PaydayNow: You may begin saving for your retirement in 2022 with these three simple steps.

No matter how hard you work today, you won’t be able to pay for your retirement independently. Even with the current financial crisis, Social Security may only be able to replace around 40% of the typical worker’s previous wage in the future.

However, saving money for the future might be a challenge. While college debts and other expenditures may seem far off in the future, it’s important to remember that retirement is within reach. When it comes to starting an investment plan, you may assume you need a lot of money. Consolidating your debts could be an excellent strategy to increase the chance of saving. Sign up for to explore all the options that are available to you.

Employees under 50 may make an extra $6,500 in “catch-up” contributions in 2022, thanks to an increase in the IRS’s 401(k) contribution cap. However, you don’t have to be a great saver to profit from this opportunity.

It’s okay to take baby steps. According to Dave Totah, an investment advisor with Exencial Wealth Advisors in Texas, there is nothing more important than making money a habit.

Get started with these three simple methods.

Prioritize your own needs first.

By automating your retirement account contributions, set yourself up for long-term financial success. As a result, every time you get a paycheck, you may set a specific amount straight into your retirement savings account rather than your checking account.

Instead of trying to conserve the leftover money at the end of the month, Totah advises that you adopt a different strategy. “Make a budget and stick to it,” he suggests. More than half of all Americans now live paycheck to paycheck, so putting your funds in a jar and hoping for the best might leave you with nothing.

Aim for the Company’s Match

Employee contributions to their company’s retirement plan are often matched by their employers, but only to a certain extent. Most employers using Vanguard’s platform provide a match, with an average of $0.50 for every dollar matched on the first 6% of salary.

To earn the business match, financial gurus urge that you contribute at least enough to your 401(k) to get the free money. Don’t allow a lack of funds to keep you from getting started. According to Kristen Carlisle, general manager of Betterment for Business, “Even if you can just donate 1 percent or 2 percent, do it.” When you earn a raise, you may automatically increase your contribution rate. Alternatively, you can set your contribution rate to rise at a certain point each year.

Investigate Options Other Than the 401 (k)

Individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) may be opened independently of your employer, in contrast to 401(k)s. For freelancers, gig workers, and in-between employment, they’re an actual savings vehicle. Furthermore, Roth IRAs are an excellent option for newlyweds just starting in the financial world. 

A Roth Individual Retirement Account is financed with post-tax monies, unlike a regular Individual Retirement Account (IRA) funded pre-tax. When you’re young, and at a lower tax rate than you’ll be as you grow in your profession, you pay your taxes upfront. In retirement, you may withdraw your Roth IRA money tax-free. Workers under the age of 50 may make IRA contributions of $6,000 in 2022, while those under the age of 50 can make $7,000.

With an HSA, you may put money aside for future medical expenditures, whether you’re working or not. Withdrawals may be made tax-free if they’re used for eligible medical spending. They are non-expiring if you use them for qualified health and dental costs. You must have a high-deductible health insurance plan to contribute to an HSA.

If you have access to a 401(k) via your employer, you may also contribute to an IRA or HSA.

Melissa R. Brumfield