It is always amazing to me when I read articles that suggest a magic number for retirement. I don’t think there is one magic number that you need to reach in order to retire. I will tell you every couple has a different set of expenses and varying income levels. There isn’t an easy solution. I work with people to not only save for retirement but spend in retirement.
I look at the basic living expenses, what you need to keep the lights on. This includes:
Next up is the extras
- Education Savings for grandchildren
- 2nd homes
- Helping out children financially
After we review the expenses, we look at income sources. Each income source is a ‘bucket.’ Buckets include social security, pensions, savings, 401k, and other retirement savings plan. We then look for the holes and come up with a plan.
Our whole lives we have worked hard with one goal in mind. RETIREMENT. We work with clients to make sure they can enjoy retirement. Recently, I read an article that said in order to be happy in retirement have 3 hobbies. These hobbies may include: bridge, golf, restoring a classic car or gourmet cooking-it is an endless list. The idea is that you fill your time with activities that add to your life.
I particularly like the idea of volunteering my time. Whether it is holding a baby in the ICU, dishing out food for a local soup kitchen or walking a dog for a rescue organization, why not do a little good while retiring. And for some spouses out there, it may be hard to adjust from the business world, look and see if you can lend your experience to a start up.
The idea is to simply embrace this new chapter and look for ways to enjoy life.
We are offering a workshops for individuals considering retirement options.
COVID-19 Update–we are available for phone calls in leiu of in person workshops.