Americans said that they will need $1.25 million to retire compared to last year, when respondents calculated they would need $1.05 million, a Northwestern Mutual study said. (iStock) Americans are rethinking how much they should budget for retirement and many believe they will need more money to retire comfortably, according to a recent survey by Northwestern Mutual. Survey respondents estimated that they would need $1.25 million to feel secure in retirement, a 20% increase from last year, when respondents calculated that they would need $1.05 million, the survey said. Yet with inflation and higher living costs, Americans are spending more on everything from food to fuel. As a result, average retirement savings have dropped 11% to $86,869 from $98,800 a year ago, the survey said. “It’s a period of uncertainty for many people, driven largely by rising inflation and volatility in the markets,” Christian Mitchell, executive vice president and chief customer officer at Northwestern Mutual, said. “We’ve also seen upticks in spending year-over-year not only as a result of inflation, but also as people have resumed a sense of normalcy in their lives following the earlier days of the pandemic.” These factors are leading many people. to recalibrate their thinking about how much they’ll need to retire and how long it will take them to get there,” Mitchell added. If you are preparing for retirement or want to better manage current inflation levels, paying down debt is a good place to start.You can contact Credible to speak to a loan expert and get all of your questions answered.MANY AMERICANS CONCERNED ABOUT INFLATION’S IMPACT ON INSURANCE COVERAGE — HERE’S HOW TO AVOID UNDERINSURANCEInflation is the biggest threat to retirement savingsForty-one percent of survey respondents said that inflation was the most significant obstacle to reaching financial security in retirement, while 39% blamed the economy.Inflation remains well above the Federal Reserve’s 2% target.The November Consumer The Price Index (CPI), a measure of inflation released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed inflation rose 7.1% annually. In November, the Fed announced its fourth 75 basis point rate hike this year and in December, it announced a 50 basis point rate hike in an effort to meet its goal. The December rate hike brought the federal funds rate to a targeted range of 4.25% to 4.5%, the highest level in 15 years. With inflation rising at the fastest pace since the 1980s, many Americans have seen their savings begin to erode and their debt levels rise in recent months,” Mitchell said in September. If you are planning for retirement, you could consider using a personal loan to help you pay off debt at a lower interest rate, saving you money each month. You can visit Credible to find your personalized interest rate without affecting your credit score. The expected retirement age rose to 64, up from 62.6 last year, the survey said. Moreover, 33% of Americans said that they expected to live to 100 years old. A third of respondents also said that they believe there is a chance that they may outlive their savings. In addition to working more years, Americans said that they are taking these steps to address the possibility of outliving their savings, the survey said: 25% said they’ve increased savings22% put together a financial plan21% purchased investments18% discussed options with family18% sought advice from an advisor16% purchased insuranceIf you are retired or are preparing to retire, paying down debt with a personal loan can help you reduce your interest rate and your monthly expenses. You can visit Credible to compare multiple personal loan lenders at once and choose the one with the best interest rate for you. know who to ask? Email The Credible Money Expert at firstname.lastname@example.org and your question might be answered by Credible in our Money Expert column.