This couple retired 2 years ago on about $27,000 a year. Here’s how that’s going

In May 2019, Joan and Steve Reid left their part-time day jobs — Joan at the public library and Steve at a florist — and relocated from the affluent New York City suburb of Pearl River, N.Y., to the oceanfront community of Vero Beach, Fla. The aim for the couple, both 67 at the time, was to retire, slash their spending and live off an income of less than $30,000.

Back then, Next Avenue wrote about the Reids and their plans in what became one of its most popular stories, “Retiring on a Shoestring.” Next Avenue thought it would be interesting to check back to see how things have gone and how things look, two years on.