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Do You Ask Yourself, How Do I Plan for Retirement?

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Start saving now!

Don’t you think that every working man and working woman is entitled to enjoying a secure and comfortable retirement once they are no longer working? Due to the fact that we have taken so many strides in health care and in medicine, many people are living longer and healthier lives, which translates to many people having longer periods of retirement. In other to attain the goal of having a secure and comfortable retirement, it is vital that we plan for retirement wisely by beginning with a solid blueprint for success.

* Save early, and save often.

The sooner you begin to save money, the longer your funds will have to grow in preparation. Putting compounding to use for you is one of the best possible ways that you can build your wealth, because the gains that you make with every new year will be added to the gains that you make with every previous year.

* Set goals that are realistic.

Rather than relying on rules of thumb to project your future retirement expenses. If your expenses are based upon your needs, you need to set realistic goals rather than simply assuming. Formulate how much money you will need based on the type of lifestyle that you intend to lead, and keep your potential future income in mind.

* Save up for retirement using a 401(k).

Why? Because making a contribution to this type of account will provide you with immediate tax deductions, employer matched contributions and even tax deferments on your retirement savings growth. This is excellent advice for anyone who is wondering “how do I plan for retirement?” without a clear cut plan.

* Another example of a way to invest for your future is IRAS.

IRAS provide large tax breaks like 401(k) accounts do, offering you an excellent level of tax advantaged aid. There are traditional IRAs with tax deferred investing, and Roth IRAs where there is tax free growth but no deductible contribution capabilities.

* Allocate your assets wisely rather than investing too largely into one investment over another.

Spread your portfolio out, and enjoy numerous types of investments rather than just relying on 401(k), or IRAs, or savings. For example, for stable long term growth in your investment portfolio, stocks may be one of the best options that you can choose to invest in. If you are looking for high returns over a long period of time, which is ideal for retirement saving, then stocks are an excellent choice for you to consider.

* Do not rely to heavily on bonds.

When you are saving for retirement, bonds should not be your primary source of investment because they are not as tax efficient as other investment vehicles when saving and investing for retirement.

* Having a part time job once you are retired may be a good bet.

It will continue to put money into your savings even after you have retired.

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Personal Budget Planning

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Add budgeting to your personal finance repertoire.

The key to your financial success in life is your own personal money management skills. Your personal money management practices make up your own personal method of reaching both your goals and your dreams. No one likes the idea of personal budget planning, but you will never know if you are getting the most out of your money if you do not implement some techniques for personal budget planning into your life. Everyone wants to keep up on their bills, pay off loans and credit cards, and stay ahead of debt. Successful asset and debt management is an excellent source of pride as well as good credit.

Whether we use credit or not, all of us want to have a good credit score and credit report. So unless you have an unlimited amount of money that you can simply spend in any way that you wish, you are going to need to formulate some semblance of a personal budget in order to get your bills paid and in order to manage your assets as well. Personal budget planning can seem difficult, but should not be an overwhelming process by any means.

Creating a household budget begins by figuring out what all of your monthly and yearly bills are. Then you are going to want to add in any retirement funding, savings goals and spending money so that you have a clear cut picture of how much you need to spend, because what doesn’t matter is how much money you make – what does matter is how you spend the money that you make. By implementing personal budget planning techniques into your daily life, you can get a feel for how what you make relates to what you spend, and how cutting down expenditures in certain areas of your life can actually help you save a significant amount of money.

When you fail to follow personal budget planning, your debt may overcome your income, meaning that you would be unable to make payments on time. If you make payments late or make no payments at all, you will put yourself in serious mounting debt with no way out. You cannot simply spend money as you wish and hope that there is enough left over at the end of the month with which to tackle the bills. You absolutely must implement techniques for personal budget planning if you want to manage your finances right.
Personal budget planning is actually quite easy when you consider how many resources are out there for it. Most people use budgeting software on their computers to prepare a household budget. If you do not have any fancy software, another opportunity is simply to use excel to track money in and money out. When you have a clear cut picture of where your money is going, that is when you can truly begin to implement smart money saving strategies to get your finances on track.

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