By Stephen Kreutzer
When looking towards retirement many people just think about
the joy of not having to work anymore. Unfortunately, even
though a person retires they still have bills to pay. The need
for careful planning is perhaps the most overlooked part of
retirement. Having a set plan in place before retirement will
help to ensure the golden years are golden.
The following list gives some great points on how to plan for
1. Save money. Before retirement setting up a savings account
or 401K will get a person prepared for life without a steady
paycheck. A 401K is usually sponsored through an employer
the employer matches contributions the employee makes. Money
into a 401K also goes untaxed which can mean immediate
IRA’s are also another way to save for retirement. These
accounts are also not taxed.
2. Determine your expenses after retirement. A person should
have a fairly good idea what monthly expenses they expect to
have after retirement. Having a rough idea will help a person
determine how much they need to save to be able to make it.
Then considerations also need to be made for special purchases
like cars and trips.
3. Working after retirement. Many people chose to take on a
part-time position after retiring. Most often it is to
supplement their income, but for others it is a way to
socialize and gives them something to do with all the spare
time they now have. If a person is not planning on working
anymore at all then they should have some idea what they do
want to do with their time. Many retirees find that retirement
can be boring after years spent in the work force.
These three points will give a person something to think about
when planning for retirement. Getting a good financial plan is
the first step. It is also important to consider what life
really be like once the daily work schedule is gone.
About The Author: Stephen Kreutzer is a freelance publisher
based in Cupertino, California. He publishes articles and
reports in various ezines and provides retirement information
on Just Retirement! www.justretirement.info