If You Did These Two Things You Would Put Me Out of Business

By a subscriber request, yesterday I did a video on what happens to your Social Security when you retire at 60. https://youtu.be/x2siQPG1d9c

That video got me thinking…a lot actually. In fact, I woke up at 4:30 with numbers crunching in my head. Yes, I’m an odd bird indeed.

But yesterday’s video was huge for me. Because it showed me proof that working an extra few years in some crappy old job you hate simply is not worth it, at least when it comes to the extra benefits you’ll get from Social Security.

In fact, what I showed is that if you work an extra 5 years or so, you’ll get an extra $500 a month in benefits. Which may sound nice. But when you think about it like this a full job, 40 hour work week, equals 2080 hours of labor a year.

Thus to work an extra 12,000 hours for an additional $6,000 year of benefits, just doesn’t seem like a good tradeoff to me.

In pure numbers way you live 20 years in retirement. Because you worked that extra 6 years you were able to capture an extra $6k a year in Social Security benefits. $6k a year times 20 years = $120,000,

$120k is the extra amount you’ll gain from Social Security for working an extra 12,480 hours.

If we divide $120,000 by 12,480 hours we get an hourly wage of $9.61. And that doesn’t even include the time spent commuting getting up in the morning etc.

Is it worth it? Especially at a job you hate??? I don’t see it.

So, I crunched the numbers for someone thinking the same at 55. Again, I just don’t see it.

Now, if you like your job, hey, more power to you.

Or if you have debt and need the cash, you probably need to stay put and not go raise chickens full time in the backyard.

But the amazing thing about having no debt is that if you can’t stand what you’re doing for work… QUIT!!! Do something you love.

You’ll be happier, more productive and maybe, just maybe you’ll make more income. I don’t know about the last part, but if you’re just staying on for Social Security money in the future, this video will show you why that’s a huge mistake.

Shhhhh….Keep This Between Us, Please. If word got out, I’d have no work.

Today’s post may be the most important you ever read because I am going to share with you the TWO things you need for a successful retirement.

Now, you still can have a successful retirement without these two things, don’t get me wrong.
But with these two things at your disposal you’re unstoppable.

What exactly are these two things? Well, let me share a story with you first that prompted me to write this email today.

A dear friend of mine and I were working on her retirement plan this morning. I’ve know this lady for over 15 years. That means I’ve known her longer than I’ve known 3 of my 4 kids. Now that’s a relationship if there ever were one.

Anyway, she is crunching numbers on what she should do to make sure she is good to go for retirement. Will she have to go back to work? Will she have to drop her cable plan? Sell her house?

Many Women Are On Their Own Financially

You know, the lighthearted stuff, that’s what she’s thinking about. And, unfortunately, like a lot of women, she has to tackle these topics on her own. (You should just see my Youtube channel. The comments will break your heart about what some ladies are having to deal with as they approach retirement.)

Now, as much as I’d love to say I’m so smart as was able to solve all her problems like a white knight, that simply is not the case. But working together we were able to come up with a wonderful plan that without question will see her through. And the amazing thing is, the plan is so simple, and full of so much common sense, she’ll be able to manage this on her own without any help from ole Josh. (Which is why I ask you not to share these secrets with anyone because I still need the work.)

Guaranteed Income = Anticipated Expenses

In a nutshell the plan is to have guaranteed income cover her anticipated expenses. That is the first key to a successful retirement plan. She thinks she’d live comfortably on $3,000 a month, let’s plan for Social Security, a small pension and an annuity to provide that to her. If her portfolio grows too, why that’s fantastic. But that’s just icing on the cake.

I bet some of you are even saying right now, “Whoa, she only needs $3k a month? That doesn’t seem realistic.”

No Debt Makes Retirement Planning Easy

Oh, but it is. And thus we have the second key to a successful retirement… no debt. The reason her expenses are so low is because her housing costs are almost non-existent due to the fact she has no mortgage. As I’ve said a million times if I’ve said it once, the number one expense for retirees is housing. NOTHING even comes remotely close. What makes one’s housing costs so high??? You got it, a mortgage payment! (Secondly is property tax which is why my top ten states for retirees to avoid all have high property taxes). But in this lady’s state, the property taxes are very low.

No Need To Rely On the Markets

No debt, guaranteed income to cover her expenses with a Cost of Living Adjustment in Social Security, and she is good to go. We don’t need to rely on any 4% rule now. Or what if the markets tank because of Trump or Obama or what have you. Should we move out of X stocks and into Y bonds, etc? All that is irrelevant now in her retirement plan discussions.

So, I ask you. If you had your expenses covered by guaranteed income how much better would you feel about your retirement? I can answer that for you, you’d feel great. As does this lady when together we came up with her plan. In fact, you could even hear it in her voice, the relief. And let me tell you, there is nothing a financial planner loves to hear more than the sigh of relief from a client who sees, maybe for the first, that he or she is going to be okay. Everything else is secondary and even tertiary.

How Would You Feel If This Were You?

You want to have a successful retirement? Then find a way to have no debt and your expenses covered by guaranteed income. And that, my friends, is the key to retirement.

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