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English: Retirement savings for various period...

English: Retirement savings for various periods with squirrel and nut analogy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I envision the television version of retirement;  sitting on the porch with my husband, planning our next trip, visiting with the grand kids, volunteering somewhere and being active in my church.  I can only think of two things that would hinder me in this dream.  Both boil down to a lack of proper planning by myself or my husband of five years this September.

The first reason would be insufficient funds to allow us to do as we please, which is the ultimate goal. According to CNNMoney I will need $910,480.00 or $612,777.00 in today’s dollars (CNNMoney, 2013).  What I say to that is I am a bit short of the mark.  This shortage leads me to my second hindrance, the necessity to continue working after age 65.

If I retire at age 75 I will need a paltry $657,830.00 or $326,485.00 in today’s dollars.  This is a bit better and I am a bit closer to the mark (a bit) (CNNMoney, 2013).  Now this assumes all things are consistent, that I want to live on 100% of my current salary, that we stay healthy and that we don’t have to actively raise our grandkids.  Also this does not take into account my husband’s contribution.

What I can guarantee is that our lives will not remain consistent.  I have been afraid of living out my old age alone eating cat food for as long as I can remember.  My husband and I have started exercising regularly.  He lost 60 lbs and I lost 30lbs.  We eat better but still not the best.  I am actively trying to pay every debt I can find.  We are both in school, he to complete his Bachelors and a certificate in his field and me for my Masters, we pray daily and are active in the church.  Though we are in our early 50’s we will not allow the environment or anything else to hinder our long-term well being.

With that said we may need to alter our television, pie in the sky ideas of retirement a bit too fit reality but who knows?????

Bibliography

CNNMoney. (2013). How much do I need to retire? –   CNNMoney. Retrieved 3 19, 2013, from CNNMoney:   http://cgi.money.cnn.com/tools/retirementneed/retirementneed_plain.html

 

 

About Donna Hill

About Us MomsHouse was established August 2014 in tribute to Chalmetta Elaine Paulette Johnson, who died from accelerating Multiple Sclerosis. My mother’s courageous journey of maintaining her independence and dignity inspired the idea to create an organization to work collaboratively with seniors to do the same. Mission Statement To enhance and improve the quality of life for our elder community by providing free or low cost access to products, services and information. MomsHouse Core Values *Respect for the dignity of all individuals *Uncompromising integrity *Accountability to all our supporters *Build a positive team and family spirit *Build and maintaining strong relationships *Truth in all matters *Do more with less

Posted on July 3, 2013, in My Journey to My Masters in Elder Care and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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