Personal finance

27 Jul Money Myths: The Truth About the Cost of Retirement

Myth: My expenses will go down when I retire so I don't need to save as much for retirement. Truth: With inflation, taxes and medical bills, your expenses will go up when you retire so you need to be prepared! Quite a few financial planners out there recommend a future nest egg value that will produce 80% of your current income when you draw a percentage of the dividends and earnings out of the account each month. The assumption is that your expenses will decrease by 20% when you retire and you will need less income to continue with the same standard of living. This means when you reach retirement age, you will have your debts paid off (including your house) and your dependents are gone, with your health remaining good and your taxes decreasing because you're pulling the income out of a tax-deferred retirement account, pension, or social security. Now, if you follow the L.I.F.E. Ladder and start early enough, you indeed should be debt free by retirement age and have fewer expenses in terms of debt. But the sad fact is, not very many of us actually follow those steps and we end up facing retirement with a huge drop in income but no drop in expenses. Actually, 43% of Americans have less than $10,000 saved for retirement. 27% have less than $1,000 saved. This is a problem.
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20 Jul Paying Yourself First: How to Make it Work Part 2

[caption id="attachment_2906" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Pay yourself first"][/caption] In part one of this two part article I talked about the theoretical part of paying yourself first. Planning our the month's income and expenses to spend every dollar on paper before the month begins, making sure you allocate...

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