With so many financial responsibilities, you may feel that there isn’t a lot of wiggle room in your budget for increases in retirement savings. Here are a few suggestions to help make it work:
Pay yourself first.
Prioritize your retirement savings. The money you contribute to your retirement account comes out of your paycheck pretax. That means you can pay yourself before you pay anyone else.
Save your Raises, Bonuses, and Tax Refunds.
Next time you get a pay increase, give a portion of it to yourself in the form of a larger contribution to your retirement account.
Cut Unnecessary Expenses.
Belong to a gym you never go to? Pay for premium cable channels you don’t watch? Eliminating these expenses could free up some cash.
Give Yourself Some Credit by Using Credit Wisely.
Paying off credit cards or car loans can reduce your monthly payments and feel almost like receiving a pay raise.
Create a Budget.
This will help you see areas where you can cut costs and then save that same amount instead. Online tools can help you simplify the task of budgeting.
When you find extra dollars and redirect them into your retirement plan, it may have a significant impact on your retirement savings. See the chart below for details.
MONTHLY AMOUNT SAVED & INVESTED IN YOUR PLAN
if invested for 25 years with a 6% annual rate of return
Shop around for a better cable TV plan
Skip the name-brand coffee
Shop for a lower credit card interest rate*
Lower your car insurance premium*
Refinance your mortgage*
*only if appropriate in your specific financial situation. Please carefully consider all fees, terms and conditions of a new arrangement and consult with your own tax and financial advisor as needed.
FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY. This hypothetical illustration is not intended as a projection or prediction of future investment results, nor is it intended as financial planning or investment advice. It assumes a 6% annual rate of return and investment of earnings with no withdrawals. Rates of return may vary. The illustration does not reflect any associated charges, expenses or fees. The tax-deferred accumulation shown would be reduced if these fees had been deducted.
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