How to Start Your Financial Life

There are a number of reasons it can be difficult to get your financial life in order as a young person.

  • No one teaches you how to manage your finances.
  • Many people have awful financial role models in their life.
  • Young people often don’t make very much money.
  • It could be the first time in your life where you have a number of financial responsibilities.
  • The entire process of getting your financial ecosystem set up can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start

When you combine a lower income, a lower amount of financial assets, little in the way of life experience and a dearth of knowledge when it comes to managing your household finances, many young people simply opt to put it off until later.

Not everyone follows the traditional path but young people could be looking at the following financial responsibilities in their 20s or 30s:

  • Paying off student loans
  • Paying for an engagement ring and/or wedding
  • Saving up for a down payment on a house
  • Becoming financially responsible enough to have children
  • Paying for daycare

It can be a daunting task for the majority of our youth.

So Michael and I wanted to have a discussion about the important building blocks when setting out to start your financial life.

We discuss:

  • Our earliest memories of money & the markets
  • Why we need more financial role models
  • The stock that changed Michael’s life
  • How much should you spend on an engagement ring?
  • How to talk about money with your significant other
  • How shared or separate should a couple’s budget be?
  • How much does the average wedding cost?
  • The psychic income from a nice wedding
  • Our very first investments
  • How much should young people save for retirement?
  • The best personal finance books for young people
  • My rule of thumb for increasing your savings rate each year
  • When should you buy your first home?
  • How much should you save in a 529?

Check out our automated investing platform Liftoff, which we mentioned on the show. This is a great way for people to just get started and have the ability to talk to a financial planner when any questions come up.

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