Daily Juice 056 – Money Moves in your 20s

Daily Juice 056 – Money Moves in your 20s

Tip 09: Never buy depreciting assets

Tip #9 Never buy depreciating assets

Your 20s are a time of your life to work hard and accumulate as much wealth as possible.

Cars are not assets that appreciate in value. So, then why buy them new, to begin with? I understand that many need to go to work and a car a means of transportation.

Here are some financial guidelines to help you stay on budget if you need to buy a car:

The 20/4/10 rule

Here is how it works:

  1. Put 20% down payment on the purchase price
  2. If financing, no more than 4 years term
  3. Your monthly payments should be no more than 10% of your gross monthly income

Now it’s your turn to do the numbers. So how expensive car should you buy?

Here are alternatives to owning a car:

-Do you live in a city where public transportation is available?

-How about car share services, such as Zipcar or Getaround

-Use Uber or Lyft

-Can you lease a car? Does your cash flow allow for extra payments?

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Anna Sergunina
Anna Sergunina

I'm Anna Sergunina, CFP®, President & CEO at MainStreet Financial Planning, Inc. My passion lies in serving others through financial planning, helping clients achieve their dreams like buying a home, saving for education, or retiring early. With over two decades in the industry and a CFP designation since 2009, I'm dedicated to excellence and continuous growth. Beyond work, I cherish moments with my son Liam, prioritize self-care, and engage in content creation for my Money Boss Parent Podcast and Money Library blog.

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