Last week we discussed some tips for setting yourself up for a successful retirement. Getting there is only one step of the retirement journey. How do you stay stress-free and financially free during your retirement?
When you want to enjoy the Golden Years and a new stage of life, it’s important to have freedom with your finances instead of feeling restricted. After years of planning for your retirement, you want to enjoy activities and hobbies that you were once too busy for when you were working. To ensure that you make the best out of retirement, there are a few important steps to take.
Adjust Your Budget
Retiring doesn’t necessarily mean that you can continue living the same lifestyle, which can cause you to drain your retirement funds quickly. You’ll need to adjust your budget to ensure that you don’t overspend each month. Consider spending less on eating out or on shopping to have more wiggle room in your budget. You may also not need to spend as much on fuel or auto insurance if you no longer have a commute.
Plan for Medical Expenses
Many retirees make the mistake of relying on Medicare to pay for all of their medical bills and fees, but you may still have costs that you’ll have to pay out of pocket. This is important to plan for ahead of time before you retire to ensure that you can have all of your medical needs met without dipping into your retirement.
Downsize Your Home
Consider downsizing your home to allow yourself to live more comfortably after retiring. You may no longer need a four-bedroom house or a large property, which can be difficult to maintain once you’re older. This can also add up to hundreds of extra dollars each month with the upkeep and can limit how much you can afford to spend on traveling or hobbies. A condo or smaller house may be more appropriate for your new lifestyle and will allow you to have more time during the day to enjoy other activities!
Take Advantage of Senior Discounts
Once you retire, you can enjoy more activities and services at a fraction of the cost by taking advantage of senior discounts. Whether you’re going to the movie theater or are shopping at the grocery store, a number of companies provide senior discounts at specific times of the day. This can allow you to save hundreds of dollars each month on goods or services that you’re already purchasing to ensure that you can make the best out of your retirement.
Utilize Money-Saving Tools
Did you know that there are books, apps and websites out there dedicated to helping you save money! Billshark, for example, is a useful tool to save you money on your home or utility bills. Many people overpay for services, such as their mobile phone or Internet service, all the time! You can easily send us a picture of your bill and we’ll negotiate it on your behalf.
Although it can be a new and challenging transition to enter into retirement, there are a few important steps to take to ensure that you can live comfortably and take time for yourself after decades spent in the workforce. By planning ahead, you’ll have more freedom with your finances and new lifestyle.