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10 Tips For Early Retirement Planning

Updated on February 7, 2013

Why Is Early Retirement Planning Essential?

Early retirement planning is an extremely important portion of your overall financial health. When you achieve retirement age you have reached a milestone in your life. Retirement is your reward for putting years into the workforce. In order to be able to retire and live in a style to which you have become accustomed, planning and preparation is key so you can achieve the financing goals necessary to have an enjoyable retirement.

Financing for retirement basically involves three major areas which are Social Security, pensions and money from savings or investments. When you are doing your retirement planning you want to take into account the money you will receive from these three sources. As an individual, you will have the most influence on your savings and investments.

In order to properly prepare for your retirement, there are several tips that you should keep in mind for successful retirement strategies that will give you the retirement nest egg that you deserve.

Best Early Retirement Planning Tips

Since early retirement planning is a vital part of your financial well-being, there are many things you can do to get the ball rolling and keep it moving toward a great retirement. Here are the ten best tips for early retirement planning that gets results:

  1. Set retirement goals based on how much you need to have at retirement. Sticking to those goals is a very important piece of the retirement puzzle. Having that visual of your retirement nest egg will keep you motivated to stick with your retirement planning.
  2. Participate in any employer retirement savings plans such as 401K. Put in the correct amount for your 401k dependent on your age. Also be sure your 401K received the maximum match from your employer if applicable.
  3. Educate yourself on your investments. If necessary take a course on investment planning. You want to know where your money is going and how your investments are working for you. Learn before you earn is a wise mantra to follow.
  4. Save aggressively when you are young. The more you save when you are young the more time you have to make your money grow into a comfortable retirement nest egg.
  5. As you get older your investments should change. The older you are and closer to retirement the more conservative your investments become. The life cycle approach to investing is based on fact that your investments are depend on the stage of life you are in.
  6. Evaluate your retirement funds quarterly.It is extremely important to know how your investments are working so you know if you are targeting your retirement goals.
  7. Never dip into your retirement savings. Your retirement funds are there for a reason and it is not to fund your next vacation or Christmas shopping. Leave retirement money in its investment.
  8. Live within your means. Do not spend money you don't have. This will only cause you to get into debt that does not bode well for retirement. Always spend less than you earn and the leftovers go into savings.
  9. Save money into IRA's. They are easy to set up at most financial institutions and a simple way to save money for retirement.
  10. Diversify your investments and savings. The old saying of don't put all your eggs in one basket holds true for retirement planning. You want to make sure your retirement money is spread out and put into different types of financial holdings.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Great Hub. Most of us don't adequately plan for retirement. I am one of those, I'm afraid.

      Good advice here. More people should read this and take your advice.

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      pakpub 7 years ago from Ohio

      @Sandyspider - Yes retirement goals are very important to a retirement plan. Glad to see you around!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Good tips. It is important that we set retirement goals.

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      pakpub 7 years ago from Ohio

      travelespresso, thanks for checking out my retirement tips.

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      travelespresso 7 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Good tips pakpub.

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      pakpub 7 years ago from Ohio

      @Merrilim - Sounds like you have a great plan for your 401k retirement investing. Keep it up and you will find your self set for retirement. Thanks for commenting.

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      merrellm 7 years ago

      I learned a lot from this subject from my father, who unfortunately, retired too early, with too much debt, and right after his 401k suffered a huge hit from the stock market. I contribute 6% with 5% matching to my own 401k, for a 11% total, which I hope is aggresive enough at my age.