Texas Tech University

Why You Should Spend More Money in Retirement


July 29, 2015

Time - You’ve saved up money your whole career. So in retirement, don’t deny yourself the pleasure of spending it.

Misgivings about spending play a big role, says Hearts & Wallets partner Laura Varas. In focus groups, retirees described big spenders their age as irresponsible and expressed shame about their own spending. And as people age, they tend to get more emotional about complex money decisions, says Christopher Browning, a financial planning professor at Texas Tech University: "No one gives you instructions on how to turn your savings into income. It can be a paralyzing process."

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