15 Ways to Ensure a Successful Retirement – Part 2

The following is a post from staff writer Crystal from Budgeting in the Fun Stuff, where she writes about finding the balance between paying your bills, saving for your future, and budgeting for the fun stuff along the way.

Yesterday I took a look at how my husband and I are doing according to the first two sections described in the article, 15 Ways to Never Run Out of Money – the Beginning Years and the Middle Years. Today I’ll be seeing if we have a plan for the Pre-Retirement Years and the Retirement Years as well.

The Pre-Retirement Years

6. Stay in the Game

We are only 27 and 28, but we do plan on continuing to save for retirement up until we finally can quit. We’ll also look at all other options before we even think about touching retirement contributions for anything other than actual retirement.

7. Catch Up

I’m hoping we won’t have to, but we will take full advantage of the post-50 retirement contribution rules if they are still around in 23 years.

8. Pay Off Debt

We only have 6 years or less left on our current mortgage. Even after we pay it off, we will continue paying ourselves that $900 payment every month in the hopes that any of our future houses can be bought with the proceeds of the previous home and cash.

9. Budget for Health-Care Costs

I already know our health care expenses will at least triple and will keep that in mind as we near age 52.

10. Time Your Payout

If social security is still around for us, we will wait until the proper time to get as big of a payout as possible.

Retirement Years

11. Tread Carefully With Annuities

If we get an annuity at all, we would only invest 25% or less of our total assets into it. Our main plan is to use our retirement accounts in conjunction with my husband’s pension and have more than enough simply since we should be able to live off of the pension and interest alone by then.

12. Follow the 4 Percent Rule

We’ll be following the 3% or less rule and only withdraw 3% or less each year from all of our accounts. Since we should have several million by then, we may be able to live on just the pension and interest. We’ll only dig into principal if we have to or when we hit 80 plus.

13. Fill Up a Big Bucket

I like this idea – one bucket for cash, one for short-term investments, and one for long-term investments. We’ll definitely have at least 2 years of expenses in cash and keep the rest of our money as safe as possible.

14. Hedge Against Inflation

This is also a great idea. We have considered having 10%-15% in stocks and another 10% in treasury bonds, so we should be covered.

15. Work Longer

We may get hobby jobs in retirement if we will enjoy them, but we are saving now so we can have that choice later. I don’t want to be forced to work longer than necessary simply because I was wasting too much in my 20’s.

Overall, I think my husband and I are on track for a great, early retirement! How are you doing on these 15 steps overall (you can see yesterday’s post here)? How about these last two sections specifically?






8 responses to “15 Ways to Ensure a Successful Retirement – Part 2”

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  2. #9 – budget for health care cost. This one scares me the most. Who knows what will happen when we get older and the way health care cost are increasing, it is going to be tough to find any investments to keep up with it.

    BTW, I still don’t see subscription options on this page.

  3. Andy Hough

    You should see them in the sidebar. I checked in Firefox and Internet Explorer and they’re showing up for me.

  4. johnson

    you’re only 27 and 28? are you people for real? your retirement is ions away. do you know how much can change in those decades? suppose social security gets it’s act together and you can get a free retirement aka the government? what the heck are you saving all your money for?

    waste of human time. time wasters.

  5. Crystal

    @johnson, LOL. Okay, let’s say we get social security, then our money can pay for our hobbies and travel. But, what if we don’t get social security? How would we pay for our expenses then? I think the 20s and 30s are the perfect time to save as much as you can before complex life problems get in the way…

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  7. Paul

    Is it possible to retire in places like Panama or a similar place with US$1 mil in financial assets for someone who is 50 years old, healthy with no debt?

  8. Crystal

    @Paul, I would think you could but you’d need to live on a tight budget. Look at the costs and see what you can do.