First, pay off your debt. If you have debt, you’re going to pay for it in the long run, she says. “Some people out there recommend building your fund before paying off debt. That is truly stupid advice,” she told CNNMoney. “Then you have cash that is earning close to zero, but you owe cash that is costing you 20%.”
Once that debt is paid off, start building an emergency fund and setting financial goals. Krawcheck suggests saving enough to cover one to three months of living expenses so you’ll be prepared if something unexpected happens — like losing your job or seeing a spike in bills.
Then, it’s time to think about the big picture and start investing. To get over the fear of losing money to the market, she advises investing 1% of each paycheck, and increasing the percentage over time. “Pay yourself first. Do it every paycheck,” she says.
Read the rest of Krawcheck’s tips at CNNMoney.