RateCity.com.au
Advertisement

Great money savings tips


RateCity Staff

By RateCity Staff

2 min read

Savings tips can be a godsend during times of ever-growing debt, rising prices and economic uncertainty. But good savings tips seem few and far between, which is why we’ve put together a handy guide to help you save better and longer.

Saving first – spending second

Our way of thinking encourages us to prioritise regular expenses before saving the remainder of our cash. Marc Bineham, NSW director of the Association of Financial Advisers, gives us his savings tips and says that this habit needs to be kicked before you can really focus on saving.

“Once people pay all the bills, they have very little at the end of the month so they can’t save even if they want to,” he says.

A good method is to ‘pay’ yourself before anything else. “Whether your goal is to save $400 a fortnight or $400 a month, do that first before you pay your bills,” Bineham says.

“What’s left over after savings and bills is for your lifestyle.”

Pace your savings

Another pitfall in saving is being too ambitious. When someone aims to save $600 a month and doesn’t achieve it, it’s easy to lose motivation and give up. Instead, Bineham suggests starting little and then building up to capable habits.

“If you think you can save $500 a month, start with $200. Most people find after six months that they didn’t miss that money, and then they can increase the amount they save.”

Avoid temptation

Another savings tip: Stop giving yourself excuses to withdraw money by putting it away in high interest, limited access products such as online savings accounts and term deposits. This will also guarantee returns on your savings, so you can track how far your money goes.

Compound

Patience is often the secret ingredient because those who invest for the long term will usually see their savings compound over and over. It’s also more rewarding to reach a three-year savings goal than a six-month one, so those who save for longer tend to keep their good habits for years to come.

Use these savings tips and compare savings accounts for some of the highest rates and lowest fees at RateCity today to really propel your money to new heights or compare some of today’s best online deals from the table to the right.

Advertisement

Contact a Broker

A broker will compare hundreds of home loans to help find the right deal for you, at no cost.

By submitting this form, I accept Loan Market's terms and conditions, privacy policy and Collection Statement for this service.

Yes, I'd like to get email updates from RateCity

Submit your details now and a local expert will be in touch within a few business hours. They'll compare hundreds of home loans from up to 20 lenders including the big banks to find the loan that's right for you. Book your free appointment today.

Loan Market Pty LTD | Australian Credit License 390222 ABN 89 105 230 019

Compare your product with the big 4 banks, or add more products to compare
Advertisement