Have You Budgeted for Retirement? Here’s Why You Need to Create a Strategy for Success.
Provided to the NABBW by
Pamela J. Sams, CRPC, BFA, MBA, NABBW’s Retirement Planning Associate
Run the numbers.
There is a rule of thumb for retirees suggesting that retirement income has a target of 70-80% of the household’s end salary, though this can certainly vary.
So, years before leaving work, sit down (perhaps with the financial professional you know and trust) and take a look at your household’s monthly expenses.1
The closer your household gets to retirement, the more exact you will want to be about your income needs.
You first want to look for changing expenses: housing costs that might decrease or increase, health care costs, certain taxes, travel expenses, and so on.
Next, look at your probable income sources: Social Security, your assorted retirement savings accounts, and your portfolio.
Next, think about what you want to do with your retirement. You may have envisioned travel, spending more time pursuing activities and hobbies, or even Moving closer to family or close friends.
While you may not be able to live extravagantly in retirement, finding your priorities will be an important part of how you approach your budget; you have to not only know how to take care of your basic needs of your household, but also have things you can look forward to enjoying.
It’s also important to remember that priorities change in life, and ideas that you are fixed on before retirement may change after a few years. Budgeting can offer your household the flexibility needed to shift gears, as your needs and desires change.
Having a budget in place can offer your household flexibility, but sometimes there are situations that come up that will challenge even the most careful retirees.
A good budget will take health care costs in mind, and also be able to change over time, should they become more pressing.
If you have a family, be mindful that gifts and loans don’t overwhelm your budget. Instead, consider creating a rainy day fund to call on, allowing you to set aside money especially for unforeseen expenses.
Budget well and live wisely.
Creating a retirement budget for your household can be a big help in easing the transition from the daily grind to the golden years. For help with budgeting for retirement, speak to a qualified financial professional.
Pamela J. Sams may be reached at 703-547-8682, email@example.com or www.jacksonsams.com
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1 – fool.com/retirement/2018/09/07/how-much-income-will-you-really-need-in-retirement.aspx [9/7/18]
Pamela has become a strong voice in the area of personal finance for women. Her knowledge in this area has made her a sought-after speaker. She has been quoted in articles in various financial publications.
Throughout her financial services career, she has acquired several client service and financial planning awards. She has membership in the Million Dollar Roundtable (MDRT). Membership in MDRT is a highly recognized mark of excellence and limited to only the most successful in the financial services profession. This places Pamela among the top professionals in the global life insurance and financial services industry. Pamela was featured in the Women in Wealth section of Fortune Magazine November 2020 issue as a top Wealth Manager in the Washington DC metro area.
She successfully completed the demanding requirements to receive a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor certification through the College of Financial Planning. Pamela also holds a Behavioral Financial Advisor designation, awarded to advisors who have undergone training to learn to help clients make financial decisions using a rational, values-based approach. Behavioral Financial Advisor’s integrate techniques founded in traditional finance, psychology and neuroscience to positively influence clients’ spending and saving behavior in the presence of challenging emotions.
Pamela is married, lives in Chantilly, VA and has three children. She devotes her free time to her family, her church, enjoys reading and loves to sing.
Securities offered through Securities America, Inc., a Registered Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA (SIPC). Advisory services offered through Securities America Advisors, Inc., a SEC Registered Investment Advisory Firm, Pamela Sams, Investment Advisor Representative.