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Social Security payments are the primary source of income for many retirees. Nearly 30 percent of respondents to a 2016 survey by the Federal Reserve Board indicated that they had no retirement savings. Whether Social Security will be your sole means of support or a source of pocket change, it’s a good idea to strategize how to get the most out of your benefits – before you hit retirement age.
Many people head toward retirement as part of a couple. But that doesn’t mean that spouses are working together as a team.
Only one-third of couples have even discussed retirement planning, according to a study by consultants Hearts & Wallets. Asked how much money they think they will need for retirement, 47% of couples disagree, Fidelity recently found. And men and women often have different interests in later life, with far more men than women engaging in sports and outdoor activities, and far more women than men getting together with friends and family, according to TIAA research.
Getting on the same page about saving and planning for post-career life is critical for couples in their 50s, for whom retirement is suddenly not that far away. “Eighty percent of reaching your goal is defining what your goal is and having a plan for speed bumps that could derail you,”says Michael Brady, president of Generosity Wealth Management in Boulder.
Your fifties may provide an opportunity to turbocharge savings, as you’ve advanced in your careers and put the biggest money obligations to your children behind you. Or your finances may be pinched by new challenges, like a career setback or obligations to aging parents. If you are remarried, you may be recovering from the costs associated with your divorce. A lot is at stake.
Here are seven smart moves you can make at this stage of life that will help you transition comfortably to the next one.
AGE OF REWARDS
Aging doesn’t always have its perks, but this list of discounts might add some pizzazz to the fact of getting older. Starting at age 50, the minimum age for AARP membership, seniors may cash in on numerous deals just for being born on or before the date required for the bargain. Simply flash an ID to collect on most discounts, although some apply only to AARP members and some are offered only by select chain franchisees.
If you’re struggling to either save for retirement or spend less during those years, you aren’t alone. A GOBankingRates.com study found one-third of Americans have $0 in retirement savings and 23 percent have less than $10,000 saved. What to do in retirement is becoming an increasingly alarming issue in the U.S.
Aside from standard employer-sponsored programs — like 401k and pension plans or self-funded plans, like IRAs — there aren’t a ton of new retirement savings plans coming out of the financial industry. Therefore, it’s up to you to find creative and resourceful ways to prepare for retirement. To get you started, here are 25 brilliant ideas that will help you save more for your golden years.