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Building Solid Money Habits for Young Adults

Published October 14, 2023

By Chrystal Miller | Personal Banker | Deshler Branch

As a young adult, managing your finances can seem overwhelming and daunting. However, with the right knowledge and a few essential tips, you can establish a solid foundation for your financial future.

Here are ten practical and valuable financial tips to help young adults navigate the complexities of money management and set themselves up for long-term success.

  • Create a Budget: One of the most crucial steps to take as a young adult is to create a budget. Understand your income, track your expenses, and allocate your money wisely. By setting spending limits and prioritizing your financial goals, you will develop disciplined financial habits and avoid unnecessary debt.
  • Save Early and Regularly: Start saving as early as possible. Even small contributions to a savings account can accumulate over time and provide a safety net during emergencies or help you achieve future goals like buying a home or traveling. Aim to save at least 10-15% of your income and automate your savings to make it a habit. Easily save with our automatic savings program, RoundUp, where your debit card transactions from your checking account are automatically rounded up to the next dollar, and the difference is transferred to your savings account. Doesn’t get much easier.
  • Pay off High-Interest Debt: If you have outstanding debts, especially those with high interest rates such as credit card debt, focus on paying them off as soon as possible. By reducing and eliminating high-interest debt, you’ll save money on interest payments and gain financial freedom. You may want to consider a debt consolidation loan to help you get your outstanding debts under control.
  • Build an Emergency Fund: Life is unpredictable, and having an emergency fund is essential. Aim to save three to six months’ worth of living expenses in an easily accessible account. This safety net will protect you during unexpected events like job loss or medical emergencies, providing peace of mind.
  • Establish Good Credit Habits: Building a strong credit history is vital for future financial opportunities, such as obtaining loans for a car or a home. Make timely payments on your credit cards and bills, keep your credit utilization low, and review your credit report regularly to correct any errors promptly.

The most important step in being financially stable is keeping track of your spending. Very few people keep an updated account register today, but that can really help you track your expenses and identify areas where you can decrease spending to save more money and set you up for financial success.

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  • Invest in Your Future: Take advantage of the power of compound interest by investing for the long term. Start contributing to retirement accounts, such as a 401(k) or an IRA, as early as possible. By beginning early, you’ll harness the potential of compounding and set yourself up for a comfortable retirement.
  • Educate Yourself: Financial literacy is a valuable asset. Take the time to learn about personal finance through books, podcasts, online courses, or workshops. Understand basic concepts like investing, budgeting, and saving, enabling you to make informed decisions and maximize your financial potential.
  • Live Below Your Means: Avoid falling into the trap of lifestyle inflation as your income grows. Instead, strive to live below your means by spending less than you earn. This practice will allow you to save more, invest for the future, and have greater financial flexibility.
  • Protect Yourself with Insurance: Having adequate insurance coverage is essential for protecting your financial well-being. Consider health insurance, renter’s or homeowner’s insurance, auto insurance, and disability insurance to safeguard yourself from unexpected expenses that could otherwise derail your financial stability.
  • Seek Professional Guidance: If you find yourself overwhelmed or unsure about managing your finances, don’t hesitate to seek professional advice. A financial planner can provide personalized guidance, help you set realistic goals, and create a roadmap for achieving financial success. Consider setting an appointment with Midwest Wealth Management to discuss your financial future.

Taking control of your finances early in life is a powerful step towards securing a strong financial future. By following these ten tips, young adults can develop healthy financial habits, build savings, reduce debt, and make informed decisions. Remember, it’s never too early to start building a solid financial foundation that will serve you well throughout your life.

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