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May 13, 2023 at 7:25 pm #82070USER
I retired at the age of 52 after sitting down with a financial planner and realizing I have enough saved up for a current lifestyle spending.
Through the next 5 years, I’ve seen my yearly expenses vary and realized that the unexpected runaway inflation in the last two years has made it difficult to stay on my annual budget.
In my city, groceries and food has gone up 15% to 50% from 2020 to 2023 while gas prices have stayed at $4 to $4.50 a gallon from 2021 to 2023. Even when the official CPI numbers show a lower inflation rate this year, I haven’t seen housing, food, gas and other consumer staples go down in price.
Many of the retirement calculators assume a 3% inflation rate but that’s based on the average BLS number for CPI.
It seems to me, we need a more realistic inflation rate for calculating our retirement expenses.
Has anyone found a better method than using the CPI?
Has anyone felt the need to go back to work full-time due to the unexpected increases in their monthly expenses?May 13, 2023 at 7:25 pm #82071Matthew
Nobody said inflation will stay 3% for 30 years…. the long term average is 3%. 2-3 years of not even record inflation won’t change that 30 year average… this isn’t anything new.
Also, your personal inflation matters the most. A 50% increase in your food budget takes you from 10% of your budget, to 15% of your budget… that shouldn’t be breaking your plan. That’s a 5% increase….
Those that retired lean will obviously feel these changes much more.May 13, 2023 at 7:26 pm #82072Bill
Obviously inflation is real, but the inflation adjusted returns of the market are about 7% and the 4% rule includes inflation.
Also, you should have seen good returns over the last 5 years, right? You should be ahead of the game even next of inflation.May 13, 2023 at 7:26 pm #82073Sonja
I think 7% inflation would be a safer average to use. Or up to 10% because it did get that high and allows for a margin of error.May 13, 2023 at 7:27 pm #82074Kaycee
So, this is a common misconception, but when inflation slows, things don’t get cheaper. They are just continuing to increase at a slower rate.
Except for increases that have been driven by supply and demand mismatches, it isn’t really realistic to expect that your outlays are going to go down. Rather you need to
Be hoping for more of a plateau or sustainable rate of increase.
I think best case we can expect inflation to hover around 4 – 5% for the near term.
Monthly inflation was .4% in April and x 12 that gets you to 4.8%. Since annual inflation in April was 4.9% it looks like we are leveling things out.