Saturday, November 16, 2013

6 Ways To Save For Your Retirement

Anyone already in the 60s will know exactly how important it can be to save for your retirement whilst you're still young. Those who’ve made adequate arrangements will be looking forward to finishing work and living the life of luxury, whilst people who’ve made bad choices will start to feel rather stressed about what their future may hold. 

Thanks to the new workplace pension schemes being rolled out across the UK at the moment, most young people should have a more substantial cushion when they reach their twilight years, but that doesn’t mean that keeping some cash aside for a rainy day isn’t a good idea. 

Here are the top 7 ways you could save for your retirement before it’s too late:

1. Get An ISA - The first thing you should all do right away is take a trip to see your banking provider and open an ISA account. These provide high rates of interest and depending on whom you use, could allow you to save anywhere between £3000 and £5000. With no tax to be paid on any of the money accumulated, this makes for a perfect rainy day fund.

2. Clear Your Debts - There’s hardly any point in saving if you’re just going to be forced to hand the money over to cover your debts, so you should work hard to clear these as soon as possible. Just paying a little more than the minimum amount off your credit card can make a significant difference.

3. Join A Private Pension Scheme - Although you should be automatically enrolled in a workplace pension scheme soon, there are no laws surrounding how many of these policies you can take out, so doing some research online and locating a reputable private solution could also be very beneficial.

4. Cut Down On Luxuries - We all want to have a good time whilst we’re of working age and earning the cash, but it’s even more important that you raise the quality of life you’ll experience during the twilight years, and this is why cutting back on luxuries you don’t really need like designer clothes and flash cars would make sense.

5. Make Sound Investments - If you have a lot of money lying around not doing very much, it could be wise to seek out fruitful investment opportunities to increase your pot. I realise that most people have no experience with this kind of this, which is why I’d like to point you in the direction of a blog called MoneyStreetSmart because they have some fantastic advice articles that deal with all elements of personal finance.

6. Stop Moving House - You know; thanks to my family and their lack of foresight, I’d moved house over 11 times by the age of 16, meaning neither my mother or my father have a great deal of money within their properties. Picking one home and sticking to it will provide you with the best opportunity to accumulate equity that can be released when you retire by simple selling your home.

Well, I hope now you understand the importance of making early preparations for your retirement and ensuring you don’t have to rely on the ever dwindling state pension of only £110 per week.

Good luck with everything!

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