Alice is a school teacher at St. Paul’s Lutheran School. She recently had a conversation with her students about goals. While it’s a way’s off, she’s started thinking more about her own goals, especially with retirement. Away from school, Alice loves to bake. There’s nothing better to her than putting the right ingredients together and creating a tasty treat for her kids and their friends. Alice has started to look at retirement the same way she does baking. If you mix the right ingredients together and have a little patience, you’ll end up with something rewarding when the time comes.
Alice is smart. She’s knows the three key ingredients for retirement income. Let’s turn it over to our retirement chef to explain. Thanks Narrator Guy. So my first ingredient is the Concordia Retirement Plan pension fund. Check out that video out to see what an amazing benefit the pension is! The second ingredient is Social Security. I’ve been paying into this government fund since I started working. When I retire, I should receive money back to help me lead the life I want to live. But it’s the third ingredient that really helps me know I’ll have enough retirement income to meet my expenses.
It’s the Concordia Retirement Savings Plan 403(b). A 403(b) is the non-profit version of a 401(k), and the CRSP has some of the lowest fees available. That means I get to keep more for my retirement! As soon as the CRSP 403(b) began, I started investing because I knew this ingredient was in my control. I have my employer put some of each paycheck into the plan. I know that, if I need to, I can pause or change my contribution because the CRSP is so flexible. But even when things were tight or the markets were down, I still regularly saved something for retirement. It was like “set it and forget it and you won’t regret it!” I’m a baker, not a banker, so luckily Concordia Plans has top-notch experts who mixed my investments among the funds they offer. I didn’t need to be an investment expert, but when I wanted to learn more, CPS always had resources available to help. When I retire, I’ll still have expenses to pay for. Some of them, like medical costs, will probably rise. Thanks to my commitment to the Concordia Retirement Savings Plan, I’ll have enough money to pay for what I need.
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