ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — According to the CDC, the average age to have your first child is 26. But the average age to get married is 27 for women and 29 for men. The twenties are also the age many people graduate college and start careers. While a lot of great things happen, some bad practices can take root.
Your twenties are a time of new jobs, relationships, and changes you didn’t expect. Experts say it is never too early to get serious about your finances. Do not postpone saving for retirement and building an emergency fund. Make paying off debt and student loans a priority, and bring your lunch to work. If you spend an average of six dollars on lunch, that adds up to one-thousand-five-hundred dollars a year. One professor from Penn state advises 20-somethings to learn to cook. Not only does it save money, it usually results in fresher, healthier meals. The c-d-c says that a disproportionate amount of the weight we gain in life happens in our twenties.
“We are eating out a lot more, a lot more processed stuff, a lot of reach for the freezer and in the oven.” Kanthi Yalamanchili, MD, FROM Baylor Scott & White Grapevine said.
Weigh yourself often; if you notice an increase, it is easier to lose five pounds now than 20 pounds later. An article in the New York Times lists advice from experts for people in their twenties: cut back on sugar, live an active lifestyle, eat your vegetables, find a job you love, and adopt an exercise routine to burn those extra calories from late night food and drinks.
If you saved 50 bucks a month in cash for 30 years, you would end up with 18,000 dollars. But if you invested it and earned just five percent, you would end up with almost 40,000 dollars. If you earned eight percent, it would be 68,000 dollars.
Contributors to this news report include: Hayley Hudson, Producer; Jamison Koczan, Videographer and Editor.
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