Saving for retirement is the new Rock & Roll….sike I actually don’t really know anyone else (my age) that is saving for the days ahead, but I know a lot of people who wear skinny jeans, drink starbucks, and drive toyota priuses (prii?, how the heck do you pluarlize prius!). Not to say these are necessarily bad things, except maybe men in skinny jeans, but they are all trendy.
It’s darn near impossible to convince a young person to put their money away. Delay of gratification is a fleeting concept in my generation. Who wants a million dollars at age 60 if ya have to sacrifice not buying the newest iPod touch today? What is it about saving for retirement that isn’t sexy?
I’m sitting here running through a list of my employed friends and I know of three that contribute to retirement. THREE! That’s craziness. I want to slap some of them and say “Do you know how much that new purse is really costing you” (not that I would ever slap a woman). The “I’ll just wait until I have more money” approach isn’t going to work. Ya gotta buckle down now, commit to saving at least 5%, more like 10-15%, before you spend one dime.
We live in a society where pop-culture tells us how to act, how to dress, and what to do. For this purpose,I have solicited a few celebrity endorsements, in hopes that they can influence my generation to start saving for retirement. Check em out….
To all you like minded 20-something bloggers, please do me a favor and share this with some of your “less informed” friends. Who knows, if Lauren from The Hills says save for retirement, we just might have a shot. Any freaks out there that everyone they know is thoughtfully saving for the future, or are you like me and one in a million?
p.s.I apologize to any skinny jeans wearers that I offended today