You might think this is a repeat of all of the information out there already, but understanding the importance of saving is something to learn sooner, rather than later.

The difference between starting paying in from age 25 or waiting until you are 35 could have a notable impact on your pension savings.

Yes, there are always going to be things you’d prefer to spend your money on, but starting as early as you can and staying in your workplace pension should have a significant impact on the type of retirement you’ll be able to enjoy in the future.

Bottom line, the longer you wait to contribute to your retirement savings, the more expensive it’ll be to catch up. The difference between starting paying in from age 25 or waiting until you’re 35 could have a notable impact on your pension savings.

Here are some things you could miss out on if you delay in saving:

  • Tax relief – you’ll miss out on tax relief on your pension contributions, which basically equates to ‘free money’ from the Government (depending on what your tax rate is).
  • A helping hand from your employer – however much you pay in from your own pocket, your employer will make monthly payments into your pension savings too.
  • Seeing your money grow (or not!) – your overall contribution is invested in a fund with a provider or investment company and it is designed to work for you, so it can make its own money. Remember that with any investments, your money could go down as well as up and is not always guaranteed, so take this into consideration.

You should also think about . . .

  • The money might run out sooner than you predicted (but not if you buy a guaranteed income for life!) – if you retire with a small pension pot and expect to live on a high income, or you live to a ripe old age, your money might not last.
  • The State Pension might not be enough to rely on – you will only get this if you have made the qualifying amount of National Insurance contributions. Even so, by the time you retire, it might not be enough to live on alone, so you’ll need your own pension savings to help bridge the gap.
  • You may have to retire earlier than planned – hopefully this won’t happen, but you may fall ill, or have to leave your job to care for a loved one. So it’s really important that you have enough money to survive on if this happens.

It’s a tough message to take in, but saving a little bit each month counts. Good luck!