About half of Americans have taken or plan to take an early withdrawal from a retirement account during the pandemic, according to one survey.
Even if your retirement account is your best option for quick cash right now, tread lightly, says a financial planner.
If you don’t make a plan to replenish your account, it could be damaging to your retirement.
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If you had to pull cash from a retirement account lately, you’re not alone.
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My savings strategy is simple: I transfer money out of my checking account into an online savings account with a higher rate of return — and then pretend it doesn’t exist.
I learned this strategy when I worked a full-time job and taxes, insurance, and retirement savings would come out of my paycheck before I even saw the money.
Now, I’ve been able to fund trips abroad, cover expensive car repairs, and build a robust emergency fund by pretending I don’t have any money.
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To save money, I act like I don’t have any.
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I’ve been a full-time freelancer for the past five years and haven’t had much issue keeping my income steady.
But thanks to the coronavirus, many of my clients have cut back on assignments.
My emergency savings fund is in good shape, but I don’t want to drain it before the pandemic is over.
Since I’m still making some money, I asked four financial experts how to cut my spending so I can live on the money I’m bringing in and not have to blow through my savings.
I’ve been working overtime to build up my savings account since 2015, after I was laid off from my job and realized my finances were a big mess. When I switched from a full-time job to being a full-time freelancer and business owner, I made it a point to add to my savings account and emergency savings fund every single month.
But due to the shakeup caused by the coronavirus, my projects have thinned out and my clients have taken a few steps back and put work on hold. The money isn’t coming in as steadily as it was before the virus, which made me panic about dipping into and depleting my savings account.
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