I’m a 26-year-old professional with a 401(k), a Roth IRA, and a non- retirement account. I contribute enough to my 401(k) to get my employer’s match, and I try to max out my Roth IRA every year. But of those three accounts, where should my extra income be going? I’m not sure what’s best to focus on at this point in my career. Additionally, I work for a non-profit, so I only have an extra $5,000-$10,000 to play with.
Great job so far with your savings! If only everyone started out like you have. At 26 years old, if you are saving 10% of your own money (not counting employer match) in retirement accounts, I’d say that’s good enough for now. Think about your medium term financial goals (buy a house, car, puppy, vacation, engagement ring, start a business) and start saving and investing towards those in a taxable account. That way, you have investments you can access at any time, not just retirement.