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Do you feel anxious - or even a bit guilty - every time you withdraw from your retirement savings? Whether you recently retired or are already a few years in, it can be hard to go from saving to spending mode. Here are some strategies to help you get more comfortable with this transition.
Remember how you got here and where you're going.
You likely prepared for years for this. Saving. Making sacrifices. Your hard work has paid off, and you finally made it. It's time to make all those dreams a reality, and guilt doesn't have a role in it. It's time to enjoy your retirement with confidence.
If you don't already have a monthly budget, create one by calculating your monthly expenses. This will help you figure out how much income you need each month to cover them.
Next, consider creating a retirement "paycheck."
When you were working, you received a paycheck. That doesn't have to end in retirement. Now, instead of relying on an employer to pay you, you're paying yourself. Here's how to do it:
Start smart – and regularly review your strategy.
Transitioning from saving to spending is a lot easier when you have someone to guide you. A financial advisor who understands you and your goals can help ensure you are spending at a rate that can provide for your needs today, as well as provide for your needs well into the future, and then review this strategy over time to ensure you remain on track.