What is Lifestyle Creep
No – this doesn’t mean you have a creepy lifestyle. Lifestyle creep happens when income goes up. Things that once were classified as “luxuries” become “necessities.” While this may be okay to a certain extent, it’s important to make saving for the future a priority as well. Otherwise, it may derail debt reduction and retirement plans.
Examples of Lifestyle Creep
Lifestyle creep can take on many forms. The following are some common examples. Think about your own life. What else might you be able to add to this list?
- Spending several dollars a day on coffee
- Flying higher class fares such as premium economy
- Eating out often and/or at higher class places
- Expensive clothing (and more of it) when less expensive garments would be fine
- Paying for a housekeeper
- Buying or renting more home than you need (or a second home)\
- Additional vehicles, a boat, or replacing a vehicle sooner than needed
How It Impacts Near Retirees
People within five to 10 years of retirement are usually at their peak earnings, which can make lifestyle changes very tempting. But it’s also important to keep in mind how those spending habits will (or will not) be supported in their retirement years. It can be tempting to purchase a luxury vehicle or second home, but it may not be a wise long-term choice.
How It Impacts Young Workers
Getting that first well-paying job is exciting! It can be tempting to spend some of the extra cash on dining out or other amenities that were once considered luxuries. Doing so, however, can make it much more difficult to pay off student debt, save for a first home, or put away enough for retirement.
The Best Solution for Lifestyle Creep
The best way to prevent lifestyle creep and ensure you’re always living within your means is to work with a financial advisor. If you don’t already have one you trust, ask for recommendations.
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