Financial Security in Retirement
A big source of unrest in the minds of people is their retirement. More than half of Americans lose sleep thinking about retirement. Studies show that people who are confident about their retirement have a clear goal and vision for their future.
So, if you find yourself stressing over your retirement, chances are you either don’t have a plan laid out, or your plan could use some improvement. Here are some things that may help point you in the right direction. One of the ways to have a clear vision of what the future looks like is knowing what you will have in terms of income and how much you can spend.
Identify stable, long-term income that will reliably be there month to month and year to year. Social Security and pension fall under this category. And in addition, any long-term investments that will reliably be there for you when you retire.
Identify expenses that are required for living (mandatory), and those that are mere choices (discretionary). Your mandatory expenses include your cost of housing, what you spend for food, insurance, utilities, and perhaps a car. Your discretionary expenses include such items as travel, entertainment, and gifts. The key is to identify your required expenses that come due every month, no matter what, and separate them out from the extra expenses you take on just because you can afford them.
If your predictable income is greater than your spending, then you are sitting pretty. If not, then it’s time to get to work now. Figure out ways to unbalance that equation in your favor--extra income, greater savings, better investments.
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