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    • Ashingtonian
    • By Ashingtonian 6th Jan 18, 5:51 PM
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    Ashingtonian
    Is the state pension really that bad?
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    • 6th Jan 18, 5:51 PM
    Is the state pension really that bad? 6th Jan 18 at 5:51 PM
    If I were to retire tomorrow I would get £690 month.

    Assuming my home would be paid off and I won't want or need to run a car, based to today's prices my monthly outgoings would be as follows:

    Groceries - 150
    Council Tax - 90
    Gas/Elec -40
    Phones/Internet - 40
    Water/TVL - 30
    Entertainment - 100
    Clothes - 20
    Emergency fund - 100
    Insurances - 20
    Xmas/Birthdays - 50

    In total £640. And I think I have been fairly generous in regards to groceries, entertainment and emergency fund, which should cover all miscellaneous spending. Obviously there would be no fancy foreign holidays or going out on the drink every night, but its certainly by no means an austerity lifestyle.

    I will have a small work pension that should add a couple of hundred a month into my pot but even without that I doubt I would starve or go without on anything fancy. Opinions?
    Current MFD 1st July 2026

    Target MFD 1st April 2023
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    • LeadFarmer
    • By LeadFarmer 6th Jan 18, 6:00 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 6:00 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 6:00 PM
    Its the unexpected outgoings that can cause problems for anyone, suddenly needing a new boiler, new roof on your house, new windows etc...
    • BLB53
    • By BLB53 6th Jan 18, 6:06 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 6:06 PM
    I guess to some extent it depends on where you live...I think some in London & SE will struggle but for those up North it's a bit easier to get by and certainly covers the basics.

    You would need a very large lump sum to generate £8,500 pa index linked I believe so not to be sniffed at imo.
    If you choose index funds you can never outperform the market.
    If you choose managed funds there's a high probability you will underperform index funds.
    • Tom99
    • By Tom99 6th Jan 18, 6:23 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 6:23 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 6:23 PM
    You should manage ok. No car or travel?
    • Ashingtonian
    • By Ashingtonian 6th Jan 18, 6:52 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 6:52 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 6:52 PM
    Well I drive for a living now, and going by the standard of driving today I have no intention of continuing after my retirement unless in dire emergency!
    Current MFD 1st July 2026

    Target MFD 1st April 2023
    • TheShape
    • By TheShape 6th Jan 18, 7:05 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 7:05 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 7:05 PM
    I guess to some extent it depends on where you live...I think some in London & SE will struggle but for those up North it's a bit easier to get by and certainly covers the basics.

    You would need a very large lump sum to generate £8,500 pa index linked I believe so not to be sniffed at imo.
    Originally posted by BLB53
    Are day to day living costs much different in London? If you own your own property so that housing costs are not an issue I don't see why living in London would be much more expensive than anywhere else unless you're spending your time going out in the West End. Public transport is also relatively good in London and free with the Freedom pass from State Pension age.
    • capital0ne
    • By capital0ne 6th Jan 18, 7:07 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 7:07 PM
    You should manage ok. No car or travel?
    Originally posted by Tom99
    Free bus pass!
    • capital0ne
    • By capital0ne 6th Jan 18, 7:09 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 7:09 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 7:09 PM
    If I were to retire tomorrow I would get £690 month.

    Assuming my home would be paid off and I won't want or need to run a car, based to today's prices my monthly outgoings would be as follows:

    Groceries - 150
    Council Tax - 90
    Gas/Elec -40
    Phones/Internet - 40
    Water/TVL - 30
    Entertainment - 100
    Clothes - 20
    Emergency fund - 100
    Insurances - 20
    Xmas/Birthdays - 50
    Originally posted by Ashingtonian
    I think your Gas/Elec is low I pay £90/month
    • capital0ne
    • By capital0ne 6th Jan 18, 7:11 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 7:11 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 7:11 PM
    If I were to retire tomorrow I would get £690 month.
    Originally posted by Ashingtonian
    Is that £690 a month the figure from your estimate, if so it's paid every four weeks so you actually get a bit more per month, which is £747
    • frugal90
    • By frugal90 6th Jan 18, 7:15 PM
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    Council tax at £90 per month, if only . In Scotland I am nearly £2k per year, yet not even a street light.
    • EdGasketTheSecond
    • By EdGasketTheSecond 6th Jan 18, 7:15 PM
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    My gas/electric is 4 times what you've allowed and council tax double.
    • Alice Holt
    • By Alice Holt 6th Jan 18, 7:24 PM
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    Alice Holt
    I think your Gas/Elec is low I pay £90/month
    Originally posted by capital0ne
    Yes, and the Insurances look low.

    House Maintenance costs?
    Health costs?

    But anyone on a basic SP would get help with Council Tax through the Council Tax reduction scheme.

    I think according to a recent survey from Which? retired couples need £18,000 a year in order to cover essential expenditure.
    • TheShape
    • By TheShape 6th Jan 18, 7:32 PM
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    TheShape
    My gas/electric is 4 times what you've allowed and council tax double.
    Originally posted by EdGasketTheSecond
    Are there any girls/women in your household.

    My girlfriend thinks she cold die from the cold at my house. At her house, it's so hot I feel like I could die from heat exhaustion. My sister has the heating turned up so high that you can't move without breaking into a sweat.
    Last edited by TheShape; 06-01-2018 at 7:39 PM.
    • Bogof_Babe
    • By Bogof_Babe 6th Jan 18, 7:36 PM
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    My Council Tax for a 1-bed flat in the North West is £112 a month now!

    I suppose if you are on your own you will get a 25% discount, but still £90 is optimistic ongoing.
    I haven't bogged off yet, and I ain't no babe


    • TheShape
    • By TheShape 6th Jan 18, 7:42 PM
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    TheShape
    My Council Tax for a 1-bed flat in the North West is £112 a month now!

    I suppose if you are on your own you will get a 25% discount, but still £90 is optimistic ongoing.
    Originally posted by Bogof_Babe
    London Borough of Havering:

    Band D with single person discount £100 pm.
    Band C with single person discount £89 pm.
    • kidmugsy
    • By kidmugsy 6th Jan 18, 8:16 PM
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    kidmugsy
    You could save on the TV licence: just stop paying, say you don't watch a telly any more, and refuse to let them into your property. Look upon it as striking a blow against the class of twerps who run the BBC. If people can think of any other ways of simultaneously saving money and hitting out at the Blairites (and worse), do volunteer them.
    Last edited by kidmugsy; 06-01-2018 at 8:19 PM.
    Free the dunston one next time too.
    • haras_nosirrah
    • By haras_nosirrah 6th Jan 18, 8:30 PM
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    I guess it depends if you want to live or want to merely exist.-

    After working for 45-50 years I want more from the remaining 30 years of my life than sitting at home watching television as I can't afford to leave the house

    By sacrificing a decent wedge of my income now I plan to retire by 60 and enjoy my free time, travel etc rather than sit at home choosing between eating or putting the heating on.

    You can exist on state pension - you will be kept alive but it sounds a pretty crap existance
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 6th Jan 18, 9:00 PM
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    Silvertabby
    The State pension was only ever intended to keep a roof over your head and bread on the table. If you want more than that then you'll have to pay for it yourself.

    You may think that the State pension will be enough for you - but, as someone has already said, what will you do when your boiler fails or your roof starts to leak?
    • davieg11
    • By davieg11 6th Jan 18, 10:48 PM
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    davieg11
    My father in law has lived off state pension for years with around £20pm pension credit = £700 month.

    Groceries - 200 including beer and whisky
    Council Tax - 20 only pay water charge in Scotland
    Gas/Elec -80
    Phones/Internet - 40
    Water/TVL - 15
    Entertainment - 200 in pub
    Clothes - 0 gets new ones for Christmas
    Emergency fund - 100
    Insurances - 20. House insurance
    Xmas/birthdays- 25

    He seems quite happy with that!
    • EdGasketTheSecond
    • By EdGasketTheSecond 6th Jan 18, 10:50 PM
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    EdGasketTheSecond
    Are there any girls/women in your household.

    My girlfriend thinks she cold die from the cold at my house. At her house, it's so hot I feel like I could die from heat exhaustion. My sister has the heating turned up so high that you can't move without breaking into a sweat.
    Originally posted by TheShape
    Ha, yes. What is it about women that make them want to turn the heating on full blast and open windows?
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