The closer you are to retirement, the more concerned you will naturally be regarding the amount of money you have in your retirement savings. With every downturn of the economy, you watch your nest egg grow smaller. Here are some practical ways you can survive on less money during your golden years:

Decrease Expenses: You might be surprised discover how many things you pay for every month that are just not necessary. Go through your expenses with a fine toothed comb and make sure you are sticking to the mandatory expenses and not going overboard with unnecessary purchases or subscriptions. Try little changes, like grocery shopping from a list only to limit impulse purchases, take less expensive trips or vacations, get rid of credit card debt or take advantage of a balance transfer offer to save on interest expenses. The money you save can be added to your retirement savings, to help extend the length of time your savings will sustain your lifestyle.

Downsize: Do you have a house that was suitable for a growing family - but seems larger than what you and your significant other really need? Consider downsizing the home to save money on mortgage and/or utility costs. Maintaining a smaller home costs less than maintaining a larger home. You may also be able to move into a condo that involves no maintenance on your part at all, depending on your personal preferences.

Learn to Live Frugally: Cut back on your energy consumption by living by lowering your heat a degree or two, or helping the central air work less by keeping it a degree or two warmer in the summer. Change hot water heating setting to warm, instead of piping hot. None of these small changes will decrease your lifestyle any, and within a week or so you won't even notice the changes other than in your wallet. Try energy efficient compact florescent bulbs for your whole house to decrease your electric bill, and unplug everything you're not currently using since many items draw electricity even if they're not on.

Consider a Part Time Job. If you feel like you've reduced your expenses as much as possible, consider a part time job that will let you earn a little extra cash. If you are computer literate you can work from home writing or doing virtual administrative assistant work. Otherwise, many retailers or restaurants are good places for part time work. In addition to boosting your income, keeping your mind active helps keep you sharp and alert.

Improving your financial situation is often as simple as making small adjustments to your everyday spending habits. Not all of the ideas in this article will work for everyone, but using just a few can add up to big savings over the long term.

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