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The Million-Dollar Retirement - And how to get there

Why It Pays To Start Saving For Retirement Now

It seems crazy to think about saving for retirement when you’re in your twenties, right? After all, it’s so far away. And won’t the Canada Pension Plan look after you? Sure, if you think you can live comfortably off the average monthly CPP cheque of $685.11.


Saving while you’re young, gives you a great head start because of compound interest. This is where you earn interest on the money that you deposit in your savings account, plus you earn interest on the interest.


Regardless of what you’re saving for - a new home, setting up your own business, travelling or a comfortable retirement - starting to save as early as you can is a big advantage. Let’s take a look at some figures.


How Much You Need To Save To Make It To A Million


To reach the million dollar mark in 40 years, with no current savings and assuming a conservative return of 4% you would need to save $879.17 a month.


But you can wait until you’re earning more, right? That’s true, but if you wait 10 years before you start saving, that monthly amount almost doubles to $1,491.67.


And if you leave it until there are only 20 years left before your retirement, you’ll need to save a hefty $2,808.33 a month.


Start saving regularly into a high interest account. Then once you have a base of savings to work with start investing longer term where the returns are higher, like an Enhanced Growth term deposit, which can earn up to 20%* over the next five years.


Where Can those Savings Come From?


Even if you have no “spare” money to invest, there are plenty of simple but effective ways to reduce your spending and start saving.


Make and take your morning coffee with you

Buying a coffee every morning can cost you between $15-25 a week. Make one before you leave and take it with you.


Monthly savings – $60 minimum. 


Stop eating junk food - take your lunch to work

Take leftovers or a sandwich for lunch. Even allowing for the higher grocery bill, your savings could easily be $25 a week.


Monthly savings$100 minimum


Borrow for free instead of buying or renting

Inter-library loan networks mean there are tens of thousands of books, comics, films and TV shows available to you from your local library, all for free.


And you can now stream or download them onto your electronic devices with online library services like Hoopla.


Monthly savings – at least $25.


Bundle - or get rid of - your home services

Bundle your TV, Internet and home phone or consider ditching your home phone and cable altogether. Use your cell phone and stream shows on providers like Netflix or your library service.


Monthly savings – around $50.


Save on banking


If you carry a high interest credit card balance, make your monthly payments more manageable with an affordable alternative like a consolidation loan or a line of credit. You could save hundreds of dollars in interest every year.


Save when shopping

Loyalty programs can make for savings as big as 5-10% on your weekly groceries.

Apps like FLIPP provide all of the flyers from local retailers digitally and tell you which stores offer the best deals on your grocery list.


You can use the app to reduce your grocery bill when you shop at stores that offer price matching, like Walmart and No Frills. Buy clothes in end-of-season sales or at thrift stores.


Monthly savings – at least $40 on groceries alone.


Negotiate when renewing your insurance

When car and home contents insurance come up for renewal, shop around, negotiate with the company directly or use a broker. First Calgary enjoy members preferred rates for auto and home insurance, as well as travel and life insurance.

Monthly savings - $5-10 minimum.


Starting On The Road To Your $1 Million Retirement


All these cost-saving steps require is a little dedication and planning.


When you add up all of these savings, you’ll have an extra minimum of $291 per month in your pocket.


If you save that amount every month in a high interest account and then move it to an investment that’s bringing you a 4% return, it will grow in value in 40 years to be worth $331,829.10. That’s over a quarter of a million dollars just by making small savings. Imagine how much you can build up when you start actively putting extra money into your savings account!


What Are You Waiting For?


If you start saving now, with time on your side, you’ll soon build up substantial savings.


Book an appointment now with First Calgary and we’ll help you get on the path to your million-dollar retirement.


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