Make the Most of Your 401K

Posted on 07/15/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Money & Work The guaranteed security of pensions has all but disappeared and you know you can’t count on Social Security alone to have the retirement you want. In today’s economic climate, we are more and more responsible for our own financial security in retirement. 401k plans have become one of the most common retirement savings options. The tax deferral, plan portability, potential employer matching contributions, and self-direction of investments make them a popular choice. Because you choose where you will be investing …

Most Aren’t Financially Ready to Retire

Posted on 07/9/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Money & Work When it comes to financial planning for retirement, don’t make the mistake of thinking your monthly Social Security payments will be enough for you to continue living the lifestyle you want. Because chances are, they won’t. Here in Wisconsin the average monthly benefit is $1,281. Most retirees augment this with pension income and private savings. But others simply have not saved enough. In fact, about 75% of people nearing retirement have less than $30,000 in savings. And traditional pension plans …

Social Security, Work & Retirement Webinars

Posted on 06/26/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Money & Work Does summer have you dreaming of retirement? Maybe you’re interested in starting your own business? Whatever your situation, we’ve got a webinar for that! It’s free and easy to participate, so there’s no excuse not to join us. Even if you can’t make awebinar on the scheduled day, register anyway. We’ll send you a link so you can listen later at your convenience.  Here’s what coming up: 10 Steps to Get to the Retirement You Want Thursday, July 24, 2014, …

Join Us to Talk Retirement Savings

Posted on 05/2/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Money & Work If you ask people if they feel financially prepared for retirement, most will say “no.” Even those who have saved throughout their working lives are not confident with the amount of money they have set aside. The bottom line is that more and more Wisconsinites are unsure they’ll have enough money to retire comfortably. That’s why our focus at AARP is to visit communities across Wisconsin and talk to our members. We want to ensure everyone has the financial security they …

Share Stories About Retirement Security

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work AARP is gathering stories from Wisconsinites who are worried about retirement security. AARP staff will share the stories with reporters and lawmakers to build support for strengthening Social Security and to press for legislation to create a state retirement savings plan for private sector workers without access to a job-based plan. To share your concerns about financial security, email wistate@aarp.org. To help plan for retirement, try the AARP Social Security benefits calculator at aarp.org/sscalculator.

How to Live the Cheap Life

Posted on 04/29/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Money & Work Financial security is more than just what you save. It’s also about how you spend your hard-earned money. AARP’s money saving expert Jeff Yeager recently joined us on a tele-townhall where he shared dozens of his money-saving ideas. His YouTube channel, The Cheap Life with Jeff Yeager, also offers great suggestions about how to live the good life, only at a fraction of the cost. Each week Jeff shares tips and tricks for how you can pay less for just about everything, reuse just about anything, and get …