It is so important to prepare for retirement. It really is better to put aside money now so you can have those happy golden years later.
So, what should you do?
You can contribute to an IRA, or Roth IRA, by depositing up to $5,000 each year. If you are at least 50 years old, you can contribute $6,000 for each year. (Those guidelines could change, so visit www.IRS.gov if this is an older post.)
Also speak with your tax preparer, investment person, and/or your banker; all will be willing to give you their professional advice. Depending on the type of account you have, and your income level, the contribution to your retirement account may be tax deductible for you.
If you are thinking, “I don’t have $5,000 to contribute!” (that’s $416.66 a month or $96.15 a week), it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing situation. Make a plan so you can contribute an affordable amount on a regular basis, then increase it over time. Remember to have it withdrawn automatically so that it bypasses your checking account. It will add up over time.
The earlier you start, the more money you will have when you retire.
That’s my advice. What are you doing prepare for retirement? Let me know in the comments.