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Old 06-10-2009, 08:25 AM   #1
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Average Saving Per Year???

Everyone said an average American do NOT save enough. I beg the difference in this forum. There ain't nothing average about the members in this forum.

So with that said, what is your Average Saving per Year??

1) Cash
2) Retirement (401k, IRA..)
3) Investment (meaning incomes goes into taxable account)
4) Kids education (429 plans...)

% Total saving vs. % Income Earned
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:34 AM   #2
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As a retiree, % Total saving vs. % Income Earned is either 0 or negative. Oh, well, C'est la vie.
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:39 AM   #3
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Yeah, we're pretty much done with saving too -- we're accidental savers now.
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:54 AM   #4
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1) Cash Huh? Cash?
2) Retirement (401k, IRA..) $50,200. S Corp individual 401k ($16,500 individual plus $18,000 company contribution). $10,000 ($5,000 apiece) Roth IRAs. $5,700 HSA account.
3) Investment (meaning incomes goes into taxable account) Probably $15,000 or so.
4) Kids education (429 plans...) No kids


So, roughly $65,000 in savings. Income earned is tougher since I'm paid as a consultant and run payroll through an S-Corp. Expected expenses this year are around $45,000 -- plus DW's classes for her Master's ($9,000). Anything over that total of $119,000 is probably for taxes of some sort.
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:06 AM   #5
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I'm retired so no planned savings. If my portfolio has a good year and earns more than I can spend then I guess you could call that savings, others might call it keeping up with inflation.
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:07 AM   #6
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Annual income 139k

Retirement saving (403b, 457, other) 45k
After tax saving 6k

%age saving = 51/139 =37%

If I include my mortgage principal payment of 31k the %age goes up to 59%
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:09 AM   #7
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Well, approx numbers

IRA - 6 + 5 = 11

401k - 20.5 K + 15.5 + 4% match say 1200k = 37

Taxable - Say 40 to 60 = 50

(529 are saved & done)
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:13 AM   #8
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Gross annual income this year is going to be about 120K. We'll save between 50K and 60K.
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:36 AM   #9
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DW & I are retired, our only real saving is she works a few hours now & then with local school and I put that amount into both her and my Roth so its kind of like a transfer from our pension/IRA to Roth, but not significant $. Younger son is starting third year of college so we are running down the education saving account.
Some times the portfolio goes up, sometimes it goes down.
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I play such silly games with money that it's hard to tell. To be expected of someone who tried to learn math by assigning faces and characters to the numbers and viewing each problem as an action in a story. Not good in grade school. or out.

I make money disappear from my sight: convert twenties to hundreds and they are out of play in the wallet. Bundle hundreds and squirrel them away and they don't count - except for special projects or dire need, like working on the '56 Chevy or a down payment.

I try to call savings only "new" money - interest doesn't count on money already saved or already loaned out. Appreciation on stock (Ha!) doesn't count. Only new rent money that is raked out of the rental account and invested or stuck in a savings account counts. Rent received as cash that goes direct to the cash pile doesn't count, except in Quicken and on the taxes. Screwed up system, but in keeping with my early childhood.

Given all that, it looks like we save about 40% of our taxable income according to my system, more according to any normal system.
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:54 AM   #11
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Everyone said an average American do NOT save enough. I beg the difference in this forum. There ain't nothing average about the members in this forum.

So with that said, what is your Average Saving per Year??

1) Cash
2) Retirement (401k, IRA..)
3) Investment (meaning incomes goes into taxable account)
4) Kids education (429 plans...)

% Total saving vs. % Income Earned
1) Cash - - see 3) below; nothing stuffed in the mattress
2) $22,000 to the TSP, $6,000 to my Roth IRA
3) $18,000 my taxable accounts include cash
4) No kids at home

If the average American does not save enough, that begs the question of exactly what is enough? I think that what I choose to save is enough, but would someone else? Do I even care?
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:54 AM   #12
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$41k PRE-TAX:
Pension (CalSTRS): 8%
403b: 12%
401k: 17%

$10k Roth IRA's (2)
$6k 529 Plan
$20k Investments
$10k Cash Accounts

Total Savings in 44% of income


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Only savings we make are to the 401k and ESPP which totals 21% of income. We live in a high cost area so by time we make those savings, add in taxes and rent 75% of our income is gone.
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:27 AM   #15
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Over the past 12 months:

Saved a total of $105K (49% of gross)
1) Cash: $0
2) 401K: $16K + 3K Match
3) Taxable: $86K
4) Kids education: $0K (no kids)
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Welcome to the forum! Please feel free to post an introductory post in the "Hi, I am..." subforum so that we can get to know you a little better.
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Old 06-10-2009, 11:53 AM   #17
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Income - $372K
Spending - $84.5K (exact number, I track to the penny, even cash spent)
Taxes - $85.4K (federal including self employment taxes)
Savings - $202.1K ($70K tax deferred, $2.5K 429 and $129.6K in taxable accounts).

This was a record year for us (my wife and I). We do not normally earn this much, so it was easy to save. Normal income is about $250K, and we typically spend 1/3, save 1/3 and give 1/3 to the government.
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401k ($16,500 individual plus $18,000 company contribution).
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Retired...so we're no longer saving money. I try to save on expenses...so does clipping coupons count?
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Retired...so we're no longer saving money. I try to save on expenses...so does clipping coupons count?
I "only" have been clippingn coupons since 1986........
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