Retirement is a time for peace and quiet. You can either take up a new hobby or just relax and do nothing. In fact, you can volunteer, take a new job or even travel the world! In order to be able to do what you want use the tips below to start planning today.
Long years at work make retirement seem great. Most people assume that retirement will be mostly fun because they will have so much time. This is partially true, but it requires thorough planning to live that kind of life.
Invest up to $5,500 a year in an IRA. An IRA is an Individual Retirement Account. $5,500 is the most you can save any given year, unless you are over the age of 50. You’ll have the option of opening a traditional or a roth IRA. This decision is up to you entirely, but should be researched first.
Stick to a strict budget as you enter retirement, in order to keep your financial house in order. Even slight variations can destroy all the plans you’ve laid out for the golden years, because nothing is getting cheaper. Consult with a financial adviser if necessary, but make sure you adhere to a wise plan with money.
Does your company have a pension plan? Look into it to see if you qualify and to understand more about what it is and what it does. If you are considering switching to a new company, make sure you understand what that move will do to your pension benefit. It may not be worth it to make the switch.
Ask your employer if they match your 401K savings. Many employers will match the savings you place into your 401K, but only if they meet minimum requirements. Figure out if your company offers this kind of deal and what the minimum deposit is before the employer will match the saving.
Cut back in other areas of life to save more money. Saving money seems impossible when you have very little money left over at the end of the day. Try making small cutbacks in other areas and putting those savings into your retirement plan. You might find that those small dollars make a big difference.
Consider downsizing in retirement. When it’s just you and your spouse, you no longer need a large home and two car payments. When you downsize, you can reduce your monthly debt which makes it easier to enjoy retirement more. Consider an apartment, town home or even a small single family home that will adequately meet your needs without breaking the bank.
Make sure that you know what you are going to do for health insurance. Healthcare can really take a toll on your finances. Make sure that you have your health expenses accounted for when you retire. If you retire early, you may not qualify for Medicare. It’s important to have a plan.
Once your are past 50, you are allowed to make additional “catch up” payments to your IRA. There is typically a yearly limit of $5,500 that you can save in your IRA. However, once you are over the age of 50, that limit is increased to around $17,500. This allows you to quickly make up for lost time when it comes to retirement savings.
When figuring out how much money you need to live on in retirement, plan on having a similar lifestyle to the one you enjoy prior to retirement. Since you will not be working any longer, it is safe to say you will need around 80 percent of your current income. Therefore, you will need to have some extra cash available.
Make spending money on yourself a priority in retirement. While many parents continue supporting their adult children in some way or another after retirement, you should not do so unless you can truly afford to. Make your children act as independent adults, and use your money to meet your necessary expenses, wants and needs.
Get and stay in the habit of asking questions when it comes to your retirement. Always be asking questions about retirement. Ask your employer, your bank, the government, any financial institutions you deal with and anyone already retired or preparing for it. Finding and exchanging knowledge will open doors and ideas to you.
Make a budget for your current lifestyle and stick to it. If you are not able to live within your means now, your retirement suffers in two ways. You will never have a surplus of money to save up for retirement. You also would be unable to live within your boundaries in your retirement when your income is no more.
Today is the best day to start planning for your retirement, so use what you’ve learned and begin as soon as possible. If you need more help feel free to keep reading all you can. In fact, the more you know about planning for retirement, the better your retirement will be.