Things to Consider When Nearing Retirement (Part 3)

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If you’re nearing retirement and determine that your retirement income may not be adequate, you might need to drastically change your spending and saving habits. Saving even a little money can really add up, if you do it consistently and earn a reasonable rate of return. Here are some suggested way to stretch your retirement dollars:

  • Refinance your home mortgage if interest rates have dropped since you obtained your loan, or reduce your housing expenses by moving to a less expensive home or apartment.
  • Access the equity in your home by using the proceeds from a second mortgage or home equity line of credit to pay off higher-interest-rate debts, or consider a reverse mortgage.
  • Sell one of your cars if you have more than one. When your remaining car needs to be replaced, consider buying a used one.
  • Ask about insurance discounts and review your insurance needs.
  • Reduce discretionary expenses such as dining out or routinely shopping for unnecessary items.

By planning carefully, investing wisely, and spending thoughtfully, you can increase the likelihood that your retirement will be a financially comfortable one.

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