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For Couples, Retirement Is All About Timing

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Most of us assume we'll retire at some point. Some couples plan to retire together, but other times it makes more sense to stagger retirement dates. Having one spouse work longer often can help maximize retirement income or preserve health insurance.


Other times retirement has less to do with finances and more to do with personal satisfaction. And sometimes it's not really a choice. One spouse might leave the work force because of illness, injury, or unexpected job loss, but the other can't always follow immediately.


Money Matters


Retirement timing usually boils down to dollars: Couples plan to retire when they've got enough money to maintain the kind of lifestyle they want for as long as they expect to live. That number will be different for everyone, and how much couples need to save varies widely based on their ages, debts, lifestyles, and where they live.


At SRP Federal Credit Union in the CSRA, we can help you save for retirement with savings accounts that earn you monthly dividends with no minimum balance. We also offer share certificates at competitive dividend rates. This account requires a minimum deposit of $500.00, the funds to remain on deposit for seven days or more, and carries a penalty for early withdrawal.


Concerns About Health Insurance


Health insurance is another reason some couples stagger retirement. Medicare doesn't kick in until an individual reaches age 65. Very few companies offer health insurance to retirees. That means folks retiring before they qualify for Medicare must pay for their own coverage—and it’s not cheap. According to Health Markets, an individual retiring before age 65 can expect to pay upward of $438 per month ($5,256 a year) for single-only coverage. If both spouses retire, that price tag doubles. Even if a couple can afford the premiums, a significant health issue could motivate one spouse to work longer if it meant better coverage or more continuity in care.


At SRP in Augusta, our certified financial counselors can help you solve your money issues and take control of your finances. Our counselors have extensive training and are certified to extend financial counseling services. They can assist you by helping you understand financial principles, create financial goals and strategies to achieve them, and so much more. Through our in-person, individual assistance, they will help you chart a path to achieving financial wellness through financial counseling and education.


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Long before leaving the workforce, spouses should discuss how they wish to live in their retirement. This will determine how much money they will need for retirement and how long they must work to get there.

At SRP Federal Credit Union, our financial counselors are here to help you get well on your way to retirement. In addition to offering individual assistance, our counselors also work with groups virtually and in person, teaching financial literacy to all ages free of charge.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today to get started on your retirement planning.

Article provided by CUNA

This article is for informational purposes only. Membership required. SRP is federally insured by NCUA.