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Planning For Retirement

Planning for retirement is something that everyone should have in the back of their minds. Begin as early as you can, and stick to your plan.

Consider these quick suggestions:

  • First and foremost, enroll in your company's 401k plan as early as you can if they offer one, and take advantage of any matching options available. This way, your funds can be accumulating through the years.
  • Make a budget. Figuring out what your current financial obligations and determine how much you can contribute to your 401k and IRA's each time you get your paycheck.
  • Make savings a priority. Incorporate it into your budget, just like a bill. Consider other savings accounts in addition to your 401k for special purposes as well as additional retirement savings. Identify areas in your financial life that you can trim back on in order to increase your retirement savings to meet your long term goals.
  • What do you plan to do when you retire? In many cases, retirement means different things for different people. To some, it can mean picking up a bag and traveling the world. To others, it can mean relaxing at home and enjoying free time. Make sure your retirement plan can support your retirement goals. Create a "retirement budget" to project your future financial needs and better determine how much you need to save now to meet them.
  • Have a savings plan and stick to it!