Blog: What’s the cost of a comfortable retirement?

Have you ever stopped to think about the monthly income you'd need to provide for a comfortable retirement?

If you’re thinking it would be the equivalent of your current salary you've probably overestimated.

Remember, by the time you retire, you will hopefully have paid off your mortgage, your kids (if you had them) will have flown the nest and you won't have to cover the cost of commuting to work. In fact, research by Which? suggests you'll probably need between half and two thirds of your final salary, after tax, to achieve a comfortable lifestyle in retirement.

According to Which? retirees will need £18,000 a year to cover household essentials such as food £3,967, utilities £2,040, transport £2,407 and housing costs £1,444.

Average annual spending for retired couples

Comfortable lifestyle

Luxurious lifestyle

Long-haul holidays

 £                                     -  

 £                  7,415.00

European travel/holidays

 £                        4,414.00

 £                  4,414.00

New car cost

 £                                     -  

 £                  4,376.00

Groceries

 £                        3,967.00

 £                  3,967.00

Housing payments

 £                        2,969.00

 £                  2,969.00

Insurance

 £                        2,457.00

 £                  2,457.00

Transport

 £                        2,407.00

 £                  2,407.00

Utilities

 £                        2,040.00

 £                  2,040.00

Recreation and leisure

 £                        1,591.00

 £                  1,591.00

Household goods

 £                        1,444.00

 £                  1,444.00

Leisure membership

 £                                     -  

 £                  1,338.00

Health

 £                        1,287.00

 £                  1,287.00

Buying news clothes

 £                        1,092.00

 £                  1,092.00

Tobacco/Alcohol

 £                            933.00

 £                      933.00

Saving sufficiently
Now you know the sort of income you’d like in retirement; how much will you have to save each month to achieve it?
Which? suggests, alongside the State pension, to generate an annual combined income of £26,000 couples will need a defined contribution pension pot of £210,000.

For a luxurious retirement, this more than doubles to £550,000 invested in income drawdown with 3% investment growth. The table below shows the money you’ll need to be saving each month to achieve this – obviously, the amount increases as you get older:

Age

Comfortable

Luxurious

20

£131

£342

30

£198

£424

40

£338

£731

50

£633

£1657

The numbers may look scary but when it comes to saving for the lifestyle you want in your retirement the earlier you start and the more you can contribute the better.

Whether you’re in your 20s or 60s, on track with your savings or worried you’re behind where you should be, please get in touch and we’ll help you explore your retirement income options.

The value of investments and any income from them can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the original amount invested.