I'm 53 yo, registered nurse, single mom to 12 yo daughter, living in Louisiana.
After another rough weekend at work I decided that I need to improve my chances of retiring someday. Spent the last few days reading online & discovered this great group! If only I had started to plan for ER when I was young. I wasn't a great saver, spent lots of money on travel, wasted lots of money.
So bad news is that I have only $300,000 in 403b. (Need to work on my allocations. Need advice on mm/bond/mutual fund options in 403b. I'm less risk tolerant after several rough years in the market, continued volatility, and my desire to retire ASAP!)
Good news is that I'm almost debt-free. My salary last year was $95,000. And our hospital provides great compensation at my years of service. I'm currently putting 17% into 403b and the hospital matches 100% of first 10% and gives me an additional yearly lump sum deposit of 6%. So total into 403b equals 33% of salary. I also opened a Roth IRA last year, will put max until retirement ($6000/yr), and plan to allow that to grow as long as possible.
But bottom line is that I probably won't get out very early. If I can find a way to average 6% per year over the next 9 years my 403b & Roth will grow to total of approx $968,000. I'll be 62.5 (earliest SS age + wait 4 months to get one more annual review bonus, one more end of year bonus, and one more 6% lump sum payment from employer).
At that point I could begin 3% withdrawal which would = $29,000
If necessary I could begin SS estimated to be $20,350/year at age 63.
(if I can wait until full retirement age SS = $26,000/year)
I need to work on budget/cutting expenses both current and estimated for retirement. I don't have expensive tastes or hobbies. But I need to cut waste since I expect health care & long term care insurance to eat up a lot of my retirement budget.
So much to learn from this group!