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I know what you are probably thinking, "I'm way too young to start saving for retirement." You're college students with your whole lives ahead of you, why start thinking about something so far down the road now? Well, the truth of the matter is that right now, time is on your side. It doesn't matter how much you put away, it could be as simple as five dollars a month. No matter how much it is, getting an early start on saving for retirement can only benefit you in the end.
 
  • Starting Early
    Obviously, the earlier you start saving, the more money you will be able to save. Starting early with a retirement savings will help you through those rough patches where you really can't afford to save, job changes, and spares you the fear and stress of having to scramble to start saving when you're getting closer to nearing retirement.

  • Compound Interest
    If you are saving your money in an account that gives you compound interest, you will have plenty of time to actually receive the benefits compound interest can offer.

  • Starting Good Habits
    Beginning to save for retirement now can help you develop beneficial saving habits that you can carry with you throughout your life. Learning these habits now can help you avoid financial trouble in the future.
  • Preparation
    If you start saving now, you'll already know what you need to do to continue to save for retirement once your graduate school and begin working. Not only are you saving, but you're learning at the same time.
  • Developing Good Credit
    Using credit cards may not seem like a way to save for retirement but in the long run, it does impact an individual's ability to contribute to a retirement account and/or to take other steps toward a financially secured retirement. If you have credit cards, use them wisely and make sure you make all payment on time and you will be helping yourself save for retirement.

None of us want to think about retirement right now. We're busy being students and trying to get our lives started, retirement is just a far-off idea. Even so, whether we want to think about it or not, there will come a day where we are ready to retire and it's important to make sure you are prepared. All it takes is a little bit of saving now, and you could really help yourself out in the long run. Thinking about and planning for the future is always a good skill to have. So, begin saving now so when the time comes to head off to your cozy condo somewhere in Florida, you'll have the money to be able to have a relaxing and comfortable retirement.