Best money moves in your 20s and 30s

When you're young, be aggressive about putting money into stocks, and cautious about how much you shell out for a home. You'll end up the richer for it. Here are seven ways to start out smart.

Create lifelong savings habits
The biggest advantage you have is time: Even small moves pay off, thanks to the power of compounding.

Start by saving at least enough to earn the match in your workplace retirement plan, then aim to save 12% to 15% of your income a year (including any match). To get there, adopt a savings mindset from day one.


By Amanda Gengler @Money - Last updated April 05 2012: 6:25 AM ET
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