How To Estimate and Plan Your Canadian Retirement Budget

ALL WE CAN CONTROL IN RETIREMENT ARE OUR SPENDING HABITS   We often over-estimate how much money we will need in our retirement years when we are healthy only because we have this bucket-list of things to do and want to make sure the money is available. The sad part is that not everyone will get to cross off places they want to visit or things they want to do because of the funds aren’t available, health decline or travel insurance is far too expensive. When my father-in-law passed away earlier this year my mother-in-law was left to pick up the pieces which in all honesty was a terrible mess. Shortly after she was deemed unable to care for many things on her own we had to step in and do her finances for her. This is how dementia starts to rob you of your independence, slowly even though we can look back and now see it has been happening for years. With no income coming in but a small Canada Pension Plan cheque which she managed to get early when she didn’t need it that’s really all the money she had coming in. Had she been in the right […]

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How Much Should My Retirement Food Budget Be?

RETIREMENT PLANNING INCLUDES FOOD BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS   The cost of retirement does not come with a free meal pass and for that reason many seniors continue to budget as long as they can. One popular question I get asked on the blog is-How much money is needed for a retirement food budget? Retirement goals+Retirement Health are important financial considerations for the future especially when estimating financial needs. If you are close to retirement I’d say with-in 5-7 years it would be smart to estimate your future costs and whether you will be ready for them financially. Once you have that magic estimated number that you can work with then you will at least have a clearer picture. This will also ease any retirement stress you may be feeling when the time comes to say good-bye to your career and hello to retired life. Obviously monthly net income is factored into the equation as well how much money is left after all the fixed expenses are paid. Your income needs during retirement may decrease however an increase in eating out and travelling may see an increase in your dollar needs. You might find that you won’t need as much money as […]

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