Grant Cardone, the American multi-millionaire businessperson, is now 40. He says while he is wealthy at 40, he also is wiser. The CEO of large privately held business entities says that on looking back, his major failure in his 20s was in the area of money. Cardone did not know what to do with it and said that he wasted it on things that were of no benefit. Amongst his top vices; alcohol and drugs. He claims that the problem was so pervasive that at he was an addict at one time.

Well, Grant is not the only American with such regret. Data from Bankrate shows that the greatest regrets most U.S adults have is to do with personal financial impropriety. Most wish they had saved for their retirement earlier on in life. This regret is closely followed by another of the same nature. Failure to squirrel savings away for a rainy day.

Less worry about debt

The Bankrate report shows that over 56% of U.S adults admit to that, they neglected to save in their youth. A significant 27% of this group mentions insufficient retirement savings as their biggest failure. Additionally, 19% of the group has a lot of remorse about neglecting their rainy-day nest egg. The remaining 10 %’s sorrow has to do with their children’s education fund accounts that they failed to fund.

Surprisingly heaping on debt on themselves does not seem to be a source of guilt for most Americans. The nation is known as one of the most debt-ridden populations on earth. They, for instance, have a collective debt of $1.064 trillion as per the latest financial reports.

Apparently, each household an average plastic money debt of $8,339. The nation collectively owes itself even much more when it comes to student loan debt. The debt level has hit a catastrophic $1.53 trillion. The average grant per graduate now stands at $37,172.

The Bankrate data shows that it is only 10% of the population that regrets their plastic money debt. Another 8% wishes that could have made better education debt decisions. However, to get rid of these plundering debts, experts suggest consolidating small debts into a reasonable interest rate amount from a trustworthy lender which can be found at In that way, numerous people are getting relief and trying to build up their financial profile again.

Statistics on savings

Data by Northwestern Mutual’s 2018 Planning & Progress Study shows that over 21% have do not have a penny saved for their sunset years. The report furthers shows that one-third of them have less than $5,000 set up for their old age.

Every American not squirreling funds away for their old age losses a lot of money. A Roth IRA started at youth could be worth a small fortune at retirement at a simple 6% return rate. Shark Tanks Mr. Wonderful Kevin O’Leary says that one major mistake that youths make is taking a year off to travel. This wanderlust is a very widespread phenomenon.

Oleary says that such plans not only use up too many funds that could be put into investments or savings, but they tend to derail purpose. Millennials are more likely to take travel gap years, especially when they are in unsatisfying careers. Kevin says that it is better not to let travel derail your future financial freedom.

Low rainy-day accounts

Financial advisors say that upon retirement age, you should have at least 80% of your living expenses saved up. Today, employers’ pension are almost nonexistent, and what is left to cater to retirees is savings and social security benefits.

The culture of savings, therefore, is critical, now that life expectancies have also increased. Many octogenarians are living for up to three decades or more past retirement. The standards of living, however, keep rising, which is why every millennial need to prepare for the retirement eventuality early.

When it comes to rainy day accounts, most do not have much a cushion should they find themselves in an unexpected financial disaster. A study from Bankrate shows that it only 29% of American households that have six months’ worth of living expenses in their emergency accounts.

Another 18% only have funds that can only cover about three to five months of their day to day needs. One in four households has nothing at all to fall back on. More reports reveal that perchance a $1,000 emergency were to arise, it is only 40% of the population that would have enough to meet it without getting credit.

What is the remedy?

They say that hindsight is 20/20. If you are regretting the wasted years, you can use the wisdom gained and start to prepare for retirement. If you are not old enough to have such regrets, you can begin to put measures in place that will reduce the chances of such an occurrence. Below are some steps anyone can take to avoid disappointments over a lack of savings in the future.

Build that nest egg early

Time will never be on your side, and there will never be a better day to start saving than this day. The longer it takes you to get started, the harder it will be to have much squirreled away by the time you get to your retirement age.

The advantages of early savings come from compounding. With compound interest, any account regularly fed with deposits from your 20s to your 60s even with the most modest of deposits will be of great assistance to you in the future.

To have enough money to save each month, you will have to make adequate lifestyle changes. Cut back on the transportation or rent costs. The amount saved can go towards your savings. Work harder too while you still have the energy for it. Grant Cardone says while everyone else in their 20s is sleeping in, you should be up at dawn, taking advantage of each hour of the day. Do not allow yourself to feel content.

Build your rainy account

Most of the financial advice millennials get is about the benefits of paying off debt. While there are virtues to it, it should not be the sole focus of your finances. Building a rainy-day fund is more crucial because without out you will be derailed if you hit a bump on the road. This will drive you deeper into financial debt because you will need to borrow high-interest debt to get through.

It is advisable, therefore, to have at least six months of your daily living costs saved away. Do not mix your savings with your rainy-day fund either. Separate the two accounts also from your checking account to ensure that the amounts do not become a temptation for spenders.

Use your emergency savings on unexpected costly events such as medical emergencies, loss of jobs, or expensive vehicle or home repairs only. To save, you will need to live modestly and perhaps get a side job so that you can have enough left over for debt repayments and for savings.

Build your children’s education fund while they are young

Excessive student loan debt will cripple your children’s financial future, so if you can alleviate part of this burden, you will enable them to start off their adult lives in a healthier way. Do not wait until they are mature to sock away that fund.

You only have 18 years to accumulate enough to see them through college. Data shows that public college tuition now averages $25,290 while that of private run college is over $50,900. With the levels of inflation rising by the day you will need to save early to have enough in your education account by the time they are ready to leave the nest. If possible sock up those funds in a 529 plan so that it can mature tax-free.

The final word

Time is your ally only if you are saving. Work on that 401(k) while young and fund your IRA. Lower your living expenses and trim that grocery bill. Eliminate your debt as early as possible and invest too for the future. Do some extra work on the side and earn more for your savings. You do not want to nurture regrets in your old age. Seize the moment while there is still time.

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