I'm looking for some advice on how to make sure I start off my financial journey on the right foot. I graduated about 2 years ago and have worked hard to save money by living at home. I'm looking to move out next year (spring/summer) in the KW area.
Some basic info:
Savings: $55k (ING savings acct)
Investments (80/20 split of equity/bonds in index funds)
Monthly investment purchases: 28% of gross income
I'm debating whether I should look to rent or buy when I move out. I'm skeptical of buying a house (around $250k in KW), because it would require me to reduce my recurring investment purchases (plus the potential instability in the housing market). I'd like to live in a nice place, so it would be around $1000-1100/mo for rent. I could look at buying a condo (monthly cost not much more than renting), but I'd worry that I would not want to live there long enough to make it worth all the fees when I need to sell it.
I know the early years can have a big impact on my financial future, so I look forward to any advice that you can share. I think one of the things I really struggle with is trying to balance saving for the future with living for today. Currently, a large part of me just wants to invest like crazy and accumulate a huge sum of money, but I wonder if later in life I won't regret spending more when I was young.