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4 Tips to Get Started Saving for Retirement

4 Tips to Get Started Saving for Retirement

We are all at different stages of life. For some people, retirement is just around the corner, and with that comes the worry that they may not be able to afford the lifestyle that they are either used to, or desire. For others, retirement is so far away, it rarely comes up in their mind and when it does, it is quickly put aside.

It shouldn’t matter how old anyone is when it comes to retirement. Retirement should be on everyone’s mind. Yes, the older you get, the closer you get to retirement. However, money put away when you are young ends up being worth a lot more when you are old due to compounding interest.[1] Saving up for a period of time doesn’t have to be hard or complicated, it is more about consistency. So here are five ways that you can consistently save money that can go directly toward your retirement fund:

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Side job

A lot of people will get a small side job where they make a few hundred dollars a month to put directly towards retirement. This will only take about 10 to 20 hours a month depending on how much you get paid, but it can have drastic results when it comes to retiring on time, or even retiring early. If you can start putting away a few hundred dollars every month at the age of 25, you will likely be able to retire at least 10 years early. Isn’t that worth working an extra hour or two a week?

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Change habits

Almost everyone has a few habits that they do almost every day that costs a small amount of money. For some people, it is that cup of coffee in the morning. For others, it is eating out at lunchtime every day. Whatever your habit is, it is now is the time to cut it. Coffee is one of the easiest daily expenses for many people to cut. You can find many cost benefits to cutting your morning coffee purchase and buying your own espresso machine instead. Not only is money saved, but there are other benefits as well.

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Just do it

Some people make enough money that they don’t have to make too many changes in their everyday lifestyle. They just need to start putting away a little bit of money each month. If this is you, then you are in the best predicament. If you are currently making more than you spend each month, a portion of that money should always be going towards retirement. It doesn’t have to be a large portion either, especially if you are young. The key to having enough money to retire with is not putting away large chunks at a time, but rather putting away smaller chunks for a lifetime.[2]

Buy a house

If you are still renting a house and have the ability to purchase a house, then it might be time to do so.[3] Many people retire early with the income from owning multiple homes. Homes have been proven to go up in value over time and have done so for over a hundred years. Sure, there are tough times when home values drop for a few years, but if you purchase a home and hold onto it for long enough, you will find that you save a significant amount of money that can be used towards retirement. When you pay your rent every month, you are probably paying for someone else to retire early.

The real theme of this article is to do something. It is always the best time now to start saving for retirement. Do what you can, and you will not regret it in the future.

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Spencer Mecham

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Develop a Millionaire Mindset in 6 Simple Steps

How to Develop a Millionaire Mindset in 6 Simple Steps

We all like to dream about being financially wealthy. For most people though, it remains a dream and nothing more. Why is that?

It’s because most people don’t set their mind to achieving that goal. They might not be happy in their current situation but they’re comfortable – and comfort is one of the biggest enemies of growth.

How do you go about developing that millionaire mindset? By following these simple steps:

1. Focus On What You Want – And Take It!

So many people are too timid to admit they want something and go for it. When there is something that you want to accomplish don’t think “I could never actually do that”, think “I could do that and I WILL do that”.

Millionaires play to win, not to avoid defeat.

This doesn’t mean to have to become a selfish jerk. What it means is becoming more assertive and honest with yourself. You don’t have to grab off other people. There is a big pot of unclaimed gold in the middle of the table — why shouldn’t you be the one to claim it? You deserve it!

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2. Become Goal-Orientated

It’s almost impossible to achieve anything if you don’t set firm goals. Only lottery winners become millionaires overnight. By setting yourself attainable goals, you will get there eventually. Don’t try to get rich quickly — get rich slowly.

Let’s take the idea of making your first million dollars and expand on what kind of goals you might set to get there. Let’s also say you’re starting at a break-even position – you’re making enough to get by with a few luxuries, but nothing more.

Your goal for the first year can be having $10,000 in the bank within a year. It won’t be easy but it is doable. Next, you need to figure out the steps you need to take to achieve that goal.

Always look at ways to make growth before cutbacks. With that in mind, you might want to see if you can negotiate a pay rise with your boss, or if there’s another job out there that will pay better. You might be comfortable in your old job but remember, comfort stunts growth.

You may also have other skills outside of your workplace that you can monetize to boost your bank balance. Maybe you can design websites for people, at a fee of course, or make alterations to clothes.

If this is still not enough to make the money you need to save $10,000 in a year, then it’s time to look at cutbacks. Do you have a bunch of old junk that someone else might love? Sell it! Do you really need to spend $10 on your lunch everyday when you could make your own for a fraction of the cost?

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If you are to become a millionaire, you need to start accumulating money.

Here’re some tips to help you: How to Become Goal Oriented and Achieve More in Life

3. Don’t Spend Your Money – Invest It

The reason you need to accumulate money is for step three. Millionaires tend to be frugal people, and that’s because they know the true value of money is in investing. Being your own boss goes hand-in-hand with becoming a millionaire. You’ll want to quit your regular job at some point.

Stop working for your money and make your money work for you.

Rather than buying yourself a new iPad, that $500 could be used to invest in the stock market. Find the right shares (more on that later), and that money could easily double within a year.

There’s not just the stock market — there’s also property, and your own education.

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4. Never Stop Learning

The best thing you can invest in is yourself.

Once most people leave the education system, they think their learning days are over. Well theirs might be, but yours shouldn’t be. Successful people continually learn and adapt.

Billionaire Warren Buffet estimates that he read at least 100 books on investing before he turned twenty. Most people never read another book after they’ve left school. Who would you rather be?

Learn everything you can about how economics works, how the stocks markets work, how they trend.

Learn new skills. If you have an interest in it, learn everything you can about it. You’d be surprised at how often, seemingly useless skills, can become extremely useful in the right situation.

Start developing the habit of learning continuously: How to Create a Habit of Continuous Learning for a Better You

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5. Think Big

While I advise to start off with small goals, you absolutely should have a big goal in mind. If you have a business idea, then that is your ultimate goal – to start that business and make a success of it. If you want to invest your way to millions of dollars and do little work other than research, then that is your big goal.

There is no shame in not achieving a big goal. If you run a business and aim to make $1 million profit in a year and “only” make $200,000, then you’re still significantly ahead of most people.

Aim for the stars, if you fail you’ll still be over the moon.

6. Enjoy the Attention

To be successful, you have to be willing to promote yourself and enjoy the attention to a certain extent. Now the attention doesn’t need to be on yourself, it could be on your brand, but attention definitely attracts money.

Never be embarrassed to get your name out there. That means finding a spotlight and being brave enough to step right up underneath it.

If you run a business, try contacting the local papers. You’d be surprised at how amenable they often are to running a story about you and your business, and it’s all free publicity.

Above all, remember: You control your own destiny. Push hard enough for anything and you’ll get it.

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