8 ways to stretch income in retirement

By Suzanne Sharma | May 12, 2014 | Last updated on May 12, 2014
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You may have planned for your retirement as best you could, but unforeseen circumstances can arise. Maybe the markets weren’t as kind as you’d hoped and your investments took a hit, or maybe you opt to help out an adult child who lost his job.

Whatever your reason, here are some ideas that can help you get more cash in your golden years.

Solution Benefits Drawbacks
1. Rent out part of your home Guaranteed monthly income stream You could wind up with tenants from hell
2. Downsize or move into a rent-controlled apartment Capital from sale of home; fewer maintenance responsibilities Must adjust to living in a smaller apartment
3. Invest in a GIC ladder Safe; can leave money for heirs Could still run out of money
4. Invest in a life annuity Higher cash flow; tax advantages No money for heirs
5. Go back to work Don’t have to cut back spending May not be physically fit enough
6. Work from home or open a consulting business Business costs are tax-deductible You’re still working
7. Take a line of credit against your home Instant cash You’re in debt; could still run out of money
8. Cut frivolous expenses Easy way to gain extra cash May not have the retirement you’d hoped for

Suzanne Sharma