Today’s post is a guest written article from Angela Brown, a friend from London, England (UK). Angela was nice enough to provide some good advice for living a debt free lifestyle in retirement. I would encourage you to listen and apply her recommendations.
Most people are unaware that retirement planning is an essential part of financial planning. A proper approach to your retirement needs is imperative for everyone. Unfortunately, most people in the US spend more time planning their vacations than planning their retirement. No one wants to spend a retired life with unnecessary financial obligations. If you have amassed a huge amount of credit card debts before retirement, make sure that you explore every method of being debt free before you retire so that you can easily obtain a peaceful retired life. Here are some steps to follow to achieve a financially safe retired life.
- Start saving before it’s too late: Make sure that you waste no time in saving money, especially if you’re on the other side of 60. Money should always be saved irrespective of your age. It is crucial for everyone to have an emergency fund so that you can meet your needs if any emergency arises. Start thinking about your finances soon after your retirement and refrain as much as you can from unnecessary expenses. As you have fewer income sources, make sure you think twice before investing money in something you want versus things you need.
- Create your financial plan: A financial plan is essential for everyone so they can reach their financial goals. Try to plan out your finances in such a way that you can make ends meet within your given income sources. If you’re diligent in planning your personal finances, you can certainly lead a debt free life.
- Evaluate your retirement needs: There may be vast changes in your needs post retirement. You will not need some things that you used to need when you were employed. You need to identify all those changes so that you can easily allocate your funds according to your requirements. Take a pen and paper and calculate the things that you need to spend on within a month. Try to limit spending to essential items.
- Diversify your portfolio: If you were an investor and you still are, make sure you concentrate on effective diversification of your portfolio. Only concentrating on stocks or a particular kind of financial instrument won’t do. Make sure you spread your risks by spreading your investments among mutual funds, bonds, cash equivalents, etc. so you can boost your returns while minimizing your risk.
Create a relationship with a financial planner if you want to lead a debt free life post retirement. Discover your monetary needs and plan your finances according to your needs so that you do not incur any financial hardships and enjoy your golden years like never before.
No matter which of these options it is, you owe it to yourself, your family, and your retirment to get the facts – don’t wait, schedule an appointment with your local “Financial Professional” today and get your financial future headed in the right direction.