Foundation stage: 20s

Start your financial journey

Managing your finances in your 20s isn’t always a priority even though you may be taking on your own financial responsibilities for the first time; it's good to start with the basics.

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This is your life

You’re likely to build your career and become financially independent from your parents during this time. When it comes to financial planning and where to invest your money in your 20s, while there may be fun things you want to spend money on, it’s also a good time to start saving for a house deposit.

Lifestyle needs

For many young adults just starting their careers, money can be tight. Expenses and purchases can significantly eat into a budget, making long-term savings or retirement goals low on the financial list of priorities.

First-time buyer

You may find yourself squeezed out of the property market due to soaring house prices and deposits. It’s important to start saving for a deposit as soon as possible if you want to get your foot on the property ladder.

Career choices

Even though you may not know every possible turn your career may take you, the choices you make in your 20s can have a lasting impact on your future finances. So it’s crucial you make the right decisions about your job.

Financial independence

Student loans and high rents have forced many in their 20s to move back home with their parents. Financial planning in your 20s is a smart move, giving you time to plan your way to achieving financial independence.

Latest insights

Seven money mistakes to avoid in your 20s
By Rob Morgan
Spokesperson & Chief Analyst
28 Mar 2024 | 11 min read
How to manage finances in your 20s
By Alex Webb-Bowen
OneStep Financial Planner
14 Mar 2024 | 7 min read

Free financial resources to help you

Our experts have put together a range of free resources to support you through your financial journey in your 20s and beyond.

Are your finances in shape?

The investment world can be complex at times, so it’s advised to plan out your personal finances before investing. This could include setting up an emergency fund, paying off debts, or starting a pension. Our free financial health checklist includes:

  • How to think about your financial plan
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Am I managing my money effectively?

We all have different situations, finances, and plans, but there are common aspects of our finances that we all should check are in order.

How can we help you create a secure financial future?

Sometimes all you need to get your financial goals on track is a step in a right direction. Our range of services and accounts can help you manage your money more effectively in your 20s.

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