That’s exactly what William and Cynthia Foust of Mount, North Carolina had to say about their automated savings. According to a recent Money magazine profile, they’ve been able to save over $800,000 for their retirement. Granted they saved at a rate of 35% of their income, which is no small feat.
But a bigger feat these days seems to be remaining consistent with your savings. Life just gets in the way. One month you have excess funds and the end of the month and you can dump some money into savings. The next month, you fall short and have to reach into savings to help you out.
That’s why I love automated savings. As long as you stay at the same job, there’s nothing to get you off track. You set it up once, and you forget about it. Notice that the Fousts didn’t just do it with 401Ks though. They also used the Roth IRA, an online broker, and an online savings account to supplement their effort. Great move. They are my saving heroes.
Keep in mind if you decide to do this, you need a little more discipline to make the automation work. Instead of a direct deposit (like your 401K), you’ll likely need to set up an automated withdrawal from your checking account. Start small and set the transfers to occur the day or two after your paycheck arrives. Once you get comfortable with the move you can increase your contributions.
To see more inspiring money profiles, visit my list of Millionaires in the Making.