A Happy Retirement isn’t Always about Money Management…
Money is important. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out. While money is extremely important—to the point where we can’t live without it—we all hear that it doesn’t guarantee happiness.
But let’s not confuse things. Being financially comfortable and stable can make us feel happy, because we aren’t stressed about paying bills or getting out of debt, but does money equal happiness? Probably not for everyone.
The same can be said for retirement. While still incredibly important, a happy retirementisn’t all about money management, but here are some strategies that can help you ensure a financially stable and comfortable retirement.
Don’t forget about cost of living increases. Regardless of our age or our life stage, we might think about retirement. This often involves thinking about our retirement lifestyle—where we might want to live, what we want to do, and about how much we need to make in order to support our desired lifestyle.
While it might be easy to think about a necessary yearly salary or retirement nest egg to support us, most retirees often forget about the increase in cost of living. Think about life ten years ago. Did things cost the same? Far from it. Now imagine what they could potentially cost in the next ten, twenty, and thirty years.
Review your retirement benefits. During our adult lives, we might have a part time job, work full time for an employer, run our own business, operate independently or even be self-employed. Additionally, we might change our career paths several times in our adult lives.
Regardless of which path you choose, it’s important to still consider retirement benefits. Regardless of your job or what you make, you should be planning and saving for retirement as much and as often as possible. Will you have health insurance? Have you been contributing to a 401K or IRA or another investment account? What do you have in savings? How will you support yourself should a spouse or loved one passes away? These are all crucial questions to ask yourself when planning and preparing for retirement.
It’s never too late to think about your future. Regardless of whether you are getting ready to retire within the next five years or you are fresh out of college, it’s never too late—or too early—to think about your future. Even if you are thinking about retirement a little late in the game, remember that some savings and some preparation is better than none.
While you might have to work a little longer than you wanted or work a part time job for a portion of retirement, it’s best to consider the possibilities now while you still have some control. Even a little planning can go a long way.
Finally, a happy retirement isn’t always about money management, sometimes it’s about thinking about a particular lifestyle or what or how you would like to spend retirement. But often taking the time to plan for retirement can tie into money management, making planning for retirement a little easier.
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