HOBBIES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

Do you have a hobby? Hobbies can give meaning and purpose to your life in retirement. As Robert Putnam points out in his book, Bowling Alone, it’s easy to discount the importance of hobbies and social engagements. Putnam details the widespread decline in civic engagement, from PTA memberships to neighborhood potlucks and bowling leagues. Over a couple of generations, Americans have misplaced the concept of free time.

SPECIAL PLANS FOR YOUR SPECIAL PEOPLE

Lily is a beautiful, active and full of personality toddler who happens to have Down syndrome. Lily’s parents and I have been friends for years and I have the continuing pleasure of watching Lily and her siblings grow up. While Lily is becoming a physical therapy rock star and hitting all her milestones in a timely fashion, her parents have started planning for the future.

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WHY WE ENJOY OUR HOBBIES

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a hobby as “a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation, engaged in especially for relaxation.” Hobbies include anything from playing a musical instrument to gardening, bird watching or sewing. A hobby is a way of focusing on something you enjoy just for the sake of that enjoyment. It may also be a way to clear your mental palette. You could be stressed out by a situation at work or the challenges of raising children and need an escape.

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Teach your children to save for a rainy day as well by putting their gift money or part of their allowance in the bank. By helping them be aware, you may find you step up more to the task.


SOURCES & RESOURCES:

www.bankrate.com

We all know we need to save money, but many of us put off saving. We need to develop a rainy day fund. Having a “rainy day fund” gives you the peace of mind of knowing you are secure and better prepared to meet unexpected expenses.


Bankrate’s Financial Security Index says 20 percent of individuals do not have any money saved. Only one person in five has sufficient funds to cover three months of expenses. Everyone should commit to saving even a small amount monthly. It will add up and become more useful over time.


A rainy day fund should not be confused with an emergency fund. An emergency fund is money saved for times of unemployment and extended illnesses, when it is necessary to find the money to pay everyday expenses such as a mortgage, groceries and utilities as well as medical bills. An emergency fund is usually a savings of $10,000 to $15,000.


Rainy day savings are far smaller. This is the money you use to pay for service when the washer or dryer breaks down or to cover a few sick days or an occasional unexpected doctor visit, car repair or prescription. It is not for funding a vacation or the purchase of a new car. A rainy day fund typically is $1,000 to $5,000.



SAVING FOR A RAINY DAY

To build your rainy day fund, you may want to cut expenses or create extra income. There are two kinds of “rain” here:


Predictable rain:

Car insurance, property tax, car registration – expenses you know are coming and how much they are.


Unpredictable rain:

You know the expense will come, you just don’t know how much or when.


Save for both.

Here are some strategies for starting a rainy day fund:


JEAN JEFFERS

Jean is an RN with MSN from the University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60 Plus and Health &Wellness magazines. She has an article in the Fall 2016 issue of Today’s Christian in the Mature Years.

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