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Saving Now: How to Prepare Financially for Your Retirement

It is essential to start saving money as soon as you can, in order to have enough money during your retirement. There are many ways to save money for retirement including personal savings accounts, retirement savings plans from your employer, and Individual Retirement Accounts, also known as IRA’s. Take a look at these different ideas for saving you money and preparing for your future the right way.

Employer’s Retirement Savings Plan
RetirementMany employers offer retirement savings plans including a 401(k) plan. You should sign up for the plan and add as much money to the account as you can. Automatic deductions from your paycheck makes it easy to save money. Investing in a 401(k) plan can reduce the amount of taxes you pay each year, and you will earn interest on the amount that you have invested.

Individual Retirement Accounts
Individual Retirement Accounts are another way you can save money for your retirement. You can put up to $5,500 per year into your IRA, and can contribute even more if you are 50 or older. There are traditional IRA’s and Roth IRA’s. If you invest in a traditional IRA, you may be able to deduct your contributions on your taxes every year, and your withdrawals will be taxable. If you invest in a Roth IRA, you cannot deduct your contributions on your taxes, but you won’t have to pay taxes on qualified withdrawals over the age of 59 1/2. Thus a Roth IRA allows your investment to compound tax free. If the compounding is at a high enough rate, or for a long enough time the benefits can well outweigh the loss of a tax deduction at the beginning. Here are two rules of thumb to help you decide whether a standard or Roth IRA is better for you:

  •  Roth IRA is probably Better: If you are currently in a low tax bracket or current tax savings don’t make much difference.
  • Traditional IRA is probably Better: If you are currently in a high tax bracket and expect to be in a much lower tax bracket when you withdraw your earnings, although the Roth can still win if you keep the money in the account for a long time period and earn a good rate of return.

When saving for your retirement, it is important to not withdraw money from your retirement plans before you retire. If you withdraw money from an IRA or 401(k) plan, you may have to pay steep penalties to the IRS leaving you less money once you retire.

Personal Savings Accounts
Personal savings accounts are another great way to save money for your retirement. You can save as much or as little as you can afford, but you may not earn that much interest on your investments. If you are just starting to save, start out with a small amount and add more each month plus consider adding a significant portion of any raise you get to your savings. You should begin saving money for retirement as early as you can, and use a separate account specifically for your retirement.

Saving Money Once You Retire

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About Tim McMahon

Work by editor and author, Tim McMahon, has been featured in Bloomberg, CBS News, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Forbes, Washington Post, Drudge Report, The Atlantic, Business Insider, American Thinker, Lew Rockwell, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, Oakland Press, Free Republic, Education World, Realty Trac, Reason, Coin News, and Council for Economic Education. Connect with Tim on Google+