How much money you need to save each day to become a millionaire by age 65
If you want to get rich, start investing — and start as early as you possibly can.
“Becoming rich is nothing more than a matter of committing and sticking to a systematic savings and investment plan,” financial adviser David Bach writes in his book “Smart Couples Finish Rich.”
“You don’t need to have money to make money,” he writes. “You just need to make the right decisions — and act on them.”
To illustrate the simplicity of building wealth over time, Bach created a chart (which we re-created below) detailing how much money you need to set aside each day, month, or year in order to have $1 million saved by the time you’re 65.
The chart assumes you’re starting with zero dollars invested. It also assumes a 12% annual return.
You can start by investing in your employer’s 401(k) plan — an easy, automatic contribution — and then consider contributing money toward a Roth IRA or traditional IRA, individual retirement accounts with different contribution limits and tax structures.