Saving Money for Retirement
Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated August 23, 2013)
There is a common misconception shared by just about everyone that saving money for retirement is a hard or difficult process. In fact, many people even think that they can't save money for retirement because they currently don't make enough. The truth is that saving for retirement is something that everyone is not only capable of doing; it is something that everyone should be doing. Here are a few basic principles and guidelines that you can use to help ensure that you are on the right track for having a great retirement.
- Get some professional help. One of the best ways to begin saving money for retirement is to get some professional help. This doesn't mean that you have to see a therapist or anything, but rather that you talk to a financial planner. They can help you figure out what your goals are, and how to meet them. In fact, they can help you create a completely realistic and feasible retirement plan. However, financial planners usually cost a bit of money, so if you are a bit tight financially right now, you may want to wait for a little while before you get that help.
- Know your needs. Simply put, retirement can be expensive. Think about it for a minute or two, when you retire you are basically going to stop working. When you stop working, you stop actively bringing in money. Without this active income, you can quickly go through your savings, unless you have a plan and know what your needs are.
- Start saving now. It is never too late to start saving towards retirement, though it is always better to start saving as early as possible. When saving your money, try to find a bank or credit union that has the highest possible interest rate. Interest rates can be a huge help when saving for your retirement. The more money that you put into your savings, the more money that the interest has to work with.
- Check your employer. If you are lucky, your employer has some kind of a retirement savings plan. The most common type is the 401 K, and these plans usually allow you to have a certain percentage of your pay check automatically set aside each month. Best of all, many times the companies that offer these also have a matching plan, where they will match (up to a preset amount) what you set aside.
- Consider investing. If you have enough money (again, talk to a financial planner to determine whether or not you do) you may want to consider investing. By investing properly you can continue to receive an income even after you have stopped working.
- Stick to your goals. Perhaps the biggest thing that you need to remember is that you will need to stick to your goals. Once you have set aside money for retirement, do not touch it. It is extremely easy to justify why you need to spend the money, and if you do it too much you can justify your self right out of retirement. Stick to your goals, and you will have a much easier retirement.