If you’re a baby boomer woman and you feel like you’re behind in your retirement savings, you are not alone.
According to The Allianz Women, Money and Power Study (2007), 62% of women wish they had done more to prepare for their retirement. More than half (55%) wish they had saved more money and had started saving sooner.
Women will most likely outlive their male counterpart, which means that the likelihood of women being on their own at some point in their lives is quite high.
Longevity is the biggest financial risk women face in retirement.
Because of the longevity factor alone, we women need take charge of our finances and save like crazy.
If you are one of those women who earns enough money to more than cover your expenses, yet somehow you get to the end of the month with nothing left over and nothing put into savings then this money tip is especially for you.
Here’s a MONEY TIP for you: Set a lifestyle ceiling on your expenses.
One way to find more money to save for retirement is to set a lifestyle ceiling on your expenses. Your lifestyle ceiling is the amount of money you allow to go out for expenses, debt payment, incidentals and splurging.
Decide the amount of money you will allow yourself to spend each month to cover your expenses. That’s your lifestyle ceiling.
Then make a commitment that you will not spend anything over your lifestyle ceiling amount – NO MATTER WHAT.
Even if you get a raise, a bonus or unexpected income. From now on, that all goes into your retirement savings.
I believe women are capable of doing amazing things. Especially when we’re motivated by our goals and dreams. What does your dream retirement look like? Let that vision keep you inspired along the path of your financial journey.
Hello there, I’m Patti. I’m a financial coach, retirement planner, and solo-preneur. I’ve worked with hundreds of women, school teachers, and their families to create a plan for a secure retirement. As a result, I learned how, more often than not, women do money differently than men. Yet, the unique financial needs of women have not been well served by the financial services industry. Which is why I’m super passionate about this work. I’m on a mission to teach women how to take charge of their future and their financial security.