Wealth is not a monetary number but a commitment. Most of the fresh graduates are ambitious to earn more, save more, and become wealthy. However, they do not know their directions. What to do, they ask? Get a good job, work hard, invest, and become rich, others tell!
Unfortunately, it does not work like this. You can save from your good job but there is a lot more to do with your earnings to become really wealthy. Here is a plan to enter your 30s stress-free!
Know the Magic of Budgeting
Budgeting helps you in a number of ways:
- It helps create outline for your investments, income, savings, and such.
- It reveals about your extra expenditures.
- It tells about gray areas (unnecessary expenditures).
- Budgeting is like a floor plan for your retirement plan.
The first step is to create a budget. The second step is to carefully assess your budget. Circle the unnecessary expenditures and make sure to avoid them in the next month. Finally, create lists before shopping. Compare your lists with the budget. Make sure to save at least 20–30% of your income, or more if it is possible.
Get Rid Of Your Debt
Loans like student loan pile up through all those years. It is not only depressing for a fresh graduate but it is also depressing for your savings. Save minimum during the initial years and pay maximum debt. Try to get rid of all kinds of debts before you hit 30.
Loans have a complicated relation with your credit score. You need to maintain a good credit score and you can do it by paying your bills and loan payments punctually. This means, that you can never get rid of loans. Here is a trick. Debts like student loans mostly rack up by the time you graduate. Once, you have repaid these frightening loans, start taking out small loans like payday loans. This will help you get rid of loans and maintaining good credit with the help of small loans.
Use the Advantaged Accounts
Most of the employers offer 401(k). You can save the maximum of your income in these accounts to boost your net worth. Some employers do not offer 401(k) accounts. In this case, you can use the tax advantaged Roth IRA accounts to maximize your savings.
Network to Boost Your Net Worth
Your 20s is the age to build contacts. Make sure to stay in touch with your college or university fellows. Try to build new and professional contacts. You can use social networking sites like LinkedIn, G+, and Twitter to connect with new professional people.
Learn a Marketable Skill
Above all, spend less, save more, and invest more! Take risks because you are 40 years away from retirement. But make sure to save at least 5% of your income for retirement.