No matter what your financial circumstances, planning for retirement can be a question of choice. Do you have enough super, savings and investments to live the comfortable lifestyle you’ve always imagined? If not, you may need to make a few trade-offs today to help you retire earlier.
Alternatively, you may be content with a modest retirement as long as you don’t have to alter your lifestyle today. Here, we explore different strategies to help you achieve your retirement goals.
Active income-generation strategies for maintaining your current lifestyle
If you are content with a modest retirement, you may be wary of making any significant trade-offs in your daily life. However, there are still strategies that can ensure you have enough money to retire in relative comfort. One is to focus on investing in income-generating assets, such as rental properties or dividend-paying stocks. The ultimate goal here is to start generating passive income that can supplement your savings in retirement.
Alternatively, you may choose to delay your retirement or become semi-retired. By continuing to work for a few more years, you can give your investments more time to grow while also increasing your super contributions. Additionally, you can take advantage of catch-up contributions to your super if you are eligible.
Prioritising savings and investments
Before you end your working career and transition into retirement, it may be necessary to make trade-offs to ensure you live out a comfortable lifestyle in your golden years. Consider growing your superannuation by contributing a portion of your wage through a salary-sacrifice arrangement – this will also help reduce your taxable income. Another effective strategy is to set up automatic transfers, such as weekly or fortnightly, from your everyday account into a high-interest savings account that you don’t touch.
Any of these trade-offs will have an immediate impact on your day-to-day living, so to make things easier it’s important you identify areas where you can cut back – without significantly impacting your quality of life. Is there a better funding strategy for that new boat or large-scope renovation? Could you reduce your everyday expenses on discretionary items such as dining out or entertainment? If the kids have left home, could you downsize to a less-expensive property? Paying off any high-interest debts such as credit cards and personal loans is another effective way to free up more money to invest in your retirement.
Common trade-offs for pre-retirement
Regardless of whether you are approaching retirement in the next few years or still growing your business and your wealth for the foreseeable future, there are common lifestyle trade-offs that can help you achieve your retirement goals:
- Reduce discretionary spending: This can include cutting back on dining out, entertainment, and unnecessary purchases.
- Delay large purchases: If you are considering a major purchase, such as a new car or home renovation, consider delaying it until after retirement.
- Downsize: Downsizing your home or selling assets that you no longer need can free up cash that can be used to invest in your retirement.
Decisions can empower you
Planning for retirement can be overwhelming and there are many strategies to consider.
We’ve found there’s a direct correlation between the active decisions you make, and the outcomes you achieve. Seeking advice can help you develop a retirement plan that suits your individual needs and long-term goals. At Talem Wealth, we provide expert advice on managing your portfolio, spending smarter, creating a strategic roadmap and working towards the retirement of your choice.