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Here’s Why Budgeting in Your 20's is Important and How to Get Started Today!

Jun 01, 2023
These college students are using this financial advice to set up their future.

While everyone is telling you that you're young and you have your whole life ahead of you, don't underestimate the importance of the financial decisions you make in your 20s. Creating smart money moves when you're just starting out in life can make all the difference in the success of your financial future. Following a few smart saving strategies in your 20s may help you build the means to have a better quality of life in the future. 

It’s Never Too Early to Start Saving


Did you know that your 20s are the perfect time to start creating good money management habits? In fact, positive money habits created in your 20s can save you from experiencing unnecessary financial burdens later in life. Learning budgeting, spending, and saving techniques now will set you up for a secure financial future.

Here are some financial tips to help you understand why you need to watch your spending and start saving now in order to head down the right financial path.

Financial Facts for Savers in their 20s


  • Your Expenses Will Increase as You Get Older – It might not be what you want to hear, but the older you get, the more financial responsibilities you have (#adultlife). You may start out with a car payment and a monthly credit card bill, but as you get older your expenses will eventually to graduate to including a mortgage, work costs, childcare, medical bills, and even college tuition for your children.  
  • Save Now Enjoy Later – If you start saving in your 20s, you should have a decent nest egg built up that you can rely on later. This will allow you to enjoy life more knowing you have a reserve of money in case something unexpected happens, or if you wish to spend your money on things like a new car, home, or vacation.  
  • Inflation is Inevitable – Savvy spending and saving now will help you live the lifestyle you're accustomed to. Lifestyle creep is hard to reverse once you get used to living a certain way, and it can be very difficult to scale back. Proper budgeting and saving in your 20s will go a long way as you plan for your future lifestyle.


6 Budgeting Tips and Tricks To Help You Get Started


1.    Understand Gross vs. Net Income – When you get your first job, it can be difficult to understand exactly how much of your gross income (total money earned) you'll actually be taking home after taxes, health insurance, 401k contributions, etc. (net income). This is important to know when budgeting for your monthly bills, so referring to an online tool that can help you estimate your net pay can be helpful. 

2.    There’s More to Housing Expenses Than Just Rent  Understanding that your monthly housing expenses include more than just rent is crucial when budgeting. Be sure to include costs like utilities, Wi-Fi, television/streaming services, parking fees at work or home, and renter’s insurance that may be required at your rental home or apartment. 

3.    Don’t Forget Your Student Loans – If you're a recent college grad, your new budget may have to include student loans. It's crucial to pay these loans on time to avoid adding interest to the loan and to keep a good credit score. Late payments on student loans (or any type of loans or bills) can have a negative impact on your creditworthiness. In addition, many federal student loans offer lower interest rates if you sign up for direct payments from your bank account. 

4.    Socializing Comes at a Cost  While hanging out with friends is a lot of fun, the choices you make when dining out, going to concerts, and weekend getaways definitely add up. Excessive socializing can wreak havoc on your finances unless you designate a monthly amount for these activities when budgeting. And most importantly – all living expenses should be paid before any money is spent on socializing.

5.    Automate Reoccurring Payments – Setting up your bills on autopay can help you stay organized and keep money in your pocket by avoiding late fees. Not only will this help you save money, but paying your bills on time will help build credit and increase your credit score, which will result in you getting a lower interest rate on loans and credit cards.

6.    Use the 50-30-20 Rule – One of the most popular percentage-based budgets is commonly known as the 50-30-20 rule. This budgeting tip divides your income into three spending categories. Following this method will allow you to pay your bills, enjoy life, and grow your savings.

                    The 50-30-20 Rule Budgeting Method

•    50% on Needs (rent, food, car payment)
•    30% on Wants (coffee, vacations, going out to dinner)
•    20% on Savings (emergency, house, retirement)


Budgeting in Your 20s is the Perfect Path for a Successful Financial Future


Your 20s are a great time to start developing smart spending and saving habits. Learning to budget and invest while you're young can help you avoid unnecessary debt, save money for important things, and help you build a nest egg for the future. 


Make the Most of Your Savings with Peach State


Once you get the hang of budgeting and making informed financial decisions, you'll find that you are able to SAVE every month. A great way to ensure that you get the most out of your savings is to deposit them into a Savings Account with Peach State! We have different account options to choose from all tailored to fit our members' individual needs. If you have any questions about which account is the best option for you, feel free to contact us today!

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