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Retirement Spending: How Your Expenses Will Change

Your retirement spending will evolve… Retirees expect that their expenses will change once they retire, but they may under-estimate just how much they will change, and in what spending categories. Overall, your spending is likely to decline once your retire, but spending may increase for part of the time and not all areas of your…

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Average Retirement Spending: Will You Spend a Lot More or Less After Retirement than Before?

Do you actually know how much you spend every day now? What about every week? Throughout your life, you have probably at least looked backward to assess how much you have spent — even if it is just a running tally in your head. However, figuring out much you will consume in the future can be…

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Your Guide to a Foolproof Retirement Budget

Scottish poet Robert Burns famously said, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” That’s true about most everything that you undertake in life, but hoping for the best isn’t the greatest retirement budget strategy. You need a real strategy, and one that’s based on your life and the life that you want…

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Expert Interview: How to Stretch your Retirement Dollar

The last decade has been tough for retirees and those nearing retirement, says Gary Foreman, founder of The Dollar Stretcher. “So many had counted on cashing out the equity in their homes to help fund retirement,” he says. “The crash of 2008 not only ended that dream, but also wiped out much of their IRA…

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Retirement Income Myth Debunked: Dying Broke is a Bad Plan

You may have heard this little piece of retirement advice: you should spend all of your money while there is still time to spend it. Though the notion of “dying broke” may appeal to many Americans, it is not the best advice for those who are approaching retirement. People are living longer and experiencing increased…

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Expert Interview with Jacob About Starting Young With Your Retirement Planning

Jacob and Vanessa Lumby might be young, but they’ve already figured out some pretty wise methods for saving for retirement: Being frugal. Saving first and being a consumer second. Evaluating each purchase in light of financial freedom and other long-term goals. Two years ago, the pair started their blog, Cash Cow Couple, which focused on…

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Should I Buy a New Car or Save for Retirement?

Are you thinking about buying a car? Will you need to buy a car at some point when you are retired?  Cars can be a big purchase and you should think carefully about your car choice in terms of your overall financial picture.   No matter when you need to buy a car, you should consider…

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Expert Interview with Keith Whelan of Cash Flow Navigator On Wealth Vs. Cash Flow

Many of us want to be wealthy, but few of us realize what it takes to get there. That’s why Keith Whelan founded Cashflownavigator, a site that lets you track where your money goes and gives you the tools to redirect it. He was kind enough to speak with us about how to do more…

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5 Reasons You Want Good Credit as You Head Into Retirement

As you approach retirement, you have a lot on your mind. Deciding how and where you would like to spend your retirement years and making sure that you have the funds to do so are probably at the top of your list. Chances are that you are not thinking much about your credit score, but…

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Tax Rate for Retirees: 5 Money-Saving Tips for Retirees Filing Their Tax Returns

As the cost of living continues to rise, retirees have to adjust their retirement plan to ensure that they can continue to support themselves financially. During these lean and uncertain financial times, it’s important to find ways to maximize your financial support in retirement. For retirees that are still working, there are many ways to…

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Retirement Solutions: What Can Be Done about Soaring Car Insurance Rates?

Once you turn 70, car insurance is a whole new and potentially expensive ballgame. This could be the most wonderful time of your life, at least if you’re prepared for what’s up ahead in the road. But if you prefer to drive without a map, there might be some expensive surprises on your journey through…

Expert Interview with Lynette from Cleverly Simple About Fun, Frugal Living

Lynette Rice knows what it takes to live life to the fullest without overspending. That’s why she created her own website, Cleverly Simple, and shares what she knows with readers. Here, Rice shares some tips with readers looking to save money, cut back on overspending, and find ways to save on everyday items. Cleverly Simple…

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Expert Interview with Deacon Hayes of Well Kept Wallet About Personal Finances

Old or young, it’s never too late or too early to prepare for the future, or just to practice healthy financial habits – to have more while spending less. Deacon Hayes and his wife were drowning in debt. They set out to learn how successful people handled their money and discovered they were doing it…

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7 Ways to Boost Savings, Retire Early

Saving for retirement sometimes takes a bit of creativity. This is especially true if you’ve spent some time with a devil-may-care attitude and are just now getting down to business. You’re not alone, if that’s the case. More often than not, you’ll look for ways to boost savings rather than sit comfortably with what you’ve…

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Expert Interview with Jim Koch on Managing Outcomes

Americans spend too much time focusing on investing, and not enough time understanding or planning for living expenses in retirement, says Jim Koch, principal and founder of Koch Capital Management LLC. “It’s actually quite sad to me that so much time and energy is spent on looking for that home-run stock versus determining all the…

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Expert Interview with Todd Tresidder About Financial Freedom and Focusing Your Finances on Values and Security

While he was an entrepreneur in the investment management industry, Todd Tresidder noticed a contradiction in what got him to his own financial independence and what was normally taught. From this contradiction, Todd found motivation to create Financial Mentor to teach financial freedom and wealth building. With his economics and investing background, Todd has a…

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Expert Interview with Natalie McNeal on Frugal Living and Planning for Your Future Retirement

Natalie McNeal turned being smart with money into a career: She’s the editor of The Frugalista and is always looking for a smart way to save a dollar for the future. She spoke with us about how to change how we view money and better plan for the future. Do you think we spend too…

Expert Interview with Jason Vitug on Being Financially Literate for NewRetirement.com

If you ask Jason Vitug, financial literacy is the single most important issue in America, impacting our life and economy. “The unfortunate reality is that we aren’t taught about money at school,” he says. “We learn how to calculate the circumference of a circle but not about compound interest.” And while government organizations and nonprofits…

Expert Interview with Miron Lulic on Planning Your Retirement the Right Way

Miron Lucic always thinks ahead. On his blog SuperMoney, he’s constantly on the cutting edge of retirement planning, among other financial topics. He laid out for us how to plan for your retirement while balancing your other financial needs. What are some mistaken beliefs about retirement planning you often see? Probably the most common misconception…

The Top 5 Sources of Retirement Income

Generating enough income to live comfortably during retirement is the biggest challenge every American faces later in life. As baby boomers get closer to retiring, the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) asked them what they considered their top-five retirement income sources and found that Social Security tops the list. In fact, research shows that 65% of…

Senior Program Budget Cuts Making it Harder for Seniors to Stay in Their Homes

Federal Budget Cuts Affecting Seniors CNNMoney, November 19th, 2013 For many seniors, being able to stay in their own homes can be their last claim to independence and dignity, and will not be easily let go of.  However, most will readily admit that a little help here and there can be essential to their ability…

The Price is Right! Top Couponing Strategies and Web Sites for the Retired

AARP senior discounts used to be one of the only ways to save money. Now online coupons and discounts can be found on anything and everything and are a great way to save money on retirement expenses. Here are a few of the strategies and sites we think are best. • Search for Specific Discounts:…

Are You “Financially Fragile?”

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to raise $2,000 in four weeks? If you had to, could you? According to one paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, nearly half of American’s would not and are therefore considered “financially fragile.” And for those that could come up with the…

Balancing Saving and Expenses

Working people today are stretched.  Most of us know that saving for retirement is important, and might have even heard the figures about the “optimal savings rate” (usually posited at around 10% of take-home pay).  But knowing what we would be saving in a perfect world is one thing.  Being able to actually save that…

The Financial Nightmares Facing Boomers

Yahoo Finance, January 16th, 2011 This month, the first baby boomers officially reached retirement age, and they’re in a gloomy mood. A Pew Research Center survey last month found that 80 percent of the nation’s 79 million boomers are dissatisfied with the way things are going today — more than members of any other age…