Smart Money Podcast: Save for a Dream Retirement

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Welcome to BaghdadTime’s Sensible Cash podcast, the place we normally reply your real-world cash questions.

However on this episode, we proceed our sequence on monetary desires, with conversations with Nerds who’ve completed their monetary desires and interviews with outdoors company about what they need to do with their cash in 2022.

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Our take

Whereas it may be troublesome to foretell precisely how a lot you’ll want in your later years, you will get a tough estimate. Begin by realizing your present month-to-month bills. Then multiply that by 12 to get how a lot you want a yr. That provides you an thought of how a lot you’ll want to save lots of for every year of your retirement. To avoid wasting that a lot, many monetary advisors advocate saving between 10% to fifteen% of your earnings for retirement.

Additionally, look into the varied retirement accounts out there. For those who’re self-employed, you could have some distinctive choices, just like the SEP IRA and the SIMPLE IRA. And in case you are a W-2 employee who has a 401(okay) out of your employer, you may additionally need to look into opening a Roth IRA, which might present a tax-free pot of cash in retirement.

Our ideas

  • Know what you need out of your cash. Record your targets and make a plan of assault.

  • Prioritize retirement, whilst you pursue different monetary desires. You possibly can’t get again misplaced alternatives to save lots of.

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  • Think about having a number of retirement accounts to assist diversify your tax obligations in retirement.

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Episode transcript

Liz Weston: Welcome to the BaghdadTime’s Sensible Cash Podcast, the place we, normally, reply your private finance questions and show you how to really feel a bit of smarter about what you do along with your cash. I am Liz Weston.

Sean Pyles: And I am Sean Pyles. To ship the Nerds your cash questions, name or textual content us on the Nerd hotline by calling 901-730-6373, that is 901-730-NERD. Or e mail your inquiries to [email protected]. Additionally, be sure you subscribe to get new episodes delivered to your gadgets each Monday — and infrequently on Thursdays. And in the event you like what you hear, depart us a assessment and inform a good friend.

Liz: This week, we’re persevering with our sequence of episodes about monetary desires, the place we speak with Nerds who’ve completed their monetary targets and interview a number of particular company about what they do with their cash. And since we’re BaghdadTime, we’ll additionally focus on the steps that you would be able to take to perform your personal monetary desires, no matter they’re.

Sean: This time round, we’re speaking with private finance YouTuber Marissa Lyda about her ardour for budgeting, motherhood and her monetary desires for 2022. So, hey, Marissa, welcome to the Sensible Cash Podcast.

Marissa Lyda: Hey, guys, thanks a lot for having me on. I am so excited to speak with you at the moment.

Sean: It is nice to have you ever. Are you able to begin by speaking with us about how you bought excited by private finance and began making YouTube movies?

Marissa: About six and a half years in the past, my husband, Jacob, and I bought married and we bought married actually younger, proper out of school. We had entry-level jobs in enterprise, however we went to a non-public faculty and we ended up with a mixed $80,000 of pupil mortgage debt. Once we bought married —

Marissa: It was quite a bit. And I like that you just guys are speaking about desires as a result of once we bought married, we had all these desires for our future. We wished to have the ability to have a household and be householders sometime. And we simply knew that we could not do all of this stuff with having a lot pupil mortgage debt. We then bought began on making an attempt to pay it off as quickly as potential. And that is when I discovered this ardour for budgeting and realizing that setting a plan for our funds each month enabled us to see how a lot we might put to our debt every month. After which we have been capable of ultimately repay that debt in two and a half years, after numerous work and sacrifice there.

Marissa: Undoubtedly. However that basically bought us began on our private finance journey and bought us excited by budgeting. I truly then began simply sharing a bit of little bit of our journey with buddies, or I would make a put up on Fb or one thing: “We simply paid off one other pupil mortgage.” And other people started messaging me, buddies from school who additionally had pupil mortgage debt, have been messaging me, “What are you doing? How are you paying off this debt?” So I simply had this thought, I used to be like, “Possibly there’s different individuals on the market who would have an interest on this as properly.”

It undoubtedly began out as a interest and I began making some YouTube movies simply with my iPhone. And I might document a pair issues about budgeting and paying off debt, and began importing that to my YouTube channel. And it is actually simply grown ever since. And so now, I’ve over 55,000 subscribers and put up weekly movies on my channel about budgeting. Gear has been upgraded as time has gone on, I am now not filming on my iPhone anymore. And it is simply been actually cool to see the neighborhood develop of people who find themselves excited by budgeting and need to higher their private funds.

Sean: And also you do that as a full-time job now, proper?

Marissa: I do. Sure, I do. So I had my son in Could 2020. And earlier than that, I used to be working full-time in accounting, however as soon as I had my son, I used to be like, “Possibly I can do that full-time,” as a result of it was offering some kind of part-time earnings. And once I had my son, I used to be like, “I would love to have the ability to keep dwelling with him and see if I could make this work.” And I’m excited to say that it has simply continued to develop since then and it does present a full-time earnings, which I am actually grateful for. So you’ll find me doing YouTube at night time and through nap time whereas my son is asleep. It has been actually good. I really feel like I get to essentially take pleasure in the perfect of each worlds with that.

Liz: And we skipped one of many milestones, which is you guys purchased a home as properly.

Marissa: Sure, that we did. Yeah, we ultimately did purchase a home. We purchased our home in September 2019 after paying off all of our debt and saving for an emergency fund and a down cost, and all these issues. I really feel like we purchased our home on the proper time, proper earlier than the pandemic and every little thing, so it labored out

Sean: You are primarily based within the Portland, Oregon, space, proper?

Sean: So my accomplice purchased a home in Portland. And so I used my time between right here in Portland, Oregon, the place I’m filming proper now and recording a podcast proper now, and I’ve my very own place in coastal Washington. So we’re form of backwards and forwards and I perceive how vital it’s to get into the market when you’ll be able to as a result of it is so very aggressive up right here.

Marissa: Undoubtedly. Undoubtedly. That is cool. Pacific Northwest representing.

Sean: Yeah. Yeah. I find it irresistible. It is a very cloudy day on the market proper now as I am positive you are experiencing.

Sean: Very cool. Effectively, I need to speak about your monetary desires for 2022. What are you hoping to do that yr?

Marissa: I really feel like our greatest desires and targets that we’ve got for 2022 are principally investing-related. As a result of we’ve got completed these targets, we’re simply now actually targeted on investing and need to see if we are able to proceed that objective or perhaps stretch it, perhaps make investments a bit of bit greater than we did final yr. In order that, I feel, is our massive objective for 2022, in addition to another enjoyable issues that we’ve got scheduled. Like we might love to have the ability to take our household trip in 2022 as properly, which is one other factor that goes in with funds.

Sean: If you say investing, do you imply having a brokerage account or are you pondering extra retirement financial savings?

Marissa: We’re undoubtedly wanting extra at simply retirement financial savings proper now, wanting extra for long-term.

Liz: What do you visualize whenever you’re interested by retirement? Is that this one thing a good distance off? Do you guys need to retire early? How are you interested by the timeline right here?

Marissa: The idea of economic independence and early retirement — however we additionally simply actually take pleasure in our jobs and the work that we do. And we might love to have the ability to preserve residing that life-style that we benefit from the work that we do and we aren’t simply counting down the times till retirement. I undoubtedly would like to get to the purpose the place we are able to make work elective. And perhaps by early 50s, if that might be an possibility, or then pursue extra ardour tasks and issues that would not be as obligatory for bigger earnings at the moment in our lives.

Sean: It looks as if you are perhaps not hoping to have that lifetime of austerity you had whenever you have been first paying off your pupil loans. It is a totally different strategy to saving for retirement.

Liz: Though, even with the austerity, I observed you guys took some good holidays.

Marissa: We did as soon as we have been debt-free. We now have been capable of go a number of locations. We have been to Hawaii a pair occasions — Pacific Northwest, all of us trip to Hawaii, that is the place to go. So we’ve got been to Hawaii a number of occasions since turning into debt-free. We truly took a Caribbean cruise proper after we paid off all of our debt and even Disneyland, we’re massive followers of Disneyland as properly. So these are some enjoyable holidays that we undoubtedly worth and have been doing extra of since we’ve got been debt-free, which has been enjoyable.

Sean: How are you guys at present saving for retirement? What varieties of accounts do you could have and the way are you interested by contributions?

Marissa: So we, for the time being, are at present engaged on maxing out two Roth IRAs every year, so one for myself and one for my husband, Jacob. We began maxing that out in 2020 — that was the primary yr that we have been capable of max this out. And so now, that is simply an annual objective is to proceed to max out one for every of us. After which my husband has an employer and so he has a 401(okay) by way of his employer that he contributes to as properly. So these are our strategies of retirement financial savings proper now.

Sean: Maxing out your accounts is an unbelievable objective. And typically, numerous retirement specialists will advocate placing 10 to fifteen% of your earnings into retirement accounts.

Marissa: I like that steerage.

Liz: Does your husband have a match together with his 401(okay)?

Marissa: He does. They match, I feel, it is as much as 5%.

Liz: Good. And he is getting that?

Marissa: Undoubtedly. Yep. At all times taken benefit of that match for positive.

Liz: Superb. I assumed because you had an accounting background, you’ll’ve picked up that you do not need to depart free cash on the desk.

Marissa: Oh, undoubtedly. And truly, even once we have been engaged on paying off our pupil mortgage debt, our employer on the time matched 4%. And so we nonetheless put in that quantity to get the match, as a result of taking a look at that as a part of our advantages bundle, we did not need to depart that cash on the desk. We undoubtedly nonetheless did save for retirement throughout these years. And at this level, I am actually grateful that we did begin that even whereas we have been paying off debt.

Liz: Now, lots of people put all of it off for too lengthy pondering, “Oh, it’s going to be simpler later once I earn more money.” It is actually good to get began whenever you guys did, which is mainly straight away and do it it doesn’t matter what. Now, how are you interested by school and paying in your kid’s school schooling?

Marissa: We now have began a 529 for our son and we’ve got automated contribution arrange for that, that we put $200 a month into his 529. And we began {that a} couple months after he was born. As quickly as we bought his Social Safety quantity, we opened up that 529 as a result of we need to begin as quickly as potential realizing that point and compound curiosity is on our facet there. So we simply have that as a behavior and simply one thing that will get mechanically deducted out of our account to go to his 529 every month.

Liz: Now, what are you doing by way of self-employment earnings and retirement? Are you making the most of any of these choices?

Marissa: Presently, I am not. And that’s one thing that I might like to be taught extra about in 2022. And particularly, once we come round to tax time, I would love to talk with our CPA [certified public accountant], too, and see if there’s every other issues that I can make the most of as being self-employed.

Sean: Yeah, there are numerous issues you are able to do. The solo 401(okay) is likely to be an excellent possibility as a result of you haven’t any workers in your personal enterprise, you are simply the only worker mainly, however there are additionally SEP IRAs and SIMPLE IRAs to look into as properly.

Liz: I feel the SEP might be the best one to do and it is one that you would be able to contribute to after the tip of the yr. We do that yearly. My husband and I’ve a enterprise and we simply have a look at what the online earnings is and slicing off that chunk for the SEP reduces the earnings we’ve got to pay taxes on and places extra in our retirement funds. So you’ve got in all probability heard of them, it is a fairly simple option to get some extra money into your retirement.

I like the very fact, although, that you just’re doing each the Roth and the pretax, as a result of whenever you get to retirement, it is good to have the ability to pull from totally different buckets in order that not every little thing that you’re pulling out of your retirement is taxable. And it isn’t one thing that folks take into consideration numerous occasions, they’re making an attempt to max out and put as a lot away to allow them to scale back their taxable invoice now, however it’s very nice to have that possibility in retirement.

Sean: I really feel like tax diversification is one thing that folks hear after which their brains simply flip off as a result of it sounds so jargony.

Sean: However it’s shockingly easy and it’ll assist you numerous whenever you’re in retirement. All proper. Effectively, now, I need to hear about your trip plans. Do you could have any ideas round the place you need to go this yr?

Marissa: We now have one factor deliberate already, and that’s to go to Disneyland. Like I stated, we’re massive followers of Disney. And with the pandemic, we have not been in so lengthy. We’re excited to go once more and in addition take our son for the primary time. He’ll be across the age of two once we’re planning to go.

Sean: How do you strategy paying for a trip? Are you guys factors hounds or do you could have a delegated financial savings account? What do you guys usually do?

Marissa: Form of a mixture of all of that. I like utilizing totally different bank cards for journey advantages. So one which we’ve got is with Alaska Airways. I like that you just get an annual companion fare, which has been so useful for us with touring. We plan to make use of that for our flight to go to LA. After which I even have a Hilton bank card with factors there, so we love to make use of factors with that for reserving resorts. My husband and I not too long ago went on a visit to Dallas and it was, mainly, virtually all paid for with our Alaska miles and our Hilton factors. We love making the most of that.

However then there are additionally further prices related to trip. We plan to spend cash on, clearly, meals and leisure, Disneyland tickets and every little thing. So we truly like to put aside cash each month in our funds, in a sinking fund, for trip. We have been setting apart cash there and planning to have all of that able to go by the point we go on our journey to Disneyland.

Liz: Marissa makes use of the time period “sinking fund” the way in which we use “financial savings buckets.” It is mainly labeling an account for a selected objective in order that you already know to not faucet into it for different issues, proper?

Sean: And do you could have automated deposits of a sure proportion of your earnings into these accounts or do you allocate it month-to-month and make transfers?

Marissa: I do not. I simply allocate it month-to-month. And I do know everybody does this in a different way and I do know some individuals who like to have a selected financial savings account for every factor they’re saving for, however I personally simply use my funds spreadsheet and I can see how a lot I’ve in every fund. After which I simply take the whole of every of these and simply have it in a single checking account. And that is what appears to work simpler for me, however I am all about “do no matter works greatest for you.” Private finance is private, proper?

Sean: Nice instance of how totally different people who find themselves actually into private finance can strategy the identical factor in very other ways, however get virtually the identical consequence.

Liz: And the wonderful thing about having a bit of one, the one who’s your age, is that you would be able to go anytime. You possibly can go to Disneyland within the low season when the resorts are cheaper, when the flights are cheaper. You are not making an attempt to go throughout faculty holidays with all people else on the planet. So make the most of this time and journey as a lot as you’ll be able to.

Marissa: Undoubtedly. I consider that always. It undoubtedly offers a bit extra flexibility versus I do know what it’s going to be like in a number of years when he is truly at school.

Liz: Sooner or later, we should always do a complete podcast about methods to do Disney, as a result of there are some nice tips on how to economize and there is some YouTubers on the market which might be doing an excellent job of planning it out, however it has modified quite a bit for the reason that pandemic. So the final time you have been at Disney was when?

Marissa: We went for Christmastime at Disney in 2018, which was certainly one of my bucket listing issues. I at all times dreamed of going to Disney for Christmas and it was superb. It was essentially the most magical factor. So, subsequently, sure, it has been some time, however Christmas 2018.

Liz: And the cool factor is the Christmas season lasts fairly some time. It goes from early November till early January, so you do not essentially need to go proper round Christmas when it tends to be a bit of bit insane. The opposite factor is, now that they are doing the reservation system, it’s much less insane. You do not spend three hours ready for a trip, despite the fact that FastPass is gone … and now, I am actually entering into the small print.

Sean: I do know. I used to be simply going to say, for many who do not know —

Sean: Liz lives in LA and has an annual go. And so she is a Disney professional.

Liz: Oh, yeah. Some individuals are not Disney individuals in any respect, it should completely flip them off, however in case you are, realizing methods to form of work the system is actually vital.

Sean: Effectively, that appears like a lot enjoyable. Do you could have every other issues in retailer for 2022 that you are looking ahead to?

Marissa: With having a small youngster, we form of simply roll with no matter’s occurring for the yr. So we’re simply excited to have a contemporary begin for a brand new yr and proceed on with our investing targets, and see the place the yr takes us.

Sean: Nice. It sounds such as you guys have numerous thrilling issues in retailer. Effectively, I feel that about covers it. Thanks a lot for speaking with us, Marissa.

Marissa: After all. Thanks guys for having me on at the moment. It was actually enjoyable attending to chit-chat about cash and this new yr.

Sean: I do know, completely nerd out about it. Now, let’s get to our takeaway ideas. First up, know what you need out of your cash. Record your targets and make a plan of assault.

Liz: Subsequent, prioritize retirement whilst you pursue different monetary desires. You possibly can’t get again misplaced alternatives to save lots of.

Sean: Lastly, save for holidays and different enjoyable stuff upfront. Arrange a devoted financial savings account or a sinking fund so you’ll be able to take pleasure in your break day with out worrying about debt.

And that’s all we’ve got for this episode. If you need your cash questions answered on a future episode, flip to the Nerds and name or textual content us your questions at 901-730-6373. That is 901-730-N-E-R-D. You may also e mail us at [email protected] and go to for more information on this episode. And bear in mind to subscribe, charge and assessment us wherever you are getting this podcast.

Liz: And this is our transient disclaimer thoughtfully crafted by BaghdadTime’s authorized group. Your questions are answered by educated and gifted finance writers, however we aren’t monetary or funding advisors. This nerdy information is offered for common instructional and leisure functions, and will not apply to your particular circumstances.

Sean: And with that stated, till subsequent time, flip to the Nerds.

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