Social Security More Important Than Many Think
A recent survey from Provision Living notes just 39% of Americans say they’ll need Social Security to make ends meet during retirement. The study also states the average amount baby boomers say they’ll realistically have saved for retirement is $228,000. However, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American age 65 and older spends nearly $46,000 per year. Hence the $228,000 would last but five years. Social Security can help, but at $15,000 per year in benefits the average person receives, $30,000 per year more must still come straight from savings. Thus, in reality, the $228,000 nest egg will last around seven years before running dry.
Read Katie Brockman’s full piece on the importance of making the most of your Social Security benefits and planning adequately for retirement here.
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