Have you ever considered volunteer work in retirement? Whether you’re planning to take a full-blown volunteer vacation as a retiree, or you want to help at your local animal shelter weekly, incorporating volunteering into your schedule as a retiree has a wide range of benefits. From improving your physical and emotional health, to finding a connection in your community, to making an impact on the world around you - volunteer work is a fantastic lifestyle pursuit for retirees.
When people picture retirement, many of them picture a retired couple enjoying their days in the Arizona sun, or camped out at their beach house by the ocean. The stereotypes of snowbirds, or of retirees uprooting their lives to relocate somewhere warmer, exist for a reason. Close to 25% of retirees are looking to leave their current community for one reason or another, with the vast majority of retirees moving to sunnier states like New Mexico, Florida, and Arizona.
Long-term care insurance is specifically intended to help policyholders cover the cost and expenses of long-term care. Typically, these are services that go above and beyond what traditional health insurance covers.
Retirement can often be a challenging time. Putting financial concerns aside, the transition from working full time and being committed to consistent goals to having no defined structure to your day-to-day can be challenging. One way that some retirees, and senior citizens who are still employed full time, are finding purpose, fulfillment, and joy in this new season of life is by attending college or continuing education courses through a waived tuition program at a local college or university.
Setting financial goals isn’t always the most challenging part of building a financial plan. Too often, individuals have a laundry list of goals - and as they move through life, that list grows. However, when it’s time to organize a strategy for pursuing those goals, things get a little bit more difficult.
When you’re not sure how to prioritize your financial goals, you tend to try and knock them out all at once. Trying to funnel your limited cash flow to multiple goals simultaneously isn’t always effective - especially when done without a strategy.
If you’re gearing up for retirement, it’s important to build a road map for your lifestyle and finances during this new chapter. Too often, people jump into retirement with a loose plan for their money and assume that it will sustain them throughout their years as a retiree.
One of the ways you can start finding more fulfillment in your finances is to align your spending with your values. This can be done by cleaning up your daily budget and spending less on things that don’t have a positive impact on your daily life, but it can also be done by allocating a percentage of your cash flow to giving back to the people, causes, and organizations you care about.
As a woman fee-only financial planner, many of my clients are women. In fact, I pride myself on working with women who come from all walks of life and are each in a different place on their personal financial journey. It’s one of the primary reasons I entered this field of personal finance.
Over the years, I’ve heard many gendered financial stereotypes mislead women investors, and cause other financial planners to approach their clients’ saving and investing strategies differently as a result. Gendered financial ideas aren’t always based in reality - but there are some key things that women investors need to know about savings patterns and behavior biases.
Many pre-retirees and retirees ask their financial planner:
How much money should I plan to leave my kids when I pass away?
Many pre-retirees look at downsizing as a kind of miracle solution to their financial and lifestyle woes. In some ways, choosing to downsize your living space before you retire can be a positive change of pace - financially and personally. However, depending on your situation, downsizing can come with some drawbacks. It isn’t always the solution for everyone - and you may be asking yourself: If downsizing isn’t the answer I’m looking for, how can I cut costs in retirement?
When you worked full time, summer may have been full of week-long vacations or long weekend trips. Now that you’re retired, you have the opportunity to “vacation” any time that you like. So, how do you plan for the summer as a full-time retiree? There are several activities you might want to consider during this new season of life.
Many pre-retirees and retirees consider a reverse mortgage to help supplement their income for monthly expenses. As is the case with every financial decision, it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting from a reverse mortgage, and whether it fits into your financial plan. This blog is intended to provide an overview of this complex topic. More information can be found through the links provided throughout the post.
For many people, retirement isn’t an easy transition. Aging can be a challenge, and the financial burdens that come with it can weigh down even the healthiest of people. In many cases, retirees have family members who help them through the aging process. There’s a support system in place for when you need medical assistance or can’t live on your own anymore.
Solo agers, however, don’t have the same family ties that many retirees do. Traditional family life isn’t always for everyone, and that’s okay! It just means that, if you’re a solo ager, you have to think ahead and do some more planning for your own retirement.
When people hear “financial advisor” they often think of someone hunched over multiple computer screens, day trading, and trying to “beat the market.” In reality, this image couldn’t be farther from the truth.
While many financial advisors help their clients create and implement an investment strategy, they certainly aren’t day traders who exclusively spend their time crunching numbers and trading stock! This specific view of advisors often lends itself to people believing that financial advisors are only for the wealthy, or for people who are nearing retirement.