If you are not preparing for retirement then you should start now. With each passing day we are getting older and eventually our age will prevent us from working. If you contact DWP you would find out that the amount of benefits being offered by the government would not be enough to meet your basic needs. You may feel anxious about how you will survive in your golden years so it would be wise to begin planning for your retirement now while time is on your side. It is never too early to start planning for your retirement so with that sentiment it is time to spring into action.
Get Out of Debt ASAP!
The biggest barrier between you and retiring in comfort is debt. If you are carrying too much debt it restricts your ability to save for retirement. Imagine right now if you only had basic expenditures to take care of like food, power, insurance and other necessities! You would have large sums of cash left over to enjoy a better quality of life.
While it may seem impossible now you can get out of debt by tackling the lines of credit that are carrying the highest rate of interest. Start by paying those down as quickly as possible so you can save money on costly interest. After you have paid off the first major high interest debt you can move on to the next one on your list until eventually all of your debts are paid off. This is sometimes referred to as a debt repayment snowball with the single minded focus of getting out of debt within the first couple of years. Some people may say you should save money for retirement which is important but with the interest rate on consumer credit at such high levels you are getting the best return on investment by simply paying down your debts.
Investing for Your Retirement
If you contact DWP they would give you an indication on how much your basic income would be on government assistance. What you need to do is develop a plan of saving as much money as possible towards your retirement goal. You will need to try and figure out how much cash will be needed when you actually retire. Since you don’t have large amounts of debt and your home is paid off the amount of cash you would need for retirement is fairly small. Another option is to retire later in life if you are blessed with good health you would have the option to delay retirement which means you do not have to save as much money.
You should consider getting your family involved in the decision making process so they feel like they have some input in your retirement planning. By having everyone share in the decision making they can understand the importance of getting out of debt quickly. The sooner you begin saving for your retirement the more options you will have available so start planning now.