Kids In Parents' Pockets Eroding Retirement Savings (KIPPERS)

True Tamplin

Written by True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®
Updated on January 11, 2021

What are Kippers?

KIPPERS, or Kids In Parents’ Pockets Eroding Retirement Savings, is a financial slang term for grownup children who still live with their parents after college even though they are of working age.

While some parents may enjoy having their KIPPERS home for a little while after they finish college, they may not take into account the gradual financial strain that their presence creates.

On top of this, having a child move home right after school may also cause the parents to delay some of their big “empty-nester”decisions like downsizing their home or doing that big, expensive vacation they have been dreaming about.

Kippers Meaning

It’s not even necessarily that the KIPPERS wanted to move home.

Recent studies from the Pew Research Center found that one-third of eighteen to thirty-four-year-olds lived with at least one parent, but the majority aren’t out there due to lack of jobs. 

Only about five to ten percent of this age demographic is unemployed.

Kippers Example

Take Doug from Dallas for example. 

Doug attended one of the better colleges in the country on partial scholarship and received a degree in Marketing. 

However, upon graduating, his financials were in shambles. 

Doug had wracked up some debt due to loans needed to pay for the parts of school not covered by his scholarship. 

On top of that, of the hundreds of jobs he applied to only three offered him positions, one in New York City, one in LA, and one back home in Dallas. 

They all offer about the same salary, say $40,000. 

Considering the cost of rent and other necessities as well as paying off his student loans, Doug decides that the most financially sensible thing to do is move back home with his parents. 

While not meaning to be a burden, Doug has become one of the many KIPPERS out there. 

Kids In Parents’ Pockets Eroding Retirement Savings (KIPPERS) FAQs

KIPPERS is an acronym for Kids In Parents’ Pockets Eroding Retirement Savings.
KIPPERS, or Kids In Parents’ Pockets Eroding Retirement Savings, is a financial slang term for grownup children who still live with their parents after college even though they are of working age.
Recent studies from the Pew Research Center found that one-third of eighteen to thirty-four-year-olds lived with at least one parent, but the majority aren’t out there due to lack of jobs.
Having a child move home right after school may also cause the parents to delay some of their big “empty-nester” decisions like downsizing their home or doing that big, expensive vacation they have been dreaming about.