Enroll in your employer's 401k retirement plan, then follow the rules and contribute enough to earn your employer's maximum matching 401k contribution. It's free money for your 401k retirement plan!
Before your 401k retirement plan earns the first dollar of interest, you've already had a 100% growth if your employer matches your 401k retirement contributions dollar-for-dollar. Even if the match is only 50 cents on the dollar, that's still an instant 50% growth, GUARANTEED! You can't get that kind of growth anywhere else!
Bottom line if you are 50 now, you could have an extra $50,000 of free money in your 401k retirement plan when you retire. But, if you don't enroll, you'll throw away as much as $130,000 of free money maybe more depending on your age today.
Assumptions and Rules:
Your employer will match your 401k retirement plan contributions up to 3% of your before-tax earnings.
You will earn $45,000 this year and get paid twice a month.
This year, your 401k retirement plan contribution limits will be $1,350 before taxes (3% of $45,000).
20% of your earnings are withheld for taxes (this means the actual reduction in your take-home pay is only $1,080 just $2.96 a day!)
You will receive a 3% raise every year.
You will retire at age 67.
Your 401k retirement plan assets will grow 6.5% every year, not counting new contributions.
Results (your contributions plus your employer's contributions):
|Total Plan Value at Retirement (age 67)
your out-of-pocket cost = $2.96 a day!
|100% Match||50% Match|