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​What young adults do right and wrong with money

Though sometimes portrayed as moochers living off their parents, young adults are actually saving more money than other age groups
Millennials' saving habits help debunk stereotype 02:15

NEW YORK -- Renee Powers graduated college as the recession began. Now 28 she and her husband keep strict control over their money.

"We've always talked about money, we've grown up talking about money, the economy has always been an issue," said Powers.

Coming of age during the The Great Recession, and watching their parents struggle financially, turned Millennials into savers. More than half of those between 18 and 34 are putting away at least five percent of their income -- more than any other age group, according to America Saves.

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"We do have a retirement fund that we have been putting money into the last five or six years, and watching it grow which is wonderful," said Powers.

A whopping 70 percent of Millennials are already saving for retirement, and they started sooner than previous generations. Boomers began at a median age of 35; Generation Xers at 27; and Millennials at 22.

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"My friends and I we're very explicit about our budget. If something's not in our monthly budget, sorry, it's not going to happen," said Powers.

And while this age group has a reputation as slackers who live at home, mooching off their parents, Powers says that's a bad rap.

"They're learning that staying home with their families is going to save them money and they're going to pay back loans while they're staying home before getting out on their own two feet," said Powers. "I think that's a smart financial decision."

Millennials, however, aren't so good at investing. Witnessing the burst of the tech bubble and the collapse of the housing market has left them very risk averse. They don't share the same willingness to invest as their parents do. Only a quarter of Millennials are investing in stocks, compared to 50 percent of people age 50 to 64.

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