Fund Your Future with DRS

A large part of planning for the future starts with how you approach your finances today. Explore some of the basics of financial planning, tools for managing your money and ideas for sparking conversations with friends and family. Join Retirement System employees as they tackle the stigma around money and share their personal financial journeys.

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Episodes

Reaching financial independence

Wednesday Jan 25, 2023

Wednesday Jan 25, 2023

Financial independence means a lot of things to different people. For some, it means you stop working and begin new adventures. For others, it means you’ve paid off your loans and can put that money towards other goals. Discover the steps you can take today to move towards this milestone.

Wednesday Jan 11, 2023

Net worth is a popular term these days. But how do you figure out what your net worth is? And what if your net worth is a negative number?Our hosts discuss the two factors of new worth: what you owe - liabilities - and what you have - assets. Hint: you may have some valuable assets hiding in your garage.

Wednesday Dec 28, 2022

If you want to save more for retirement, it might be time to look at where and how you’re saving. A supplemental account such as the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP) or a Roth IRA can boost your savings. We examine some of the best options for your retirement savings — including specific recommendations if you work in a school district.

How to reduce your debt

Wednesday Dec 14, 2022

Wednesday Dec 14, 2022

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by debt, you may have some questions about where to start. How do you decide which debt to pay first? Does the interest rate matter? What is APR? We look at some of the best tools and strategies for paying down your debt and what do after it’s paid off.

Monday Nov 21, 2022

There are so many “What ifs” when it comes to managing your money. What if your car breaks down? What if you need to go to the hospital?
An emergency fund can help you prepare for the unexpected. So, how much should you save and where do you start? We offer some tips on how to master this crucial piece of budgeting.

Analyzing your income

Wednesday Nov 02, 2022

Wednesday Nov 02, 2022

When most people think about budgeting, they examine their spending. But it’s also important to look at your income. We take a peek at different ways to think about income including changing your tax withholdings, side hustles and how to estimate your retirement income.

Understanding your spending

Thursday Oct 13, 2022

Thursday Oct 13, 2022

We all spend money, so you might as well know where it’s going. In this episode, we take a look at a few different approaches to budgeting and how you can make it work for you.

Welcome!

Monday Sep 26, 2022

Monday Sep 26, 2022

Money talk seems to be everywhere these days, even TikTok. Turns out, talking about your finances can lead to new insights. Our hosts share their first experience with money.

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The Washington State Department of Retirement Systems helps public employees within the state retire well. Our 330,000 customers includes firefighters, school employees and police officers. For over 45 years, we’ve been providing information and tools for retirement.

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