Top 6 Retirement Mistakes To Avoid


6 Retirement Mistakes That Can Throw Off Your Plan To Retire Comfortably

We all hope that by carefully planning for retirement we will not have to worry about anything in the future.

While making a plan does make you more comfortable and prepared, there are still ways that cause your retirement plan to derail

Getting divorced

No one plans on getting a divorce, but life happens.

Divorce is something that can have a lasting impact on your finances and subsequently on your quality of life.

Even if divorce is amicable, legal fees can quickly spiral out of control in dividing the family assets.

You probably saved money and made a retirement plan based on the assumption that there will be two people enjoying the family nest egg in the golden years.

However, in divorce, the savings will end up being divided among two households, which means less money for both of you.

Marriage and Common-law partnerships need to be looked after and time needs to be spent nurturing the relationship and taking care of each other.

Since at the end of the day it is both a romantic and a business relationship.

This is one of many retirement mistakes you want to avoid!

Relying on the value of your home to fund your retirement

Having a house seems like a sure-fire way to make sure you have a way to finance your retirement.

In theory, this seems like a great idea, but real life can be very different. Once you are accustomed to a certain lifestyle, it can be almost impossible to downsize and downgrade.

Plus, there are always costs that we usually don’t take into account when thinking of our homes as assets, such as, legal and real estate agent fees, land transfer tax, and moving fees.

Also, there is always the emotional connection we tend to have with our homes. Sometimes it is a very taxing and difficult decision to sell.

It is easy to plan around retirement mistakes such as this by ensuring you look at the complete picture and keep in mind the extra costs you will incur when and if you get around to selling your home.

Relying on working during retirement to fund your expenses

This one is less of a retirement mistake and more of a retirement attitude issue. Retirement is supposed to be the golden years, the years that you get to enjoy in return for a life of hard work.

Working in retirement should be the last resort, not the main plan.

If you plan properly and save early, working in retirement should only be an option to keep yourself occupied and not a necessity.

There are also other issues such as health to consider when thinking of working in retirement.

No one knows what the future holds, but anything is possible.

This is why planning now, so you don’t have to rely on working in your retirement is the smart thing to do.

Thinking that grown children won’t need support

You might not want to, but the fact is that a majority of parents end up supporting their adult children late into life.

This is due to various factors, some under the children’s control, some not, but the fact remains that there will be times when your adult children might lean on you financially.

This support might come as guaranteeing loans, or providing cash for home purchase down payments, helping with wedding/divorce costs, or for grand children’s education bills.

These are all things that need to be accounted for in your retirement plan.

It is best to have an open and honest conversation with your children in terms of what you can and can’t do, and then stick to your guns.

Short-changing yourself on how long you are going to live

A study by the Society of Actuaries reported that there is a 58% chance that one or both people in the family could live to age 90.

What that means is that retirement can last for 25 years.

This is something that has to be taken into account when planning for retirement.

Running out of money is a great fear that many Canadians have, and the best way to manage that risk is to ensure that your retirement plan accounts for long life expectancies.

It is best to speak to your financial planner and go over exactly how your savings will fund your lifestyle in retirement and what options there are to make sure you don’t run out of money 10 years into retirement.

Expecting money from your parents

There will be close to a trillion dollars being transferred between baby boomers and their kids in the coming decade.

This seems like a very large number, but when you take into account the average inheritance size ($56,000) it starts to paint a clearer picture.

Banking on an inheritance as a retirement plan not only irresponsible, it can also be downright dangerous.

Life expectancies have increased dramatically in the past few decades and the boomers will likely end up using all the money currently saved to fund their now-longer retirements.

The only way to avoid falling into the inheritance trap is to make sure you have a solid retirement plan and a financial advisor that you can trust.

This plan will need to be tweaked to reflect your changing needs and wants.

Discussion Question: Do you find yourself relying on any of the above retirement mistakes? What is your next step.

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That’s pretty much my question these days with the weather warming up then snowing with a mix of rain.

I’m back to working more hours again (don’t ask) but thankfully only for about 8 weeks then I’m slowing down for the summer months.

With so much going on with holiday planning and stuff to renovate around the house I need to be home for my family.

Our little guy still has a runny nose so this week we kept him home apart from a trip to the grocery store and one playdate with his buddies.

We try to get him out of the house as much as possible and with Spring trying to break through he’ll be seeing more of the outdoors in the weeks to come.

That’s our exciting week, how was yours?


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