Our thirties are often viewed as the financial building blocks of our lives. Our decisions at this stage of life shape the potential of our future in many ways specifically financially. This article gives guidance in seven crucial areas for those in their thirties. Although the article focuses on thirty year olds the financial advice is timeless and can be helpful for all ages.
There are many things to consider when choosing a job, but the retirement benefits offered are vital to wealth-building in the long term. A 30-year-old who doesn’t carefully research his or her benefits and chooses to work for a company with no company match or retirement contribution could be way behind someone who works for a company with robust benefits. For example, a 30-year-old making $75,000 a year who saves 10% of his or her income in a 401(k) and earns an 8% average return would have a balance of just under $600,000 at age 55. Compare that to a 30-year-old who saves 10% at a company that matches 5% and adds a profit sharing contribution that averages 5% a year. He or she would have almost $1.2 million in their retirement account—double our first example’s amount—at age 55.