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When it comes to finances and planning for your future, will anyone be ready for retirement, when the time comes? For us, Jason handles the day to day bill pay and bookkeeping, because oddly enough, he actually enjoys the numbers. With that, are we really ready for our future?
I have to say over the years, we have become pretty fiscally responsible. Which is a monumental shift from the behavior from when I was in my twenties. As I grew older and wiser (I hope), I learned the importance of saving. Together, Jason and I make a point to set aside funds for the kids’ colleges, a little stash for traveling. Our ultimate goal this year is to buy a weekend home, which you know has been my dream for the past few years. Some self-preparation was good, but finally we thought we could benefit to speak with a professional, to ensure that we were on the right path. After all, coming off a birthday yesterday, we need to start thinking about those golden years!
Retirement and future, whenever I’ve heard those words I felt like I was too young to start thinking about that, but truth is I don’t think any age is too early to start considering plans for the future. Sure investing in your future can seem like a burden on your current way of life. But when you take control of your finances, the process can be freeing and bring on serious serenity. With this in mind, Jason and I decided to have a consultation with a professional at John Hancock to learn about financial planning.
Buying a home has been our dream for years now, and to be honest the process has become super frustrating. We’ve looked at plenty of houses, and even submitted offers. In the end, it seemed like there was always something wrong with the house. Lets face it, unless you’re buying something brand new built to your specs, every house needs a little work, so looking back, we realize the problems weren’t with the houses. The thought of using all of our savings for college, summer vacations, rainy days and retirement worried us. This cycle has been going on for what feels like forever, and it was time to make a change.
Last week, we chatted with Misty, a John Hancock financial advisor who works with people of varying life stages, like buying a house. After my conversation with Misty, Jason and I felt newly empowered with knowledge and financial planning strategies.
Here are a few tips that anyone could consider:
Create separate bank accounts for your goals. For example, travel savings should not be kept together with your savings for a new home.
When purchasing a new home, consider getting a pre-approved letter from your bank. This may help when you are bidding against someone else.
Many people don’t realize that money you stash away in your child’s 529 fund can also be used to pay for middle school and high school.
Teach your children now the importance of saving money.
Make sure to have at least 20% of the purchase price of a house available to use as a down payment which will help decrease your mortgage payments.
It was so informative speaking with a John Hancock financial advisor, and we certainly learned a lot from the conversation. Would love to hear your financial planning dreams and goals this new(ish) year!