The question, are you on track to a secure retirement is a common one that many people have. They may be nearing retirement or their company is about to provide a special retirement plan. They wonder if they should take it and whether they will be OK financially in retirement. Whether you are retired or about to retire or have a few years yet to work it is never too late to assess whether you will be comfortable in retirement.
Are you on track to a secure retirement?
One of the best ways to answer this question is to build a retirement budget. First, you should identify where your income is going to come from. Your income may include company pensions, government pensions, income from investments, and other miscellaneous income that is on a recurring basis.
Next, you must consider all of your expenses. Your expenses will include all of the regular monthly expenses such as heat, Hydro or electricity, and utilities such as cable TV, telephone, etc. You should also include your taxes and mortgage payment if you have one. Your home is going to need maintenance over the years and you should budget an amount each year for maintenance of your home. The same applies to your car and whether you have a car payment or car maintenance, insurance, etc. this should be part of your budget.
Once you have totaled up all of your income and expenses you will have some idea as to whether you will have sufficient money during your retirement. You may find that your expenses are going to be greater than your income. You will either have to work longer or cut your expenses. You may also decide that you will increase your savings if you have time.
Another area that we did not mention is all of your expenses associated with your free time. You now have a great deal of free time to pursue hobbies, travel, and even go back to work. Depending on what you decide he may need to budget for this activity.
A good plan developed early, reviewed regularly, and adjusted as needed will help to ensure a secure retirement.