You want to get a Roth IRA. I am 25, work in a private school, make $55,000 (this will go up once I clear my credential), and have a Vanguard. All you have to do is contribute $5,500/12 or $458.33 per month, which is VERY affordable. (BTW, The maximum annual IRA contribution is $5,500.) Vanguard is awesome because they have very low fees, but they require you have $1,000 to start. Mine already has $16,000 and is steadily growing!