#254 - Know Your Numbers: Will You Have Enough Money in Retirement?
As the markets worsen and the talk of recession begins are you wondering if you will have enough money in retirement? Are you wondering what you should start doing now to ensure that you can live the life you want? On this episode of Retirement Answer Man, I encourage you to take intentional action so that you can rock retirement. Today you will learn to count the costs so that you can know how much it will cost to live the life you want after you leave full-time work. Listen to this episode to hear how you can start planning now to rock your retirement.
Are you experiencing the not-so thrifty 50’s?
I read a study recently where a group of people in their 80’s and 90’s were surveyed. The age most said they would like to return to is their 50’s. Your 50s can be a time of great abundance. Many of us are earning the highest income we’ve ever had. In addition to that many in their 50’s are left with empty nests as our children transition into adulthood. Is all this extra money going to fuel your retirement fund or are you buying all the toys of adulthood? Have you stopped budgeting now that you know that you’ll have enough money to cover it all? Be wary of creating a financial cage for yourself.
What can you do now to ensure you have enough money in retirement?
I have a few tips for you to act on now to ensure that you’ll have enough money to rock your retirement.
If you’re married make sure both voices are heard. Usually, one spouse takes over the financial management of the household and this is the spouse that leads the retirement planning as well. Oftentimes we think we know what our spouse wants, but what they really want is much different. Ensure that both of you get some of what you want by having open discussions. Give each other space to express yourselves.
Don’t confuse wants with needs
Budget. Many of us have fallen out of the habit of budgeting. It’s time to flex your budgeting muscle.
Look backward first, then forward. Look back at your last 3 months of spending and analyze it. Now you can look forward. After analyzing your prior 3 months of spending make a budget for the year. Understand which payments are fixed, which are, variable, and which are discretionary. Label these accordingly.
Map out your spending with spreadsheets until age 92. Having a guide to help you will ensure that you are more focused and in control of your spending.
If you are ready to rock your retirement then now is the time to start. Start out by analyzing your spending so that you can create your budget. Count your costs now and identify your wants and needs. This way you can know how much it will cost to rock your retirement. Your most valuable asset, human capital, is starting to diminish. So it is important to know exactly how much you need to live the life you want. One more thing you can do to help you on your retirement journey is to join the Rock Retirement Club. Enrollment is open until January 3 2019, so make sure you get in before it closes!
OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN
HOT TOPIC SEGMENT
[3:08] Are you experiencing the not-so thrifty 50’s?
[11:35] Make both of your voices heard
[14:40] Flex your budgeting muscle
[15:35] Map out your spending
[18:54] What will we be talking about over the next few episodes?
THE HAPPY LAB SEGMENT
[20:23] Join the Rock Retirement Club!
TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT
[22:30] Do a 3-month study on your spending
Resources Mentioned In This Episode
Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That
BOOK - Rock Retirement by Roger Whitney
3-video Series: 5 Minute Retirement Makeover
Roger’s Retirement Learning Center
The Retirement Answer Man Facebook Page