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How much money should you have saved at each age?

Knowing where your savings should be at at any given age can be a challenge, especially once unexpected emergencies, student loans and mortgages are factored in.

But regardless of your personal situation, savings are paramount to a comfortable lifestyle and should be a priority for all Australians. 

Budgeting expert and Keep Calm Get Organised founder, Michelle Thompson-Laing, 32, recently put together a list of costs people should consider when putting together emergency savings as well as sharing a realistic formula to follow. 

Ms Thompson-Laing said that while the general rule is to have three to six months of expenses saved at all times, those who are saving nothing at the end of each week need to start small. 

Budgeting expert and Keep Calm Get Organised founder, Michelle Thompson-Laing, 32, recently put together a list of costs people should consider when putting together emergency savings and shared a realistic formula to follow

‘I want you to set a goal to save the excess of your car insurance or the cost of replacing an essential household appliance (like your washing machine),’ she said. 

‘It will probably be an amount of $500-1,000 and it may take a while. That is okay. The important thing is that you keep it saved. Don’t spend it on everyday expenses. Lock it away in an online account you can’t easily access.’

For those who have a small amount of savings but a decent income, Ms Thompson-Laing recommends taking a small challenge. 

‘Sit down and work out a super tight budget. I’m talking the minimum you can live on for a month or two,’ she said. 

So how much should you have saved at each decade if all goes well?

So how much should you have saved at each decade if all goes well?

How much should you have saved in your twenties?

Those in their twenties should try and save 10 per cent of their gross income each year and have three months of expenses saved as emergency savings. 

Source: The Automatic Millionaire 

‘Stick to that budget for six weeks, at least. It probably isn’t a budget that you can keep indefinitely but if you go hard for just six weeks you will build a nice little savings balance. 

‘You may also surprise yourself with how easily you can cut back. Once the six weeks is up, don’t go crazy, modify your budget and work out a realistic and consistent saving target and then stick to it.

‘Repeat this process every four to six months. After a year you should have at least a month worth of income saved plus you will have learnt some new habits to reduce your spending.’

So how much should you have saved at each decade if all goes well? 

How much should you have in emergency savings? 

Enough to cover a month of physiotherapy or a couple of specialist medical appointments if you got sick or injured

Enough to replace an essential household appliance if it broke suddenly

Enough to cover your car insurance excess

Enough to survive without being paid for a week 

Enough to cover your basic expenses (rent/mortgage/food for a month)

Enough to cover your basic expenses for 3 months

Enough to cover all general living costs for 3-6 months

What is the 3-6-9 rule? 

According to Citibank, people should practice this rule: 

3 months of take home pay if you’re renting, have a steady job and no children 

6 months of take home pay (for the highest earner) if you have a home loan and/or children at home 

9 months of take home pay if you are self-employed, or have irregular income

If in doubt, six months is a good benchmark to aim for. Even if life goes smoothly, you’ll appreciate the financial freedom and flexibility it provides

THIRTIES 

By 30, Fidelity experts suggest people should have their yearly income in savings (including superannuation) and according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, this is around $70,944

According to Business Insider Australia, those in their thirties should save 12.5 per cent of their gross income each year and have emergency savings to cover at least three to six months of expenses at all times. 

This means they should be saving an average of $8,800 per year during this decade in addition to emergency savings.

By 30, Fidelity experts suggest people should have their yearly income in savings (including superannuation) and according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics , this is around $70,944

By 30, Fidelity experts suggest people should have their yearly income in savings (including superannuation) and according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics , this is around $70,944

FORTIES 

By 40, people should have three times their income saved and with the average salary for Australians in their 40s around $71,136, savings should be sitting at $213,408 including super. 

They should also save 15 per cent of their gross income each year during this decade and have six to 12 months worth of expenses in emergency savings at all times. 

Therefore, Australians should be saving an average of $10,670 per year during this decade in addition to emergency savings.

By 40, people should have three times their income saved and with the average salary for Australians in their 40s around $71,136, savings should be sitting at $213,408 including super

By 40, people should have three times their income saved and with the average salary for Australians in their 40s around $71,136, savings should be sitting at $213,408 including super

FIFTIES 

For those in their mid 50s, the average Australian income drops to $63,432 so they are expected to have six times their salary – approximately $380,592 saved, including superannuation. 

They should be saving 20 per cent of their gross income each year ($12,686) and have 12 to 24 months of emergency savings in the bank at all times. 

If this above is followed, David Bach, the Automatic Millionaire, believes people can retire in their sixties with three to five years of expenses set aside in ‘highly safe investments’ and be able to ‘enjoy their free time’.   

He added that the best place to store emergency money is ‘in a money market or high-yield savings where it will be safe and liquid’.  

For those in their mid 50s, the average Australian income drops to $63,432 so they are expected to have six times their salary - approximately $380,592 saved, including superannuation

For those in their mid 50s, the average Australian income drops to $63,432 so they are expected to have six times their salary – approximately $380,592 saved, including superannuation



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