Planning For Retirement 101
Get The Facts
Early bird specials, cocktails by the shore, sleeping in, and a free schedule are benefits of the life of a retiree! Can you imagine a time when you no longer have to work for a living? When the only thing on your to-do list is to soak up the sun and visit your grandkids? If this is the life you’re looking forward to, let’s be sure that your preparing properly to ensure this dream can become a reality!
WHERE DO I START?
It’s no surprise that retirement is expensive, but what is surprising is how many people fail to realize how much money they’ll actually need when the time comes. Most people don’t want to live a lower quality of life in retirement, but that could become the reality if you don’t plan properly. Here are two simple steps to initiate your planning. First, make a list of things that you want to do once you retire, be sure to include day to day activities, special occasions, vacations, and expenses. Second, calculate the cost of this new life style; first break the cost down annually and then monthly. By taking these two steps, you can see a realistic view of the income that you will need to meet your retirement goals. Knowing how much you need for retirement is the first step in saving!
WHAT IS MY RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN?
If your employer offers a plan, learn all the facts about it to maximize its benefits. Do you need to work for the company for a certain time before you can collect the money? What’s the policy for collecting the savings? Are there restrictions? Be sure to take the time to ask your Human Resource Department about these questions before setting a date to retire. If you do not have a savings plan throug your employer, start an IRA immidiately! Take the time to meet with a Financial Advisor to help you plan in either case! Learn about what you’re entitled to, what options you have, so you can make smart choices for the future.
SAVE! SAVE! SAVE!
According to the United States Department of Labor, the average American spends 20 years in retirement. That means for the majority of your life, you’re working in order to no longer have to work. To ensure those 20 years are spent carefree and happily, be sure to start saving now! It’s never too early and never too late to start saving! Don’t simply rely on investments or winning the lottery. Make an effort to be contributing a significant amount to retirement now, it’ll add up in the end! Take a minute to check out this Retirement Calculator to find out if you are on track!
Regardless of your age or income each and every working American has the opportunity to plan for their future! Take the steps to start planning now, get assistance from a Financial Advisor to plan wisely, and don’t wait! Let your dreams for retirement become a reality!