The Median Income Is Rising, But No One Is Saving Anything

The largest factors in determining if and when we will become financially independent are: (1) how much we save each year; and (2) time.

Unfortunately, far too many Americans save almost nothing, making financial independence a pipe dream.

Household Incomes and Saving Rates

The median income is rising in America, up to $61,372 in 2017.  The average married couple filing joint tax returns in 2017 made $117,795.

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My Daughter Was Born Days Ago, Now It’s Time To Start Saving For College!

A few weeks ago my wife and I had the ultimate of blessings – Mrs. FV gave birth to our adorable baby girl – we’ll call her Little FV.

It was a rough pregnancy at the end, and we are happy that both Mrs. and Little FV are doing great and back at home after several days in the hospital.

Now that we are adjusting to having our new addition to our family (and first child) and getting into a routine, it’s hard to believe that Little FV will be all grown up and going to college before I know it.  I’m going to enjoy every minute of it, because as everyone tells me, the 18 years from newborn to college will go by before I know it.

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Factor In Inflation Today, Enjoy Financial Independence Tomorrow

When it comes to building your retirement nest egg, a common rule of thumb is to save 25 times your annual expenses and then spend no more than 4% of your savings every year in retirement.  The thought is, if you retire at or near normal retirement age, this strategy should allow your retirement savings to carry you through retirement.  Sounds simple, right?

Not so fast!  Inflation can eat away at your retirement budget and leave you underfunded if you don’t factor inflation into your budget.

Let’s say you are 25 years old, and want to retire on a $40,000 per year withdraw in retirement at age 60.  According to this rule of thumb, you will need $1 million dollars to withdraw $40,000 per year.

There’s one problem:  are you prepared to live on what $40,000 will buy you in 2053, or did you actually want to live off of what $40,000 will buy you today?   With some additional legwork, you can adjust your savings target for inflation and better prepare yourself for financial independence.

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