Money Milestones: This is how your finances should look in your 40s

Danny Kofke, a 41-year-old middle-school teacher outside of Atlanta, often looks at a picture of a family trip to Disney World from a few years ago — to him, it exemplifies what he’s working toward in his retirement: more trips and long-lasting happy memories.

He and his wife, Tracy, a former schoolteacher and now a technology coach, started saving when they were first married in 2000, putting away money every month and increasing their savings as they received raises. They recently had to adjust their contributions to pay off the last of their debt, and plan to be debt-free this fall, but they’re making it up with sound and stringent financial decisions.

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