BOSTON (CBS) – This is a tough decade. You now want the grown-up things, marriage, house, kids. So becoming a millionaire make take a back seat.

But if we are looking at the Fidelity plan to replace 85% of your income in retirement and becoming half a millionaire then by 35 you should have saved 1 times your salary. So with an end salary of $60,000 then you would have $60,000 in your 401(k).

Oops! Most people have not saved that much by age 35.

If you don’t have $60,000 saved by your 35th birthday don’t despair. If you are able to start at age 35 and save $3,500 a year and if we assume you will earn an 8% average return, your nest egg could have over a half of million dollars ($500,000) at age 67.

To reach that million dollar amount you have to save more; $7,500 a year.

You still have the luxury of 30 years or more to accumulate assets for retirement. Contribute as much as you can to your employer’s retirement plan and be sure though you are contributing enough to take advantage of your employer’s match.

During this third decade of life people are looking to achieve the American Dream, a house with a two-car garage, a picket fence, and kids. Getting out of debt is critical here if you want to achieve your goals and dreams. Too much debt will prevent you from getting the best rates on a mortgage or sometimes prevent you from getting the mortgage altogether.

A poor credit score can affect your goals by slowing down your ability to achieve the American dream. Not only creditors look at your credit score and history, but potential employers, insurance companies and landlords may be looking at those reports. So using credit wisely is crucial during this decade.

With some discipline you can do it.

One more thing:

What does it take to be a Millionaire?

Here is a fun chart to see just where you are at with your own retirement planning. The younger you are when you start the less you will need to save!


Future value $1,000,000
Retirement age 67
Annual return % 8
    Time Monthly Yearly
Age   Investment Investment Investment
———— ———— ———— ————
20 $26,859 $161 $2,208
25 39,464 243 3,287
30 57,986 368 4,924
35 85,200 620 7,451
40 125,187 876 11,448
45 183,941 1,395 18,032
50 270,269 2,316 29,629
55 397,114 4,158 52,695
60 583,490 8,920 112,072
65 857,339

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