3. Don’t focus only on investments

According to Jeff Yeager, author of How To Retire The Cheapskate Way: The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Guide to a Better, Earlier, Happier Retirement, “paying off all of your debt before you retire is as central to a good long-term plan as the size of your retirement fund.” He believes that the greatest retirement asset is something you don’t have: debt.

4. Don’t worry about being “selfish”

When it comes to preparing for retirement, experts says we must concentrate on our own financial well-being. This means that we stop paying for our children or helping friends or relatives. “It’s important to leave your retirement funds intact for yourself, no matter how hard it may seem to turn somebody down if they ask for money.”

5. Don’t put off your financial physical

Similar to our yearly health physical, Jack Keeter, CFS, and president of Jack Keeter and Associates, advises that a periodic “financial physical” is the key to a healthy retirement. He insists that everyone meet with a financial professional before there’s a problem and review your financial health.

Philip J. Kavesh
Nationally recognized attorney helping clients with customized estate planning guidance for over 40 years.
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