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How to plan for retirement (before it’s too late)

Shot of a senior couple going through their paperwork together at home

When you are young, the R-word is something that we don’t even consider. It’s something that’s far too distant in the future until, suddenly; it smacks us in the face.

More and more people around the country are not preparing adequately for retirement. It means there are some huge problems and the overall consequence is that most people just won’t be able to live their final years with nearly as much money as they need.

This is the reason behind today’s post. Let’s now take a look at how you can plan effectively for retirement, and ensure you aren’t left behind.

Make sure you plan BEYOND retirement

One of the big reasons why people run out of money during retirement is because they don’t think what will happen after it. In other words, they might budget for general living expenses, but what about those big purchases?

When we talk about big purchases post-retirement, we’re certainly not referring to new televisions. Instead, this is where you really start to mature, and think about the potential funeral costs your family might have to soak up, as well as the cost for any elderly care that you or your significant other might require.

In other words, make provisions beforehand and don’t leave the pot empty.

Don’t start pension considerations too late

When you get your first job, a pension is the last thing on your mind. It’s regarded as more of an inconvenience; something that eats away at your low starting salary.

Unfortunately, this creates a problem later on. It means that you effectively don’t have as much time to save money, and the obvious result is that you don’t have enough when the time does come to retire. This is one of the reasons why the retirement age in so many countries is on the rise.

As such, make sure your pension contributions are in order right from the start. If you know that you aren’t saving enough, now is the time to do something about it. Simply assuming that the government “will” look after to you isn’t enough in these cases; the last thing you want is to be left with a limited way of living for your final years.

Don’t fall into the standard trap of thinking you won’t spend as much money

One of the biggest mistakes that a lot of people approach retirement with is that they think they won’t spend as much money. This is usually because they have accumulated all of their big possessions, like a house and car, and as a result supposedly don’t need to acquire many other things.

Unfortunately, this is seldom the case. You’ll have more time on your hands and as a result, you’ll be spending just as much money. In fact, if you have children and grandchildren, there’s every chance that you might be spending even more money than you do currently, which is again why pension contributions from a young age are so important.

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