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  • we are retired and do not seem to have any money to do fun things can you help

    Asked by a 73 year old woman from Trenton, MI on 10/4/2012

    we are retired and do not seem to have any money to do fun things can you help

  • Categories: Your Life in Retirement, Leisure, Budgeting, Work and Retirement


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  • Unfortunately many financial advisors have traditionally advised people that they will spend less in retirement than they did while working. However, many retirees find that all of the free time associated with retirement can be costly. As you are finding, fun can be expensive.

    Researchers from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College suggest three ways to improve your financial profile:

    ----> Delay Retirement: There are three key benefits to delaying retirement. You can: 1) Dramatically increase your monthly Social Security benefits for retirement. 2) Contribute more money to your retirement savings accounts. 3) Reduce the period of time in retirement when you are relying on those savings. Seventy four percent of all households who retire at age 62 fall short of having adequate assets for retirement. Delaying retirement to age 67 dramatically reduces this figure to 47 percent.

    If you are already retired, would you consider a part time job? Many retirees find that work provides a lot of social and intellectual benefits -- it can be fun!
    ------------------ More about benefits of working: http://www.newretirement.com/Services/Working_In_Retirement.aspx

    -----> Take a Reverse Mortgage: The typical U.S. household approaching retirement has nearly $140,000 in home equity making it the largest asset outside of Social Security. Reverse Mortgages allow those age 62 and older to extract their home equity while remaining in their home.
    ------------------- Estimate your Reverse Mortgage loan amount here: https://www.newretirement.com/Services/Reverse_Mortgage_Calculator.aspx

    -----> Control Spending: There is more than one way to retire with financial security. Reducing your day to day expenses can be more effective than increasing your assets or income. And, if you cut your budget while still working, you can add those savings to your retirement nest egg for even greater security.
    ------------------ http://www.newretirement.com/Services/Reducing_Expenses_to_Insure_Retirement_Security.aspx

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