How to Save For Retirement

January 13, 2022 | Posted by: Sherry Corbitt

No matter how old you are, you may be thinking about retirement. You may wonder how you will have enough to live during your retired years. It can be scary to ponder; many people face this thought the closer they get to retirement. Yet, it certainly does not need to be a frightening process. There are many great ways to save for retirement, even if you are a young adult.

Don't Wait

A common mistake that most people make is starting savings later in life. There are many more benefits for when you start today. If you start in your young adult years, you can add small amounts to a savings account. You will need to put more money into your savings account if you are older, as you have less time to save. Ultimately you are not only wasting time, yet you also need to use more of your income towards your retirement savings. Also, when you start earlier, you will have much more saved, which can make you feel more prepared for your retirement. If you have questions about starting today, many professionals will be happy to speak with you. They can offer you significant savings plans, working with your income.

Start with Small Amounts

As touched on previously, it is vital to start with small amounts. Starting these new payments can take a while to adjust to. The more comfortable you feel with your payments, the more slowly you can increase these payments. If you happen to be middle-aged and are not very far away from retirement, you may need to change your approach. The fewer years you have to save, the more you will need to put towards your savings. It can be challenging to manage these payments, yet different saving plans can work for your situation.

Determine Your Retirement Needs

To know how much you will need to save, you need to analyze how you will be using money during retirement. This includes your housing costs, living necessities, recreational activities, and trips. Next, you need to sit down and create a chart to get an actual number. List down how much you will be on average spending in one year. This one year will estimate how much you will need for the next couple of decades. You will also need to include any trips that you wish to make. Since this is not a regular expense, you do not want to leave it out. With this new amount in mind, you can have an amount to work towards. Instead of saving aimlessly, you can make a savings plan to ensure that you save enough.


Cut Out Other Expenses

Many people want to start saving for retirement now, yet other expenses may be holding them down. If you are in this category, do not worry. Although it can seem impossible to make regular payments, along with saving, it certainly is possible. The best solution is to cut some other expenses out of your life to make this possible. These can include various things, such as shopping, eating out, or other purchases. Most of the time, we make purchases of things that we don't need. Take the time to sit down and analyze your expenses every month. Evaluate what things you need to purchase and what things you want. Cut out the want items that you put down on your list. You may be surprised to see just how much you save. You can quickly start putting it towards your retirement savings with this new extra money. Of course, although you have cut out your wants, it is essential to continue doing them once in a while, especially if they make you happy.

Find Employment With Good Retirement Benefits

A good amount of people have retirement benefits with their employment. This means that you are already saving from the money you earn, which is automatically being put towards your retirement. The great thing about retirement benefits with employment is that it follows you wherever you go. So if you decide to start a new job at a different company, the money you earn at your current employment will come with you to your new position. If you do not have retirement benefits at your work, you may wish to find somewhere that does.

Overall there are many fantastic ways that you can save for your retirement. Then, when you have a plan set in place and stick to your savings payments, you can rest assured and look forward to your coming retirement.

If you have any questions or concerns about saving for retirement, please reach out to me!
Sherry Corbitt, Mortgage Broker

Sources

-Kagan, Julia (2021). These Five Steps Will Help You Toward a Safe, Secure, and Fun Retirement. Investopedia. Retreived from https://www.investopedia.com/articles/retirement/11/5-steps-to-retirement-plan.asp

-Pangestu, Debra (2021). How to Save For Retirement in Canada on a Small Income. My Money Coach. Retrieved from https://www.mymoneycoach.ca/blog/how-to-save-for-retirement.html

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