Covering expenses with retirement savings
Borrowing or withdrawing retirement funds from your 401(k) is a common thread in many of the cases of financial distress that Boucher has seen as a financial adviser.
Boucher says, "401(k) loans are usually a bad idea under any circumstances, but when you have more than one, that's a sign that you're not managing your cash flow very well."
Regularly pillaging your retirement savings isn't just a warning sign you're living outside your means, it could have serious consequences for your retirement. It lessens the beneficial effects of compounding that help retirement funds grow.