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As you read the suggested personal finance goals for your 30s, keep in mind that everyone is in a different place, so naturally everyone is going to have different objectives. But if you’re feeling confused and overwhelmed about money, it’s sometimes helpful to see suggestions for milestones to hit at certain points in your life. You can then take those broad suggestions and refine them so they fit your personal circumstances.
And besides protecting you from negative events, having six months of cash in the bank gives you a bit of freedom to take some risks. Maybe you finally want to start that business you’ve been dreaming about or perhaps an opportunity comes up to travel for three months. Your emergency fund can help you take advantage of those opportunities.
5. Consider term life insurance. When you’re in your 30s, you’re starting to build up a financial foundation that permits you to give your family comfort and security. But what would happen if you died tomorrow? Would your family still be able to live comfortably or would they be scrambling to figure out how to make ends meet because you’re no longer around to provide for them?