What kind of lifestyle do you want to live in retirement? Are you able to save enough money to pay for it? 

To help answer this key question the pensions industry has created detailed guidelines, giving savers a clearer p­icture of how much income they’ll need in order to live the life they want to after work. 

The Retirement Living Standards, developed by L­oughborough University and the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), split spending expectations into three c­ategories of lifestyle — minimum, moderate and comfortable. 

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has devised a quiz for Money Mail readers to give you an idea of how much money you¿ll need for the retirement you want

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has devised a quiz for Money Mail readers to give you an idea of how much money you’ll need for the retirement you want

The research covers everything from the brand of baked beans you like to buy to the holidays you hope to take and the car you’ll want to drive. Below, the PLSA has devised a quiz for Money Mail readers to give you an idea of how much money you’ll need for the retirement you want. 

The figures below do not include mortgage or rent costs, and the state pension of more than £9,000 a year can be used to bolster your annual income. Consider these eight questions and make a note of which answers — A, B or C — best sum up your spending hopes in retirement… 

1. How much money will your household spend on expenses such as utility bills, home maintenance, and furniture? 

A) £240 a month — I’m careful with my money, do DIY, run the heating s­paringly and turn off all the lights when I leave a room. 

B) £380 a month — my house is slightly larger so it costs more to heat. I don’t mind paying for help with occasional painting and decorating. 

C) £760 a month — I have comprehensive building and contents insurance, a large house to heat, I employ a cleaner and gardener and like to keep my home upto-date by renovating a room roughly every ten years. 

The pensions industry has created detailed guidelines, giving savers a clearer p­icture of how much income they¿ll need in order to live the life they want to after work

The pensions industry has created detailed guidelines, giving savers a clearer p­icture of how much income they’ll need in order to live the life they want to after work

2. How much do your food and drink costs? 

A) £200 a month — I treat myself to a takeaway occasionally but mostly I’m happy with home-cooked meals. 

B) £280 a month — I tend to have a takeaway or a meal out about once a fortnight. 

C) £560 a month — I have a weekly takeaway and like to treat my family to a dinner out from time to time. 

3. What technology do you intend to use when you retire? 

A) I don’t need more than an entry-level smartphone, a basic broadband package and access to Netflix. 

B) I’m happy without all the bells and whistles, but would enjoy a newer phone, faster broadband, Netflix and a sports or film package for my TV. 

C) I’m a data-holic and expect to be a real silver surfer. I want a high-end smartphone, fast internet, a TV that can stream plus packages for sports and movies, and a smart speaker. 

WHAT THE ANSWERS MEAN TO YOUR POT

Mostly A — Minimum: you enjoy the simple life and won’t spend much outside of essentials. A full state pension of £9,339 is a good start, but you may want to pay into a pension. The annual budget for this standard is £10,900 for a single person and £16,700 for a couple. If you share costs as part of a couple, you may reach the minimum level with your combined entitlements. POT NEEDED: £31,220 

Mostly B — Moderate: You value security and comfort. The annual budget for the moderate standard is £20,800 for a single person and £30,600 for a couple. Employers should maximize the contributions and make additional contributions. About half of single employees can look forward to a life that is minimally or moderately comfortable. This range will have more couples.POT NEEDED: £270,420 

Mostly C — Comfortable:You appreciate the finer things in your life. The annual budget needed is £33,600 for one person and £49,700 for a couple. A majority of single employees will be between moderately and comfortably, but it will be easier to share the costs with a partner. You will need to have a high income or a generous pension plan from your company. You must also save early and make contributions that are at least the minimum. POT NEEDED: £590,420 

Figures show the amount of pension money required for a single person in order to purchase an annuity to supplement their state pension income and meet the annual spending budget.

4. Which of these best describes your expectations regarding hairdressing and beauty treatment in retirement? 

A) I’d be happy with a simple haircut once a month and a spritz of fragrance for an evening out.

B) I spend a bit more on haircuts and have the occasional beauty t­reatment, but I would be happy to colour my hair at home. 

C) I like life’s luxuries and expect monthly beauty treatments and a professional cut and colour every six weeks. 

 

5. If you think you’ll run a car in retirement, how often do you plan to replace it? 

A) Running a car is expensive and I’ll have a free bus pass anyway. I don’t expect to have a car in retirement. 

B) I’d really like to run a car, but I don’t mind if it’s a bit older and only replaced every ten years. 

C) I’m a keen motorist and expect to have a newer car that I replace every five years. 

6. Which of these best describes your retirement holiday plans? 

A)Each year, a few short UK vacations. 

B)Two weeks in Europe, and one long weekend in the UK. 

C) A fortnight in Europe each summer, a week of winter sunshine and various UK weekend trips. 

7. What are your monthly spending habits on clothing, personal items, and other health-related services? 

A) £120 a month — I only replace clothes when they wear out. 

B) £300 a month — I like to buy new things for myself, but tend to pick them up when they’re on sale. 

C) £320 a month — I am always on trend with the latest fashion. 

8. How much money are you planning to give to charity each month? 

A) £20 a month — I’d like to get my grandchildren something small for Christmas and birthdays, but I don’t expect to be able to afford to give much money away. 

B) £60 a month — I’d like to buy gifts for my relatives and close friends, and occasionally put some loose change in the collection box at the supermarket. 

C) £160 a month — I’d like to really spoil my friends and family with presents, and make donations to charities that are important to me. 

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