As people get older, their financial responsibilities begin to change and increase. More senior employees have a lot to think about when it comes to their personal finances, which is why it’s so important to create a budget that fits their unique needs and goals. They need a budget to fit their time in life.
Why create a budget?
Employees approaching retirement have worked with a budget all their lives. So why do these people need one when they are more than 50 years old? That’s because the financial challenges a person faces can be complicated by retirement savings and a need to cover healthcare costs.
A budget forces a person to look at their financial picture carefully, track expenses and make necessary adjustments. It gives them an opportunity to investigate how much money is coming in. Significant expenses are on the horizon, and a budget helps an older person plan for them. In short, preparing a budget helps an employee’s financial well-being and gives them more control over financial decisions.
Building a budget is easy. The individual determines how much income is received each month, and monthly expenses are tracked. It provides a basis for budget building. Once an older employee understands their financial situation, that person can establish a process for tracking and allocating funds to cover various expenses. What is necessary is to have realistic expectations. It is important to avoid either overestimating or underestimating what is needed for necessities such as groceries, rent or mortgage payments.
Sticking to budget is critical for a senior employee to protect financial well-being. The budget guidelines help a person to have control over where hard earned money goes. Additionally, the budget helps ensure essential expenses are taken care of while leaving enough money to spend on discretionary items.
Life changes, and so do needs. A senior employee must review and adjust the budget to stay on track. Taking into account sources of income, expenses and personal goals helps ensure that spending is aligned with priorities.
There will come a time when a person will have a fixed income. Some advice on how to prepare for it will help. Nationwide Pre-Paid Legal Services has a financial wellness benefit for senior employees preparing for life after retirement.
What we offer
Countrywide has a nationwide network of certified advisors who provide guidance and helpful suggestions to financial health plan members. These professionals can help a person develop a budget that fits current needs. The council can also provide practical tips on preparing for the days of fixed income. Adjustments can be made to the financial wellness plan member’s budget so that money can be set aside for retirement savings. There may even be some suggestions on how to live on a fixed income right now, so there’s an idea of what that feels like.
We try to help
Countrywide wants to meet the needs of all employees in an organization. We asked decision makers to choose which financial wellness options they would like to see in their employee benefit. Countrywide is happy to explain all the benefits and how they can affect employees. We then take a step back and let management decide which options are included in the plan. These choices are part of the final planning document. We will provide excellent member services and a streamlined administration for all plan members.
Seniors face some unique challenges, and a budget must be prepared to meet current needs and prepare for future expenses. We help people create a budget that is sensitive to the needs of the elderly and come up with ideas for adaptations. Setting that budget is just one of our services.
Feel free to contact us when it suits you if you want to know more about us. Countrywide wants to help all employees in a customer’s workforce. We would appreciate being able to explain how to do it.