Retirement – $7,026

When I started this blog I had $0 in retirement. My situation today:

$5812 – 401k (total vested amount)
618.83 – Discount Brokerage Roth IRA
595.93 – Betterment Roth IRA
Total: 7026.76

As much as I want to have the student loans paid off, I’m still not forgetting about this very important part of my life. In fact due to the power of compounding and long term effect on my quality of life this is almost as important as getting rid of Navient.

I used 4% because after taxes this is probably a more accurate estimate of how much I’ll have by the time I’m 65. The good thing is that next year assuming I stay at my current path my balance will essentially double. If I become more aggressive like I’m planning to after the student loan is out of the way I will be on target to have even more.

Retirement FV of money
Retirement FV of money

My long term goal is to have $1,500,000 set aside by the time I am age 65. By the time I hit 40 I want an income goal of $100k gross (almost 80% more than I earn annually today). I also plan to put $20k aside each year toward that goal. This year I plan to read a lot more about entrepreneurship and business in general. Since getting my MBA in 2008 I’ve been more lax than I care to admit. I have a taste for being financially independent. It just needs to be on my terms and no one else’s.

Less talk more doing. That’s my new mantra. Only actions will take me closer to my goal. Talk is cheap. 🙂

3 thoughts on “Retirement – $7,026

  1. Saving for retirement is SOOOO important. I’m 42 now, and wish I had started earlier. The time really does help it to grow, I can’t stress that enough. It might even be more important than paying off the student loan, although I can certainly understand the desire to do that. The way I look at it, the loan will be there for a while, but when you save for retirement, you are putting yourself first. And that’s so important. I like the new mantra!!

  2. I tried to comment on this earlier today but I switched apps on my phone and it wiped it out. I was looking at Dave Ramsey’s Investment Calculator (

    With my current starting balance of 7026, which I am adding an additional $370 to currently at a 6% rate of return it will be worth $541k in 34 years. If I bump that up to a whopping $500/mo it’ll be worth 713k

    370/mo – 541k
    500/mo – 713k
    1000/mo – 1.376M
    1600/mo (roughly half my current take home) for 34 years I’d have $2.1M at 6%.

    $2000/mo for 10 years at 6% average rate of return and never touch it for 34 years I’ll have 768k. It’s just fun to play around with the numbers. At the very least I plan to do the $1k a month, regardless of an apartment or house payment. 🙂

  3. I agree, it’s definitely fun to play with the numbers. I have a good friend who does it all the time – she’s got lots of loans like you and me, and is also saving for a house at the same time, and she lives in a super expensive city. Doesn’t it feel great to take control of your life???

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