Several strategies increase the amount of money available to pay for your retirement. In this post, we’ll examine two additional strategies: 1) continuing to work part-time after retirement; and 2) downsizing or relocating to a region with a cheaper cost of living.
You can work part-time after retirement if continuing in your government position is not an option because: 1) you detest it, or 2) you must resign by law. You can postpone applying for Social Security by working part-time, allowing it to increase to a higher sum. It will also keep you busy since not everyone adjusts well to having an extra 45 to 50 hours per week to fill.
If you choose to, nothing will prevent you from continuing to work full-time after retirement. Consider working at a job you enjoy, or that makes use of your existing skills.
Consider downsizing, moving to a region with a cheaper cost of living, or doing both if working after retirement is the last thing you want to do. This is ideal for people who have lived in high-cost areas for a long time and have built up home equity in the high six figures.
Additionally, you might not require as much space as you did when raising your children (in fact, reducing the number of bedrooms in your house is an excellent way of keeping your children from moving back in). Downsizing will result in savings even if you stay in the exact location. You will discover that expenses (such as taxes, utilities, and so forth) will be lower for your new, smaller home, in addition to the difference between what you paid for your previous home and what you received when you sold it.
You can increase your retirement income by moving to a region with a lower cost of living because you will spend less for a similar home and even less if you downsize.
According to statistics, most individuals do not relocate after retirement. Thus not everyone may benefit from the relocation strategy. A survey from Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research found that 17% of seniors move at the time of retirement, and a further 16% move later in retirement, usually when health issues dictate it.
Do you have to pay taxes on the capital gain you made when you sold your primary residence?
Due to the sale, you will likely owe little or no tax. You can shield $250,000 in capital gains from taxation if the house you sell has been your primary residence for two of the previous five years or $500,000 if you file jointly.
There are many ways to improve your finances in retirement, but if you’re still young and the methods we’ve covered here don’t particularly appeal to you, there is something you can start doing right away. That is, make as many TSP contributions as possible to ensure that there won’t be any income gaps when you retire.
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