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ensure a spot in retirement

Our month to find out how little we could spend and still survive. Up to this point, we’d been Christmas and Easter frugalists, dipping in and out of fiscal prudence where it suited us, saving enough to ensure ourselves a spot in retirement, but also buying things like a handcrafted turquoise- and- brown embroidered collar ........

  • I don't understand what 'ensure ourselves a spot in retirement,' means. Please help me.
A spot in retirement is the place you would settle when you retire, a place that you will enjoy in your old age. A spot basically refers to a place.
Mark C.
24 September 2018
The phrase "a spot in retirement" can mean a physical place to spend your non-working years. In England, people who retire sometimes move to their dream place, often exchanging large family homes with smaller homes.  The phrase is a metaphor with the word "spot" which can be linked to a small physical place, often in a rural area, an idyllic place to spend well-earned free time. 
Peter W.
24 September 2018
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