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Retirement Plan B

May 6th, 2009 at 08:23 am

If you think you will have enough money to retire on think again. You may have, of course, but unless you know for sure it’s time to analyse your retirement plan and your investments. In these days of longevity, it may be that you will actually outlive your nest egg unless you do something drastic to prevent that happening. Do something drastic to your savings, that is.

The best thing you can do is add more money to them. While this may not be easy, there is nearly always some way you can cut costs or get a little bit more money. If you go for cutting costs, then don’t forget to save what you cut off your bills, don’t just go out and spend it on something else. It is quite possible to do this subconsciously if you have an attitude of rewarding yourself for all that cutting back. A coffee out here and a meal out there, plus that new tool you’ve been wanting for ages all add up very quickly.

Postposing your retirement, or going into part-time work so that you can add to your super or other savings may be the way to go. Or if you are lucky enough to have an investment home that is not as good as the one you live in, consider swapping for a few years. You could live in your investment home and lease out your fancy one for a great deal more money.

Another way to save money is to downgrade your present standard of living. Forget that holiday, stay home more often, and cook in instead of eating out. Every little bit counts and the more you save now, the better off you will be later on.

Don’t forget that if you retire in your early sixties you may have another thirty or so years to live. Will your retirement investments last that long? There could easily be rising health costs and of course there is always the rising cost of living to consider. Retirement planning is so necessary.

To find out what you’ll probably need to live on once you retire, add up all your present costs, leaving out such things as payments that you will be finished with when you retire e.g. mortgage or car payments. Then add up all your sources of income that you’ll get when you retire. Subtract your costs from your income and whatever is left will be your retirement income - approximately.

If it is not enough then you need to put Plan B into action immediately.

1 Responses to “Retirement Plan B”

  1. Aleta Says:

    I don't think that you should leave out car payments because you will want to replace that car eventually. Retired people need reliable cars to drive around in. I think that you should still have a car fund in your expense column when you are retired.

    There are also extra services or that you may have to pay for that you performed yourself in the past. You may have done your own yard work and may find it more difficult if you have any medical problems. Many do their own maintenance work around the house including some painting and may find it more difficult to climb on ladders as they are getting older. There will always be extra expenses that we would not count on.

    I think women may fall into this as well because many of the maintenance jobs around the house are done by the spouces. Extra money may go out as here as well unless you have very generous sons that will donate some time to you.

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