As young people get their first full-time job with a substantial paycheck, their money management activities need to be reconsidered, which include:
1. Automate your savings. For unexpected expenses and major purchases, set aside a specific percentage or amount of your income from every paycheck. These funds should be directed to one or more dedicated accounts.
2. Make use of different accounts. This money management strategy can help you plan for different savings goals and can prevent spending money planned for a specific purpose. Consider using a checking account to pay regular expenses, along with one or more savings accounts.
3. Start retirement saving. Start with 3 to 5 percent of your gross income, increasing to 15 percent as soon as you get raises and bonuses. These funds may be in a company-sponsored 401(k) or a personal IRA or Roth IRA.
4. Pay off debt. If you have college debt, create a plan to pay it off, especially credit card debt. Set a goal to become debt free in your 20s.
5. Practice wise spending. Minimize your transportation, housing, and clothing expenses.
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- Have students talk to others to obtain money management suggestions to implement when completing college and starting work.
- Have students create a personal plan for improved money management.
- Why do people start taking on more debt when starting work?
- Describe money management actions you might take as you complete college.