What Are You Most Financially Proud Of?

Worrying about your finances can feel like a full-time job, so it is important from time to time to take time to acknowledge your accomplishments , large and small. When you reach a milestone, open a Roth IRA, or simply become more mindful of where your money is going and what you are doing to make more money – it’s important to take the time to acknowledge our monetary success before we move on to the next goal .

Personally, for me to move to New York after college and more or less keep my finances in order, I felt a lot of success. Here’s what some other LH employees said:

Chief Editor Melissa Kirsch

Student loan repayment.

Associate Editor Alice Bradley

The financial decision I’m most proud of was when I was in my early 20s, when I invested 20% in my 401k. It was more than I thought I could afford, but part of me knew it was a magical time in my life when my expenses were relatively low and my salary (for an editor) was relatively high. This percentage lasted only a year, but the increase in my retirement account was so significant that I have since patted myself on the back for this decision.

Contributing Editor Virginia K. Smith

Figure out how to live in New York without 1) the help of your family 2) get into serious debt. And, in the end, I got to the point where I can live alone without completely destroying my budget. (* Knocks furiously on wood *)

Senior Technical Editor David Murphy

I finally get off my ass and start a Roth IRA, which I still max out every year. #Pleasantly

Staff Writer Nick Douglas

Probably my biggest pride was when I turned 26, when I finally cut my expenses and increased my income so much that I didn’t go broke every month. It was amazing.

Written by Jaime Green

Paid off my credit card debt before going to graduate school.

So tell us: What financial achievement are you most proud of?

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