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Published on: February 26, 2014
CategoriesLife Planning

A Financially Ideal Retirement

Working hard for the majority of your adult life is supposed to lead into a peaceful, enjoyable retirement. At least, that’s what most of us strive for. The harsh reality is, though, that many people never get to enjoy their so-called golden years due to financial instability. Because of that, either many retirees experience a less than ideal retirement life, or worse, never get to retire at all.  Because of that, it’s best to make it a point to work towards achieving that ideal retirement life now, while you still have the time to significantly alter the course of your current financial situation.  Here are a few ideas on how to do so:

Save.

Plainly and simply, it’s time to start saving right away. Learn all the money-saving tips you can follow, reduce your use of your credit cards, and basically set aside all the money you can. Remember that the more you save, the more financially comfortable you’ll be once your retirement comes. Develop a habit of saving by budgeting your money consistently with a specific amount going towards your intention of retiring with a healthy nest egg waiting for you at the end of your employment life. All the sacrifices you’ll make now are going to be worth it once you end up with a sizeable savings account when you’re no longer physically able or even emotionally willing to earn a paycheck.

Look into retirement savings plans.

Inquire about retirement savings plans from your employer. If you’re a regular employee, then chances are, you work for a company that has this particular benefit. Try to find out as much as you can about this benefit, including what you need to do and how you need to start on this. One good thing about this is that a retirement savings plan would not affect your other financial expenses. It’s tax deductible, and is completely separate from your own personal savings. Once you finally retire, you would end up with a hefty retirement savings to go along with your personal savings.

 Get rid of your debts ASAP.

If you have credit card debts or other kinds of debts, it would be best to pay them off as soon as possible. Even if that means you paying them off regularly in small amounts, do it. The focus here is that these debts should be out of the way by the time you retire. Debts have a tendency to wreck your financial plans, and dealing with those debts early on would lessen the probability of damage.

 Visualise your retirement.

 A great motivator in cleaning up your finances is by visualizing what kind of retirement you want to have. Plan where you want to live, and how. Establish specific financial goals that would make your ideal retirement financially possible. By having specific details about what you want your retirement to be, you make this aim all the more real—and much easier to attain.

Do not touch your retirement savings.

Considering the unpredictability of most people’s financial needs, there are certain occasions wherein we’ll need to dip into our savings. One key thing to keep in mind here is that you should always keep your retirement savings apart from all your other finances. This is money you shouldn’t be touching until you’re retired. Avoid this by establishing an emergency fund that would address emergency financial needs.

There are several reasons that contribute to a person not enjoying the kind of retirement lifestyle they want. It boils down to basic financial attitude. Keep an eye on the future at all times and use the present to shape your future. Start early and stay consistent, and you’ll definitely find yourself living comfortably come retirement time.

 

Author’s Bio      

Ryan Del Villar is a writer for Money Max, Philippines’ leading online comparison portal and Philippine market news provider. You can check the website here. Ryan is also a freelance writer at Helm Word, an Online Reputation Management company. He worked as an online video editor before he started his writing career.

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