A budget enables you to monitor your expenses and achieve your financial goals. You will want to use a budget in your retirement years as well, especially if you want to get the most out of your retirement savings.
A retirement budget can differ from the one you are using now in a number of ways. When setting your goals and estimating your cost of living in retirement, keep these facts in mind:
Expenses Differ by Location.
Are you planning on relocating in retirement? Your cost of living, including tax rates and other local costs, will change depending on where you decide to live. Certain states can be more financially friendly to retirees than others; take time to research which locations appeal to you both personally and financially.
Your Income Flow May Change.
Will you be working in retirement? The number of hours you work in retirement will depend on a number of factors, such as the size of your retirement savings, your health, and your preferences about how you spend your time. Your change in income in retirement may also land you in a different tax bracket. Keep all these elements in mind when you create your retirement budget (and especially if you are estimating your goals for your retirement nest egg today!).
Your Expenses Will Likely Be Different.
Your retirement budget will change based on your daily and weekly needs in retirement. You likely will need to spend less on a daily basis in retirement than you do during a normal working day. When estimating your budget, also keep in mind that you may eventually need to swap one kind of cost for another. For example, you may need to spend less on gas and car maintenance but more on medical costs outside of your Medicare.
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