Millions of workers today are facing the harsh reality that they are closing in on retirement and do not have one dollar in their retirement savings account. Some feel that this means that they will have to continue working full time until the day they die. Though you will likely still have to work part-time, you can still enjoy retirement even with no money. Here are some steps you can take to do just that.
Pay off your Debt
If you have time before you retire, get your debt paid off. When you are facing retirement with no money, you do not want to be carrying a debt load as well.
Start a Budget
The next thing you need to do is create a budget. Start listing how much all your basic needs will cost every month and how much money you expect to bring in from things like pensions and social security. If your expenses are more than the amount you expect to bring in, then you need to start finding cheaper ways to do things and a way to make money during retirement.
Have an Emergency Fund
From now until the time you retire, save every penny you can as an emergency fund. Just because you have no money right now does not mean you have to retire like that. Even if you only have a few months until you retire, you can likely save enough money to cover 3-6 months of expenses, if not more.
In order to help you retirement fund along, start selling items you don’t need. Quite likely you have already sold a car or a house, but do not stop there. Start selling furniture, TVs, old books and anything else you do not need. Not only will this money give you a safety net when you retire but it will help you get ready to do the next step.
As painful as it may be to downsize from a large house to a small apartment, it is necessary when you are retiring with no money. Move into the smallest home or apartment that you can for you and your spouse if you have one. This will help you significantly cut down on living expenses and might even allow you to put several thousands.