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y grandfather always said
to me, "A penny saved is a
penny earned:' I heard these
words but never comprehended their
true significance. I remember saying to
myself, "So what good will it do me if I
save 25 cents here and there?"
Recently, it dawned on me that the
expression really contemplates the
maxim that your earnings are not
dependent on your spending habits. This
means whatever you don't spend ulti-
mately accumulates long-term toward
retirement savings. For instance, if you
elected to forego one $6,000 vacation
each year (rather than taking two) for
20 years with accumulated interest
compounding on $500 per month at 8
percent, you'd have $294,510.
When you're in elementary school,
you can't fathom issues and tribula-
tions that will unfold once
you step into the real world.
When events such as the
Boston Marathon bombings
or the Kennedy assassinations
occur, children observe the
process but are not able to
comprehend or feel the emo-
tional trauma. In high school,
you really don't understand
the career-related decisions
you will be required to make
during your college years;
and when you exit college
you don't realize what lies ahead in the
realm of full-time employment, mar-
riage and raising your own family.
It doesn't stop there. In your 30s,
you have a certain perspective on life,
family and friends — which changes as
you enter your 40s — and then again
in your 50s, and again and again with
each rung. During the 30s and 40s, the
focus is on funding the current expens-
es that begin with nursery school,
dance classes, soccer and baseball, and
summer camp and steadily climb to
funding transportation and then college
For many of us, the task of saving for
retirement is sacrificed because of the
current financial pressures at this stage.
If you're like me, in this era you had
long ago dismissed that "penny saved,
penny earned" notion, thinking that
today's world doesn't revolve around
When we reach our 50s — a breath
of fresh air comes as the nest empties.
(These days, however, that nest seems
to repopulate itself as kids seem to "go
and come" rather than "come and go!")
Finally, there is an opportunity to stash
funds toward retirement. As the 50s
mature, we are also faced with address-
ing our parents' needs as their age over-
takes their mobility and acuity levels.
We are thrust into uncharted waters
and forced to make decisions
that sometimes are in opposi-
tion to our parents' expressed
wishes. Here, we often gain
greater insight into our par-
ents' financial status, which,
as I often comment, can
reveal a situation where their
Social Security and minimal
retirement savings are inade-
quate to cover essential costs.
Even worse, this inquiry may
reveal that they have depleted
IRAs and savings to pay cred-
it card bills and mortgage payments
when smarter alternatives existed.
Our mindset is short-term. In col-
lege, we think only so far as 20s and
30s. In our 30s, we think about our
40s and maybe the 50s; and in our 50s,
we think about 60s and 70s — but not
much about the 80s. This is a mistake.
We need to think beyond two rungs.
If you're addressing issues with your
parents who are in their 80s, then
perhaps you should also think about
how you want these issues addressed
by your children when you are in your
80s. You will gain a better perspective
on your parents' emotions and properly
plan for your senior years. Better yet,
if you are still in your 30s, focus where
you will be in your 60s and 70s. Do this
and you will gain a 20-year advantage
by understanding what my grandfather
meant about a penny saved is a penny
Ken Gross is an attorney with Thav Gross
and host of the Financial Crisis Talk Center
show that airs weekly at 9 a.m. Saturdays
on WDFN 1130 AM, "The Fan" and 1 p.m.
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