Survey: 36% not saving for retirement

Most people cite two key reasons for not saving: cost of living and day-to-day expenses

(CNN) – That nest egg is looking pretty empty for lots of people; 36 percent of Americans to be exact.

If you’ve got nothing saved for retirement, you’re not alone. A third of Americans have not saved for their golden years. That’s according to a new survey from Bankrate.com. And 14 percent of those without savings are over the age of 65.

Most people cite two key reasons for not saving: cost of living and day-to-day expenses, but experts say even putting a little aside can add up over time.

If your employer offers a 401(k) plan, make sure to join, and contribute enough to get the employer match. If you don’t have access to a 401(k), consider an individual retirement account, known as an IRA. Bankrate suggests starting with automatic monthly contributions from your checking account.

The message to start saving early does seem to be getting through to the younger generation. The survey finds 32 percent of people 30 to 49 started saving for retirement in their 20s, compared to 16 percent who began saving in their 30s.

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