Lessons learned from #Fu­tureFWD

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cut­ting back. “In com­par­i­son, my treats seem rather ex­trav­a­gant. Last year I bought my­self an old mo­tor­bike, and this year a new cam­era,” Jap­pie says.

Sum­ming up the lessons he has learned, he says he has two key take­home mes­sages: “Start ex­er­cis­ing – good health is the best in­vest­ment! And I’ve just started ac­tu­ally putting a fixed amount aside to con­trib­ute to­wards my retirement, in an ac­count that will re­main un­touched.”

Bai­ley Schneider ad­mits #Fu­tureFWD forced her to think about retirement for the first time. “I’m def­i­nitely not be­ing an os­trich any­more and stick­ing my head in the sand. I have set up a proper sav­ings ac­count that earns bet­ter in­ter­est. I am look­ing into retirement an­nu­ities and I’d re­ally love to in­vest in prop­erty. I feel proud of my­self for be­ing adult about my fi­nances – it’s a great sense of achieve­ment and ac­com­plish­ment. I’ve also upped my ex­er­cise regime. I’m look­ing at ex­er­cise in a whole new light now. I want to be fit and healthy for­ever ... not just when I’m young.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited for retirement,” she says, adding that she will “spend time with my hus­band, fu­ture chil­dren and even grand­chil­dren, as well as find time to travel or take up hob­bies.”

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