Over at Townhall, Carrie Schwab Pomerantz lays out the financial challenges facing Gen X: 

Popular movies in the last few years have depicted the slacker mentality attributed to the so-called Generation X. But recent studies on this age group, loosely defined as those born between 1965 and 1976, show that far from slacking, these young adults are coping with tremendous financial challenges.

Shaped by the social changes they saw growing up, many of them delayed marriage and family. Now they find themselves in their 30s and early 40s caught between paying off college loans, buying a first home, raising children, and somehow trying to plan for the future. It can seem like a long and lonesome road.

So, Reality Bites wasn’t real?  Sigh.  At least the soundtrack was awesome.  Turns out, the main financial concern is that Gen Xers are delaying saving for their retirement:

…the real worry is that along with postponing life decisions like marriage, children and homeownership, many in this generation may also be postponing saving for retirement. With housing and health care costs rising, pensions almost non-existent, future Social Security benefits questionable, and the likelihood that their children will be entering college right when they themselves are nearing retirement, this generation can’t afford to wait any longer.

Pomerantz goes on to provide some helpful hints for retirement saving.  Read her full column here.  You can pick up more helpful financial tips in IWF’s Young Woman’s Guide to Financial Independence, available here.