Learn About Retirement While You’re Still in College

Learn About Retirement While You’re Still in College
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    Even though you’ve just started college or are just getting into the swing of college life, now is the perfect time to start saving (or at least thinking about saving) for your eventual retirement.


In addition to learning the ins and outs of insurance before you age out of your parents’ coverage, you’ll also be doing yourself a favor by learning about retirement planning between classes, internships and exams.

Know Your Options for Retirement Plans

One of the first things you should do is familiarize yourself with the different types of retirement plans. Current options include pension plans and accounts, IRAs, retirement savings accounts, 401k plans, retirement programs and retirement accounts. Know that you can combine different plans and that you might be better off doing so. Being well-informed about your different options can help you in the future when you’re considering job offers and need to look beyond salary to make a final decision.

Compound Interest Is Your Friend

By starting to save for retirement while you’re still in college, you have the opportunity to take advantage of compound interest over the decades. Think about it: If you were to put back small amounts of money here and there in a retirement account and don’t touch it, that money will grow not only with every financial contribution you make, but through compound interest as well. All that interest can seriously add up to something huge when you’re ready to retire.

On the other hand, if you wait until you’re in your 30s or later before you start saving, you miss out on a massive opportunity to take advantage of what’s essentially free money. You might feel you’re better off waiting to start saving when you’re making more money, but there’s no guarantee what your financial situation will be like when you’re older. Plus, you’ll likely have more financial obligations when you’re older, which means that even if you are making more money, you could have more bills and obligations than you do now, which can suck up a great deal of your salary.

Say No to Debt

Before you even sign up for your first credit card, make a promise to yourself that you will do your best to live a debt-free life. This might already be unavoidable if you have student debt, but that doesn’t mean you should take on any more debt. Learn good saving and spending habits now, and ask your parents as well as older friends and family what financial advice they wished they’d learned when they were your age.

Not only does avoiding debt provide you with more money to put towards retirement and savings, you also don’t have to deal with the stress and worry that often comes with being saddled with debt. Ask anyone who already owes creditors how their debt impacts their lives as well as their health.

Your life as an adult is just blossoming while you’re in college. Rather than thinking it’s too early to start saving for retirement, you and your future self are much better off asking what you have to lose by getting a head start on the inevitable.

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