Now that your long-term financial security is about to become a team project, it’s time to make a habit of thinking in terms of steps to you can take together, rather than separately.
Imagine yourself feeling more secure and comfortable in the years to come when it comes to your finances. Making the right changes to your spending has the power make that happen. You can change the trajectory of your financial journey, and you can make the change starting now.
It’s difficult to think about saving money for emergencies, the future, and retirement when you’re holding a large amount of student debt and living paycheck to paycheck, but that’s no excuse for not saving. Start now. That should be the mantra of all 20somethings when it comes to saving for the future.
What’s at stake? NOT negotiating a fair salary at the beginning of your career is like leaving anywhere between $1 million and $1.5 million on the table in lost earnings over your lifetime. Yikes.
A healthy approach to dealing with your money isn’t always about focusing on big, long-term goals. Some of the most important things you can do regarding your money are simple tricks that build the foundation for your long-term financial wellbeing.
The great news is that, if the interest rate on your student loan is low (below 8%), it doesn’t have to be paid off before you start tackling longer-term goals like buying a home or saving for retirement. Instead, you can balance paying off your student loan debt vs saving a down payment for your home by tackling both simultaneously.
The end of the year is a good time to hit the reset button in general. This includes taking stock of your financial picture, regardless of where you stand at the moment. And, in fact, if you’re feeling uncertain or worried about your financial picture, this step becomes even more important. Think of year-end as a time to step back, reflect, and reassess where you are financially – to take in the bigger picture – so you can make thoughtful, confident decisions about how to move forward in the coming year.