5. Determine a baseline budget and build from there.
We all understand the importance of living below our means, but very few people take the time to build a monthly budget, let alone stick to one. For millennials who do, however, the benefits can add up quickly. This is especially true if, as your salary grows over time, you can bank or invest the difference.
6. Use social media wisely.
Social media can be an excellent source of financial information. Unfortunately, it can also be a tremendous source of misleading information. Make sure that any sources you follow are credible, and use your social network to vet any financial services or advisors you may be considering.
7. Put your unused mortgage payments to work.
Having seen the housing market crash once already, it’s easy to see why many millennials are in no hurry to purchase a home. And, because renting can often be cheaper than buying, this strategy, if chosen, can be an effective way to free up extra cash, money that can be invested, saved, or used to meet other pressing financial needs.
8. Take responsibility for your retirement.
While retirement may seem a long way off, it will arrive sooner than you think. And while the retirement landscape has changed with the decline of traditional pensions, there are lots of ways to prepare for it. If your company offers a 401(k), be sure to take advantage of it. If not, investigate traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs, and, given your long-term time horizon, tax-deferred annuities.
Millennials may have gotten off to a slow start through no fault of their own. But there's still plenty of time to put a sound financial strategy in place. If you would like more information about any of the topics covered, just let us know, and a New York Life agent will be happy to help.