Five Financial Goals to Achieve before You Turn 30
When in your 20s, you are young, resilient and looking forward to defining the habits and cultivating the inner self you will follow for the rest of your life. This is very true about your finances and should you inculcate great financial habits in your 20’s, you will be more financially secure for the future.
This also evolves the life stage when you create your career-path, get a life-partner, or prepare to establish your family. This makes it even more relevant to self-set savings targets for the Future. Five must-have savings goals are suggested for you to achieve before 30.
Build a Dynamic Emergency Fund
A very important task you ought to be saving for, is an emergency fund which is basically a back-up insurance policy for finances ensuring meeting budget targets and not sink into debt. You may use the emergency fund to cover for emergent medical expenses or house repairs, or cover living expenses, if suddenly laid off.
When initiating budget moves, you could create a small thousand dollar emergency fund. This emergency fund must be built over time with some savings to cover a month’s expenses, gradually increasing it to cover three to six months of expenses. The amount saved, is defined by your job stability and income-levels, debts incurred, and whether you have a single or double-income household. Your emergency fund ought to be very easy to access, so maintain it in a liquid investment vehicle or savings account.
Save for Down Payments for Your Home
A worthwhile goal in your 20s is saving for a down payment for your starter home. You need not purchase your first home in your 20s as your job stability and whether you want to stay where currently employed or possibly disinclined to buy your first home in your 20s, are factors for consideration.
A down payment is usually 20% of the purchase value of your home, but this is variable, depending on the area. But the larger the down payment, the lesser will be your mortgage payments, and the house you can afford will be nicer. You could possibly prefer a larger down payment to avoid paying private mortgage insurance. With early savings, you will be better off financially to buy a house when you need to do so.
Contribute Regularly for Your Retirement
The key to ensure adequate funds for retirement is by saving early and continue to save regularly till you call it a day. You ought to start saving for your retirement fund immediately after securing your first job. This is because compounding interest is your friend for life; the more you save when young, the more your funds grow and the more funds you have to enjoy your retirement.
You could start by contributing up to your employer’s match, till you are out of the clutches of debt. Then, you enhance contributions by keeping aside 15% of your income. This goal is reachable faster by increasing contributions if you get a raise or just by increasing 2% annually.
Start Investing Regularly
To build up wealth, you have to plan beyond only saving money and find ways to invest it. Preferably start investing money before you touch 30. As mentioned earlier, compounding of interest helps money grow quickly, and the earlier you start, the wealthier you’ll be.
You could possibly invest with the assistance of a financial adviser, who recommends sound investments and assists your building an investment portfolio. If you understand and can play the stock market, you could opt to invest through an online brokerage firm. The key to sound investment is diversifying risks across various companies and different stocks. Understanding risks associated with differing types of investments is essential. There is a tendency to be more conservative in investments as you age.
Establish the Savings Habit Early
A key habit to establish when in your early 20s is the essential habit of saving money for a rainy day. This ensures your always looking for very affordable options. You then shop at the most affordable grocery stores, take full advantage of coupons and also wait for items on sale. You definitely look for ways of reducing daily expenses, to ensure more money put away in your savings and investment accounts. This desirable habit also prevents you from piling up excessive debt. By embracing a frugal lifestyle, you have options available and could spend more on things that are of utmost importance to you.
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