- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Adams Media (October 2, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1440586551
- ISBN-13: 978-1440586552
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Emily Guy Birken is a finance writer who writes the "Live Like a Mensch" column for The Dollar Stretcher. She is also a contributor to Wise Bread, PT Money, Money Crashers, Yahoo! Finance, and Business Insider, as well as many other personal financial sites. She edits and writes the blog for FinCon, an annual conference for financial bloggers, and she is the author of The 5 Years Before You Retire. You can visit her website at http://sahmnambulist.blogspot.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Ms. Birken's an experienced personal-finance writer. She guides you through the entire retirement process, but first she helps you figure out your personal perspective on money. Your childhood will influence your financial attitudes of avoidance, status, worship, or vigilance.
Once you understand how your money scripts will help (or hinder) your retirement, she shows you how to brainstorm five steps that you'd take for a fantasy big-dream retirement. You'll also think through your bare-bones "Plan B" retirement and meld it all into a goal that matches your values. You'll base your plan on your projected expenses and then figure out how much to invest-- as well as how to tap your funds after you stop working. Her checklists and worksheets make sure that you cover all the details, and she includes plenty of references to help you check your planning.
She debunks the most popular myths about your retirement and then takes you through the lifestyle considerations: family, downsizing, inflation, healthcare, retiring early, moving, travel, living overseas, part-time jobs, and even returning to school.
You'll finish the book with a much clearer vision of how to get to your retirement!
(I read a galley provided by the publisher/author. When Amazon starts selling the Kindle version, I'm buying a gift copy for my young-adult daughter.)
The first part of this book asks you to take a hard look at how you think about money, and this is valuable, because how you think about money plays a role in how you invest and how you spend when you retire. Ms. Birken also helps debunk all the popular retirement myths that seem to be the staple advice offered by other experts. And then she gives you tools to analyze your own finances to see what works best for you.
However, my favorite section of the book is the one that asks you to really think about what you want to do in retirement. Do you want to travel? Then you may have to put away more funds in order to retire, travel, and be happy. I love the fact that the author suggests you think about your typical retirement day, for both you and your spouse. I think, too often, people just assume they'll enjoy living in Florida, but the reality of it--of having no close family, no close friends, no community ties--is much different than they expect.
This resource has some of expected "Let's crunch the numbers" chapters, but they are written it readable text that was not intimidating. Ms. Birken also offers insightful chapters on retiring early and on working part-time during retirement. She truly covers all the bases here. If you are looking for a good retirement planning resource to start the process, then this is the book for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book, with some areas I never thought of or read about else where. Always like to see all the options to help me decide in the future.Published 7 months ago by Brian C Darr
My lasting impression from Choose Your Retirement will be that I need to have a Plan A and “Plan B” for my retirement. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a Financial Advisor, I wish I'd had this book to give to my clients as they began to think about retirement. Read morePublished 12 months ago by MsIrish0077
Don't be tempted to think this is just another boring book about retirement. The author starts by helping you determine your financial personality. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Valerie Rind
I am a financial planner and I am pretty amazed at the depth of content delivered "Choose Your Own Retirement: Find the Right Path to Your New Adventure. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mindy Crary - Creative Money Coach
Retirement isn't just about a specific age it's also a mindset. Emily does a great job helping us understand the idea of retirement before getting into the details of planning for... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jason Vitug