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Introducing the RRSP Snowball Technique

Hey everyone my name is Greg Tomkins from Simplemoneycanada.com. Today I’m going to show you a strategy that I like to call the RRSP Snowballing technique.

 

This technique works to increase the amount you can deposit into your RRSP year after year, without increasing the amount you personally need to save.

 

Usually what people do is they take their $1,000 a month, save it to their RRSP, then come tax time they spend the tax refund. This is not how an RRSP should be used.

 

What we are going to do instead, is invest that $1,000 a month, and also reinvest the tax refund back into the RRSP.

 

Right let’s take a look at how that looks for someone who makes $150,000 a year, saves $1,000 per month and invests their tax refund into the RRSP as well. I’ll assume a conservative 5% rate of return inside the RRSP.

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One simple trick to nearly quadruple your money

1 trick to nearly quadruple your money

 

What if you could go from having $244,815 over 30 years to $906,222 over 30 years using one simple trick? You don’t need to earn a bunch more on investments, in fact you don’t even need to change your investments. All you need to do is increase your savings rate year after year.

 

You see, if you were 30 years old today and saved $250 per month for the next 30 years, all while earning 6% on your investments, you would end up with $244,815 in your investment account. Now, there is nothing wrong with that, but $906,222 sounds a lot better to me.

 

 

savings comparison

 

 

Here’s how you do it.

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Start Saving Now

start saving now

 

We’ve all done it.

 

We decide we are going to do something, or we know its something we need to do, and yet we find a way to put it off. Like many others, I used this approach during university and had to franticly binge study the night before most exams and papers were due. Fortunately, I took my finances seriously at a young age. However, I know this isn’t the case for most people.

 

Why do you need to start saving today? Well its simple. It will have an enormous difference in your future financials. Seriously. Saving early is the number 1 way to build wealth over your lifetime. I’ll show you an example of why.

 

Heather & Jack

 

Let’s take two twins. Jack & Heather. Jack & Heather are 20 years old today. Heather decides she wants to save $500 a month from the time she is 20 until she is 30. Jack would rather spend his 20’s living and start saving when he is 30. For both of them we will assume their investments earn a net return of 7% for the entire period.

 

Heather saves $500 a month for every month from 20 years old until 30 years old. By the time she is 30 she has saved up $86,009. Heather stops contributing. She never adds another dollar to her investments. She contributed $60,000 to her investments.

 

Heather savings growth chart

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