I was born in 1990, back when people still relied on pensions for their retirement. Remember those days? I don’t. So I digged up an old picture of a protest. Check it out. Fair pensions for all!
By the time I retire, there will be no social security and I will have to depend on my own portfolio if I ever want to retire.Young adults face some major challenges on our way to financial independence. High student debt and a weak job market is making it hard to increase our piggy banks. I have a friend who has 40K+ in student loans and doesn’t even have any job prospects.
Retirement is at least thirty to forty years away but thanks to the personal finance blog world, I know that if I start early, I will have more! Time is on my side here. And putting money away prevents from having lifestyle inflation. I think its, also, awesome that I am part of a DINKS couple! One of the many advantages of being married is combined retirement funds.
So, I am going to be aggressive on my retirement goal. I plan to max out my 401K. Yes, I am going to be putting $17,000 away. I, also, plan to max out my ROTH IRA ($5,000). I hope to use my bonus to fund my ROTH IRA at the end of the year. This won’t leave much left for my check, especially after taxes and my SPP contribution. It’s going to hurt this coming year, but that means any raises in the future can be all mine. I will not have to worry about increasing retirement contributions! This is a pretty aggressive move. I am not sure if I will regret it or not, but I think I need to do it. I can do this because we currently have no debts (school or cars). Some of the advantages of this plan are:
- Paying less taxes now
- Taking advantage of compound interest
- Meeting retirement goals
Some of the disadvantages of this plan are:
- Not being able to save as much for a house down payment
- Not being able to buy more clothes or shoes (…maybe this is good)
- Not being able to break away from the student broke life. It might improve a little bit.
Hopefully, I can become a millionaire sooner too! Because according to Northwestern Mutual, I am going to need more than $1 million to retire some day.
So what do you think? Do you max out your 401K? How old where you when you started? If you haven’t, do you want to?