How much should you have saved by 30?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Kendo, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. Kendo macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    Obviously the answer is going to be drastically different for millionaires but this is targeted to those in the middle class (not rich but not living paycheck to paycheck).

    Assuming that you have no debt by age 30 (school loans paid off), how much should you have saved up before taking on a mortgage or just in your savings in general?
  2. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2009
    NZ, South Pacific
    There's no way to give a definitive answer to that question as everyone is in a different situation. A few of the factors that need to be considered are:
    • Annual Income
    • Buying Location
    • Dependants (children)
    • Current Expenditure
    • Interest Rates
  3. Kendo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    How about single, no children, does not yet own a home and annual income $50,000 to $75,000 (is that considered middle class?).
  4. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    set yourself a budget plan first ... then do the math

    too many variables as stated above
  5. imahawki macrumors 6502a

    Apr 26, 2011
    In savings like a savings account or all savings (like 401k, IRA, etc?) I'd say Minimum $50k and closer to $100k ideally.
  6. Iscariot macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2007
    Get rich slowly balanced money formula:

    50% needs
    30% wants
    20% savings

    Simple, easy to follow, hassle free retirement.
  7. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    The percentage depends too much on income.

    Personally, I believe that if you're single, have no children, and don't own a home, you should easily save 25% of your take-home pay, 30% with moderate discipline, and 35% if you're serious saving, and are willing to live "only" comfortably. Remember, "Cost of Living" and "Cost of Lifestyle" are different things. ;)

    I save around 28% of my take-home pay. Actually, I save around 35%, but I actually still owe money (but it's just to my parents, and they're in no rush to get that money back), and am pay them back around $4k to $6k per year.

    I don't know how much you SHOULD have in the bank before 30 years of age. I only graduated (with a PhD) and got my 1st proper job at age 29, I don't have $50,000 in savings, and I think I'll do just fine. ;)
  8. ghostee macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2004
    Villa Park, IL
    Before taking on a mortgage? Enough to put up 20% on a house, plus money to pay for moving costs and buy the initial furniture, tools, etc, that you need, plus at least 6 months of living expenses to keep in savings for emergencies, rainy day, etc. IMO, of course.
  9. X5-452 macrumors 6502


    Feb 16, 2006
    Calgary, Canada
    Depending on your income, and when you start saving... I say a years salary is a safe bet.

    If you make $50k a year and start saving at age 22 when you graduate from school, that's only $240 a paycheck or roughly 10%. That percent will remain a constant too, regardless of your salary.

    Now that's just straight savings. I'm not talking about money for a house, or specific government and/or work related retirement plans.
  10. And macrumors 6502


    Feb 23, 2009
    92 ft above sea level, UK
    There is no set amount someone should have saved at this age because everyone's circumstances are different. Percentage targets are useless because they don't take into account the fact that there are fixed costs of living and that has to be paid regardless.

    By the age of 30 I had completed many (8!) years at university and had completed my first 'real' job and had nothing saved whatsoever - just paying off student debt. I also had a mortgage by this point and so owed many more thousands, my income really only kept me afloat. I could afford nothing beyond the mortgage and bills. I could not afford a mac either! Life 100% savings 0%

    However by not taking out anymore debt for anything at all and living sensibly and overpaying significantly on my mortgage, I now have a six figure sum saved up and also own 40% of my third home. In fact I could pay off the other 60% if I wanted! This is not too bad a position and I am not 40 yet. There is no secret to this - work & earn, pay off debt aggressively, don't take on any more debt (except mortgage), don't buy what you can't afford, and don't use friends & neighbours as a benchmark for how you ought to live (they usually can't afford it either!). I can now afford to buy macs thankfully ;-) Life 50% Toys 10% Savings 40% roughly

    Essentially I think the best position to be in when 30 is to be starting lifelong finance planning - starting pension planning and saving if possible. It can feel a bit pointless at this point, but remember, 1) compound interest, 2) your salary will probably increase, 3) pay off debt aggressively, don't take out more.

    good luck with saving up! And.
  11. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    There are pretty much too many variables to consider.

    If you're in a range of $50k-$75k salary, don't own a house (I'm assuming renting?), don't have really any debt: Then, I'd say right now your savings should be enough to be able to afford that house, and then some. What I mean by that is put up the down payment (The higher the better), be able to afford the mortgage and living expenses for I'd say 9 months without any income. If you can only afford 3 months, then you'd better start saving more.

    But that's not really good advice, seeing as how I'm less than 2/3 of your age :p
  12. acidfast7 macrumors 65816


    Nov 22, 2008
  13. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    Sounds like the 1% to me :D.
  14. senseless macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2008
    Pennsylvania, USA
    USA average savings at age 30 is about $40,000. The 60's age bracket is way too low at $140,000. It'll be a tough retirement for most.
  15. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Anything less than $5 million USD in various bank accounts by 30 and you are in for a rough life.
  16. lewis82 macrumors 68000


    Aug 26, 2009
    Totalitarian Republic of Northlandia
    I have no clue how much to save, but I plan to live "as a student" for the first few years after my graduation. This way I will pay my debt very quick and then I'll start saving.
  17. renewed macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2009
    Bemalte Blumen duften nicht.
    Depends. Don't even think about saving until unsecured debt such as credit cards, student loans etc are paid off.
  18. MadMiller20 macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2012
    It also depends whether your company has a matching option with their 401k. With a match and a salary that high, you could save a great deal. There are so many factors though, even within a savings program - how much you save, how you invest it, and the match percentage...

    I'm concurring with everyone else on here that there are just too many factors that contribute to "how much you should save by 30". You're lucky that you can save at that age. Many people have issues with paying off loans and just supporting themselves.
  19. slu macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2004
    Once you start working, everyone should save at least 10% of their gross pay every year for retirement. Obviously more is better, but this should be the absolute mimimum, no matter what. Power of compounding...
  20. malman89 macrumors 68000

    May 29, 2011
    There really isn't much compounding going on if it's just sitting in a standard checking or savings account. It should probably be put into a company 401k/Roth IRA.

    I'm 22 and just graduated last May. Unfortunately I had almost no time to find an apartment (found a job in the city the last day my old lease was up), so I can only put away 6% + company match of 3%.

    On top of that, I try to take $50-100 a paycheck and dump into an ING savings account for a rainy day fund. It's not the most, but it's something and adds up. $50 is auto withdrawn every paycheck and then I like to put more in when I can.
  21. Arran macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    How much should you have saved by 30?

    More than you think you'll need.
  22. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    5 mil? You must be poor or something.

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