aquired for 50-80% off list. Just being there a few days a week and seeing what was in the stockroom allowed me to score some monumentally great deals.  A disciplined employee could reno their entire kitchen and bath with high-end appliances and fixtures if they were willing to just take a wait-and-see approach.  Of course this sometimes leads to another trap, where employees spend their entire paychecks on things they don't actually need just because it was at such a steep markdown.
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Yes, this! My bro works at a big box (starts with 'L'), and he scores all kinds of deals on returns, scratch/dent, closeouts, etc. And yes, he's been known to buy (small-ish) stuff he didn't need, with the hopes of either using it later or finding someone else who can.

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« Reply #31 on: September 22, 2018, 12:53:32 AM »
...just tossing this out there from my experience working in big-box retail...

As others have said, the across-the-board discount is minimal and not on its own to justify taking a job.  But, one of the greatest 'perks' (to me) was getting first crack at returned/scratch-and-dent items, which management would 'damage out' and could often be aquired for 50-80% off list. Just being there a few days a week and seeing what was in the stockroom allowed me to score some monumentally great deals.  A disciplined employee could reno their entire kitchen and bath with high-end appliances and fixtures if they were willing to just take a wait-and-see approach.  Of course this sometimes leads to another trap, where employees spend their entire paychecks on things they don't actually need just because it was at such a steep markdown.
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Yes, this! My bro works at a big box (starts with 'L'), and he scores all kinds of deals on returns, scratch/dent, closeouts, etc. And yes, he's been known to buy (small-ish) stuff he didn't need, with the hopes of either using it later or finding someone else who can.

If the bro can sell it to others for a higher price, then it might be a sweet deal. But it sounds like quite some work.

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« Reply #32 on: September 22, 2018, 11:09:42 AM »
Why would anyone want to go from endless Saturdays to ANY kind of w$%k?  I don't get this obsession with low pay dead end jobs once you FIRE.

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« Reply #33 on: September 22, 2018, 01:13:39 PM »
Why would anyone want to go from endless Saturdays to ANY kind of w$%k?  I don't get this obsession with low pay dead end jobs once you FIRE.

Different strokes for different folks, man... some people don't find these jobs to be as tedious as you do - particularly when its not 40 hours a week and absolutely needed to survive.

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« Reply #34 on: September 26, 2018, 08:02:09 AM »
I should add that DH is still working and will work a few more years to pay off his rental, so we really can't travel yet.
I'm surprised that no one has commented on this. Typically, tenants pay rent, which covers the mortgage, taxes, upkeep, etc. If his doesn't do that, perhaps he should dump it. Seriously, you can't travel because of this? Sorry, that dounds like an excuse dreamed up by someone afraid to FIRE. Absent some extreme mitigation, it is a face punch waiting to hsppen.

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« Reply #35 on: September 26, 2018, 09:07:23 AM »
Why would anyone want to go from endless Saturdays to ANY kind of w$%k?  I don't get this obsession with low pay dead end jobs once you FIRE.

I personally probably wouldnít, but I totally get why some do.

I also donít see an ďobsessionĒ I just see a lot of people looking at their options and a lot of people landing on this as an obvious option. What I donít see is a ton of actual retirees doing it for very long unless they really enjoy it, in which case, great for them!

My military buddy works at a gold club pro shop for free access to the club. He loves chatting with people in the shop about golf a few shifts a week. No one else in his family or friends golfs. Heís done this for 15 years.

Another retired minister works part time at a high end wood working store and looooooves talking wood working with other hobbyists and helping them pick out the best tools for their job.

These are both unique retail jobs where a high level of product knowledge and passion is valued more than bottom-line sales tactics. Itís typical for staff to be retiree hobbyists. No one working sales at the wood working store is under 55. These are also retail locations that these men would otherwise *pay* to spend hours in and would probably wander around helping customers anyway.
I totally get why they do it. I wouldnít, because for me there isnít a store that exists that I have a passion for, so retail is out for me.

However, I would take a part time job in the library of parliament putting away books just for the access.

Thatís all assuming I donít just keep doing other high-paying work in retirement instead. It all depends on how I feel. Iíll never stop working though, if itís not for paid work, it will be volunteering (which also often has benefits). So itís not like Iíll ever live the ďperpetual SaturdayĒ life anyway, which holds absolutely no appeal to some of us.

As it is, I only have structured work 2 days a week. I can see someone who has worked long hours for decades hating the concept of any kind of work obligation post FIRE, but thatís not everyoneís situation or perspective.

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Re: work at big box store for the discount and benies?
« Reply #36 on: September 26, 2018, 09:40:02 AM »
Why would anyone want to go from endless Saturdays to ANY kind of w$%k?  I don't get this obsession with low pay dead end jobs once you FIRE.

I personally probably wouldnít, but I totally get why some do.

I also donít see an ďobsessionĒ I just see a lot of people looking at their options and a lot of people landing on this as an obvious option. What I donít see is a ton of actual retirees doing it for very long unless they really enjoy it, in which case, great for them!

My military buddy works at a gold club pro shop for free access to the club. He loves chatting with people in the shop about golf a few shifts a week. No one else in his family or friends golfs. Heís done this for 15 years.

Another retired minister works part time at a high end wood working store and looooooves talking wood working with other hobbyists and helping them pick out the best tools for their job.

These are both unique retail jobs where a high level of product knowledge and passion is valued more than bottom-line sales tactics. Itís typical for staff to be retiree hobbyists. No one working sales at the wood working store is under 55. These are also retail locations that these men would otherwise *pay* to spend hours in and would probably wander around helping customers anyway.
I totally get why they do it. I wouldnít, because for me there isnít a store that exists that I have a passion for, so retail is out for me.

However, I would take a part time job in the library of parliament putting away books just for the access.

Thatís all assuming I donít just keep doing other high-paying work in retirement instead. It all depends on how I feel. Iíll never stop working though, if itís not for paid work, it will be volunteering (which also often has benefits). So itís not like Iíll ever live the ďperpetual SaturdayĒ life anyway, which holds absolutely no appeal to some of us.

As it is, I only have structured work 2 days a week. I can see someone who has worked long hours for decades hating the concept of any kind of work obligation post FIRE, but thatís not everyoneís situation or perspective.

Both of my uncles are FI and well past 'traditional retirement age'.  One delivers flowers and other gifts about 15 hours/week; the other works at his local American Legion a couple days a week.  Neither need the money and both enjoy their new jobs, even though they pay is much lower than waht they earned during their main careers.  Given that I know many people who just enjoy walking around hardware stores (i fall into this camp sometimes) I can see how a PT job there is appealing.

Our own plans are to go down to part-time and stay there, potentially for decades and likely into our 70s (we're in our 30s now). Will we feel the same way in 20+ years? No idea, but when we look around at others in our field who's path we want to emulate, it's often those that continue to work in our field at moderate level, sometimes in their 80s.