Dear Penny: I’m 54 with no retirement savings. How do I get started?

Dear Penny: I’m 54 with no retirement savings. How do I get started?

I’m 67 and my wife is 59, and we’re fully retired. The conventional wisdom is to wait until 70 if possible, and I’ve always adhered to that. However, when I recently ran an accumulated value comparison of Social Security benefits at the 67, 68, 69 and 70 age levels I’m no longer convinced that’s correct.

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A 2016 report from the government accountability office found that 29% of households headed by someone over 55 had no retirement savings and no defined-benefit retirement plan, such as a pension. So your predicament is common, unfortunately. But you still have options that can make your retirement years a lot more comfortable.

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With a $70,000 a year college bill (tuition, room, board, transportation, books) just a year away, there is really no choice but to go back to work, do part-time work, or draw down principle. No matter how frugal you get, it’s not enough. Retiring During Times Of Uncertainty

 · To go back to the 50/30/20 budget, it may mean that more than 20 percent of your income will keep going into the debt-and-savings category for a while (again, no spending sprees). But it shouldn’t be too painful because you just got that raise (congrats on that too, by the way), and you’ll get the satisfaction of watching this money grow instead of feeding it into a credit-card debt vacuum.

Slatic’s wife tried to transfer money to their daughter, figuring she had simply overdrawn her account, as teenagers are wont to do, but her account. $11,260 from the savings accounts of their two.

I’m 49 now and have no debt other than my house( supposedly good debt)..I would obviously love to pay off my house before I retire. My annual expenditure is about 120K.So my question is am I overestimating how much I need in retirement in 5 years.( When I am 54)..Also what do I do about health insurance since I am not medicare eligible?

 · The time has finally come: you’re ready to retire. For many, this means living off savings or social security, but in reality, now that you’re unemployed it’s time you started making real money.

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