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Save time by automating your finances

Bill Boyer

Issue date: 11/12/10 Section: News
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Most people run for cover when they hear personal finance advice because it's viewed as complex and dull. Personal finances do not have to be complicated, frustrating, or even time-consuming; in fact, people who have control of their personal finances do not spend much time worrying about them. Their accounts automatically invest, save, and manage themselves with limited maintenance.

Automating your finances provides a couple of advantages over maintaining them manually. The obvious benefit is that it is a no-hassle solution: no more moving money between accounts, paying credit cards online, or writing checks for rent. Also, you will never forget to make a payment and risk receiving a late fee. Whether you are partying on the Jersey shore or attending a conference in Las Vegas, your money will still manage, save, and invest itself.

The advantages of automating your finances are most apparent when you are out of school, working a steady job, and dealing with several monthly payments. However, many of these saving and investing strategies are relevant to students as well. The process can be accomplished easily online in a couple of hours and requires only a few simple steps:

1. Set up direct deposit with your employer so that your paychecks appear automatically in your checking account. By now, this is a very standard process and is mandatory in many companies. If you need any help, speak with your employer's human resources representative.

2. Enroll in a 401(k) account which automatically removes money from your paychecks (before taxes are taken out) and places it into a retirement account. This process is very standardized and most employers encourage you to save for retirement. If possible, contribute the full amount so that you take advantage of any employer-match benefits (speak with your human resources representative about this).

3. Set up automatic payments to a Roth IRA account. This can be set up easily on the investment account's website. Simply link your checking account to your investment account and tell it to contribute a specific amount per month (up to $5000 per year).
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