Generation X Quiz

Many of you - not just Gen Xers - would like to get into the saving and investing habit, but just aren't sure how to get started. This calculator can help.

The best part is that spending less doesn't mean depriving yourself. But, small changes in your spending habits can add up - especially when you invest the extra savings.

Click below on the times per month you plan to incorporate each cost-savings behavior into your life. You'll be surprised to see how small amounts can add up to big sums when you invest them over many years.


    Savings Per Month Savings Per Year
1 Cut back on using ATM machines that are not in your bank's network 0 1 2 3 times each month. $ $
2 Buy regular coffee instead of cappuccinos and lattes 0 1 2 3 times each month. $ $
3 Avoid the lines at the movie theater and get cozy on your couch with a rental 0 1 2 3 times each month. $ $
4 Brown bag it, instead of eating out 0 1 2 3 times each month. $ $
5 Borrow books from your local library instead of buying them at your local bookstore 0 1 2 3 times each month. $ $
6 Get rid of your gym membership and exercise in the park or in the comfort of your own home. Yes No $ $
7 Don't buy those extra pair of shoes or sneakers 0 1 2 3 times a year. N/A $
8 Make a 30 minute long distance call using the free long distance on your cell phone.* 0 1 2 3 times a month to minimize your home phone bill. $ $
9 Maintain your checking account minimum balance to avoid a monthly maintenance fee. Yes No $ $
10 Switch to a free Internet Service Provider. Yes No $ $

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Total Savings
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Total Savings
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* Assuming the average long distance phone call is 30 minutes.

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