While you can prepare your finances for retirement, it can be a burden to think about how long that money is going to last. This is often one of the biggest causes of stress, especially with the uncertainty of the economy. There is a long list of risk factors when it comes to money, including the rising costs of healthcare and the risk of a recession after the pandemic. This shouldn’t stop you from living your life and enjoying your retirement. 

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to keep control of your finances and stretch your funds in retirement. 

Here are some top tips that you should consider. 

#1 Plan as early as possible

Sometimes, retirement can seem far away and not something that you should deal with until later on in life. However, the earlier you can plan, the better off you will be. Plan everything from your way of living to your funeral and the expense of urns. This will ensure you know how much they are going to cost, and you have the right amount of funds saved up and available. Where possible, you should also seek to pay off future retirement expenses, so that you don’t have them hanging over your head. If everything is paid for before you retire, this will mean that you don’t have to keep those funds spare. This can be especially helpful with inflation, as the costs may change in the future. 

You should also consider what you want to do with your time in retirement. Perhaps you want to enjoy the comfort of your home, grow your vegetables and spend time with friends and family? Or perhaps you want to go on a world cruise? Regardless of your goals, it is important to write them down, and find out how much it is going to cost you.

Once you have an idea of how much money you are going to need to spend to enjoy your retirement, you can create a spending plan. This will help eliminate any unnecessary spending and help stretch your finances even further. You will know exactly how much money you have, and how much you need to spend to have a good retirement and reduce any risks. This can make retirement stress-free. 

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#2 Reduce your outgoings

You should consider how you can reduce your fixed outgoings when it comes to retirement. Take some time to review your finances and everything that regularly comes out of your account. If you pay for a gym membership, insurance policies, or any subscriptions, you should think about which ones you no longer need, and which ones you can pay for upfront. This way the costs have been dealt with, and all your monthly income is yours. You can also do this on larger assets, such as your vehicles and mortgage payments. These are items you can start to think about in advance and set up a plan to pay them off before retirement. 

#3 Consider a second income

Depending on where you live, the company you have worked for throughout your life, the cost of living, and your retirement plans, you might only get a small pension. Therefore, it might be a good idea to consider creating an additional income stream for yourself. There are a plethora of ways you can do this, from investment funds to setting up a passive income from a business. It is a good idea to speak to a professional financial advisor, who will be able to talk you through all your options, so you can see which one will support you better, fund your lifestyle and you can easily work with. This is a great way to stretch your money further, reduce financial stress, and increase your security. With the rise in living costs, it may be difficult to live from a pension. This way, with a little extra effort, you can do more in your retirement.

#4 Insurance

Make sure you have the relevant insurance policies in place. From your home insurance to travel and health insurance. This will ensure that if you encounter any problems, you don’t have to spend your retirement fund resolving them. Unfortunately, this could result in having to go back to work or borrowing money from the bank. Insurance policies will cover the costs of the expenses, meaning you can go on and enjoy your retirement. This will mean spending a little bit of your fund on the policies, but it is worth the investment. For example, if you have to go to the hospital, it will cost you thousands of dollars in medical expenses. 

Planning for your future is key to reducing risks and stress when it comes to money. It will also enable you to stretch your money further, so you can enjoy your retirement as you have always wanted. 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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