Worrying about having enough retirement savings can keep you up at night. The good news is there are some hacks that can make it easier.
Is there a secret to retiring on time? Well, maybe. But it probably isn’t what you think. The average age at which people retire varies greatly depending on factors like ease of work, health, and financial preparation. A comfortable retirement is something that most people dream about. Lots of hard work and dedication can help you get to the point where you can retire with ease.
If you are approaching retirement age and you want to retire on your terms, one of the most important things you can do is understand how long you will need to work. Many of us have dreamed about retiring comfortably, but it can be difficult for those who feel like they have been working all their lives. Here are our top retirement hacks for those reaching retirement age.
Figure Out How Much You Need
One of the difficulties of creating a financial plan for retirement is that it will differ dramatically depending on when you want to retire. This along with hundreds of other criteria can be difficult to predict how much you will need. Factors such as health and family circumstances will throw your plan off course at times.
It's important to create a financial plan that you can change as life continues. With Agemy Financial Strategies, we can help you create a plan that changes along with you and life's changing circumstances. We provide a wide range of financial planning services such as:
- Retirement Planning
- Estate Planning
- Lifestyle Planning
- Money Management
- Insurance Options
- Tax Options
When you have debt, you are diverting money from wealth-building activities such as saving and investing. Debt can squeeze your retirement savings by reducing your cash flow. This can make it tougher to save as much money as you'd like, which can depress your standard of living in retirement.
A great way to start chipping away at your best is by paying off high-interest credit cards. Make a list of all the debt you have acquired starting from highest to lowest interest and prioritize paying off the ones with higher interest first. By doing this and reducing your spending you won't add to your debt balance. The sooner you stop overspending the sooner your money can be put into savings for retirement.
Plan For Healthcare Costs
Sure you have planned for healthcare in retirement. But have you budgeted enough? Health insurance, drugs, medical supplies, health services and out-of-pocket expenses quickly add up. According to a report by HealthView Services Financial, a healthy 65-year-old couple retiring in 2019 can expect to spend more than $387,000 for retirement health care costs, not including long-term care. This projection is based on the current value of the U.S. dollar and includes Medicare premiums, the costs of supplemental insurance and other out-of-pocket expenses for a man whose life expectancy is 87 and a woman whose life expectancy is 89.
Hoping to retire early? One of the biggest drawbacks to any retirement is how to fund healthcare. Unfortunately, Medicare isn't available until age 65. Self-insured retirees in their 40s, 50s, and 60s can be looking at an expensive healthcare plan. Here are a couple options you can look into if you're not at age 65 quite yet.
- Look into Private coverage - this can be expensive but it's also a flexible insurance option.
- Obamacare - This program made strides in making early retirement health insurance affordable. One of the major points to note is that preexisting conditions are not a factor when you apply which is helpful to many in their 50s and 60s.
- Self-Funding with an HSA - an HSA is a good option regardless of age and can help you retire early and allow for the funds to pay for copays and other out-of-pocket health care costs.
Having a plan for how you will cover this cost in retirement is absolutely essential.
Take Advantage of Catch-Up Retirement Savings
After you have figured out how to reduce your current expenses, you will be in a better position to start taking advantage of catch-up retirement savings. Catch-up contributions are the IRS's way of making it easier for savers aged 50 and up to contribute enough money to their retirement savings.
UnforTunately, the IRS imposes limits on how much you can contribute annually to tax-advantaged retirement accounts such as IRAs and 401(k)s. However there is a silver lining to this plan. The IRS allows people who turn age 50 or older to make additional “catch up” contributions over and above the annual contribution limits. This includes contributions to your 401(k), 403(b), or 457 plans.
Of course there are multiple other realities in retirement to be aware of; including remaining flexible in your retirement date, and even consider including a phased-retirement. Why? Because clocking in at a reduced work schedule allows freedom to focus on the other parts of life, such as family, travel and volunteering, while still earning a paycheck and employer benefits to keep your financial safety net in place.
Whatever your retirement strategy, there are risks to identify and manage as you navigate retired life. But one key factor remains the same: the more you prepare, the less nasty surprises you'll face along the way.
Planning for retirement may look harder than it seems. But having a trusted financial advisor on your side will make planning for the golden years easier. When it comes to creating a retirement plan it's important to account for the changes that come with life. Having an advisor guide you through the process will help you feel more at ease when retirement does come.
At Agemy Financial Strategies, we value the time we take to get to know you and your situation so we can create a plan specifically tailored to you. Our purpose is to educate our clients - whether that be planning for retirement, legacy planning, wealth management, or just holding your hand when it's time to leap into retirement.
We want you to know we’re here to help you navigate any questions you have regarding investments, retirement and anything else that comes up during your retirement process. As Fiduciary advisors, it's our duty to act on your behalf in finding the right solutions for your individual wants and needs.
For more information on our retirement and financial planning services, contact us here today.