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Old 12-14-2018, 04:32 AM
 
Location: PA
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I’ll be honest, I do keep 5% in PMs, just because I’ve always read very successful people do it. If they do it, there’s a reason. So I kinda just go along. It’s not my retirement plan, just a back up plan. Propup is correct about Venezuela and it’s monetary crisis.

However 25% or more a year in a 401/403 along with maxing a Roth is a ideal successful position to be in. I cannot quite make it to those levels yet, but I think I will in the future when my spouse goes back to work.

I’ve also never liked or felt comfortable with the fine print under the retirement plans information section that reads:

Investment, insurance and annuity products are not FDIC insured, are not bank guaranteed, are not deposits, are not insured by any federal government agency, are not a condition to any banking service or activity, and may lose value
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Old 12-14-2018, 11:20 AM
 
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75 percent of my income goes towards retirement savings
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Old 12-15-2018, 07:54 AM
 
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Nah, I just have that kind of face. Seriously, I've been rodentraiser all over the internet since I got my first computer (first one that would run) back in '05. That name was given to me by my coworkers one place I worked at and I've never changed it.

Sarcasm is my middle name, though.
I was thinking you were the poster from a high cost of living area, Maybe Bay area or Seattle who seemed in a rut and didn't know how to get out despite the good advice from posters on City-Data forum. Maybe he or she won the lottery and bought an island and is too busy to post.
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Old 12-15-2018, 08:35 AM
 
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I max out 401K and catch-up contributions, plus I pay a bit more on my mortgage to position myself to pay that off at retirement. That's the best I can do for now.
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Old 12-15-2018, 08:37 AM
 
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75 percent of my income goes towards retirement savings
Yowza, do you live in a van down by the river? 25% is not much to live on.
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Old 12-15-2018, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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I was thinking you were the poster from a high cost of living area, Maybe Bay area or Seattle who seemed in a rut and didn't know how to get out despite the good advice from posters on City-Data forum. Maybe he or she won the lottery and bought an island and is too busy to post.
Well, could be me. I tend to get crabby or ignore most people who like to lecture me about what I "should have done" because it's so hard to go back in time. Maybe it's easier now than it used to be.

I'm a she and I am from the Bay Area, but I left almost 20 years ago. Would go back in a heartbeat if I could afford it, though. But I'm in a pretty good place now. Not rolling in money or anything, but at least I have some hope for the future. It was looking pretty dark there for a while.

I am saving money right now (not this freaking month, though - because, Christmas) and it goes into a savings account that pays about .01% interest. I simply don't want to lock it up long term at this point in time.
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Old 12-15-2018, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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We no longer are "saving for retirement" as we've been retired for 8 years. We do save what we have left over from our income each month. What is "left over" is widely variable, as some months, like this one, we pay a few annual expenses (like car insurance, health club membership, etc) in a lump sum rather than the monthly installment way. So some months we are fully spending our regular monthly income, others we can put away about 20% of our retirement income into short term savings/emergency fund, to be used later for some of those lump sum payments, a home project or repair, or big splurges like a cruise vacation. We like to keep the balance in that account at a sum equal to about 25% of our annual income, but it fluctuates.

The OP asked how we structured our income in retirement.

60% = his and hers pensions
20% = his SS
20% = vacation rental income

I will try and hold off on taking my SS until I reach FRA (about 7 more years). We reserve my equity investments as a backstop for health emergencies, major purchases like a car, or unknowns.
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Old 12-15-2018, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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FYI, OP, no harm in asking but many in this forum don't like talking about their finances.


What do you intend to do with the information you do get?
I think you might be in the minority camp there. Most people here like to boast about what awesome savers they are and how modest of a lifestyle they lead
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Old 12-15-2018, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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75 percent of my income goes towards retirement savings
How?
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Old 12-15-2018, 05:48 PM
 
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How?
I am very frugal...dont spend much money at all...and i dont have a family to support and I live with my parents.
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