It's never too early to start saving, according to Maria Bartiromo. The so-called "Money Honey" is celebrating five years hosting "Mornings With Maria" on Fox Business Network. In honor of her big anniversary, she's sharing her top tips for fattening up your wallet.
The 3-Bucket Rule
Bartiromo said she's "a three-bucket girl." That means she separates her money into three separate categories.
Bucket No. 1: Savings
Bucket No. 2: Retirement
"You're not gonna touch it until you retire," Bartiromo said.
Bucket No. 3: Fun Money
"Mad money, whatever you wanna call it. Every once in a while, we do need a treat. And you should be able to say, 'Hey, I wanna buy this for myself — a pair of shoes or a trip,'" Bartiromo explained.
Prioritize Retirement Early
Does your employer offer a 401(k)? If so, she said, "fantastic. That's free money."
And if your employer matches your 401(k) contributions, Bartiromo said to make sure you get your account set up. "That's a no-brainer."
However, if your company doesn't offer a 401(k) plan, "then you need to open an IRA: individual retirement account," Bartiromo said.
IRAs are retirement accounts provided individually through many financial institutions.
Love Your Job
And those bucks will roll in easier when you and your job are on the same page.
"When you love what you do, you don't mind getting up early in the morning for it, you don't mind working really hard for it, because you actually love what you're doing," she said.