Retirement Mistakes to Avoid

Retirement may be a long way off for most people today, but preparing for it is always a necessity no matter how young you are. Eventually you might find yourself at that point in life where it is time to get out of the rat race and lay back and enjoy life at retirement. How you would find yourself at retirement would depend on what you try to do now.

There are a lot of people who make the same mistakes that result in giving them no other choice but to postpone retirement for awhile, mainly because they have no other choice. Credit it to poor decisions early in life that can be summed up in the following categories.

Untimely and Unwise Spending

There are two types of mistakes that will lead people to unwise use of their retirement fund- spending it too soon or too late. At the first stages of retirement, either concern or excitement may meet up with you. You may have concerns of how to further stretch your retirement fund to last you the longest time possible.

It can become too grave that extreme caution would lead to hoarding most of the savings to the point that they are barely being spent at all. This may not be a good idea although it is a wise thing to take great care of spending your retirement fund to make it last a bit longer. But saving it all up to the point of denying yourself of the most basic necessities may be taking things too seriously.

On the other hand, you may feel a bit too excited in expecting to enjoy at the early stages of retirement right away. This may lead you to splurge and enjoy the finer things in life that you were denied when you were still young and busy working. This urge to spend lavishly can sometimes result in leaving you with a retirement fund that may not be able to last.

Although it is practical to spend the early stages of your retirement enjoy certain activities while your body is still able, it is not worth the risk of spending too much that may leave you with a used up retirement fund after just five years.

Not Investing in Healthcare

Most people are more concerned of saving up for their future retirement that they sometimes neglect putting up some money in trying to keep themselves healthy. When you are planning for retirement, you should be also considering your healthcare needs to make sure that you remain healthy even as you advance in age and approaching your impending retirement.

You must realize that as you get older, your healthcare needs also increase. You may need to consider more frequent check ups with your doctor or possibly living in a nursing home or requiring long-term care as you advance in age. Your health care needs are also something that you should try to keep in mind when you plan for your retirement.


Posted by Ardent Editor on Dec 5 2007 in Retirement 101

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