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Retirement and financial preparation are two topics that can often be a little overwhelming to think about.  Life and finances, after you retire, are unknown. Common concerns that may come to mind are how you will make money after you retire and if you’ll have enough saved to live off of for an extended period of time.  With all of these concerns, it’s important to know that there are multiple steps to take to boost your retirement savings and maximize it’s potential. Here some strategies that individuals can use to boost their retirement savings.

Maximizing 401 (k) Contributions

There is a probability that an employer has a voluntary contribution plan such as the 401 (k). If an employee is not participating, it is important for them to start contributing the maximum amount required by the law. This strategy will increase the amount saved for retirement while at the same time reducing the taxable income, which softens the blow of maximum contributions.  Additionally, if your employer is matching contributions, you should contribute what you can to capitalize on the opportunity.

Pay Off Debts

Many people find it difficult to boost their retirement savings because a significant proportion of their income goes into paying debts and interests on debts. A person can consider paying off the debts at an earlier stage of their life so that they can free enough cash, which they can use in boosting their retirement savings.  Debts such as student loans, which are affecting an abundance of Millennials and future generations alike, can often be overwhelming, but when tackled correctly, can be reduced significantly before you retire. Focus on paying off unnecessary or large debts as soon as possible. Without having to worry about these, you can contribute more to your retirement savings as time goes on.

Play Catch-up

The rules and regulations governing the 401 (k) require individuals to contribute up to a certain level. However, people above fifty years are allowed to contribute beyond the required amount so that they can catch up. A person can consider taking advantage of this opportunity and provide sufficient funds to contribute a higher amount for life after retirement.

Taking a Second Job

Some people don’t receive sufficient funds, which they can save for retirement due to having a lower paying job.  Considering a second part-time job is a great way to boost your savings while you’re young, and maximize the potential for growth while you may your way to retirement.