How Much to Save for Retirement

When people are getting ready to retire they may often wonder how much they will need to save. There are lots of articles on the subject. Financial planners try to give advice on the matter because it is such a hot topic. Honestly, few people know an exactly amount that needs to be saved in order to retire properly. The million dollar retirement fund is what a lot of people plan for. This is a lofty goal, but most people never achieve it. Workers need to be less concerned about a generic retirement amount. Each individual has to take a look at their own life to determine how much they need to save for retirement.

Retirement Age

A big part of retirement planning depends on the retirement age. One millions dollars may be fairly accurate for a person that decides to retire at the age of 65. A person that plans to retire from a job sooner than this may find that a million dollars is not enough.

A person that is planning to retire must have some goals. People that are trying to save for retirement must consider the number of years that they may live after retiring. A person that retires early has to save aggressively because they will need so much more than others that retire later in life.

Pay Off Major Debts

It is a good idea to pay off the major debts before retiring. This allows people to minimize their expenses in their retirement years. A person that retires without a mortgage, for example, could probably live on a thousand dollars less than a retiree with a mortgage. It all depends on the type of home that a person owns.

People that may have big loans for others things like cars may also want to pay off these debts. Individuals that are on a fixed income will to minimize all of their major debts to truly assess their financial needs for retirement funds.

Consider Your Current Expenses

When people consider how much they spend now they can get a better assessment of what they will need when they retire. A person that may spend three thousand a month while they are working should not assume that they can cut expenses by half once they retire. Lots of people assume that they will spend less and do less. In most cases this is wrong. The average person that retires will often spend more on food. They will travel more. The daily expenses of a retired person will actually increase because these people idle time. It is better to assume that one may need twice the amount that they needed when they were working.

Future Healthcare

Another reason that people need more money has to do with health costs. Older people are going to have more doctor visits. Their insurance coverage will not be the same as it was when they were working. Workers should save twice the amount that they currently pay for healthcare while working.

1 Comment

  1. gair April 24, 2018 at 8:05 am - 

    In my opinion, I had nothing to save. Between low wages, raising prices, and huge medical bills, we had nothing and still have nothing to save.

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