The Best Retirement Planning Books

The Best Retirement Planning Books

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The prospect of retiring is tremendously exciting for most life-long workers. Though retirement should be relaxing, preparing for it can often be stressful. Fortunately, there are a number of great books available for soon-to-be retirees. From finding the perfect retirement destination to saving for the years to come, these incredible books will help you make the important decisions that will shape your future.




1.) How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor - by Ernie J. Zelinski

If you're looking for a holistic and philosophical approach to retirement, look no further than Ernie Zelinski's How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free. Zelinski's book diverges from most retirement guides by focusing on topics beyond savings and pensions. Rather, the book emphasizes finding your passions and escaping from the rat race mentality of the professional working world. Zelinski truly offers his readers refreshing and eye-opening tips on how to live.

Whether you're just beginning to think about retirement or have been retired for a number of years, How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free is a powerful read that just might change your life.


2.) How to Retire the Cheapskate Way: The Ultimate Cheapskate's Guide to a Better, Earlier, Happier Retirement - by Jeff Yeager

Jeff Yeager's How to Retire the Cheapskate Way is filled with practical insights into living and retiring frugally. Filled with stories and personal anecdotes about retiring "on the cheap," Yeager approaches the subject of penny-pinching with equal parts humor and practicality. Best of all, Yeager offers tips for earning some easy pocket-change while retired. The excellent money-saving tips offered by this book can be put to use at any stage of life. If you're looking to save money without involving yourself in complex investment schemes, be sure to pick up a copy of How to Retire the Cheapskate Way.


3.) Shifting Gears To Your Life & Work After Retirement - by Dr. Carolee Duckworth and Dr. Marie Langworthy

Shifting Gears To Your Life & Work After Retirement is an invaluable resource for retired and soon-to-be-retired "boomers." The book is a call to action for those of the boomer generation, urging soon-to-be-retirees to transform retirement in the same way that they have transformed every other phase of their lives. Packed with exercises and activities that encourage self-exploration, this book will truly get you thinking about your passions and priorities as you head towards your retirement years.


4.) The Bogleheads’ Guide to Retirement Planning - by Taylor Larimore, et al.

The Bogleheads, a group of finance gurus inspired by Vanguard founder John C. Bogle, are known for their insightful books on investing and finance. In this tome, the financial experts delve into the subject of retirement planning. Offering up professional advice in laymen's terms, this book is one of the best guides to financial planning in the years leading up to retirement.


5.) The Single Woman's Guide to Retirement - by Jan Cullinane

For women approaching retirement age, The Single Woman's Guide to Retirement is an incredible planning tool. Navigating topics such as travel, retirement destinations, fitness, and money-saving tactics for female retirees, Cullinane's book is an excellent resource for retiring women both married and single. Packed with practical tips, worksheets, and exercises, this book addresses all of the important aspects of retirement, from personal wellness to finances. This book is simply a “must” for female retirees.


It's never too early to start planning for your retirement. Pick up these great retirement guides and get reading today!


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Editor, 01/22/2015