Thursday, May 28, 2009

So how much should I be saving?

There's been an awful lot of talk recently about pension provision and what we should all be saving for retirement which has depressed me somewhat, so I sat down and worked out what I should be saving for a retirement income of £40,000 before tax and then also looked at monthly expenses which I can't avoid.

Mortgage - £825
Pension - £1,200
ISA - £600
Insurance various - £150
Mobile phones - £100
Water - £30
Gas - £130
Work travel - £200
Cycle scheme - £43
Council Tax - £150
Child trust fund x3 - £300
Childen's education trust £300
Children's long term fund £300

That comes to a grand total of £4,328

Now I've got a decent job but that aint gonna happen especially if I want to eat, buy clothes and maybe go out once a year which as you'll note I haven't put in here. So what now? I suppose I could cut out £900 for the kids but that seems a little harsh.


Span Ows said...

Perhaps cut out 1200 of the pension...then hope your children appreciate what you've done and they look after you!

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Les Paul Junior said...

Don't forget that by the time you retire the kids will have "flown the nest" and your mortgage will be paid off.

For me, at least, a 40K a year pension is massive.

Crispin Heath said...

This is true Les but this neds to cover me and the wife

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