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How Will Investing in My 401(k) Affect My Take Home Pay?

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Question: How Will Investing in My 401(k) Affect My Take Home Pay?

 

Many people are hesitant to begin investing in their 401(k) plans because they are worried about how it will affect their take home pay. You should invest up to your employer's match even if you are focused on getting out of debt or saving for a house. This is money that you are simply passing up that can greatly affect your future.

 

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It is important to realize that contributions that are made to a traditional 401(k) are made on a pretax basis. That means that your taxable income is lowered, and so the amount of taxes you pay are lowered. So you pay less taxes, and your take home pay will not be affected by the same amount you contribute. It may decrease slightly, but not by much.

Some companies have stopped offering an employer match, but it is still important to continue to contribute to your 401(k). Five percent is a good starting point if you are not receiving an employer match. This begins your retirement savings, and then you can use the rest of your money to get out of debt. Once you have done this, you should increase your retirement savings to fifteen percent of your income. The money you contribute now will grow exponentially over the years, and it is important not to waste this extra time you have to grow your retirement savings.

If you have the option of a Roth 401(k), your contributions will directly affect your take home pay. This is because the contributions are made with after tax dollars. The biggest advantage to the Roth 401(k) is that the earnings are not taxable. This can end up saving you a lot in taxes once you have hit retirement. You should consider taking advantage of a Roth 401(k), if your company gives you this option. You will need to adjust your budget accordingly.

If your company does not offer a 401(k) plan or if you have to wait for a year to begin participating, you should still be saving for retirement. You can do this by setting up a Roth IRA account through a brokerage firm or a bank. The money should be invested in mutual funds, and you can sign up for a company who will accept monthly contributions without a fee. This will get you started saving for retirement right away.

Remember that investing for retirement is one of your top priorities. It is essential so that you can make it in the future. Careful planning and steady contributions will help you to be able to retire comfortably. You should regularly invest in retirement,, even if it means that you have to scrimp a little bit more at home then you did before you started contributing to retirement. The sacrifices you make now will prevent you from making difficult decisions once you retire. You may want to consider other investments if you max out your allowable 401(k) contributions.

 

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