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Things Not To Do When You Retire


The decision to retire can be a difficult one, but it is often the right choice. The next challenge comes with determining what to do in your retirement years. One of the most important decisions you make will be where you live. When you retire, your daily existence is affected in various ways, both personally and financially. It’s critical to ensure that your retirement years are enjoyable while also making sure that your finances are in order so you can truly enjoy them. This article will provide you with tips on things not to do when you retire.

Ignoring Inflation

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Inflation can be a real problem for those with fixed incomes. Your income might remain the same, but the cost of living continues to rise each year. According to Statista, the inflation rate for 2019 is 1.7 percent, and it is expected to be between 2.73 and 2.23 percent in the years ahead. Although the inflation rate may appear to be below, it has an impact on how far your money will go. If you refuse to make adjustments and inflation is high, your overall standard of living will decrease as prices go up. In 24 years, inflation will cut your purchasing power in half if inflation stays reasonable at 3%. Given the preceding data and the fact that we live longer, inflation is the worst foe of every retiree. In most cases, retirees should have at least 60% of their retirement savings in stocks and mutual funds.

Buying Into Scams

It is easy to get caught up in the hype of something that seems too good to be true. When you are retired, it’s likely that your income will not change much, even if you have more free time on your hands. You may want to look into a business opportunity or purchase an investment vehicle without doing the necessary research and homework needed beforehand. You could find yourself buying into a scam that turns out to be nothing more than an unprofitable business or investment. If you are not careful, your retirement funds can disappear very quickly and result in financial ruin. Examine your insurance plans with a financial counselor if you’re still unsure about them. And don’t buy new insurance, annuities, or other financial products without first consulting someone in your family, legal counsel, or advisor.

Selling A Home Too Soon

A home can be a fantastic investment, but it isn’t always beneficial to sell your home too soon. According to a GOBankingRates study, house prices in several cities in the South and Southeast have decreased $5,000 or more year-over-year. There are some cases when you may need to move for one reason or another. If property values in your region are declining, consider making extra money by renting your home instead of selling it right away. While you’re checking out a new location, rent your house to tenants for a year. If this happens, the last thing that most people think about doing is selling their current residence and buying something else right away. You should wait five years before selling your home because that is the average time it takes to get back your initial investment. Also, if you sell too soon, you will experience more of a loss than if you wait five years.

Spending Too Much

Once you retire, it is natural to spend your newfound free time doing the things that matter most to you. However, this can be a costly mistake if not done wisely. When working full-time, an employer takes care of many of your expenses, so there isn’t much room for overspending. Now that you are retired, it is your responsibility to take care of these costs. The best way to avoid any money problems in retirement is by reducing spending as much as possible before retiring. For example, if you have a mortgage payment each month and children who still live at home, consider selling the house so you can pay off all debts. Once that is done, you should have a monthly surplus that you can save. If you spend too much money after retirement, it won’t take long for your savings to dwindle.

Holding On To Your Second Vehicle

Many people hang on to their second vehicle, while others trade it for a more economical car. However, most retirees should not even own a car if they don’t need one and can get around without driving—especially living in metropolitan areas where you have access to public transportation. Maybe it’s for sentimental reasons, or perhaps you can’t imagine downsizing after having two cars for so long, or perhaps there’s another reason behind your refusal to let go of the other set of useless vehicles. Consider taking public transportation to save yourself from having another monthly payment that eats into your retirement savings. If you believe you can sell your car, go for it. You could discover that downsizing to one vehicle (or none) pushes you to modify your bad habits, such as walking more and taking fewer unnecessary journeys, which will save both money and carbon emissions. You’ll also save any money you spend on insurance and maintenance now.

Not Taking Advantage Of Senior Discounts

One of the best ways to save money as you get older is by taking advantage of senior discounts. According to a study, 62% of seniors take advantage of some type of discount, with 28% doing so at least once per week. Even though many companies that offer these types of deals require seniors who use them to show ID, it is well worth the effort. You can save between 25% and 50% on groceries, movies tickets, train fares, and even some types of insurance premiums by taking advantage of senior discounts. 

Taking Social Security Too Early

Retirement benefits are based on your lifetime earnings. In other words, the more you earn over the years, the higher your Social Security retirement benefit will be when you retire. If you take it early before reaching full retirement age (FRA), there is a penalty for doing so. The government reduces your monthly Social Security check by about 30% if you retire before your FRA. For example, the penalty for retiring at age 62 is that you will receive only about 75% of what you were entitled to receive if you had waited until your full retirement age (FRA). The decision on when to claim Social Security benefits can be a difficult one and should not be taken lightly. If you take it too early, it will significantly reduce your benefits. However, waiting until after your full retirement age (FRA) could result in not having enough to live on during the rest of your life. There are calculators online where you can fill out some basic information and receive an estimate of what you might expect from Social Security if you retire at various ages.

Not Have A Retirement Income Strategy

In the absence of a solid retirement income strategy, there is almost no chance that you will have enough money to last throughout your life. Managing distributions from a variety of retirement accounts and other revenue streams, such as a pension or Social Security, is one of the most challenging aspects of retirement. There are several strategies for generating an adequate income once you retire, including working part-time, self-employment, and reverse mortgages. While these options can certainly work well for some people, they may not be the right choice for everyone. You should consider your options and how you can generate enough income to last throughout retirement before deciding when or if you will retire.

Not Taking Advantage Of Tax Benefits

There are several tax benefits that retirees can take advantage of to make their money go further during retirement. For example, people who are 65 or older can contribute up to $24,000 into an IRA account every year. The contribution limit for people 50 and over is $36,000 per year. Additionally, there are tax exemptions available to retirees based on the amount of money in their retirement plans each year. For example, if you have a traditional IRA, you can exclude up to $24,000 in distributions from your taxable income every year. That means that if you have a traditional IRA and receive $30,000 during the year, only $6000 will be taxed while the other $21,000 is tax-free money which helps supplement your retirement savings plan.

Not Investing Enough

Most claim that they want to invest aggressively to build up their retirement savings. Unfortunately, research from Northwestern Mutual has found that many retirees take a conservative approach with their portfolios, even though this is the opposite of what they said earlier on when it comes to investing. The results show that 49% of retired investors own equities, and 22% own alternative assets such as hedge funds, private equity, and real estate. Although many retirees take an aggressive approach to investing, most of those polled claim that they are saving conservatively for retirement. The problem is that this contradicts what their risk tolerance says about how much money they should be putting into stocks versus bonds or cash equivalents.

Not Planning for Healthcare Costs

Healthcare costs are often cited as the number one reason that retirees struggle financially. The problem is exacerbated by how fast healthcare costs have been rising in recent years. According to a 2016 study, almost half of all Americans (45%) do not feel like they know how much money it will take for them to retire comfortably. Most people assume they need to have at least $500,000 before they can retire. However, the actual number is closer to $800,000 for those retiring today and will be about double that amount in 30 years when people are ready to retire. Since retirees often rely on Social Security as their primary source of income during retirement, you must consider healthcare costs when trying to estimate how much money you’ll need.

Not Saving Enough For Emergencies

Emergencies are bound to happen, even if you have diligently saved throughout your working years. If something unexpected happens, such as a medical emergency or house repairs, the last thing that most retirees want is another financial burden during their golden years. The problem is that more than half of households in America have less than one month’s worth of savings set aside for emergencies. Only 49% say they are saving enough to cover three months’ expenses if a job loss occurs or their income is reduced. This underscores the importance of building up an emergency fund even before you retire that can be tapped into when the need arises. Emergencies can strike at any time, but it’s much easier if you have the financial resources to handle them.


Retirement is an exciting time in life, but it can also be stressful if you’re unsure how to prepare for the change. The good news is that there are steps that retirees can take now, such as taking advantage of tax benefits and planning ahead for healthcare costs, which will help them navigate their golden years with ease. Whether you’re near or far from retirement, you’ve almost certainly made errors along the road. If you don’t have enough saved up, get started now. Take on a part-time job and put that money into your retirement account. Dedicate any raise or bonus to your investment fund. Seek assistance from a reputable financial advisor to assist you in maintaining or returning to your budget.


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