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					Top Ten Rules for Saving for Retirement

Saving for your retirement years is as important as planning your finances for the here and now.
With more and more seniors finding themselves without enough money to live out their
retirement years, take the time now to make sure you’re following the top ten rules for saving for
your retirement.

Plan
The first rule of retirement savings is to create a written plan. Financial plans include your
income and expenses now and how you should invest your money today in order to grow it
enough to cover future living expenses.

Budget
Create a budget that plots your income and expenses and use the budget to keep track of your
spending. This ensures you don’t overspend so you can reach your retirement goals.

Continue to Work Part-time
Working a second part-time job during the years leading up to your retirement gives you an
additional source of savings income. You can take on a part-time job during retirement to earn
extra money or to keep your mind busy.

Review Bills Carefully
Don’t give away your money for free. Review monthly bills for accuracy so that you only pay
creditors what is due to them.

Discounts
Clip coupons and take advantage of discounts where and when you can. Deposit the money you
save savings into your retirement account. If you do this each time you eat out or buy an item, it
will quickly add up over the years.

Comparison Shop
Never pay more than you have to for an item, especially a big-ticket one. Shop and compare at
least three places before making a major purchase.


Start Now
It’s never too late to start saving for retirement. So, even if you’re only a few years away from
retiring, put away money, invest your money and start planning today for your tomorrow.

Be Conservative
Invest your retirement money more conservatively than you would other funds. It’s as important
to grow your money as it is to preserve the principal balance and protect it against inflation.

Professional Advice
Most individuals are not equipped to make investing and estate planning decisions. Seek the
advice of a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) to help you review your situation, create a plan and
set you on the path to reaching your retirement goals.

Consider Time
The number of years you have left until retirement plays a starring role in your investment
options. Invest in a way that gives you the highest possible return for the time you have left until
retirement.

About the Author

Kristie Lorette is a freelance writer and marketing consultant that specializes in personal finance. She is
also the editor of The Mortgage & Credit Diva, a blog devoted to mortgage and personal finance tips,
tricks, and advice for consumers. You can read Kristie’s blog at
www.mortgageandcreditdiva.blogspot.com or learn more about her writing and marketing services at
www.studiokwriting.com.

				
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