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What are the Best Tips for Personal Finance in Retirement?

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  • Written By: Felicia Dye
  • Edited By: Melissa Wiley
  • Last Modified Date: 11 February 2020
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Personal finance in retirement should be taken very seriously to prevent hardships. Individuals should develop budgets and commit to them. Family members and friends should not be allowed to encourage irresponsible or reckless financial decisions. It may be a good idea to continue working during the first years of retirement, at least on a part-time, seasonal, or as-needed basis. Retired individuals can also do themselves a favor by finding ways to save money and to lower their taxes.

Although many may view it as an unnecessary expense, it is very wise for retired individuals to consult with a personal finance adviser at least once per year. Those who will limit their use of such services to an annual visit should consider scheduling it around tax time. This will allow the financial adviser to ensure that all possible means of reducing tax liability are applied, and it will provide an opportunity for the retired individuals to be educated about lowering their tax bills for the upcoming year.

Personal finance in retirement is often stressed by family members and friends with high expectations. Leaving the workforce does not mean that individuals should become careless about their spending habits. In many cases, retired people give large gifts, engage in splurge spending on their children and grandchildren, and begin loaning money in an unreasonable manner. This can result in financial problems and the need for some individuals to return to work.

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When a person returns to work out of necessity, something has generally gone wrong with the handling of personal finance in retirement. This does not mean, however, that retired individuals should view working negatively. In many instances, finding employment is financially beneficial, enjoyable, and recommended by financial advisers even if the acquired positions are not full-time.

Budgeting is an important part of personal finance in retirement. This is especially true for households that have a strict fixed income. Expenses should be assessed on a monthly basis before any recreational spending is done. General money-savings tips should be followed such as clipping coupons, shopping with lists, and using energy efficient appliances.

Continuing to invest is another tip that is commonly ignored. Some individuals view the years leading up to retirement as a time to make money and the years of retirement as a time to enjoy it. As life spans increase and the cost of living rises, it is becoming more important for people to find ways to continue augmenting their financial resources during their later years.

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