7 money tips for retirees
Handy tips to make your retirement transition smoother.
However, if you have planned your retirement funds, then the situation will not be that bad. If you think you haven’t saved enough in your younger days or are generally planning to cut down on some expenses, here are a few handy tips that will make the transition smoother.
• Food: Find ways to cut down on costly drinks and food – Eating out is an expensive affair in Singapore. Especially if you love to indulge in your favourite Scotch whiskey with each meal when you eat out. Cutting down on alcohol will ensure the happiness of both – your wallet and your liver!You can also buy your groceries online to use offers, ditch your fancy restaurant for a food court, or grab amazing dining deals on credit cards. Alternatively, why not use all the new free time to learn a new dish online and cook at home!
• Travel: With more time on hand, take the bus and train more often –Yes, while you were working, you always had been rushing for client meetings, events, and to reach office on time so taking the cab was quite often a necessity. And after all, when you’re younger, it’s okay to be a little indulgent every now and then.However, now that you have a much more relaxed lifestyle, why not consider travelling by bus or MRT. What’s more? You will get a concession too on these due to your senior citizen status.
• Deals: Don’t forget senior citizen discounts – With your newly acquired senior citizen status, you can get discounts at stores, restaurants, public services, and even attraction spots. For example, you enjoy a 50-percent discount on your River Safari ticket and 50-percent off selected meals at Swensen’s (you can find more senior discounts at www.agelessonline.net/benefits/)! The Government has also introduced support schemes for resident senior citizens as part of its Financial Budget 2016. So, don’t be embarrassed of being called a senior citizen; instead, flaunt it. That you don’t look like one is a compliment!
• Stay: Move to a more cost-effective apartment – If you are living in a huge HDB flat close to your workplace (now ex), it’s time to rethink it. Moving places is a repulsive idea due to the general comfort you have where you have been living for years.However, now that you don’t have any major commitments, it’s time to consider moving into a smaller, less luxurious HDB apartment — if that is an option. Also, since it is most likely that your children have all moved out, it only makes sense to let go of your four- or five-bedroom apartment and buy a two-room flexi unit or a three-room apartment.
This will make sure you don’t face any major cash crunch going ahead. It will also give you a chance to make new friends, explore a different area in Singapore, live in a newer estate or be closer to your children or grandchildren. If you are feeling adventurous enough, you can choose to move to another country and along with saving costs, soak in a new culture!
• Airfare: Book off-peak flight tickets – Now that you have retired, you don’t have to spend extra and travel on weekends to save those precious leaves. You can pick weekdays to fly, which are a lot cheaper. This means you can spend more on your holiday. Also, most airlines, including Singapore Airlines, have exclusive promotions for senior citizens so check them out before you book your flights.
• Continue earning: Put your hobby to good use – If you have always had a hobby, why not take it up a bit more seriously and start coaching others. Remember how much you love playing the guitar? Imagine how much fun it will be to teach it to others. If you have extensive experience in a particular field like marketing or accounting, you can also become an adjunct lecturer at a polytechnic or university.
• Other expenses: Stop paying for things you don’t really need – You can carefully evaluate which other everyday expenses can be curtailed. Your mobile phone talk plan, that gym membership which you rarely use, and that extra car which you might not use frequently now – you can save money on them all. Sometimes, we don’t realise that the little expenses can add up to a substantial amount and cutting down on them can make a big difference.
Start planning your expenses right now and have a happy, healthy retirement without compromising too much on your lifestyle!
(** This story first appeared on the BankBazaar Blog. BankBazaar.sg is an online marketplace in Singapore that helps consumers compare and apply for the best offers across all financial products – personal loans, home loans, car loans, credit cards and investment. It had been reproduced with permission.)