Retirement Strategies for Your 20s

It may seem like a lifetime away, but retirement has a way of sneaking up on all of us. Something to remember when it comes to retirement is that the earlier you start saving, the better. Plus, you’re never too young to invest in your future. If you’re in your 20s, here are some helpful strategies you can implement to set yourself up for a successful retirement.
White "AbbyBank" logomark overtop purple gradient
Written by 

1. Rid Yourself of Debt

The first step in creating a retirement fund is to look at what you’re dealing with in terms of debt. If you can realistically pay off your student loan debt in less than 10 years, financial advisors often recommend that you focus on that before worrying as much about saving.

2. 401(k) Plans

Investing money into an account specifically for retirement allows you to store up without paying taxes on gains until you reach retirement. If your employer offers a 401(k) plan, that’s a great place to start.

3. Open an IRA

On the same note, an IRA is a retirement account that has lower contribution limits than 401(k)s. This doesn’t have to go through your employer, either, so the amount you invest is more in your hands. If your company doesn’t provide a 401(k) match, the smartest route would be to max out on your IRA then put the remaining money into your 401(k).

4. Create an Emergency Fund

You may have a good amount of money stored in your savings account, but how much of that can be used in cases of emergency? Keep your life savings and your emergency fund accounts separate so you have a cushion if things go wrong. This will prevent you from needing to withdrawal from your retirement account or main savings account. Try to save three-six months’ worth of living expenses to be safe.

5. Automate Your Savings

If you have a hard time staying disciplined and remembering to contribute to your savings account each month, there’s a way to help with that. By making your savings automatic, you won’t even have to think about it since it will transfer for you. Set a savings goal for the year, figure out how much you’d need to save each month to make that happen and go from there!

6. Keep an Eye on Your Account

If you’re making saving for retirement a priority in your 20s, you’re in a good place already. Check back on your account frequently in online or mobile banking to see your savings grow and that will continue to motivate you throughout your 30s, 40s and beyond.
Questions about retirement or unsure where to start? Our team is here to help! Contact AbbyBank with any questions.