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Even when you think you’re doing everything right financially, things can still go wrong. Job loss, divorce, and illness can all wreak havoc on your finances, as can car accidents, natural disasters and — well, you get the idea.

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One of the underlying principles of Lifehacker is that not every hack works for every person. This is especially true of money advice, because everyone’s individual situation and goals will vary dramatically from everyone else’s. You might overspend when using a credit card, for example, so advice on the best rewards card doesn’t work for you.

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Watching the sunset on the beach every day. Doing a cross-country road trip whenever you feel like it. Finally devoting time to that hobby you've been dreaming of turning into your full-time gig. If you're like a lot of folks, one or all of these are something you want to do in retirement someday. And to help turn these visions into reality, you're probably contributing to a superannuation, hoping that compound growth will help you build a nest egg sizable enough to make those dreams come true.

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Whether you want to save to send your kids to private school, sock away enough for a deposit on a house or simply be able to retire comfortably, reaching long-term money goals can seem overwhelming. But there are pain-free ways to stack up your savings and keep the momentum going -- if you pick a method that matches who you are.

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When I first graduated from university, I was lucky enough to get a pretty good job almost immediately. In fact, my first day at that new job was literally nine days after my university graduation day. My starting salary at that job blew away my earnings up to that point.