How to Make Solo-Retired Life More Manageable
Since the majority of people get married at some point in their life, most don’t plan on retiring alone. There are very few confirmed bachelors (or bachelorettes) who never had nor never will have any intention of being in a relationship, and knew for sure they’d be on their own when it came to retirement. Not only is there the actual living that might not be what you were expecting, there might also be some changes to the planning that also need to happen if you’re not quite there yet.
The Money Part
If you’re recently divorced or widowed and you were already at the age where retirement didn’t seem so far off, it’s good to remember that all the expenses will be on you. There will be no splitting the rent or mortgage or the household duties, either. However, all is not lost, you only need space for one, food for one, a travel and entertainment budget for one and the list goes on. Don’t let this scare you into not retiring, just be aware it’s on you. This is probably how your career began, so it shouldn’t be a totally foreign concept. Make sure you have savings at the ready to afford everything you’ll need without an income. Do comparisons on all big expenses like cable or your phone bill. And ADT comparison of security systems might reveal a better or cheaper way to pay for home security on your own.
Things to do on you Own
There are a lot of things you can do by yourself and keep busy every day of your retirement. You might have a list of things you always want to do, or maybe even tried to get into while you were working and now you have all the time you need. Always wanted a garden or one of those truly manicured lawns? Now’s the time to give it a shot. A lot of outdoor activities are perfect for someone on their own, including hunting, fishing, and hiking so even if you’ve never been into the outdoors, maybe you should try something new.
Things to do and be Social
There’s a good chance you don’t want to spend your entire retirement on your own, and there are plenty of ways to be social without worrying about dating. You can volunteer your time in a large variety of ways probably right in your own neighborhood. You can also take a class, whether you want to finally learn to cook or pick up a new language, and there will be other people at your same level and with your same interest ready and waiting to make your acquaintance.
Entering and living in retirement on your own may seem daunting but you’ve probably conquered a lot of obstacles in your career so don’t let this one stop you. Set the alarm on your security system, don’t forget your keys, and get out there and enjoy the fruits of all your hard work.