Free in 30! -> Pay yourself first
Pay Yourself First!
This means that the first priority when you earn money is to put some of it aside to save for your future. This is the key to your financial freedom.Use
The reason for using 15% for making RRSP contributions is to include your approximate tax savings in your contributions. However, if you're young and living at home with few expenses, you should put away a much higher portion of your earnings - say 50% if possible!
So, in order to have approximately the same after-tax money as when you are using 10% of your gross income to pay down your debt or save outside of an RRSP, you will have to contribute about 15% of your earnings to your RRSP. You can then do what you want with any tax refund.
It's amazing how much money you'll have by the time you'll retire, if you start saving early and invest well! See our Save a Dollar a Day article.
Pay yourself first!
Nobody plans to fail - they just fail to plan!
Your financial plan should include the following steps:
Revised: September 15, 2021
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