Beat the top five barriers to saving

3 September 2019

Just over half of Australians aren’t saving any of their monthly income*, and five key costs are the main culprits. Industry super fund-owned bank ME reveals what you can do to trim the costs in these five areas.

1. Everyday bills

Instead of automatically paying your bills, whether it’s your electricity bill or home insurance, research whether you could cut costs by switching to a new provider. It could turbocharge your ability to grow your savings.

2. Rent

If you’re prepared to live a few extra train stops from the city, chances are you’ll save. Look for properties with features that can cut other bills. Apartment complexes with a residents’ gym, for example, can see you save on gym fees.

3. Home loans

After back-to-back RBA cash rate cuts in June and July, some lenders are offering their lowest home loan rates ever. That means plenty of scope to get a better deal on your home loan. There can be costs in switching so look at the time taken to recoup these expenses – the sooner, the better.

4. Shopping, dining out and socialising

Shop with a debit card – this way you’re limited by the balance of your bank account. Go easy on the food delivery apps too. Enjoy an affordable social night in by organising a pot luck dinner or cook a vegetarian (hence low-cost) meal for them. It’s a fun way to save.

5 School or daycare

Put your name down on a childcare centre’s waiting list while you’re still on parental leave to secure a spot at a more affordable centre. If a private school is on your wish list, enquire about bursaries and scholarships that help to reduce fees. Check out local ads for pre-loved uniforms to kit out your child for a fraction of the normal cost. 


* ME’s 16th Household Financial Comfort Report

This article is brought to you by ME. For more information, please visit Members Equity Bank Limited ABN 56 070 887 679 and Australian Credit Licence 229500.

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