Financial Planning Tips: Taking Advantage of the Empty Nest Transition in Saving for Retirement

Learn creative retirement savings and financial planning tips for your golden years

retirement-financial-planning-tipsAre you currently going through – or about to go through – the empty nest season of life? While it has been widely studied how this life transition period has a variety of emotional reverberations, did you know it also has many financial effects as well? In fact, learning more about the empty nest period, financial planning tips and how to save for retirement during this time can help you create a more secure foundation for the future.

The first thing to explore regarding financial planning tips and the empty nest period is the emotional side and how this may affect your financials. Parents who are saddened by their child’s departure may spend extra money on children who have left the home. On the opposite side of the spectrum are parents who are excited about their increase in free time; they may spend too much money on vacations, “toys,” another home, etc. Be sure to make a plan with your financial advisor to stay on track with your budget and savings.

Next, also devise a plan with your advisor regarding how to ramp up the savings as you are going through the empty nest season. Studies have found that while savings can increase during this time, households with children ages 23 and older had the largest increase in savings. Those with younger children may still be limited on savings due to helping with college tuition or housing costs. Some potential ways to maximize savings in this period include:


  1. Savings to an independent retirement account such as a 401(k) or IRA.


  1. Increase your savings to a company matched retirement plan.


  1. Max out the Health Savings Accounts at your employer, if applicable


Another way to “catch up” with savings during the empty nest period is to pay down outstanding debt. For many people with debt, the percentage of the interest rate on the debt is in many cases much higher than the possible rate of return on savings and investments. If this is the case for you, it is more beneficial for you to work with a financial advisor and make a plan to pay off your debt.

The empty nest period can also have an element of fun, and many financial advisors will suggest you treat yourself to something you have always wanted to do. Afterwards, it is time to get serious about making a plan regarding how to save for retirement.

If you are not happy with your current retirement savings and are moving into the empty nest period, have faith. Keep in mind that a couple earning $100,000 annually can still accumulate over 1 million in retirement by merely saving $30,000 each year of income for 15 years at a return rate of approximately 8 percent. This is assuming they are starting with a bank account of zero when beginning their retirement savings plan.

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