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Adulthood: Your Ultimate Personal Finance Guide (30 - 40 Years Old)

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Welcome to adulthood.

This is probably a scary time as your responsibilities are suddenly WAAAAAY larger, and it’s even more important that your personal finances are sorted out because you’re:

  • Probably married (or are planning to)
  • Buying your first home
  • Thinking of retirement (whether it’s yours or for your ageing parents’)
  • Paying for bills like utilities and your car
  • Getting stuff like insurance and paying more attention to healthcare

Amongst other boring adult stuff that never used to be your problem.

Man… School days seem so much better now huh?

But hey, fret not.

That’s why Seedly‘s here to help!

If you’re ever feeling lost, we gotchu bruv.

Your Personal Guide To Adulthood

Here’s a checklist of all things personal finance in your 30s to 40s:

Lifestages Adult Money Matters

Lifestages Adult Healthcare & Insurance

Lifestages Adult Family

Lifestages Adult Property

Lifestages Adult Retirement

Lifestages Adult LIfestyle

Money Matters

If you need a refresher or are just hearing about personal finance for the first time… Don’t worry. It’s never too late to start planning and saving for your future.

First, start with the Seedly Money Framework:

The Seedly Money Framework

Or if you’re a more visual kind of person, check out our Seedly TV Episode 1 for a Beginner’s Guide To Personal Finance instead:

You’re also probably earning a steady paycheque, but the theory behind allocating your monthly salary still remains the same as when you just got your first job.

How To Allocate Your Monthly Salary

And since you’ve already been working for a while, you’ll also want to take note of:

Oh, and since you’re paying taxes, these will come in handy:

income tax singapore cheat sheet

Healthcare & Insurance

Taking care of your health is a means of taking care of your wealth.

Think about it.

If you eat poorly and don’t take care of your body, your health will suffer. And that probably means more visits to the doctor or for the really serious cases (knocking on wood) hospitalisation and treatments that could cost you more in the long run.

You may have been able to survive on instant noodles in your twenties, but if you stick to a diet like that in your 30s going 40, your body’s not going to forgive you (or your bank account) for that.


Cost Of Healthcare In Singapore

Here are some government initiatives that you should be aware of.

Seedly Dependants' Protection Scheme

And if you haven’t gotten insurance or are looking to increase your coverage due to your dependants (eg. children, parents, spouse)

Ultimate insurance guide in Singapore

Settling Down And Starting A Family


This is also probably the time when you’re planning to get married. And if you are, here’s a guide to help you figure out what the cost of a wedding will be.

Cost Of Wedding

If you’d like a breakdown of the various costs involved in a wedding:

And if you’re not getting married, you’re probably attending weddings. So this Definitive Guide To Wedding Ang Bao Rates In Singapore should come in handy.

Seedly Wedding Ang Bao Rates 2019

As A Couple

Open communication and sharing the same financial goals with your spouse is extremely important, especially if you’re planning to build a home together and have children:

2 Step Couple's Cheatsheet To Saving Together

Planning For Children

Having children is a HUGE personal and financial responsibility.

Here’re a couple of resources that should help you plan ahead for that bouncing bundle(s) of joy!

Cost of giving birth in Singapore

For insurance:

For childcare and schooling:

Getting Your First Property

This is also probably the time when you’re planning or are getting your first property.

November BTO launch 2020 pricing

Home Renovation

After getting your first property, you’ll want to carry out some renovations to create a place called home. Here’re a couple of tips for first-time home-owners.

Home Reno Loan Interest Rate Singapore

For Singles And Same-Sex Couples

Affordable housing is still very much in your reach, you just need to know what your options are.

35 and Single What Type of HDB Flats Can I Buy


Planning For Your Retirement

It’s never too early to start planning for your retirement.

How Much Singaporeans Need To Save Now To Retire At 55 Or 62 Years Old

And if you haven’t, it’s time to have the conversation with your parents in order to ensure that they’re properly taken care of in their silver years.


My Parents’ Retirement: What Can I Do To Protect Them, Their Future and My Future?


And as much as we hate to let go of our parents (or grandparents), we have to be prepared for the inevitable 🙁

How Much Does It Cost To Hold A Funeral Service In Singapore?

Making Smarter Lifestyle Choices


If you have a family, you’ll probably be thinking of getting a car. But did you know that you need to be earning at least S$7,500 first in order to afford a car like a financially responsible adult?

How Much Should You Earn Before You Buy A Car

Or if you’re still single and would like to feel the wind in your hair (just kidding, please practice road safety and WEAR A HELMET).

Cost Of Owning A Motorcycle


Yep. Water and electricity aren’t free. Learn how to set up your utilities with SP Group.

How To Set Up SP Services Utilities

Or make full use of the Seedly Open Electricity Market Comparison Tool to figure out which electricity retailer plan is the best for you!

Cheapest Electricity Retailer OEM Singapore

Maids And Domestic Helpers

Cost Of hiring a maid in Singapore

Daily Necessities

Now that you’re the one who’s buying groceries and stocking up necessities, you’ll want to know how to maximise your savings as much as possible.

Groceries Supermarket Membership

About Kenneth Fong
Owner of a 4-room HDB BTO and married to a financial clutz. Probably the closest to an adult you can find on the Seedly team.
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