With retirement comes a new set of concerns. In many cases, we aren’t equipped or ready to deal with retirement, especially when it comes to medical costs. Don’t worry, you aren’t alone if you’re one of the many Americans wondering how they’ll pay for their medical bills if they’re no longer working. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for medical costs during retirement.
Create a Budget
Everyone’s case is different when it comes to how much you’ll need to set aside for medical costs during retirement. Not only must you consider your current economic status and where you project to be when you decide to retire, but you must also account for your current health and the kind of care you’ll need when you retire.
To estimate how much you need to budget for your unique case, there are online calculators that can give you an idea. The safest route is to speak with a financial planner or professional in order to get a more specific budget for your retirement.
Find an Insurance Plan that Works for You
While Medicare offers a variety of resources that you’ll be able to tap into during retirement, there are a number of things that Medicare does not cover. Many Americans assume that Medicare will be enough to cover retirement medical costs, but this is unfortunately, not always the case.
You may want to look into long-term care insurance, hybrid policies, or self-insurance. Although these options may not be perfect for everyone, it is best for you to know what is available, so you can find the policy that fits your economic status and health needs.
A financial professional would also come in handy when shopping for health insurance. They can determine what you can afford, and what is the most beneficial to you.
Have a Retirement Plan
One of the best ways to ensure that you’ll be able to cover medical costs during your retirement is to have a source of income while you’re retired. With Social Security, 401k plans, and savings, there are a number of ways you can guarantee income for your future self.
Saving for your retirement can remove the stress and difficulty of paying off medical bills when you’re no longer working. Not only will you have money to fall back on, but you’ll be able to take care of yourself and enjoy retirement the way you want to, without worrying about the risk.
Retirement can be a scary thing, especially when considering the medical costs. There are a variety of resources to help you plan smartly for your retirement, so you can live comfortably now and when you retire.
One other thing to consider is taking care of yourself while you’re young and in good health. The bottom line is, if you’re healthy to start, the medical costs won’t be too severe.
So before retirement is just around the corner, make sure you have a viable plan, so you can relax when you’re retired. The future you deserves it.Continue reading
Saving money can be hard whether it’s for a down payment on a new car, college tuition, or even retirement, there are so many expenses that you need to account for on a daily basis. Retirement is one of those things that often takes a back seat to other things that you need to save for because it seems to be so far into the future.
When you’re in your 20’s, you’re probably more concerned with finding a fulfilling and good-paying job before you are even thinking about saving up for your retirement. As you grow older, you realize that retirement is sooner than you had thought, but when it comes to saving, it’s hard to know where or when to start. The truth is, it’s never too early to start saving toward your retirement.
One thing that might be preventing you from starting to plan out your retirement is the stress that it comes with. If you’re understanding of Social Security and retirement is limited or you’re in a situation where saving just isn’t an option, it makes sense for you to be stressed out about the idea of retirement, but you’re not alone.
Plenty of people share your sentiments about retirement planning, and that’s why there are so many different resources for you to tap into to make planning your retirement easier. The easiest way to find out more about retirement is to do a little research online. Official government and private company websites provide information, so you can make the most effective and beneficial decisions for your unique situation. Read a few articles and studies, and saving for your retirement may seem less daunting.
Know What Your Situation Is
Maybe you have your employer’s 401k company taking some money out of your paycheck every month, but do you know how much? Do you know how much has accumulated? Are you the only contributor? You should be able to access this information easily online or by calling your HR representative. You might be able to afford to put a little more into your account, or you might be putting away the right amount. In some cases, your employer might also make some contributions to your 401k. This is the kind of information that you should be aware of.
Whether or not you’re where you want to be with your retirement plan, it might ease some stress to know that you are either on your way to a comfortable retirement, or exactly what changes you need to make to be there.
Talk to a Professional
Staring at the numbers and just as stressed as you were before you started your research? Plenty of individuals have no idea where to start with their retirement saving. That’s why financial planners are committed to providing you with the information and advice that will set you on a steady path to a comfortable retirement.
We all know that sometimes, life happens, and retirement tumbles down your list of things to worry about. Proactive retirement saving will benefit you in the long run. Don’t let fear keep you from planning your future. Tackle your retirement plan today!Continue reading
If you’re a young professional, just entering the workforce, planning for your retirement doesn’t seem like the most appealing or even necessary item on the to do list. But anyone who is either near retirement or already in retirement would tell you the same thing, “It’s never too early to start planning for retirement.”
But when the last thing you’re thinking about is retirement, and you’re getting opinions from all angles, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when considering your retirement plan.
Make Sure the Voice You’re Listening to Is Yours (and a Professional’s)
From your parents to your mentors to the old folks on the bus, you’ll hear a number of different opinions based on different socioeconomic statuses and financial experiences. The problem is none of it is yours. Unlike your elders, you might have more educational opportunities or maybe you want to start a family a little later or maybe not at all. Whatever your preferences are, you will benefit from the advice of a financial planning professional. A financial planner can combine your goals with their understanding of the social climate and economic projections.
Decide What You Need
If you’re young and you have access to a 401k, then it’s probably a good idea to contribute some funds to it. It may seem meaningless now, but even minor contributions can add up over time, and you’ll thank yourself for it later.
Alternatively, there are a number of other expenses you need to worry about as a young professional. Between buying a car, paying rent, and feeding yourself, it can be a headache to figure out ways to save money. You need to think about what you really need at a given time. You need to have a place to stay and a mode of transportation, so maybe this week you’ll eat in.
Think Long Term
In the time of the side hustle and all things Internet, it’s important to evaluate your lifestyle and career choices. You need to have a lifestyle that is sustainable for years to come. If you’re working in a dying field or are constantly changing jobs, it might be time to think about how these choices will affect you in the long term.
Don’t Let the Fear of Retirement Ruin Your Life
One reason that we often overwork ourselves is because of our fear of running out of money. Realistically, if we keep working, there will always be money, but what about when we retire? Being able-bodied now is what makes us forget that retirement is something we must worry about at all. It seems as simple as work now, rest later, but what is the cost of doing this? In today’s political and economic climate, we have the luxury of establishing a work-life balance.
Staying in good health and controlling your stress as just as important as having enough money through retirement. Think of your health as assets. These aspects are equally important to a comfortable retirement as the funds that you have saved. On one hand, you’ll be able to spend your retirement doing things you enjoy, and on the other hand, you don’t want to worry about paying for extensive medical bills when your funds and insurance are limited.
At the end of the day, planning for your retirement is just another way you take care of yourself.Continue reading
Retirement can be a scary thing, especially with the rising cost of living, and the general fear of running out of funds when you are no longer able to work effectively. October can be a particularly scary month for retirement, and it’s not just because of the spookiness of Halloween.
Statistics show that nearly 80 percent of individuals believe that the Social Security fund will end within their lifetime. This can be particularly staggering when considering that Social Security accounts for up to 90% of a retiree’s monthly income.
So what’s so special about October that makes it a strange time for people to retire? In October, the Social Security trustees tend to announce the annual cost of living adjustment. The reality is that this number often encourages individuals to wait just a little longer to retire.
As people are convinced that Social Security will fail in the near future, they feel it beneficial to enter retirement early. For those who are faced with poor health, this seems like the best course of action to make the most of the funds available to them. Unfortunately, withdrawing early comes with penalties that may negatively impact your funds in the end.
The Social Security system is, for all its beneficial elements, a very complicated system with a number of regulations and tendencies. As a result, many people don’t fully understand how Social Security works, so having some money in hand now, may seem more beneficial than having a bit more money later.
On the bright side, there are many different resources you can tap into in order to make smart decisions about your retirement plan and Social Security benefits. Different companies have added applications to their websites that allow you to read up on Social Security, depending on your specific situation. With the right amount of information, you don’t need to search far and wide for assistance when planning your retirement.
You might also want to look into finding a financial planner to help you make informed decisions about your retirement plan. A financial planner takes your specific financial situation into consideration, works with your needs, and uses their unique knowledge and experience to help you make the most of your retirement and Social Security benefits.
It is particularly important for both planners and clients to be open about all aspects of retirement and Social Security. That is, planners must be able to express their honest opinions about your financial situation and share their insights on the ins and outs of retirement. You, as the client, must also explain what you expect to do for retirement and the kind of lifestyle you hope to lead. In this way, planning for retirement and alleviating the fear of it is a team effort.
October is a scary month for many people, but retirement should be the last thing you’re scared of when you have so many other things to be worried about. Like decorating your house for the grandkids! Look up your options today, and don’t let the confusing nature of Social Security get the best of you.Continue reading