5 Tips for Retiring with Comfort and Confidence
Retirement is a very attractive concept to everyone who works. Jobs can taxing on both the mind and body and a future reward serves as incentive for doing your best on a daily basis. Persistence now will pay off the future, but be sure to get the most out of your retirement. Here are 5 tips to make sure you can retire with comfort and confidence:
- Are terms like 401(k) or Roth IRA foreign to you? Financial terms are always paired with a sort of dread and synonymous with tediousness and boredom. However, these terms are extremely important for a quality life in the future that is both comfortable and rewarding. The first step in preparing for retirement is educating yourself on the terms, what they mean, what you can expect in the future, and so on and so forth. Meet with a financial adviser or ask your employer what options are available. Remember, the sooner you begin saving, the sooner you will be able to retire. Meeting with a financial adviser is recommended, particularly when just beginning to save for retirement. The financial adviser will help you consolidate your debt in order to make sure you pay off everything required. Also, one payment instead of several will be easier to keep track of for accounting purposes and remembering which bills to pay. Before you retire, you should be debt free and have no outstanding loans in order to fully enjoy the benefits because interest payments on loans accrue much faster than that of your retirement plan.
- Do not pay for your child's college if you can not afford it. Along with mortgages and car payments, college tuition is one of the most expensive things you can buy and requires a significant investment. Furthermore, many students after high school really have no idea what they want to do with their lives. As a result, freshman turnover can be very high. I know, at Texas State, where I first attended college, over 50% of the freshman did not return for their sophomore year. If you are struggling to make payments on bills before your child attends college, this burden of paying for tuition should not rest on you. There are loans and scholarships available for those who qualify. It is not selfish to require your kid to pay for their education, and they will likely take it more seriously if the money is coming out of their own pockets.
- Temper discretionary income whenever possible. This is much easier said then done, particularly when being berated by the latest in technology including high definition televisions and the newest cellular phones. However, these items are not essential to living a quality life. Do not live beyond your means because it will have consequences in the future. What can you do without? What can you buy in the latest technologies stead? For example, I enjoy playing video games. However, it is not always the best financial decision to play the latest games right when they come out because they are priced very high. Instead of buying games and consoles when they first come out, I wait until the next generation console hits the shelves in order to fully enjoy all the games I have been wanting to play at a much cheaper price. This is just one way to alter spending habits to continue hobbies without the extra expense.
- Keep your eye on the prize and remember the time for relaxing is just around the corner. It is important to remain focused on your future goals. Retirement is the ultimate reward for the patient. Although it may be extremely difficult, particularly when starting at a young age and being required to pay off student loans and other things of that nature, remember that your money now will grow exponentially to be there for you later in the future. Be persistent and your dedication will be well worth the wait.
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- Finally, a very important tip to fully enjoying your retirement is to maintain your health, both physically and emotionally. The way you treat your body in your youth and as a young adult will have consequences in the future. While alcohol may serve a purpose for entertainment and enjoying social events, do not binge drink or smoke cigarettes. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will ensure you will be able to enjoy your life as an older person.