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Savings by 30?

Post by Esq123 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:37 pm

Please advise if you had a savings goal by 30.

For some reason I’ve always had a goal to accumulate 100k by the age of 30.

If you have more than 100k saved are you on the right track? I suppose it depends on your goals/ ambitions.

Right now I have some student loan debt but have around 135-140k in savings. This includes EF, taxable accounts, and 401k.

I am 30.

Thanks all.


Edit:


Interesting.

Thanks all.

I am also married and have a household income of more than 200k....so I guess I’ll just keep on saving...

But I also understand some points that I’m only 30 once and to enjoy a little. I do try to enjoy a nice bottle of wine and go out to nice restaurants every once in a while. Need to enjoy your way to the top... am I right?

Also I noted what some said about my student loan debt. I have around 40-45k in debt... My goal is to pay it off in around 5 years.... but I do sleep like a baby at night knowing I have savings in case life throws a curveball....
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Post by z3r0c00l » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:39 pm

Not sure I would have savings before getting rid of debt, depending on interest rates and other details. I think 100K by 30 is solid, I had a bit more at that age but who cares? I am glad to have more than twice as much at 37 as I did at 30. It will speed up like that especially when the markets do well. Keep working hard, saving, and enjoying life.

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Post by MotoTrojan » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:43 pm

z3r0c00l wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:39 pm
Not sure I would have savings before getting rid of debt, depending on interest rates and other details. I think 100K by 30 is solid, I had a bit more at that age but who cares? I am glad to have more than twice as much at 37 as I did at 30. It will speed up like that especially when the markets do well. Keep working hard, saving, and enjoying life.
I agree, networth is more meaningful and unless these loans will be forgiven or the interest rate is super low, OP should pay them off.

A 5% interest rate paid off is the same as a TAX-EXEMPT risk-free bond paying 5%. In reality even equities may not provide 5% after-tax, and they certainly won't do it risk-free.

This really depends on income and goals. I am at ~$115K liquid at 27 and hope to be at $200-250K by 30, but that is heavily dependent on the market (that would assume a mostly flat market).

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Post by Wings5 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:59 pm

When I was 30 my goal was to pay off my student loan debt. After that it was to hit an investing rate of X% of income, then save Y, then to increase my net worth by Z%.

Be careful not to set age-based goals, especially if you frequent these forums. I think that leads to comparisons, envy, and possibly depression when you see that many others are ahead of where you think you should be. Do what works for you.

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Post by Flyer24 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:09 pm

Seems like a fairly high savings at your age when you also have student loan debt. Are you making the loan payoff a priority?

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Post by Wiggums » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:16 pm

I was taught by my parents to save, but I can’t say that I had a specific savings goal in mind. Once I bought my first house, I started to focus on investing. I agree with the previous response that it would be better to have goals for yourself and then think of the steps needed to achieve each goal. For example, maybe you need to create an emergency fund. Maybe you want to pay off your student loan or credit card debt. These are just hypothetical goals.

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Post by Grt2bOutdoors » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:19 pm

Esq123 wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:37 pm
Please advise if you had a savings goal by 30.

If you have more than 100k saved are you on the right track?

Right now I have some student loan debt but have around 130k in savings. This includes EF, taxable accounts, and 401k.

I am a 30.

Thanks all.
Financially speaking, if you are doing most or all of the below you are on track:
1) Have an EF. Check.
2) Are funding at least 10%, preferably at or on track to put 15% of gross income in a 401K account.
3) Pay your bills on time, do not carry credit card debt.
4) Develop a workable plan based on your income, current needs and your own future goals (downpayment for house, paying off student loans, saving for wedding, saving for a long term goal that is unknown in a taxable account).
5) Don't pay attention to what the Jones's are doing, what your 30 something neighbors are doing. Pay attention to what you are doing and make adjustments as needed to get to your next milestone.
6) Don't buy too much house (house poor) or too much car (financed with debt) to detract you from being able to save for your retirement and paying your bills in a timely fashion. Avoid car leases if you can, they rarely make financial sense.
7) LBYM - Live Beneath Your Means. You didn't accumulate $130K by living at or above your means. So to answer your question, I'd say without knowing more, you are on track......Congratulations! :sharebeer

It's not about the dollar amount, it could be for you, or it could be by age 35 I will have X% of student loan debt paid off or by age 40, I want to have 2-3x income saved/invested and so on. You march to your own drum, not the drums banged on websites including some of the figures tossed about on this forum.
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Post by Paul78 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:49 pm

I was just under 300k in net worth when I turned 30 (late last year). But it really doesn't mean much without context. Well I didn't get an inheritance or buy a house when the market was down I did have the benefit of graduating college with only 4k in loans (most of the cost was covered by my scholarship but my parents also gifted me 4k a year for a total of 16k). I also started my "job" at the age of 22 in a field where year 1 wages are 55% of year 30 wages (ie relatively good starting pay but limited room for growth compared to many careers).

So yes I am happy where I am at but at the same time an MD with 0k in net worth at age 30 would still be in a much better monetary state/path than me.

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Re: Savings by 30?

Post by DonIce » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:58 pm

If you have more than 100k saved are you on the right track?
Not enough information to extrapolate a "track" from. A line needs at least two points, $100k at 30 is just one point :)

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Re: Savings by 30?

Post by 22twain » Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:34 pm

Esq123 wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:37 pm
Please advise if you had a savings goal by 30.

If you have more than 100k saved are you on the right track?
That's a lot more than I had.

At age 30 I became eligible for a 403(b) plan at my first college-teaching job after graduate school (Ph.D.). At that time I was still single and had no debt, a 10-year-old VW Beetle, and the equivalent of maybe $10K in today's dollars in the bank.

I never aimed for a "number" in total savings, or early retirement. I started by contributing 10% of my salary to the 403(b), and increased it in stages until it reached around 40% at age 56, seven years before I retired. I hit $100K in today's dollars when I was 40.

Fortunately I married someone who is more frugal than I am, with similar salary and a higher savings rate. She now has more than I do, about 55% of our total savings.

It turned out we both retired at age 63, five years apart because of our age difference. She did it voluntarily because she had gotten stressed out, and we agreed that we had enough saved up that she could do it. I did it because I was forced to, but came to embrace it when we saw that we had more than enough savings.
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Re: Savings by 30?

Post by orhkaf » Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:39 pm

Age 28. No debt(paid off huge student loan recently). Net worth around 300K.

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Post by Starfish » Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:44 pm

I had my first (real) job at 30. I traveled as much as I could or had to - so no much savings - and 2 years later we took an education loan for 200k.
I am not saying that you should spend carelessly but you have to be careful: those years never come back and are the most beautiful in ones life. "Right track" at 30 is not measured in $ but in how you lived those years and what memories did you create.

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Post by DonIce » Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:32 am

I (mostly for fun) decide if I'm on track based on a spreadsheet I maintain which has my target net worth (based on a monthly savings and return % that should lead to satisfactory financial outcomes) and my actual net worth (taking a redfin/zillow type estimate for my home value):

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Graduated in 2011, paid off student loans in 2013, bought house in 2016 (age 30 in 2016).

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Post by Dottie57 » Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:04 am

At 30 I had 10k to my name, no retirement plan and a new condo. OP is doing really well.

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Post by ohboy! » Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:06 am

I wanted to buy a house. Bought a duplex foreclosure for $50k, invested $35k in it, rented for years, and sold 9 years later for $275k.

I’m not much for making goals, but I’m happy I had that one. I learned a lot, got a decent return, and got out.

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Post by ohboy! » Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:08 am

DonIce wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:32 am
I (mostly for fun) decide if I'm on track based on a spreadsheet I maintain which has my target net worth (based on a monthly savings and return % that should lead to satisfactory financial outcomes) and my actual net worth (taking a redfin/zillow type estimate for my home value):

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Graduated in 2011, paid off student loans in 2013, bought house in 2016 (age 30 in 2016).
Curious - how did you make $35k+ a year while in school?

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Re: Savings by 30?

Post by DonIce » Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:11 am

ohboy! wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:08 am
Curious - how did you make $35k+ a year while in school?
2006-2007 was a 1 year internship.

2009-2011 was grad school, so I had a stipend as an RA/TA and a government research grant.

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Post by RVosen » Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:41 am

Currently 30 with around $140K.

I definitely agree with most others that there is to many factors to have a specific goal. I didn't have student loan debt but most of my 20s was spent making $40K-50K a year and I'm going to top out at probably $70-$85K. Where as say I had the ability to do something like med school I would have little savings and a lot of debt right now. But my future earning would more than make up for that.

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Post by Jags4186 » Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:00 am

Your savings goal is going to be based on your income. If you started work at 22 with no loans making $40k/yr and finished at 30 making $80k then you might have a nice chunk of change saved. Same person with $60k in student loans may not. Same person who got to live at home with there parents for 3 or 4 or more years might have more saved.

What’s important is that do you have an end goal in mind and are you moving towards it at a reasonable rate. As long as you are putting away a minimum of 15% of your gross wages + any matches you might get, you should be well on your way to a secure retirement.

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Re: Savings by 30?

Post by Esq123 » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:28 pm

Interesting.

Thanks all.

I am also married and have a household income of more than 200k....so I guess I’ll just keep on saving...

But I also understand some points that I’m only 30 once and to enjoy a little. I do try to enjoy a nice bottle of wine and go out to nice restaurants every once in a while. Need to enjoy your way to the top... am I right?

Also I noted what some said about my student loan debt. I have around 40-45k in debt... My goal is to pay it off in around 5 years.... but I do sleep like a baby at night knowing I have savings in case life throws a curveball....

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Re: Savings by 30?

Post by tesuzuki2002 » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:33 pm

Esq123 wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:37 pm
Please advise if you had a savings goal by 30.

If you have more than 100k saved are you on the right track?

Right now I have some student loan debt but have around 130k in savings. This includes EF, taxable accounts, and 401k.

I am 30.

Thanks all.
Your savings goals... would be determined by your objectives... if you want to retire at 31 you better have a really really low living expense if you want to stretch your dollars.

I'm 37. I have 20x earnings saved / invested and own 1 rental free and clear... I still don't know what my real long term objective is...


Keep on keeping on!!

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Re: Savings by 30?

Post by Thegame14 » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:41 pm

Esq123 wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:37 pm
Please advise if you had a savings goal by 30.

If you have more than 100k saved are you on the right track?

Right now I have some student loan debt but have around 130k in savings. This includes EF, taxable accounts, and 401k.

I am 30.

Thanks all.
That is too general, someone could be 30 and have 200K in student loans and no savings and about to become a practicing DR and earn $350K a year
or someone could be a college drop out, lives home with mommy and daddy earns, $15 an hour at shoprite and his only expenses are video games and pot but has saved $100K,

Which one is "on the right track"???

I see many 401K providers saying by 30 you should have 1X income saved in retirement, 2X income by 35, 3X income by 40, etc.. 6X by 50, 8X by 60

others investopedia

Age 40 – two times annual salary
Age 50 – four times annual salary
Age 60 – six times annual salary
Age 67 – eight times annual salary

Forbes

Having two times your annual salary saved should be the goal of 35-year-olds. Four times your annual salary is the target for people who reach the ripe old age of 40. If you’re 45, try to have at least five times your salary saved.
Gen X folks should have at least seven times their annual incomes saved by the time they are 50 years old. That jumps to 11 times their annual salaries at 60.

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Post by khangaroo » Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:20 pm

I’m currently 30 and my financial goal was to be debt free and have a $250k net worth. I became debt free at 27 after going through Dave Ramsey’s plan and reached $250k shortly after my birthday in January.

I would say you’re far ahead of the typical 30 year old. I also wonder how I’m doing against my peers and found an interesting article from Financial Samurai about age and net worth - pretty easy to find on Google.

My next goal is to have $1M by 40 and I wanted to retire early but not so sure anymore - my job has gotten much more fun and the future is bright! Plus my spouse is on a very nice career path so I don’t want to retire early without her.

Like others have stated, you’re doing a fantastic job and I would look into getting that student loan paid off. From one 30 year old to another, the feeling of owing money to no one is absolutely incredible. As Dave Ramsey says, if you don’t like being debt free you can always go and get a loan.

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Post by zimmer0 » Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:30 pm

debt free except mortgage
healthy EF
minimum 15% gross invested
minimum $100k invested

Achieved 1st three well before 30. Checked the last one off the list couple months prior to 30th bday.

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Post by MittensMoney » Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:35 pm

Seems like you're doing well for yourself - to give some perspective I recently turned 29 and have ~50k across my accounts.

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Re: Savings by 30?

Post by Esq123 » Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:16 am

Thanks for the replies all. :sharebeer

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Post by Jags4186 » Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:22 am

Esq123 wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:28 pm
But I also understand some points that I’m only 30 once and to enjoy a little. I do try to enjoy a nice bottle of wine and go out to nice restaurants every once in a while. Need to enjoy your way to the top... am I right?
Not too much. It’s fine if you decide spending money on $100 bottles of wine or $200 meals is your idea of entertainment but that easily becomes the norm. Be careful what you decide is your enjoyment otherwise you may find yourself spending way more than you should be. I’d rather spend big bucks on something that is a special occasion or a special purchase rather than something that is recurring.

Case in point, we just purchased a used piano for ~$6000. We haven’t been inside a restaurant where we’ve picked up a tab since New Years. A piano is not a recurring expense (save the yearly tuning). I suspect people who “enjoy” themselves at restaurants are spending $6000+ a year just on eating out.

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Post by juliewongferra » Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:33 pm

Esq123 wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:37 pm
Please advise if you had a savings goal by 30.

If you have more than 100k saved are you on the right track?

Right now I have some student loan debt but have around 130k in savings. This includes EF, taxable accounts, and 401k.

I am 30.

Thanks all.


Edit:


Interesting.

Thanks all.

I am also married and have a household income of more than 200k....so I guess I’ll just keep on saving...

But I also understand some points that I’m only 30 once and to enjoy a little. I do try to enjoy a nice bottle of wine and go out to nice restaurants every once in a while. Need to enjoy your way to the top... am I right?

Also I noted what some said about my student loan debt. I have around 40-45k in debt... My goal is to pay it off in around 5 years.... but I do sleep like a baby at night knowing I have savings in case life throws a curveball....

Don't focus on savings (except for emergency purposes). Focus on net worth instead. Having 100K in savings and 0K in student loans is different from having 100K in savings and 100K uin student loans.

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Post by rangerrick9211 » Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:56 pm

I think we have most every advantage to us on our journey to 30.
  • Married out of undergrad
  • STEM DINKs
  • No school debt
  • Lucky timing in incoming and outgoing with my job in energy
  • Great mentors that advised us early, e.g. full funding 401(k)s and Roths since we've been working
  • Bought in 2013 before the Houston housing boom went bananas
We've averaged 40-50% savings rate through our 20s. Focused on minimizing maintenance items, increasing comp and I am/was deep into credit card churning. I think we had our 20's cake and ate it too.

@ 30 - $550k equities & $150k home equity.

We're now at 31 with a 4 mo. old. Goal is FI by 40 and FIRE by 45. I think you're doing great and keep on chugging along. You're near the snowball point where things really take off!

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Post by Clever_Username » Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:10 pm

At 30, I technically had student loans left but at absurdly low interest rates. I had maxed out my 401(k) the prior year, plus had been on track to do so for that year (I changed jobs, happily taking a layoff two weeks before my 30th birthday). I also had put money into IRAs for a few years, and had some money in taxable thanks to a signing bonus the year prior. I hadn't yet bought my first Series I Bonds (should have, did not).

I think my total networth was in the low six figures, not bad for someone who didn't finish graduate school (Ph.D.) until shortly after his 28th birthday.
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Post by broncocountry25 » Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:27 pm

I turned 29 in March.

I wrote myself a check for 600K as motivation when I first got out of undergrad and in the memo put "30th birthday present". Such a random number but I just wanted to put it out there. When I wrote the check I felt dumb but that I needed to have a goal by 30.

We currently sit at 550K and should break 600K unless everything hits the brakes by 30.

This has taught me that you have to put it out into the world to get it back.

Our short term goal is to find a 4 plex as a rental by 30 too!

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Post by NYCguy » Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:37 pm

At age 30 I had a negative net worth of $30,000. I had a singular goal of finishing paying off my student loans. I was earning a little over $100,000 a year. Net worth today, 24 years later, is more than $16 million.

Financially what mattered to me then and now is my savings rate percentage. I always have saved more than 50% of my after-tax income.
If your out-go is greater than your income, your upkeep will be your DOWNFALL.

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Re: Savings by 30?

Post by Esq123 » Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:41 pm

16 million?? Lol nice...hope you’re retired.

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Post by Trader Joe » Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:48 pm

Esq123 wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:37 pm
Please advise if you had a savings goal by 30.

If you have more than 100k saved are you on the right track?

Right now I have some student loan debt but have around 130k in savings. This includes EF, taxable accounts, and 401k.

I am 30.

Thanks all.


Edit:


Interesting.

Thanks all.

I am also married and have a household income of more than 200k....so I guess I’ll just keep on saving...

But I also understand some points that I’m only 30 once and to enjoy a little. I do try to enjoy a nice bottle of wine and go out to nice restaurants every once in a while. Need to enjoy your way to the top... am I right?

Also I noted what some said about my student loan debt. I have around 40-45k in debt... My goal is to pay it off in around 5 years.... but I do sleep like a baby at night knowing I have savings in case life throws a curveball....
Yes, I think you are doing great! Wealth accumulation is a process that takes time. At your age I had significant student loan debt and a career headed to the stratosphere. I paid off those student loans, while I enjoyed my family, life and work. Today I am a multi-millionaire and I am free to do what I want in life. Good luck.

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Post by NYCguy » Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:09 pm

Esq123 wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:41 pm
16 million?? Lol nice...hope you’re retired.
Nope. Two kids headed to college in the next few years, a great life and lifestyle and a solid business. Once we have launched the kids I will make changes. I admit it will be hard to walk away from the money even though we have more than enough.
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Post by ASpenderInRecovery » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:13 am

This forum is a great source of wisdom, sound advice, and best practices. On the flip side it’s full of critics as we are all running our own race and want to think we know best. Additionally, your personal finances are a function of your life situation and all the decisions you have made.

“Comparison is the thief of joy” - Theodore Roosevelt.

As a competitive and driven person I don’t read this quote and think I’ll give up and stop comparing myself, but more remind myself this is a journey and we are all at different places. More importantly, by applying the core teachings of this forum and the suggested readings you can improve your finances regardless of where they stand today. If I look back at my first post on this forum to where I am today my net worth has risen substantially and that I am proud of.

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Post by Cycle » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:24 am

I just tried to max out roth and 401k in my 20s, everything else seemed to go towards mortgage / travel. I finally got the mortgage paid off at 33.

I don't have my 30 year old net worth, but can extrapolate back from 33. My income at 30 was ~100k and is now ~140k. Megacorp engineering individual contributor role.
30: ~250k
33: 465k
35: 835k

But my wife also has similar NW, so total family net worth is roughly double those numbers.

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Re: Savings by 30?

Post by IowaFarmBoy » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:02 am

While it is a nice chunk of money and likely better than most 30 year olds, I don't think an absolute number (like $100k) means much without knowing what it is for and how you have gotten there. This amount could mean very different things if you plan to use it all for a house down payment in a year versus this being "untouchable" retirement money. Depending on how long someone has been making $200k it may or may not indicate a good savings rate. The aggressiveness of your student loan payoff rate is also a factor in evaluating this number.

I told our kids when they came out of college and took jobs with no pension plans, that they should be putting about 15% of their income into retirement savings. Savings for other things like house down payment, cars, etc., need to be on top of that. You will need about 25x your expenses at retirement time to fund your expenses. A 2% inflation rate means that the cost of living will double in 36 years so $100k in current expenses will inflate to $200k by age 66. This means you will need about $5 million to replace $100k in current expenses if you retire at 66. These are very rough numbers and exclude other income sources like Social Security but they give you a starting point to think about the magnitude of what you need to save.

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Re: Savings by 30?

Post by student » Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:33 am

DonIce wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:32 am
I (mostly for fun) decide if I'm on track based on a spreadsheet I maintain which has my target net worth (based on a monthly savings and return % that should lead to satisfactory financial outcomes) and my actual net worth (taking a redfin/zillow type estimate for my home value):

Image

Graduated in 2011, paid off student loans in 2013, bought house in 2016 (age 30 in 2016).
Impressive.

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Re: Savings by 30?

Post by jakehefty17 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:04 pm

It's interesting to read some of these replies! I'm a couple years younger than you, and have thought of this recently.

I didn't have the means to save until I was 24. Personally, if I stick to my goals I'd approximate at that time I'll have around:

120-150k in 401k
35-45k in Roth IRA
15-20k in HSA
30-35k in Taxable
10 years left on my 15 year mortgage (only debt)

My savings rate is around 35% of gross pay. Homeownership so far has been a stream of expenses and repairs, and I have plans to improve aspects of my home. I want to budget in some traveling expenses in the coming years as well. Trying to find a balance of work, play, and personal goals.
"The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence." -Charles Bukowski

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Re: Savings by 30?

Post by jory1804 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:55 pm

I did not have an explicit savings goal, but I always lived below my means and was consciously trying to save rather than spend.

For example, the year I turned 30, my housing cost was $2850/mo on 800k of income in a VHCOL area. That got my wife and I a 1 bedroom apartment. We could have spent more and gotten more but there was no need.

With that philosophy toward saving, I’d saved 1.2M by age 30.

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Re: Savings by 30?

Post by JoeRetire » Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:09 pm

Esq123 wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:37 pm
Please advise if you had a savings goal by 30.
No. Never had such goals, unless you count "try to save more" as a goal.
If you have more than 100k saved are you on the right track?
That depends on your life goals and plans. If you intend to retire at 31, you may not be on the right track. But if you plan to work until more standard retirement age, then you are likely doing better than most.
Right now I have some student loan debt but have around 130k in savings. This includes EF, taxable accounts, and 401k.
That's nice. But obviously it depends on how much "some student loan debt" is. If you have 130k in loans and 130k in savings, that may not be great.
I am also married and have a household income of more than 200k....so I guess I’ll just keep on saving...
"Keep on saving" is the best thing you can do. Enjoying each day while living beneath your means will serve you well.

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Re: Savings by 30?

Post by Wiggums » Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:13 pm

jory1804 wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:55 pm
I did not have an explicit savings goal, but I always lived below my means and was consciously trying to save rather than spend.

For example, the year I turned 30, my housing cost was $2850/mo on 800k of income in a VHCOL area. That got my wife and I a 1 bedroom apartment. We could have spent more and gotten more but there was no need.

With that philosophy toward saving, I’d saved 1.2M by age 30.
We had a similar approach and it has worked out well. We Purchase whatever we needed, however, as it turns out, we didn't feel the need for going bigger.

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Re: Savings by 30?

Post by Esq123 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:09 pm

Thanks for the replies.

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Re: Savings by 30?

Post by TallBoy29er » Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:16 pm

Whew, a look back in time. I think at 30, I had about $30k to my name. Not shabby, and I was proud to have no debt. But not exactly on the fast track either.

I had no target, and I am glad I did not. I lived a relatively frugal life, yet had fun where it was important to me to do so. Everyone's beginning stages will look much different, and by no means is where you are at 30 a predetermination of where you will end up. Either direction.

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Re: Savings by 30?

Post by Esq123 » Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:12 pm

:beer

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