7 Surprising Ways to Save Money in Retirement

7 Surprising Ways to Save Money in Retirement
When you hit your golden years, you’ll be happy that you don’t have to devote eight (or more) hours a day for a paycheck. Instead, you can set your own schedule and do the work that you want to do (or don’t do much of any work at all). Another benefit for retirees is that they have opportunities to save money that might not be available to their younger peers.

Here a 7 surprising ways to save money in retirement.

1. Reduce Your Mortgage

When you’re retired, you still might not have your house paid off. However, you might be an empty nester who doesn’t need the extra rooms for the kids.

Why not offload your house and its mortgage and move into something you can buy outright with the equity in your existing house? A home that’s smaller and more modest can save you a lot of money as you enter your sunset years.

2. Follow a Budget

You might have tried budgeting before but found that it “didn’t work” because too many unexpected expenses pop up here and there. Once you hit retirement, you might find that those expenses magically disappear.

Use your retirement calculator to determine the expenses that you’ll have to account for during retirement. Then, build your retirement portfolio so that you have enough money for those expenses based on your expected lifespan. Follow that budget strictly and you’ll save money in retirement.

3. Avoid Giving Too Many Gifts

It’s tempting to help your adult children financially. However, if you do that at risk to your own financial future, you’re not really helping anybody. Be sure to give help when it’s needed, but avoid being too generous or you could end up in trouble.

4. Reevaluate Your Spending Goals

Although you’ve planned carefully for retirement, you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men. Sometimes, you might have to reevaluate your spending habits to keep up with changes that are beyond your control. Be sure to do a periodic review of your nest egg and how quickly it’s shrinking. Adjust your expenses as needed.

5. Clip Those Coupons

You have more free time on your hands during retirement. Why not spend some of that time looking for ways to save money? Clip coupons. Shop where the sales are. Visit garage sales. Go out of your way to find the best deals.

6. Take Advantage of Senior Discounts

In addition to looking for general bargains, you’ll also find that many retail outlets and restaurants offer discounts to senior citizens. Take advantage of those discounts to save a lot of money during your retirement years.

7. Save on Clothing

When you retire, you no longer need proper business attire because you’re not in business any more. Even if you need to close the occasional deal, you can pull out a suit from your closet that you wore in your younger days.

The good news is that you just don’t need to care so much about what you are wearing when you don’t have to go to work. Spending less money on clothes is a great way to save in retirement.

Retirement is a great time to live your life to its fullest and not worry about punching a clock every day. It’s also a time to save money so that you can get the maximum benefit from your retirement account and still leave something to your children.

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