As the new year begins yet again, you might be back at ground zero planning out some goals for the year ahead. The likelihood of money being on that list is probably quite high. With that in mind, we’ve put together five saving hacks to help you on your pursuit to improving your savings in 2021.
1. Try a stop, start and continue analysis on all your spending
What things could you stop, start and continue doing to help in your pursuit to saving money?
a. What could you stop? Have you got a gym membership, but haven’t stepped foot into the gym for the last 9 months? Are you guilty of having four different media subscriptions that you don’t utilise properly?
b. What could you start? Do you have a detailed savings plan? Should you start decluttering your wardrobe and cupboards to see what you can sell on marketplace or Gumtree to boost your savings account?
c. What could you continue? Do you have a regular money habit that has positively impacted your bank account? Maybe you rode to work instead of driving or caught public transport which is saving you a chunk of money each week and benefiting you mentally and physically. If you do, continue these things.
2. Unsubscribe from all the retail brands you follow
Having daily interactions from retail companies with very tempting ‘sale offers’ can be extremely distracting, especially if sales just so happen to be your spending weakness. So, we’re supporting the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ approach here and recommend removing those temptations from your daily communications. Not quite ready to hit ‘unsubscribe’? Instead, you could consider setting up a ‘sales’ dedicated email address for this kind of stuff that would consciously have to decide to log in to, taking away the accidental interactions in your main inbox.
3. Challenge your spending
Do you really need those new shoes or the latest smart phone? Thinking deeper into the motivations behind each purchase may uncover that the intended purpose doesn’t align with the purchase. Further to this, you could also try the ‘30-day rule’ where you wait 30 days before buying the item you want. If after the 30 days the urge to buy this item is still burning, then you can consider making the transaction.
4. Compare your insurance and utility bills
When was the last time you switched your insurance or utility provider? If you can’t recall the last time you did, this is something you could start doing this year. Switching might be easier than you think with many prospective suppliers willing to do the comparison for you on your current product or service.
There are a few things to consider here as the cheapest isn’t always the best. Comparing your individual needs to your insurance policy could identify areas for improvement. There might be something in your current policy that you’re paying a premium for that you don’t need. This is where looking at different policies and providers could save you some money.
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5. Meal prep like your bank account depends on it
Meal prepping can not only be good for the bank account, but your health too. Creating a meal yourself is traditionally a lot cheaper than eating out. You could save even further by choosing ingredients that are in season and on special.
Having a meal ready in your freezer could reduce your temptation to order takeaway and spend more than you would have liked on food for the month. Check out our friends at Queensland Country Health Fund* who have put together an easy to read guide on how to meal prep here.
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