When I pictured retirement, I envisioned myself on a beach somewhere.
After acquiring my first finance job, I had a harsh wake-up call. Looking at retirement accounts all day made me realize, I needed to start planning now if I was going to end up on a beach.
Retirement was closer than I thought.
Unfortunately, too many of us fail to plan. 1 out of 3 Americans have nothing saved for retirement and will solely rely on social security.
Those of us who are consistent and plan ahead will be able to have peace of mind when retirement comes around.
However, no matter how much planning and saving you have accomplished by the time retirement comes, you still need to be careful with your funds.
Here are a few ways to avoid going broke during retirement:
Once you retire, you will have more time to do the things you love. However, if you havenâ€™t planned in advance for these extra expenses, you might need to cut back in other places. The less your expenses are, the less you will have to worry about taking too much from your retirement.
Making adjustments to your lifestyle will help your dollar go further.
There are many ways to cut expenses.
Monitor Your Spending
Living on a fixed income may take some adjusting, so creating a budget is key. Your lifestyle is about to change, therefore, your budget will need to change along with it.
Make sure to include health expenses and a savings plan. Even though you’re retired, it is important to continue to save for your future. You never know when you will need your rainy-day fund.
Plan for Taxes
One thing that many may forget is that your taxes will change when you retire. It is important to understand these changes prior to retirement. Meet with a CPA to make a plan for retirement. Depending on your streams of income, it will be important to plan ahead and know your tax implications.
Just because you retire doesnâ€™t mean you are free from Uncle Sam.
Create Multiple Streams of Income
One thing we know for sure is that relying on social security alone may leave you broke in retirement. Creating multiple streams of income will help you avoid financial stress. Do you have a 401k plan or are you investing in the stock market? Have you considered investing in real estate or starting your own business?
There are many options to create another form of cash flow. Relying on one stream of income will only leave you frustrated and strained for money. Plan ahead and choose the right investment for your lifestyle.
Continue to Invest
Just because you have retired doesnâ€™t mean you need to stop investing. You will need your nest egg to last at least 20-30 years after your stop working. The money you invest will need to continue to grow.
Change your asset allocation and try not to be fearful of the market. Find a financial advisor with a similar investing philosophy to yours. This will help you remain accountable and level headed through market fluctuations.
Warning: Donâ€™t put all of your eggs in one basket. You donâ€™t want to gamble during your retirement. You are not a day trader; you are retired. Make an investment plan and stick to it.
Create a Flexible Withdrawal Rate
Life happens. The market fluctuates, and your lifestyle changes. It is important also that you reevaluate your withdrawal rate periodically. You want to make sure that the rate is appropriate for what is going on in your life and the market.
It is good to have a percentage in mind you would like to stick to but there will be times this may need to change. The rule of the thumb is 4% annually. This is a safe amount to take from your retirement accounts.
Be flexible and prepare ahead of time.
Take Care of Your Health
This might seem obvious but medical bills can be extremely expensive. Accidents happen but there are a lot of ways we can take care of our health in the present. Taking care of your health can help you save money in the future.
Making little changes to your lifestyle and diet can drastically impact your retirement. Take a walk daily or maybe try a new healthy budget friendly meal. Every little bit helps.
Prolong Social Security Distributions
Many people are eligible for social security distributions at 62. The assumption is that they will receive more money over time if they take their distribution as soon as possible. This is not the case. If you were to wait until age 70, you would receive about 32% more. Over the course of your retirement you will receive more money overall.
By creating multiple streams of income, you will not have to rely solely on social security. Wait as long as possible to take your distributions. It will benefit you in the long run. Planned security is total security.
How will you avoid going broke in retirement? What are you doing to create multiple streams of income?