Why We Downsized Before Retirement

Recently I was reading an article on Trulia entitled, 8 Reasons Why You Should Buy A 1,000-Square-Foot House and it reminded me of many of the reasons why my wife Lisa and I decided to downsize even though we weren’t ready to retire yet. We were living in a 3,200 sq. ft. house on 3 acres in the countryside near Richmond, VA. The house was beautiful, we had spent years getting it just like we wanted it. We bought it when our two children were small and the house was only 1,200 sq. ft. Then we added an addition on that included a Master Suite, Living Room, Two Car Garage, and large home office. As the children grew we gradually added four raised bed gardens surrounded by a chicken run and chicken coop. We had every tool imaginable in our two garden sheds, and two double carports.

Retirement on the Horizon? Financial Tips to Plan for your Future

Being properly prepared goes a long way when it comes to your financial future. Therefore, here are four financial tips to help you be properly prepared for Retirement.

The Personal Side of Retirement

Remarkably little attention has been given to such important questions as the impact of retirement on family relationships, friendships, and sense of self-worth. We know that such personal considerations are key determinants of satisfaction and fulfillment in every stage of life and this includes retirement.

Preparing for a Worry-Free Retirement

Unfortunately, many people fail to begin saving early on, so they are unable to live as comfortably as they’d like in their golden years. To plan for your financial future and enjoy a worry-free retirement, there are a few important steps to take when thinking ahead.

Retiring Right: What You Need to Know About Retirement Planning

Over 38% of Americans have no intention to retire. And 31% of non-retired adults report that they have no retirement savings or pension. While, 46% of the respondents indicate that an unexpected $400 expense would be challenging to handle and that they either could not pay the expense or would borrow the money or sell something to do so.

5 Reasons Why Investing Is Critical

Small investments that are made over time can really add up to a sizable sum over a period of decades. But according to the U.S. Census bureau 18.1% of U.S. households had a net worth of Zero or even less than Zero…

Retirement Ready? How to Prepare Your Finances before the Big Day

Retirement isn’t a stage in life you can just jump into without preparation. It takes decades of preparation to save enough money to afford the life you want, and it also takes time to get your finances ready for the burden of a life without income.

Are you Financially Prepared for Retirement?

If you’re like most people who anticipate retirement, you are probably eager to start this next chapter in your life. However, before you start daydreaming about how you will spend all of that free time, make sure you are financially prepared.