Most of us know that we should be saving for retirement. But finding the motivation to save is a real challenge. Consider these strategies to tuck more money away for retirement in 2020. A small increase in retirement account contributions can add up to a substantial amount by the time you get to retirement. Increase your contributions by Rs. 1000 every six months. Every little bit will help you reach your goal.”
* Save your raise
If you get a raise in 2017, aim to put at least a good portion of it in a retirement account. The logic behind this is, up until this point, you’ve not received that money anyway, so don’t get used to living on it. Instead, save it.
* Invest your windfalls
When you receive a windfall of cash such as a bonus, tax refund or inheritance, consider investing for the future instead of immediately spending it. Try to complete all of your financial goals out of your salaried income, and have the bonuses go straight into savings. You can even directly deposit part or all of your tax refund in an individual retirement account.
* Create an emergency fund
Just because you are saving for retirement doesn’t mean that your money has to be in a PPF account only, which will be freezed for 15 years! You can invest in a traditional mutual fund or SIP, the result of which can be transferred in the retirement savings later on. In this way, there will be a contingency fund always at your disposal.
* Consolidate your accounts
The first step in increasing your savings is to know what you already have. So consolidate all your accounts and investments. Write down the maturity dates, maturity amount, re-investment plans everything, so that you will have a clear idea about your funds.
* Redirect debt payments into savings
When you finally pay off your student loans, credit card debts or other past purchases, consider putting the amount you used to spend on debt payments into a retirement or savings account. Your budget won’t feel the difference, but your long-term savings goals will.