Lump Sum - save or spend

At retirement you probably get the biggest lump sum you will ever receive, so what do you do with your Lump Sum – save or spend
The advice is to invest it, but we also need to think what is right for the individual.
My husband reached 60 about 18 months ago. He worked for Royal Mail and alongside a monthly pension he also got a lump sum of 3 times this annual pension.

I intend to work to 70 and beyond, and over the years will gradually work less.
What we want to do for now is to live life. We obviously will want to have enough money to live on in proper retirement, but we also want to have some great holidays.
Too many people we know have saved for their retirement and had all sorts of plans for things they will do when they retire. But then they, or their partner gets seriously ill and the plans never happen.
They wish – if only
So, we have taken a different view. Let’s make sure we have enough money saved, but also make sure that we enjoy life for now.
My husband was a Postman for most of his working life so he hasn’t got an enormous pension, or lump sum. But over a lifetime he’s saved and we have other investments that we don’t intend to touch till I’m 70.
So, we spent his lump sum. We revamped our kitchen to make it suit our life and we went on a big holiday.

Lump Sum – save or spend: we bought a new kitchen

Our kitchen wasn’t right for us- it had a peninsular unit cutting the room in half, and we like to dance so we wanted much more floor space. We also love the 1950s (we have a 1968 car, called Dugsy), so we now have a beautiful 1950s inspired kitchen that meets our needs and over 10 years will have given us so much enjoyment we see this as an investment.
Lump Sum - save or spend
Lump Sum - save or spend

Lump Sum – save or spend: we had a 6 week holiday

We also went on a 6-week holiday starting off with a week in Cape Town and then sailing on the RMS St Helena to the island of St Helena. We stayed for 23 nights, had to wait for the ship to come back, and then got on the ship to Ascension Island and spent 3 nights there before flying into Brize Norton on a RAF Plane. Talk about memories!
Lump Sum - save or spend
Lump Sum - save or spend
Lump Sum - save or spend
Lump Sum - save or spend
We all differ, but I wanted to share that sometimes spending is the right thing to do.
What about you what will you do with your Lump Sum – save or spend?

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2 Comments

  1. How great Denise you are balancing out work and play and advising us all of the plus and minus of decision.
    I was interested to read you visited St Helena. Back in the 1970s I was told St H was an island Jehovah`s Witnesses had virtually invaded and it was hard to go anywhere without meeting them. Is this true?
    The over 50s London show (where I met you) is nearly here again. Will you be attending again?
    Good Wishes. Brenda Mandrak. Peterborough, Cambs. UK.

    • Hi Brenda, I haven’t been asked to get involved with the 50 Plus Show this year
      Yes, there are a large number of JWs there – I was surprised, but also several other denominations
      Best wishes, Denise


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