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Got Your First Job? Make Your Money Work for You

Last updated November 14, 2023

Congratulations! You landed a job and now have a steady paycheck coming in. This is a great time to learn how to make your money work for you! Here are some key tips on how to best manage your money from your first job.

Understand your paycheck and benefits

To make your money work for you, you first need to know exactly what you’ll be earning! This may seem simple, but be sure you know how to read your paycheck, how often you’ll be getting paid, and if there are any other benefits you might be getting from your employer. This makes sure that you’re crystal clear on how much money you can expect in your pocket each month.

Create a budget

Getting your money organized is the first key to financial success and stability. There are many free apps that can help you budget in your first job. These will help you determine how much money you plan to spend versus how much you will be making.

Pay yourself first

Whether you are signed up for direct deposit to your bank account or will be getting physical paychecks, be sure to think about your savings plan. “Pay yourself first” is a way of thinking about saving your money. Most of your money might need to be spent immediately on things you need, like your phone, food, or rent, but any money you save is like paying your future self! Set a realistic goal for saving each paycheck (even if it's $20!) and stick to it. Be sure to open a savings account so that your money can grow.

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Learn about the money moves teens and young adults should make

From learning about credit scores and applying for credit cards to opening your very first checking account, read about our money moves that teens and young adults should make now in order to set yourself up for financial success in the future. These tips will benefit you during your first job and every job you have going forward!

Want to learn more about finance? Check out our money management resources and let us know how we can help you keep your money working for you by texting #Jobs to 33-55-77If you're using a mobile device, click here to have the text message set up for you! 

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