Monday, February 10, 2014

Looking Ahead To Retirement - How To Plan Now For The Future

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retirement (Photo credit: 401(K) 2013)
It may seem far off in the future, but each day that you work means that you are one day closer to retirement. And while this can seem like a golden age for some people, retiring without the adequate funds can be a detriment to those who aren’t prepared. You don’t want to retire only to discover that you don’t have enough money to live the lifestyle you wanted. This could mean that you end up living maybe even worse off than when you were working. This is probably the biggest problem facing people today as they consider when to retire.

In order to make sure that you are prepared, it’s never too early to start planning for retirement. Here are some tips for how to plan now for the future. 

Have A Budget


Even if you have a job where you make six-figures, that doesn’t mean you need to have a six-figure spending habit. No matter the job or income, be sure that you have a budget that limits how much you spend and save each month. Obviously, the latter should be weighed more heavily than the spending. By not having a budget, many people just try and play the guessing game, which usually results in overspending. But by having a drawn out budget, you can make for more appropriate estimations of how much you need to save in order to have the retirement you want. If you think you need professional help, Air Force Federal Credit Union is a great place to go and get financial advice. 

Pay Off Debt


If you think that once you hit retirement that all of your debts will be forgiven, you are mistaken. And what’s worse is that debts can be harder to pay, once you don’t have an income from working. Whether it’s student loans, house payments, or car loans, do your best to pay off those debts as quickly as possible. Not only will paying off debts get them out of the way, but they’ll also improve that credit score. And an improved credit score may make it easier when looking to buy that oceanfront property you’ve always been dreaming of. Having no debt is also a huge stress relief, and obviously frees up more of the money you worked hard to save to be spent on the things that you want, instead of paying off interest on loans taken out years ago. 

Invest


Obviously there is no place where you can guarantee that your investments will be rewarding in retirement, but there are options that put the odds in your favor. Whether it’s real estate, stocks, commodities or anything else that you feel comfortable, investing is a great way to make residual income in retirement. But rather than waiting until retirement to get involved in investing, start now so you can familiarize yourself with how it works. This will make the ups and downs of investing less volatile, because you’ll still have income from your job. 

Stay On Track


It’s okay to take a family vacation once a year, buy a new pair of shoes occasionally, or do other little things out of the ordinary. However, for the most part, it is important to remember your goals for retirement and to stay on track for those aspirations. Any slight slip-up can lead to having to backtrack and change even more of your plans. Instead, it’s much easier to just have it all lined up from the beginning, and then stay on that course until you can say sayonara to the workplace.

1 comment:

  1. If I had a six-figure salary, I don't think I'd be as concerned about my future as I have been, but I don't. And I want to provide for a good future for my daughter! So I'm trying to plan now for what I need and what she will need, like college funds, 401(k)s, etc. Thankfully, posts like yours are out there, as are pages like http://www.mutualfundstore.com/planning-and-retirement, so I think I'm getting a grasp on some of this!

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