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The Basics Of Retirement Planning, It's Not That Hard

Apr 13, 2008
Most of us can't wait until we reach the years of retirement, no more working, just enjoying the rest of our life. And when you have planned your retirement as you should have done you will be able to do so. Hopefully you will have the money saved that you need and even some extra compared to when you had in your working days. It isn't as difficult as it sounds, retirement planning is something we all have to do at some time so why not start as early as you can and start right now.

The first thing you need to do is come up with a solid plan that you can follow for the next several years. In this way you will save the money that you need over time and some more to enjoy yourself. But to do just that you will need to know a little bit more about your financial situation. How much money do you make and how much of that can you save for later use, how much is left when you have paid your bills, how much do you need when you actually quit working and retire. And you need to have some idea of the date you would like to retire.

Retirement planning software

When you start with retirement planning the best thing you can do, besides hiring a retirement consultant or an accountant, is to buy retirement software like a money management program. Most of these software programs are easy to use.and are worth the money. You need to type in your income and your bills and some other financial stuff and the program determines how much you have left over and can save. The program can make graphics and print reports and it makes it extremely easy to do some planning of your own without the use of accountants or consultants. These kind of programs help you to think of all the possibilities and don't make any errors.

When you receive a paycheck, you should always pay yourself first, every financial expert can tell you so, You need to treat your savings account in the same way that you would like any other bill, like your car payment, energy bill or mortgage. When you have planned a certain amount to save for your retirement you should put it aside when you get paid. There will always be reasons to think that you will do it next month or that it has to wait until the car is paid of. That way you will end up with no money at all when you retire. You also need to make a pact with yourself that you will never, in no circumstance, ever touch your savings unless it is absolutely necessary. When you do all of the above you will have a retirement planning fund pretty soon and that is really all it takes. Be firm with yourself.

When is the big year?

You need to pick a year when you would like to retire and use the software to calculate how much you would have saved by that date, if that is enough you probably will be able to retire at that date. When you calculate and become aware of the fact that you probably won't have enough saved at that date, you can do two things, save more in the coming years or retire a couple of years later. And as a last result you could think of mutual funds or CD's. But you should ask advise from an expert before you do so, you should not take any risk with your retirement savings.

These were the basics of retirement planning, it is going to take time and afford but you can do it!
About the Author
John Chomsky worked as a consultant helping other people plan for their retirement. Almost forgetting his own. He helps people out at www.planning-a-retirement.com
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