I've saved $90,000 by age 24 thanks to 4 straightforward strategies

I've saved $90,000 by age 24 thanks to 4 straightforward strategies
Courtesy of Tori Dunlap

I set a goal to save $100,000 by age 25, and at 24 years old I'm $90,000 of the way there.

This is largely thanks to a few different strategies: I started investing early, I negotiated raises at just about every job I've held, and I started a side hustle to bring in extra income.

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Three years ago, I made a deal with myself: I wanted to have $100,000 saved when I'm 25. But I didn't mind if it didn't happen until the day before my 26th birthday.
About a year ago, I reviewed my rate of savings and investments and realized that although I haven't made more than $80,000 a year for the past three years, I was on track to save $100,000. With only a car loan away from being debt-free, I've got another year and $10,000 to go!
I want to acknowledge that privilege is a key part of my story. I'm white, I come from a middle-class family, and I was able to graduate college without any debt. All these things helped a great deal. I owe my interest in saving money to my parents, who made sure I had a strong financial education at a young age.
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