What happens if you put off saving long enough?
I came across the following old newspaper clipping the other day. It puts flesh and bones on the story of what happens to those who fail to save. (Without wishing to sound hard hearted, if you can afford a starbucks coffee several times a week, you can afford to establish a savings account, or maybe I should say, you can't afford not to save.)
The room is damp and decaying, filled with memories. "I'm in this room six years, now the rent is up to $85.00. I'm worried it might increase to $100.00, and then I don't know what I'll do. How do I pay that out of $147.00 a month?
She suffers more financial hardship than thousands of retirees in the Miami area, but unbelievably, she is better off than thousands more.
She was born in Nashville, Tennessee and worked as a Practical Nurse until illness made her stop. . . . Her total possessions after 79 years on this earth, are a single bed, a dresser, a couple of small tables, two lamps and a fan. She also has a few clothes, a small television, two pictures, a clock, some books and vases of artificial flowers.
She says she not unhappy, and "I am not afraid to die. Sometimes I wonder . . . why can't I go, but wanting to die is a sin, and I ask God to forgive me."
If you procrastinate long enough . . .
There will never be a better time than now to start a savings plan. Ideally, you should set aside 10% of what you earn, but if your circumstance don't allow for that set what ever change you have at the end of the day aside in a jar.
I'll admit that I am biased towards saving with gold, and I don't trust bankers, but almost any savings plan will produce a better end result than not saving at all.
Nine out of ten Americans who enter the workforce at age 18 will be either dead or dead broke at 65.*
Why be like everybody else?
*Leaving the dead out of the calculation:
Using 2013 poverty data, approximately one-third of seniors were within 200% of the poverty line, with 10% below the poverty line straightaway. Using SPM, those numbers shift to 45% and 15% respectively. Both the SPM and traditional numbers get grimmer with age, with 36% of seniors aged 65-69, 45% of those 70-79, and 57% of those age 80 or greater registering at or below 200% of the poverty line.