Last updated on November 28th, 2023 at 08:26 pm
Once you reach middle age, you begin thinking more and more about your retirement. Whether you’ve saved a lot of money, only a little, or none at all, this pre-retirement phase of life is when many people choose to reassess their plans.
This can be a good time to think about your current retirement strategy, and decide if it still makes sense for you. Keep reading for a few things to consider if you’re approaching retirement.
4 Pre-Retirement Tips
Consider Your Future
When you were younger, you might not have thought about retirement at all, except as a period of life that seemed very far off. Or maybe, you’ve always had an idea about what you want to do when you retire, but your ideas have begun to change. If you haven’t thought much about it already, this is the time to start thinking about what you see yourself doing as you get older.
Maybe you don’t plan to retire at all as long as you are physically able to continue working. Maybe you want to start a second career working at something you’re passionate about, or you might want to start your own business.
Education, travel, and spending more time with friends and family are other ways that many people envision spending their retirement years.
You should also consider exactly where you will spend your twilight years. If you think a retirement living community is the right choice for you, look into your available options ahead of time and begin planning how much money you’ll need to make it a reality.
Some communities charge significant upfront fees, so it’s best to begin your research well in advance. This gives you the best possible chance of spending your retirement years the way you want to.
It’s up to you, of course, but having an idea of what you want to do can help you estimate how much you will need in savings.
Consider Your Current and Future Obligations
Another thing you need to think about if you’re approaching retirement is what your financial obligations are now and what they will be in the future.
Things to consider include: Are you paying off debts? Are you a homeowner? Will you need to care for aging parents? Do you have any medical conditions that require expensive ongoing care?
And, with many people becoming parents at older ages, you may find yourself in a situation where your retirement or pre-retirement coincides with a child heading off to college. You might decide it makes sense to work a few extra years to cover the added expense.
Depending on your level of retirement savings, another thing to consider is co-signing your child’s student loan versus raiding your retirement fund. Because students heading off to college generally don’t have a credit history, they could struggle to get approval without a co-signer. Co-signing might be a better choice than dipping into your retirement account or other savings to pay for your child’s education, but you must be sure you understand what your obligations are, including what kind of credit score you need to co-sign this type of loan.
Adjust Your Strategy
As mentioned, this is a good time to look at your investments and determine whether you need to make any changes to your strategy. Depending on your financial situation and number of years remaining until retirement, it might be wise to make some adjustments.
If you have little or no savings, don’t despair and assume there’s no point in starting now. There’s still time to open an account and begin putting money away. Get started right away though, and remember that after the age of 50, your contribution limits may increase.
If you have done all of the above and you’re still unsure if you’ll be able to meet your retirement goals, you might want to talk to a professional financial planner.
Start Living Now
One mistake many of us make is putting off all of our “bucket list” plans or even taking enough time to relax and enjoy family and friends.
It’s easy to think we’ll have plenty of time to catch up on those things when we retire. There are a few problems with this, however. One is that a long retirement isn’t guaranteed for anyone. Another is that if you wait too long, you may find you can no longer do the things you dreamed about, or they are much more difficult.
That’s one reason maintaining your health and fitness is an important element of a happy future retirement. You should also keep learning to keep your brain sharp. If you want to be more involved in the community when you get older, start now. Essentially, you need to remember that the present is laying the groundwork for the future.
Preparing for retirement can feel overwhelming, but taking the right steps in pre-retirement can not only set you up for a better future, but can help alleviate that anxiety.
We all want to be physically, mentally, and financially ready before we retire, and planning ahead is crucial as we work to secure a steady income stream and avoid stress during this period of our lives.
It’s always smart to be proactive as you approach any life change, and with these pre-retirement tips, you can look forward to a happier and more fulfilling post-retirement life.Approaching Retirement Age? 4 Smart Pre-Retirement Tips | #retirement #personalfinance Click To Tweet
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