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Your expenses in retirement may go up-not down.

This reality might surprise you. You're likely to spend more when you initially retire than you did when you were working.

The rule of thumb is that you should aim to replace 70% of your pre-retirement income. However, that's not always going to be enough.

Despite having fewer general expenses, the idea that spending goes down in retirement is a myth. While you may not be spending money on commuting expenses, or paying FICA and Medicare taxes, you will likely travel more, eat out more often and may even spend more on hobbies or entertainment. Moreover, some of your largest expenses may still remain as more people are starting their retirement with years of mortgage payments left, sometimes on more than one home.

HERE'S WHAT WE'VE SEEN.

Retirees in their 60s actually increase their pre-retirement spending as they enjoy the freedom of this new stage in life. They are having well-deserved fun, which often costs money.

Those in their 70s start to slow their spending until they fall

back below pre-retirement spending levels. Mortgages are usually paid off, even on second homes, and they've settled into a comfortable routine.

For individuals in their 80s, personal expenses may go down even further with one exception-health care costs.

It's important to keep in mind that the more money you spend early in your retirement, the faster you draw down your investments. Having a distribution plan that will allow you some financial freedom in the early years, while ensuring you have money left to meet your long term needs is vital. By working with a financial advisor who is versed in both accumulating and disbursing wealth, you can get on track for the retirement you've earned.

 

‘’It's important to keep in mind that the more money you spend early in your retirement, the faster you draw down your investments’’.


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