How to Save for Retirement

Many people today are worried that they will not have enough money to retire. The good news is that there are several steps that you can take today in order to save for the future. In order to build wealth, there are certain lifestyle habits that you need to take on. For example, spending less than you make is an obvious positive financial habit that successful savers have.

There are many other habits that few people know about to take your finances to the next level. Although some of these are difficult, others are easy to implement quickly. Here are some of the best tips to save what you need for retirement.

Start Early

The younger you start investing, the more you will accumulate over time. There is a huge difference between someone who starts investing at 25 versus 35. If you are early in your career, now is a great time to start looking at your investing plans.

Some people wrongly assume that they do not have the money to invest every month. However, you should build your life around your saving and investing. Many people prefer to have large homes and fancy cars to impress their friends on social media. These people generally are not saving anything for retirement and will have a lot of issues later on in life.


One of the most important aspects of your finances is your tax planning. The vast majority of people who work get a W-2. This is the tax form for employees of a business. In these companies, there is generally something called a 401(k). This is just an investment vehicle that you can use to make things easier. The great thing about a 401(k) is that the money goes in before taxes. Although this may not seem like a big deal, over time it is a huge tax savings. If you are making $100,000 and your effective tax rate is 18 percent, you pay $18,000 a year in taxes.

However, let’s say that you invest $10,000 a year into your 401(k). You now have $1,800 more than you normally would because taxes were not taken out of the $10,000 invested. The people who succeed with their finances over time look at their taxes carefully to determine the best course of action to take.


There is always some risk when investing. Some people prefer to invest in securities that carry little risk. There is a correlation over time between the risk you take and the returns you earn on your investments.

The younger you start investing, the more risk you can take on. As you near your retirement age, you need to start allocating more of your funds to bonds. Bonds have a much lower risk profile than stocks do, and this will prevent you from losing your retirement if the stock market collapses. In the last recession, this happened to a lot of people who were about to retire.


Another great way to generate regular income is through dividends. Dividends are a fixed amount that a company has agreed to pay shareholders. Over time, this can add up to a lot of money. Dividends are determined by the company’s board of directors. As a general rule, the more stable the company, the higher the dividends will be. New companies generally want to invest any excess capital they have back into the growth of the business.

Finding monthly dividend stocks is one of the best ways to take your finances to a new level. Every portfolio should have a dividend strategy within it. Some people prefer to use dividends to invest back into their portfolio. Other people would rather take the dividends and deposit them in the bank. This all depends on your current financial position and what your goals are.

Next Steps

Overall, investing and saving for retirement is not as complicated as you think. Although you do need to start as soon as possible, it really does not require as much money as many people believe if you start early enough. The earlier you start, the better prepared you will be.

Adam Richards

About Adam Richards

Adam Richards is a semi-retired business professional originally from Bangor, Maine. He spent the majority of his career in sales and marketing where he rose to the marketing lead of a Fortune 1000 company. He then moved on to helping people as a career counselor that specifically helped bring families to self-sufficiency through finding them rewarding careers. He has now returned to Bangor for his retirement and spends his free time writing. This blog will be about everything he learned throughout his career. He'll write on career, workplace, education and technology issues as well as on trends, changes, and advice for the Maine job market and its employers.