Money Mistakes that Every Adult (40) Should Avoid

By | December 18, 2013

Personal finance is a part of the life that people often ignore until the later years. The key towards financial security is to plan your finances and evaluate them in a timely manner. According to a survey conducted by Forbes, the ideal savings at the age of 45 is to have nearly 3 times of the annual salary of an individual saved for retirement. People often assume that their expenses will go down with retirement, but they do not. When was the last time you checked your savings?

“You can be young without money, but you can’t be old without it.”

Tennessee Williams

Money Mistakes that Every Adult (40) Should Avoid

Money Mistakes that Every Adult (40) Should Avoid

No Healthcare Fund for Retirement

Many people rely on their medical cover for all the expenses. However, Medicare will not cover many procedures and you will have to make payment for co-pays. Considering the current Medicare cost, you might have to pay a considerable amount of money for small treatments. For people with a good health and healthy lifestyle, old age often brings some unexpected illnesses and one must be ready for them. It is wise to save plenty of money for your healthcare in the retirement years.

High Credit Card Debt

For adults with huge credit card debt, you need to stop assuming that the credit card debt will be paid off. Credit card debts cost massive interests and it is time to clear them up. Try to increase your monthly instalment or choose a home-equity loan if have no debt on your house. Do not tempt yourself to take more than you need. You need to have a repayment plan (if opting for home-equity loan) to ensure that your debts are paid long before your retirement. Avoid paying the minimum balance to save on interest.

Avoiding Maximum Payments for Retirement Contributions

For adults in their 40s, it is important to max out your retirement contributions. The maximum contribution amount is $15,550 for adults under 50 years. If you are financially secure, it is time to start maxing out your retirement contributions.

Putting Money in Risky Investments

It is true that great risks offer greater rewards. However, if you are in your 40s, it is best to rebalance your investments. You can consult a financial expert and formulate a conservative approach for your investments. The best practice is to move towards retirement funds at a steady pace and minimize your risks.

No Emergency Fund Set-up

Life is all about change and you never know when it may surprise you. Adults with considerable savings often avoid having an emergency fund for unexpected events. If you are 40 and you do not have an emergency fund set-up, it is the best time to start investing now. Make sure that the fund is big enough to bear the expenses.

Insufficient Equity on Your House

A very common belief among adults is that they will retire with no mortgage payments. However, the market trend shows that most of the Americans use their home equity to pay off debts, or lose the value of their house, or relocated it. It is time to check the equity against your house and calculate whether the mortgage will be paid off before your retirement. Retirement is not a good time to find additional mortgage balance against your house.

No Life Insurance until Now

Life Insurance policies cost more with growing age and the best advice is to open a policy as early as possible. Financial experts advise to increase the amount of coverage before you turn 50. It is best to get sufficient cover and take the advantage of being in the lower risk pool.

4 thoughts on “Money Mistakes that Every Adult (40) Should Avoid

  1. Money Saving

    On the life insurance point, I think many times when you get to be 50 you may not really need much. Assuming your house is close to being paid off and the kids have left home. There aren’t really any dependents and your debt should be pretty low at this point.

    I guess it just depends on what type of financial situation you’re in…

    1. Sharon Rowe

      Hi Derek, Thank you for your comment, and it wasn’t until recently that I had thought about insurance in retirement and I think I might be with you on this one, if the house is paid for and you have no dependants at home and enough put by for funereal expenses then life insurance might not be at the top of my list either!

  2. Shawn R. Randax

    All of these are mistakes we made or still make. Some of them can prove to be disastrous, while others not so. Really great article and advice, as usual 😉

    1. Sharon Rowe

      Hi Shawn, thanks for your comment, hopefully if we are aware of mistakes then in future we can learn from them!


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