For many, the dream of an early retirement is what keeps us getting through the daily grind and the routine of work. When an end is in sight, it can make things seem much easier to deal with while still enduring the rat race. But when on the long road toward retirement for an unknown amount of time, it can be a long process and each day can drag on. If you are reaching a certain age then you’re likely to be checking out your pension and/or retirement savings pot to see when you might be able to retire. This can cause money worries when it comes to retirement.
If your dream is retiring and enjoying plenty of vacations on cruise ships and other travels, then you’ll want to retire with a good amount of money in the pot. But if that all seems a little far off because you haven’t seriously started to prepare financially and you won’t be able to retire for a while, let alone on any cruise ships, then don’t stress and despair. With some good planning, it can still happen. Making your personal finances and eventual retirement a priority in your life will help make a big difference in your retirement stress level.
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Easing Stress About Money Worries When It Comes To Retirement – What To Do
Use Your Employer To Save
It isn’t surprising to hear that those that enjoy their retirement and have less money worries, are those that have earned a good pension and/or contributed to retirement accounts with their employers. So if you are already contributing to your employer’s pension scheme, then that is a really good way to go. When they match what you are paying in, then it can make a big difference, much like the fed retirement scheme that government employees pay into.
Participating in your employer’s retirement scheme is the easiest way to save a large amount of money for your retirement. I can speak from experience because that is exactly the way I was able to retire early. If you are yet to pay into an employer’s pension, 401K, or other retirement scheme, then it is certainly something that is worth looking into and the sooner you do the better. It is never too late to start. That’s because doing it is always going to be better than doing nothing no matter how late you start. If you are already participating in your employer’s retirement scheme, then try to do whatever you can to increase the amount you contribute. Utilizing your employer’s retirement scheme is a great way to save and plan for YOUR future.
Non-Employer Associated Retirement Savings
Not every employer offers a retirement scheme for their employees. Seeking other ways to save for retirement is very important. Even if your employer does offer a retirement scheme, it is still a good idea to also save money for your retirement in non-employer based retirement accounts. It can start by setting money aside in an interest paying savings account. Then strategically use your savings to invest in low-cost funds. Consider using any of the low fee brokerages like Ally, Ameritrade, Vanguard and Fidelity. Use tax-preferential retirement accounts like IRA and Roth IRAs. Once again, saving anything is better than saving nothing for YOUR retirement.
Setting and living on a smart budget packs a one-two punch. The less you spend in your lifestyle will free up more income to put away for retirement. But budgeting doesn’t end once reaching retirement. It also must be part of your retirement planning. The lower your smart budget lifestyle is, the less you will need saved to pay for your retirement. Budgeting-well makes your target retirement savings amount easier to hit.
If you’re nearing retirement, it can be a good idea to look at what income you will have coming in. Think about how it is going to be spread out over your years in retirement. To start with, you are likely to have higher spending needs earlier on. Things like trips, vacations, and family gatherings will likely feature quite high. But as you get older in your retirement, you’re less likely to be spending as much doing those kinds of things. You’ll still be fairly active, but most likely living differently. As you age, money spending activities will most likely decrease. Other areas may remain flat or increase as in the case of health care. So look at what you’ll have and plan accordingly in your long-view retirement budget.
Ease into Retirement
From being someone who has worked for almost all of your life, going from being busy to suddenly not working can be a big step financially, socially, and emotionally. So for many people, it can be a good idea to ease into retirement. Working part-time with your current employer, or even looking for a more relaxed part-time role can be a good way to still be getting paid, staying socially connected, and getting you used to a little more enjoyable leisure time in your life. This kind of phased retirement approach will reduce pressure on your retirement savings and help lessen financial stress.
Downsize Your Home
If worries about mortgage or renting are going to be bothering you, then why not consider moving to a cheaper property or even to a cheaper part of the country or world? When you don’t have to be stressing about paying a mortgage or high rent, then it can both ease your retirement financial stress and make your money go much further through your retirement.
Everyone eventually retires, on their terms or not. A little retirement planning ahead of that time and taking positive action will help reduce retirement worries and stress. Anything you do to improve your retirement finances is a win!