Things You Need To Do Once You Retire

Make the most of your retirement

Emily - | 3 Aha! comments | Posted in category: Family & Parenting

A couple traveling to a beach after retirement

Retirement starts a new phase of life. You can enjoy life and feel free to do what you want. Though you may not be working, you can still keep yourself busy and also earn money. Here are some ideas about how you can spend your life post-retirement and keep earning money with an online business to help fund your retirement. ~ Ed.

After a lifetime of accumulating your nest egg and reaching the age at which point you are eligible to retire, it is finally time to start enjoying the rest of your life.

If you are about to retire, you may be thinking about all the things you will be able to do in your free time. Or, you may be thinking about what you should do during retirement to keep busy.

Regardless of your situation, making it to your retirement age is a great accomplishment that you should be very proud of.

If you want to make sure you get the most out of your retirement here are some of the things you must include in your post-work plans.

4 Ideas to Make the Most of Your Retirement

Retirement allows you to do things that you could not while you were working. After retirement, you can be with your family and travel more. Here are some ideas to help you make the most of your retirement.

Travel the World

If you are retiring soon, you should start thinking about taking those trips you have always wanted to take. Retirement is the perfect time to travel because you have both the money and the time to finally explore the world.

Traveling is a great way to spend some of your retirement because it will allow you to experience new things, meet new people, and open your eyes to the vast world that you live in.

Often times it can be a very enlightening experience to travel the world and it is definitely not something you want to miss out on.

Spend time with family

When you retire you will have a lot of time and you should make sure you spend a lot of time with your friends and family that you love. Once you retire you will realize what is truly important in life, and for many people that will be spending time with family.

If you have children you may want to treat them to a vacation, or if you are lucky enough to have grandkids traveling you may want to take them out for day trips. Overall, spending time with family is definitely something that you should do a lot once you retire.

Plan for medical expenses

When you retire you will want to make sure you have enough money saved in medical costs.

Medical costs can be over $200,000 for two people during the course of retirement. It is important to understand that this number may be higher for those that require frequent visits to the hospital or for people that have pre-existing medical conditions before entering retirement. 

If you make sure to account for medical costs during retirement you will be ready to take on the high expenses and will be able to enjoy your retirement worry-free.

Have another source of income

When you retire often times you will have a small nest egg of cash or investments built up to draw from, but your usual cash flow will come from some sort of annuity or fixed-income asset. In other words, you will be receiving the same amount of money every single month of the post-retirement period.

This may sound great in the beginning, but due to inflation, the value of your annuity will actually decrease over time. This is because the purchasing power of a dollar today is worth more than that same dollar in 20 years. In order to help combat inflation, you will want to develop a second source of income that will be passive or semi-passive.

According to My Retirement Rehab, a good way to supplement income is by starting an online business during retirement. You can go to the blog post here if you want to learn more, but they basically explain that the second source of income can go a long way to help fund your retirement.

Other good passive income streams include dividends and rental properties, but the issue with these investments is that they require a lot of upfront capital, unlike an online business.

When you have to spend a lot of money to receive the income it can actually hurt your retirement portfolio because you need to consider the rates of returns of your investments and the opportunity cost of each income-producing asset you produce. If you start an online business, you will be funding your income with your time, not your money and that is why it makes it a great way to earn money.

Wrap Up

If you are thinking about retiring soon, make sure you follow these steps to ensure you make the most of your retirement.

Once you have saved up enough money and reached an age where you can quit work you will realize that there are still many things you will need to do to make sure that you are happy and satisfied post-retirement.

With financial aspects taken care of, you will be able to enjoy your life more by being with family, traveling more, and doing what you love to do.

Over to you

Are you retired or retiring soon? Have you got any plans in place for your post-retirement period? Share your tips and experiences in the comments.



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  1. Gary Gruber

    2020-01-29 at 5:47 pm

    We need another word since retire means literally to withdraw, or go away or apart, to a place of privacy, shelter, or seclusion. While there are many who might wish to do exactly that, it may not be the best choice if you want to stay healthy mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
    Two words have been suggested by others as alternatives – refirement and rewirement. You can look them up for more information. I retired three different times and still work part time and stay very active. I will be 83 in June.

  2. Amar Kumar

    2020-01-25 at 11:42 am

    Hello Emily,

    No matter your personality, studies have shown that retirees who keep a busy schedule with three to four regular activities and who maintain their relationships and social interaction tend to lead happier retirements.

    Mostly people like to join any part time job because it is considered as good activity to spend quality times with people at workplace and improves your financial too.

    Eventually, thanks for revealing a light on this topic.

    With best wishes,

    Amar Kumar

  3. Sajan Kota

    2020-01-25 at 1:04 am

    Hi Emily,

    Very well written blog post. Many people dream of living a peaceful life after retirement. However most of them fail to do so, primary reason why many fail is because they fail to plan their finances properly. Saving every month is the key to attaining financial independence.




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