Retirement Costs You Might Not Expect

Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

It’s no secret that retirement can be expensive. But there are some costs you might not expect. In this guide, we will discuss four unexpected retirement costs that can really add up!


Retirees may not always consider how their aging affects the way they get around at home. As you grow older, you may discover that your house needs to be more accessible and secure to access.

Stairs, steps, and narrow passageways may be difficult to negotiate. It might be more difficult to utilize knobs or retrieve objects. A walker or a wheelchair may be required. When you become older, there are a variety of standard house amenities that might need to be changed to fit your restrictions.

The expense of repairs will differ based on the size of the job.


Many individuals believe that Medicare will cover all of their health care expenses in retirement. Although Medicare does not imply entirely free health care, it does not pay for the majority of dental treatments, hearing aids, or other concerns that may arise in later years. It also does not cover long-term care.

People are also unaware that Medicare has premiums, which vary depending on income. Recurring Medicare payments and expenses frequently rise as well.

You may also buy a Medigap insurance policy, which is an “add-on” for extra Medicare coverage. Supplemental plans are just another expenditure you might not have considered while saving for retirement.

Long-term care

Retirees may not always consider long-term care, but it is an issue that should be considered. Medicare does not cover long-term care, so you’ll most likely need to come up with a way to pay for it. The costs of this type of assistance can be prohibitive. Long-term care insurance can help you cope with these expenditures; however, the coverage will also cost money.

Unanticipated health care expenses

Unfortunately, many retirees don’t prepare for the amount of care they’ll require since they don’t picture themselves being less healthy in the future. They may also overlook important healthcare expenditures such as dental procedures and eye problems.

Retirees are less likely to consider alternatives to retirement income in order to cover projected costs. Life insurance, for example, might give accelerated death benefits that allow you access to a portion of the policy’s death benefit during your lifetime to pay for these costs.

Another choice is a fixed index annuity, which is a contract that promises to provide income if these unforeseen health care costs arise.

Living longer than planned

People live longer today than they did in the past, which can significantly impact your predicted costs. If you live longer, you’ll need more money for health care and this may extend the funds you’ve saved. Living longer means there’s more time for inflation to take hold, which might erode the value of your retirement savings.

Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

I’m a licensed financial professional focusing on annuities and insurance for more than a decade. My former role was training financial advisors, including for a Fortune Global 500 insurance company. I’ve been featured in Time Magazine, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, Entrepreneur, Bloomberg, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, and Women’s Health Magazine.

The Annuity Expert is an online insurance agency servicing consumers across the United States. My goal is to help you take the guesswork out of retirement planning or find the best insurance coverage at the cheapest rates for you. 

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