Ask Paul: I'm 55, single and unemployed


Q. I am a 55-year-old single woman. I live in rental accommodation, paying a total of $653 in rent a month.

I have been unemployed for some time (I currently receive unemployment benefits) but I keep busy by volunteering at three different places and I try hard to keep my skills current and learn new skills while looking for full-time paid work.

I have super of just $37,000.

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I have recently received $30,000 from an inheritance and at this stage I have put it in a term deposit but am not sure what the best place is for it and how to budget for my future. - Maree

A. Maree, you are doing all the right things: you have some superannuation and are maintaining and building your work skills.

Importantly, volunteering also increases your range of relationships, which can often lead to new work opportunities.

Right now I feel very strongly that the term deposit is the right place for your money.

You don't want it in your super fund as you can't access it until retirement.

Once you get work you can reassess but that inheritance is very handy emergency money and in time to come it may be part of a home deposit.


Paul Clitheroe AM is a respected financial adviser and Money's founder and editorial adviser. He is chair of the Australian Government Financial Literacy Board, and author of several personal finance books. Click here to email Paul your money question. Unfortunately Paul cannot respond to questions posted in the comments section.
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