When you’re in your twenties, probably at your first job, stuggling to make ends meet, saving for your future may be the least of your concerns.Even with decades of work ahead of you, however, in these uncertain times, saving for your futureisn’t something you can afford to put off.
Wondering where to start? Here are five financial tips every young adult should consider to help manage money and better prepare for the future:
1) Invest in your future. These days, technology changes in the blink of an eye. To make certain you’re not blindsided, make it a point to make ongoing career education a priority. Doing so will not only enhance your skills, but increase your professional potential. The more varied and flexible your skills, the more attractive you may be to prospective employers.
2) Start saving now for later. The uncertainty of today’s workplace may mean that your professional life may be interrupted by short or long periods of change. Therefore,you may face periods of unstable income, so creating an emergency fund to cover several months’ worth of living expenses can help you manage these transitions. You may also use these savings for other opportunities, such as starting your own business or continuing your education.
3) Save early and often for retirement. Retirement may seem very far off right now. But today, saving for your retirement is your responsibility, and it will take discipline, diligence and lots of time to make it happen. With employer-sponsored retirement plans,the responsibility of saving rests on your shoulders, so maketime and compound interestyour allies.
4) Let retirement funds accumulate. If you change jobs often in your working years, consider rolling over your account into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA)or new company retirement plan. Although it may be tempting to cash in the account, especially if you have accumulated only a small amount, be careful: doing so makes it immediately taxable and you may also incur an early withdrawal penalty. A greater concernis that you may be unable to make up for time already spent to accrue these savings.
5) Use credit wisely. Credit card companies frequently target young adults with the lure of “easy money.” While credit cards offer convenience (it’s virtually impossible to conduct some transactions, such as reserving airline tickets, without one), they also have the potential to create debt problems. Because payments can be stretched far into the future, overspending on credit can create an illusion of wealth. Paying off the balance each month is the best way to control credit.
Plan Now for the Future
Remember, the funds you accumulate during your working years will likely be your primary source of retirement income. Although no one knows what the future will bring, a little discipline and common sense over time can help you better manage your current and future financial affairs.
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