For some, thinking about retirement is really daunting. After all, the cost of living is always on the upswing and men and women may feel like there will not be enough cash to live on comfortably during the golden years. Learning how to stretch out retirement income will help budget-conscious retirees to make their money go further.
Even those who have saved more than enough will benefit from these tips – after all, there’s no value in squandering money if it’s possible to spend less. Without further ado, let’s look at nine tips which are designed to save retirees a little (or a lot!) of cash…
1) Liquidate Unneeded Items For Cash!
There may be stuff around your home or grounds which is valuable and which you don’t need. From antiques to electronics to second cars, selling the stuff that you don’t want or don’t use will help you to stockpile cash for retirement.
There are different ways to liquidate – from auctions for antiques to eBay.com and beyond. Think about what you own and what it is worth – would you prefer to have the cash and then put it into a retirement savings account (or into investments)?
While we don’t recommend selling beloved items, some stuff is likely not that important to you and you may be able to earn thousands by selling. You may use this money in order to grow more retirement income.
2) Take Care of Your Health
Prevention is the key to avoiding big medical expenses in the future. Although living a healthy lifestyle won’t guarantee avoidance of long-term health problems which are related to aging, it’s really the best defense that you have. So, take good care of yourself, by exercising, eating a clean diet and avoiding bad habits, such as excessive consumption of processed meats and junk food. Stay away from smoking and alcohol. If you must drink, be sure to moderate.
If you take care of yourself, the benefits are not only restricted to saving money. You should be rewarded with a happier, more comfortable, and longer life!
3) Participate in Item Swaps
Communities have tons of clothing swaps and other swaps for items, such as books, DVDs, etc. These swaps allow participants to trade in their old items for items which are “new to them”. Swaps of this type are quite a lot of fun and they save everyone money, too. In a swap, there is no sales tax to pay, so you acquire something new and get rid of something you no longer need without paying a penny.
When you start going to swaps, you’ll stop paying full retail when you want more clothes or more variety in terms of possessions. If you don’t mind using second-hand items, you’ll find that swaps cost you nothing but your time and energy. You’ll give up the things that you’re tired of and choose new ones and you may make some nice friendships in the process.
4) Create a Retirement Plan
Crunching the numbers is important. You will need to know how much money is needed in order to live in the manner that you wish to during retirement. A lot of people avoid doing this simply because it stresses them out. But it’s actually better to know the truth, as it will help you to focus your mind on what you need to save and how to go about saving it.
So, create a monthly budget for retirement that is realistic – include every expense, from housing to insurance to food, clothing and entertainment. Don’t forget about car payments, utilities and smart phones, cable TV and Web connections. It’s possible to come up with a life plan for retirement once you’ve crunched the numbers. For example, you may wish to sell a home and downsize, with a mind to accessing a lower monthly cost of living.