Spring clean your finances

MONEY 06 | 09 | 19

When it comes to your money, whether it be loans, insurance, savings or superannuation, having a ‘set and forget' attitude can be detrimental to your long term finances. Checking in on the different aspects that make up your finances every now and then to see if they need freshening up is a good way to ensure you are getting the most out of your money.

Your budget:
Since a person's income and expenses will change over time, making sure your budget is up to date can help keep track of your spending and calculate how long it will take to reach your savings goal. This is also impacted more by day to day and surprise expenses you may incur so regular assessment will better your planning.

Your mortgage:
With interest rates constantly changing, checking to see if you are still receiving a competitive rate can end up saving you money; the lower the interest rate, the quicker you can pay off your loan. By finding out your current interest rate and comparing it to other loans on the market, you may find there is a better deal out there for you.

Your savings:
Spring is the perfect time to reconsider the type of savings product you currently have and whether the return you receive on your savings is at the best rate out there. For those with a term deposit that is about to mature, consider whether there is another savings account that pays higher interest or if another term deposit is a better option.

Your superannuation:
To get to know your superannuation better this Spring, find your latest super statement and check the following:

  • If you have multiple super accounts: consolidating all of your super accounts to just one will save you fees and make it easier to keep track of.
  • Investment options: consider the best investment option for each stage of life when choosing super investments. Those who are more than ten years away from retirement may be more suited to an aggressive investment strategy which is likely to deliver higher returns. Those who are closer to retirement may want to use more conservative options to protect their wealth.
  • Contributions: consider how much you are currently contributing to your super; the sooner you start contributing extra, the less you have to give up each week to make a difference in the long-term. Lower income earners may also be entitled to a government co-contribution and mid-high income earners may be able to save tax.

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