You save for years and years…decades and decades. When you’re saving for retirement, an important consideration to keep in mind when you set your nest egg goal is your retirement costs.
When determining and estimating retirement costs, you need to consider what the average expenses are in general and for the retired folks in your area/state. Once you figure out the generalities, you need to adapt it to your situation.
Some items to consider:
- Travel – Will you stay in your current home? Will you move to a warmer state or a state without income tax? Do you have family spread around the country? Will you take vacations on an annual basis? If you’re planning on traveling every year, possibly multiple times per year, it’s important to factor those costs into your monthly/annual budget – so you can save for it.
- Healthcare costs – When you get older, your body doesn’t typically work as it has in the past. You are also more susceptible to illness (as we’ve seen over the past two years). As a result, your healthcare costs go up.
- Housing – There are a few things to consider when determining your housing costs. Will you stay put or will you move? If you move, will you downsize? If you move, will you move to a different state? Does that state have income taxes? What do you anticipate energy costs will be?
Typical retirement costs
People 65 and older have spent an average of $4,847. On average, utilities, public services, and fuel cost an additional $3,743.
On average, Americans spend $10,160 per year on transportation. Retirees spend a little less. Anywhere between $4,963 and $6,618.
The general American population spends $5,204 on healthcare. Retirees spend between $6,792 and $6,619.
American retirees spend $6,303 on food. They also spend, on average, $2,282 on entertainment.
Expect to spend between 55%-80% of current expenses in retirement.
There are 9 states without a state income tax – Alaska, Florida, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming.
These are the states with the cheapest monthly utilities – Idaho ($343.71), Utah ($350.17), Montana ($359.03), Washington ($369.18), and Nevada ($3376.93).
Conversely, here are the top 5 most expensive ones – Hawaii ($730.86), Alaska ($527.96), Rhode Island ($521.98), Connecticut ($496.07), and New York ($477.31).
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