Exciting Things to Do When You Retire

20 Exciting Things to Do When You Retire: Part 1

This is part one of a two-part series, “20 Things to Do When You Retire.”

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5 Hidden Retirement Fees to Watch Out For

With your retirement comes costs: medical care, rent or mortgage payments, and daily needs. Because you won’t have much—if any—money coming in, you need to keep yourself protected from hidden retirement fees. Here’s how to recognize this monetary surprise attacks and what they’re called.

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10 Money Quotes to Inspire Your Financial Life

Whether we like it or not, money is a major influencer both in the way we live our everyday lives and the long-term. Most of us strive for financial freedom, which means being out of debt, having enough money to fund the lifestyles we want to live and being well-prepared for a retirement minus steady career income. As we do our best to get it right, consider these money quotes to inspire your financial life!

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Don’t Make These Mistakes on Your 529 Plan

Saving for retirement isn’t the only major life event that you need to set money aside for. There are many other defining moments along the way that cost money—buying a house, opening a business and for many—your children’s education. The government offers the 529 plan to help you start saving for your child’s education early. It is a savings account that offers federal and sometimes state tax benefits while minimizing the impact of financial aid. The 529 plan was originally and still is mainly intended to address post-high school education, but you are also now allowed to put money into the plan for K-12 education costs. However you take advantage of it, make sure to avoid these mistakes on your 529 plan.

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Social Security for Millennials: Will It Be There in Retirement?

From June 2016 to June 2017, more than 2.9 million Americans signed up for Social Security benefits. On average, these people received $1,413.08 in monthly benefits—with women receiving less on average when dividing that group up between genders. For many attempting to maintain a certain standard of living in retirement, Social Security alone will be inadequate; however, that’s not to say it will not help as a supplemental form of income. That being said, as we look toward the future, the concept of Social Security for millennials is still somewhat questionable.

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6 Ways for Women to Improve Their Financial Security

It’s no secret that women face a certain set of challenges when it comes to their financial situations, especially owing to the fact that females are still significantly underpaid compared to their male counterparts. Another common obstacle is due to the fact that many married women rely on their husbands to manage the money, and when and if the time comes that they need to take care of it on their own, they are left feeling overwhelmed and underprepared. This is exactly why, however, women should be more proactive when it comes to their finances. Consider these ways for women to improve their financial security as they move through life.

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Behind in Saving for Retirement? Here’s What to Do

If you feel that you are behind in saving for retirement, you are not alone. According to recent data from Northwestern Mutual, one-third of Americans have less than $5,000 set aside for retirement. In addition, 21 percent of Americans have no retirement savings to speak of.

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Women and Retirement: Here’s What You Need to Know

The little things you buy from day-to-day may not seem like they have a major impact on your retirement saving efforts. A latte here and there, after-work drinks with coworkers, a gift to yourself from your Amazon wish list. However, all of this adds up. A recent study conducted by SurveyMonkey for the Acorns app found that one out of every three millennials spends more money on coffee than they spend saving for retirement! What’s more, the survey found that this statistic applied to a majority of women. When it comes to women and retirement, the same basic principles apply for anyone building a nest egg.

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The 10 Best Suburbs for Retirement

During your working years, you may have decided to cut the lengthy commute to move somewhere closer to your city-based place of employment. However, with work no longer dictating your life in retirement, you have the freedom to opt for the amenities of suburban life—including a respite from the traffic, noise and congestion that often accompanies city living. If the suburbs are calling your name, consider one of these 10 best suburbs for retirement, as outlined by a GOBankingRates study that took into account taxes, living expenses, retirement income and livability.

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5 Mistakes You Cannot Make in the Volatile Stock Market: Part 2

In yesterday’s blog, we discussed the first three in our series of mistakes you cannot make in the volatile stock market: burying your head in the sand, always following the crowd and ignoring the experts. Each of these mistakes could lead you down a path of losing the money that will support you in retirement. By having the foresight to know what to avoid, you can prevent yourself from making costly mistakes—and secure the money you need to live the retirement you deserve. Here, we’ll look at the last two in our series of mistakes you cannot make in the volatile stock market.

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