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Having Unexpected Expenses During Your Retirement? Here's How To Deal With Them!

Unexpected expenses are far more varied than one might assume. Read to see which of these expenses are ones that you're dealing with and how to plan for them.


As you plan for retirement, it’s exciting to think of all the things you’ll have time to do, including traveling more, spending time with family, and even picking up a new hobby. However, in planning for retirement, you have to also plan for the number of expenses along the way.

While you might plan for many of the expenses associated with retirement, there may be unexpected things that come up. Here is a list of a few unexpected expenses that may crop up in retirement.


Healthcare Expenses

California has a very robust Medicare system, but that doesn’t mean that every healthcare expense in retirement will be covered by insurance. This is where your healthcare costs in retirement have the potential to skyrocket.

One example of a service that may not be covered under Medicare is long-term care. According to California's Medicare plans, both Parts A and B, many long-term care facilities and home-care services charge co-payments or extra fees for additional services that aren't provided under the long-term plan.

In addition to long-term care, Medicare may also not cover expenses related to1:

  • Most dental care
  • Eye exams related to prescribing glasses
  • Dentures
  • Prescription drugs (depending on your insurance)
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Hearing aids and exams for fitting them

As you plan for retirement, consider all of the health-related expenses that may arise.

Investment Losses

As you work with one of our financial advisors in California, you can develop a long-term investment plan that is focused on retirement planning. That being said, you can never completely predict the market so investment losses may be one of your financial considerations. To mitigate this risk, make sure that your investment portfolio aligns with the amount of risk you are willing to take, especially in retirement. 

Home Maintenance

After retiring, you may find that you’re spending more time at home, and you might want to make some home upgrades. While you can plan for many of these changes, some might arise unexpectedly. If your health changes or you face a medical procedure, you may need to adapt your home to be more accessible.

Or you may find yourself in a situation where you have to care for a loved one, whether it’s an aging parent or relative, or you have to provide a place for your adult children to come if they need assistance. Even if these situations aren’t in your initial plan, they may be worth planning for as you consider your home maintenance in retirement.

Hobby Expenses

Retirement is a time to celebrate everything you accomplished in your career and take time to enjoy the small things in life. That being said, some retirees might be caught off guard by the cost of these new hobbies and activities. Because retirees are on a fixed income, it’s important to plan for these expenses in detail so they don’t crop up unexpectedly.

How to Deal With Unexpected Expenses in Retirement

Of course, this is just a short list of the many unexpected expenses that can arise during retirement. But luckily, you can help protect your retirement income by anticipating the unexpected. As you work with one of our financial advisors, consider:

  • Aligning your retirement plan with your goals
  • Setting aside an emergency fund for unexpected expenses
  • Maximize tax savings by maximizing your RRSP and TFSA contributions during your working years
  • Time your withdrawals to reduce your overall tax bill
  • Ensure that your investments are aligned with your risk tolerance

For information on how to retain some more income during your retirement through RMDs, watch this video by Christian Cordoba, CFP


Retirement planning is an exciting process and requires detailed planning to anticipate both the expected and unexpected expenses. Working with one of our licensed retirement advisors here at CRA can help you feel secure in your retirement planning and help you to live worry-free.

By Christian Cordoba 
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
Founder, California Retirement Advisors

For more retirement-specific information, check out these other CRA articles:

Americans Are Retiring Now More Than Ever - Here's Why! — California Retirement Advisors (cradvisors.com)

America’s in a Recession. Should You Consider Retiring Early? — California Retirement Advisors (cradvisors.com)

Dreaming About Retirement? Here Are 7 Films To Get You Excited About It! — California Retirement Advisors (cradvisors.com)

  1. https://www.medicare.gov/what-medicare-covers/whats-not-covered-by-part-a-part-b


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