Your retirement is the reward after years of hard work and saving. You might dream of traveling, want to invest in a vacation home, or want to take up a new hobby. For an enjoyable retirement, saving is critical. Take charge of your retirement and work toward your goals with the help of these few tips and tricks.
1. Take Advantage of a Company 401(k) Match
When a company provides a matching contribution for your retirement savings, it is like getting free money to invest. This strategy may help your portfolio grow larger. Find out the amount of your 401(k) contribution that your company matches, and make sure you contribute that much to your 410(k). This strategy is like getting an extra company bonus each year.1
2. Start Early
No matter your age, you may save for retirement. The longer your money is invested, the greater chance you may have that your savings grows. Make your savings allocations a part of your monthly budget, like any other bill. Take advantage of payroll contributions if you have a company 401(k). If you set up an automatic savings process, you put money away with each paycheck without thinking about it.2
3. Fully Fund a Health Savings Account
Healthcare costs continue to rise yearly, and you may face significant health expenses as you age. Consider contributing money to a health savings account to prepare for these costs. When you contribute to a health savings account, it is tax deductible. You may withdraw the money tax-free as needed to pay for qualified medical expenses. In 2022, you may contribute up to $7,300 annually for a family and $3,650 for an individual. While a health savings account is a way to prepare for medical costs, it is also a way to help save for retirement. Once you hit 65, you may use the funds in the account to pay for anything, not just healthcare expenses.1
4. Find the Perfect Place to Retire
When saving for retirement, it is essential to know your goals for retirement and where you plan to retire. If you are considering moving for retirement, you might find a state that may help your money go further. Many states are good for retirees. Some have great weather, some top-notch health care services, and others do not impose a state tax. Not paying state tax on your retirement funds may make retirement easier.1
5. Look for Tax Advantages at 50
Taxes may get a little easier for you once you are at the age of 50. As you get nearer to retirement, you may take advantage of the increased limits for retirement contributions. This additional amount may help boost your retirement savings while taking advantage of the tax breaks that retirement plans offer. After age 50, contributions to a traditional individual retirement account (IRA) or a Roth IRA may increase from $6,000 to $7,0003, and you may contribute an additional $6,500 to your employer-sponsored plan.1
Get your retirement savings on track by utilizing these tips.
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Wes Garner, CRPC
Principal Wealth Strategist
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2 How to Win at Retirement Savings, The New York Times,
3 Retirement Plans FAQs Regarding IRAs, Internal Revenue Service,