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I can't tell you how many people my age are unable to retire and will be working late into their sixties or even into their seventies to get out of debt. Many in their sixties have not paid off their mortgage so should they need to retire, paying off their mortgage comes out of their superannuation fund leaving them meager funds to live off. Or they have to resort to living on an aged pension.

And I know when I was young, I never thought planning for retirement was all that important. I expected my health and vitality to remain well through my fifties and into my sixties so I'd be fine to keep working. But that did not prove to be the case.

I found the constant bending, (which was an integral part of my job working with young children) caused me to experience a level of back pain I was not prepared to continue working with... And I never thought it would happen to me.

Luckily, my husband and I had made investing for our future a priority from our mid-thirties on so I could retire relatively early.

Some of the big things related to income were:

  • Maintaining a consistent double income over thirty years.

Other than during maternity leave I worked full-time. Over years that made millions of dollars of difference to the amount of money that came into our home.

  • Setting up enough superannuation to retire on.

  • Setting up an an additional passive income stream.

Purchasing property and share investments for long term investment.

  • Buying an expensive home as a tax-free safety net so we can trade down  if we ever need to.

  • Getting an accountant to do our tax.

Claiming all legitimate deductions (which I would never have been aware of) and keeping all receipts.

N.B. All information on Best Parenting Advice.com is what worked for me. It does not mean that it will necessarily work for you.

 

You will need to consider your own financial situation and I suggest you find a financial planner to assist you to create your own financial plan to cater for retirement.

One of the things I became aware of through my work with families and in my own life, money (or the lack of it) can cause significant strain on people personally, and on their relationships.

We live in a society that constantly shows us through the media what people are able to have. And in addition we see our friends, families and acquaintances who may have lifestyles in excess of our own. Sometimes comparing ourselves to others can cause us dissatisfaction.

 

Some of the things I learnt was however, that many people are willing to live beyond their means. Borrowing large amounts of money, especially while interest rates are low, is easy to do, and the repayments may not seem that high. But the problem is, living that lifestyle may not be sustainable and at some point in the future people have to repay their debts or go bankrupt.

We chose to do a number of things differently and it was the combination of those things with the compounding effects of time that helped set us up.

​But our spending patterns were also different to many others. Some of the things that made the biggest differences included:

  • Paying down our mortgage as quickly as we could manage it and then using these savings for investing.

We made fortnightly payments and then used a home equity loan which meant any savings came off our loan.

  • Reducing child care costs with the help of supportive family.

Parents and in-laws minded our children so we didn't have to pay expensive child care fees. We did send our children to preschool the year prior to school for three days a week. And we had to pay $14 for 20 minutes of afternoon school care while our children were in primary school.

 

We will also assist our children with child care and hope they will do the same as our parents did for us for their children.

  • Having our children attend high quality public schools rather than private schools.

They received a high quality education for a minimal price. Many of my children's friends are now professionals: particularly doctors, lawyers, engineers so my children had a supportive cohort of aspirational friends to go through school with.

  • Paying cash for  second hand vehicles rather than getting loans for new ones.

The old saying 'Drive the worst car your ego will allow you to,' in our case saved us heaps of money.

  • Living off our credit card and totally paying it off at the end of every month allowing more money in our bank account to offset our home equity loan.

This enabled us to pay off our loan more quickly.

  • Buying second hand furniture rather than new.

Fairly recently both of my sons furnished their homes with great quality second hand furniture. They both bought black leather lounge suites in very good condition for $300 and $350 off Gumtree. One suite contained two three-seater lounges. The other a three-seater, four-seater and chaise.

  • Looking at our large repetitive costs and minimising them.

For more information go to Reducing Repetitive Costs below

 

Some of the following links go into greater detail and I hope you find them helpful.

6 Tips for Saving Money
6 Tips for Saving Money
Reducing Repetitive Costs
Advantages of Having a Budget
The Value of A Herb Garden
The Value of a Lunch Box
The Real Cost of Takeaway
the real costs of takeaways: expensive to your health as well as your pocket
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