10. 12. 2012

After graduating high school or college and starting work, and then maybe having kids, the biggest milestone in your life in your later years will be starting retirement.  It is a time of big change, especially with how your finances work.  It is essentially a complete reverse of what you’ve been doing for the last 40 years.  So here are some tips to get ready for retirement.

 Planning Your Income

The first thing you need to think about when you’re getting ready for retirement is to plan your income.  How you will support yourself in retirement?  Will you have a pension?  Will you rely on Social Security?  These are things that you need to know in advance.
If you’re not going to have a set income stream, you’ll have to draw down on your investments and savings, which requires a specific strategy so that you’ll have enough to make it through retirement.  Make sure that you have this plan in place before you need it. Figuring Out Your Expenses

The next step is to understand what you’re expenses will be in retirement.  The great thing about looking at this in advance is that you can get ready and reduce expenses if possible.  A lot of financial advisers believe that you should try to eliminate as much debt as possible before retirement, such as a home mortgage.  This will allow you to maximize your set income when you retire. Being Prepared Finally, you need to make sure that you’re prepared for the unexpected.  This means making sure that you have all of the proper estate planning documents setup, and also making sure that you have enough insurance should anything happen.

You should also make sure that you have plans in place should you need some type of long term care, and your family should know what your wishes are if that time should come.  You should also have powers of attorney setup if needed.


In 2014 my husband & I downsized our home to speed up our quest for Financial Freedom. We swapped our large three bed house, for a small two bed apartment to clear our mortgage and give us enough budget freedom to travel and still save for the future. Our dream, after achieving Financial Freedom, is to spend part of every year living abroad.

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