Financial planning for young adults: 3 rules to live by
If you’re a young adult who is thinking about financial planning, you’ve stumbled upon the right blog post. We love encouraging our readers to get financially- fit and savings savvy. Starting a proper financial plan now will give you a jump start on your future. Ready to get your finance on? Here are tips for millennials and Gen Z to get started on financial planning.
Kick your savings into gear
Although there are many ways to start putting away cash, but it’s not always easy starting out. According to CNBC, “46% of millennials have NOTHING in their savings, and 21% have less than $1,000.” The majority of this demographic doesn’t even have enough to set aside to fix their car if it breaks down. Want to be the exception? Save, save, save! It’s okay to start small by putting a little extra cash here and there for an emergency cash stash, but what if we told you that you could automate your savings? Have you ever heard of the app Acorns? This cool app links to your bank account and with each purchase, rounds up to the nearest dollar, taking the spare change and setting aside. Now that you have something to work with, start setting goals for your savings. Ideally, you would want at least 3 months’ salary set aside. Start putting 20% of your post-tax income towards savings. This combined with spare change will launch your revamped savings account. If you have any questions about putting 20% aside for savings, read our blog on the 50,30,20 Rule!
Practice better spending habits
Start taking a look at your daily routine and be sure to remember that there is almost always a cost for convenience. Let’s break this down. Before getting to work, you might head out to purchase a cup of coffee and breakfast from your local coffee shop. Later in the day, lunch rolls around and you snag something from a local restaurant. Next up, dinner time approaches and you finally have a minute to cook food from home. How much money did you spend just in feeding yourself throughout the day? According to The Simple Dollar, “The average American spends $232 per month eating out with 18.2 meals eaten out per month.” Cutting this down to 1 meal out a week would save you an average of $180. Getting into the simple mindset of “is the convenience worth the cost”? can end up saving you hundreds of dollars throughout the course of a month. Making your own meals, brewing your own coffee and holding off on buying that new video game, are all ways to better your financial state and build your savings.
Sort out your wants vs. your needs
First off, let’s define the differences between wants and needs. And no ladies, that brand new pair of Jimmy Chooshoes does not warrant as a need. Your needs are expenses that are necessary. Some examples of these things would be:
- Utilities (water, electricity, etc)
Wants could be anything else outside of those basic expenses. Such as:
- Eating out
- Cell Phone
- Jimmy Choo Shoes
How do you prioritize needs and wants? Nerdwalletsuggests creating a budget with all the things you spend money on during the month. “Divide the categories into two buckets: wants and needs. Place insurance and a basic phone plan under needs, but a Netflix subscription and deluxe cable package will more likely fall under wants.”
Once you have these two categories separated out, you can start to make cuts where additional spending is unnecessary. If you need internet, shop for a lower cost plan. Save on car insurance with a different company. And if you’re a Starbucks fanatic, try getting crafty with your coffee maker at home for a while.
Being young can be tough, but your financial future doesn’t have to be.
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