Saving For Retirement Til It Hurts!

Ah, retirement. Could there be a bigger financial goal out there than this?

We all talk about it, think about it, read about it and plan for it.

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But how many of us do what it really takes to get ourselves into position to retire how we want, when we want?

How many of us save like we really should?

Let’s take a look at what it means to save for retirement til it hurts.

Simplify Your Lifestyle

This is probably easier said than done – especially in our day and age.

We constantly chase and try to keep up with the Joneses. Whether it’s our clothes, cars or computers we all have a tendency to keep up with or outdo one another with our trinkets.

Is it wrong to buy new things and enjoy them? Absolutely not. But when we are constantly upgrading our things even when we don’t need to, we should seriously reconsider our priorities.

All of us want to achieve our goals, but are we willing to simplify our lifestyles to get there?

Next time you want to go out and buy something new, just think twice. Think about whether you need it or not; or whether it’d be better to save that cash for retirement.

Many of us would do well to simply reduce our cell phone or cable packages, cut back on how much we go out to eat, start packing our lunches or other simple things that would help free up cash.

Check out this post if you’d like to hear more ideas on how to save $10,000 over this next year by simplifying your lifestyle.

Make Savings  A Priority

You can make savings a priority by implementing the old saying, “Pay yourself first.”

Before you pay your bills, determine how much you are going to save and put that away. Then pay your bills.

After you’ve done that, you can use whatever is left for spending.

By doing this, you effectively cut down your expenses because you don’t have as much to spend on discretionary items and you end up saving more than you ever imagined! It really works.

When you don’t save first, what ends up happening is you pay your bills, take out some spending money and whatever is left you save, which usually is not much.

So make savings a priority. You’ll be glad you did.

Push Yourself to Save More Each Year

This can be hard to do, but obviously very rewarding.

Practically, you can do this by taking your raise each year and saving it. Or, if you get a bonus, why not put that away for retirement?

Just because your income goes up doesn’t mean that your lifestyle has to go up. Guard yourself from lifestyle inflation and be aggressive with your savings each year.

Make it a contest too! If you saved $3,000 last year, try saving $4,000 this year. Open a Roth IRA and try max funding it. Figure out which retirement account is right for you, and save like crazy!

If you saved 5% of your income, push yourself to get to 10%!

By simplifying your lifestyle, making savings a priority and pushing yourself to save more each year, you will be much more likely to hit your retirement goal than if you didn’t!

What are your thoughts?  Tell us in the comments!

Last Edited: 10th February 2014

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  1. says

    Wish I could save. Everything is so expensive and I make so little. Working two jobs and can’t save much past the 1k emergency fund. I’ve cut all I can from the budget other than eating.

  2. Jenna says

    Next time you want to go out and buy something new, just think twice. Think about whether you need it or not; or whether it’d be better to save that cash for retirement. This is a great point. Also being an educated consumer and knowing where to find good deals is also helpful for the must have / needed purchases.

  3. says

    One thing I read a while back on one of the financial blogs was if you really want to buy something, like REALLY want something… Wait 30 days, and if you still REALLY want it, then go ahead, if, of course, you have the cash (don’t use credit). I think that is an excellent way for people to avoid having $1000 drum sets collecting dust in the corner of their basement…. :)

  4. says

    I like the idea of waiting 30 days after wanting something to buy it. Chances are that in 30 days prices might be lower or there will be sale! You will also have the time to consolidate your need for the item and decide how important it is to you. As for the $1000 drum set, take lessons and learn how to play them, you can make some extra cash on weekends playing in a band ;)

  5. says

    Often times, people tend to invest a lot of emotional energy in keeping up with the Jonses. In reality, its the wrong game. It makes more sense, the way I happen to see it, to strive for financial freedom. This puts one on a path of saving while being thankful for what one has. With the right mindset up front, it is easier to appreciate the value of paying yourself first.

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