How much $ do you put in 401k?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Fnix, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. Fnix

    Fnix Active Member

    What percent and what cash amount do you have on average taken out of your paycheck towards 401k? for me it's %10, $20 per week. I would like to know how much you senior 25+ year plus drivers have in it.
  2. Ms Spoken

    Ms Spoken New Member

    Every year when we get a raise I always try to up my 401K so I never really miss any money. My current 401K is at 20% per week. Now if I can only make it to retirement life will be good.

  3. Jack4343

    Jack4343 FT DR Specialist

    I'm at 6% of my gross pay. I'd like to do more but I really need the money right now. I'm a bit behind on a couple of bills so I need the rest. I'm 37 and I hope to increase the percent to 10% by the time I'm 40 and at least 15% by the time I'm 50. I know that it won't be enough since I just started the 401K at age 35 (started at UPS at age 31) but I also throw $30 a week to UPS stock so that will help as well. I know the stock has stayed steady all year long but it's a guaranteed 10% return on my investment provided that the stock doesn't tank. It could, but if it does I'll have alot more to worry about than just that invested money.
  4. old brown shoe

    old brown shoe 30 year driver

    You have to remember that UPS 401K plan was not around for many years. We use to have what they called a Thrift Plan. You could only put $6 a week into it. That is only $240 a year. It did have some great years in interest that it earned but took a long time to grow. Then when UPS went public they ended that plan. You could cash it out or buy UPS stock with it. That is when the 401K plan started. After that the stock split and for the ones who bought the stock did good. (since then stock has not done much but pay a dividend) I put $150 a week into my 401k. It is hard at times but if you took the cash after tax it would only be about $90. You grow money like that until the age of 62-65 and you will have a chunk of cash even though you are to old to really have fun with it lol.
  5. therodog

    therodog 21 Year Slave Driver

    After 20 Years with UP$, I just started my 401K, i do 1%, and just started it last year. I didnt want EX-Wife to get it....Did something right in my
  6. IDoLessWorkThanMost

    IDoLessWorkThanMost New Member

    I started last January, and I'm 29 years old. I have put 60$ a week in on average, up to 2,600$. By 40 y/o my goal is $100,000.
  7. upsr99

    upsr99 upsr99

    I put 25% in and with 10% contribution for over 50 adds up to $17700 for 2007.
  8. pkgdriver

    pkgdriver Member

    25% also. Have had it pretty much maxed out since it started. Max a few years ago was 17% I think.

    The thrift plan did pretty well and I put that into UPS stock.
  9. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    Ms Spoken has the right idea, I hope that I can get there some day. I am embarrassed to admit that I didn't join it until a year ago, starting at 7%. I do have some Mutual Funds and an IRA I started back with the IPO when UPS Stock went public. I haven't bought any UPS Stock since, the Mutual Funds seem to do better. I started with putting money in the Russell 2000 Fund, but I stopped that a couple of months ago. The S&P 400 and EAFE International Funds are doing better, thats where I am now. I am going to increase my contribution amount this week. I am pretty much the only one working in my household, my wife is legally blind with RP and only works PT. If you are able to put 20% in the 401K, I would do it.
  10. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I am starting to focus once again on my 401k as the last of the loans that I took out to help pay for my children's college was just paid off. I took out 8 loans during their school years, with each loan 1 year in length (some of the loans overlapped). I am at 15% w/$45k. The tax benefits are outstanding, as the amount that you have withheld comes right off of your gross income and thus lowers your taxable income. I also adjust my withholdings to ensure that my take home pay remains stable and I have just enough taxes withheld so that I do not have to pay in. I hope to increase it to 25% by age 50 (4 yrs) and also hope to take advantage of the additional $5k in "catch-up" contributions allowed by law. My plan is to have at least $100-150k in my 401k by the time I retire. I will couple that income with my expected $6k/mo pension (less 16% to the ex) and Social Security, which will make up for the 16% in lost pension.
  11. olbrownmare

    olbrownmare New Member

    401(k) started in early or mid '80s, when Thrift plan was still around. I started off putting in only 3 or 4% but tried to increase it whenever I could. Like others, I found I never missed it when I increased it. I've been maxing it out since about '93 - by percent which used to be max of 15, or $$ last few years. It's now around $350k. The young employees reap the biggest benefit for putting in even a little money each year, because of all the years of compounding.
  12. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    401k was around long before the stock went public. I've been contributing for 18 years. Was up to 190 grand last time I checked. Been a pretty painless way to accumulate a chunk of money. I'm down to 8% per week now.
  13. upsgrunt

    upsgrunt Well-Known Member

    6,000 pension? Do you work for the same company I do?
  14. bad company

    bad company semi-pro

    When I was in management (pt), I used to only invest the maximum amount UPS would match. Now that I am an hourly (ft) and dont get a match, I am investing the pre-tax maximum. I also have a roth IRA. It's not easy though, especially since I'm on the extreme low end of the progression scale being an outside hire. Good thing I'm still in "broke college student" mode and still have a diet that is dependant on Ramen Noodles. I'm only 22 so I have a long way to go until I retire :( . I figure once I get a family and "real" expenses (house, kids, etc...) I'll have to tone it back down to about 15%.
  15. pkgdriver

    pkgdriver Member

    Teamster-UPS 401(k) was started in 1988 I think
  16. toeknee2gx

    toeknee2gx New Member

    I feel ur pain...
  17. JonFrum

    JonFrum Guest

    Hmmm . . . New Year's Eve celebrating and Math apparently don't mix!!!
  18. Coldworld

    Coldworld Well-Known Member

    How many of you think that ups will start to deduct the amount we will get from social security from our pensions in a future contract. Wasnt this idea "floated around" during the latest talks? Is this legal? Doesnt seem very fair, we pay into social security and yes, so does ups but we should be able to get both amounts since we work the long hours.
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2008
  19. Coldworld

    Coldworld Well-Known Member

    Scratch, not trying to get too personal but will you have your house payed off by the time or a few years after you retire? This seems to be the big one, because if you do or have a limited amount left, things will be much easier and you might not need as much in retirement funds.
  20. packagestud

    packagestud New Member

    How much you have withheld for your 401k depends on your personal situation. First, I would recommend making a budget of your expenses. You need to know how much you spend a month and where it is going. If you are waisting money in an area where you can cut back do so and put the savings in the 401K. Put in enough until it hurts or as some say pay yourself first. The more you can invest at an early age the better because of compounding interest. I have invest from the beginning and have over $300,000.00 even after putting two kids through college.
    Good Luck