It’s commonly said that it takes money to make money. Those who live payslip to payslip and have little to invest or save for a rainy day would likely agree. But if you take the time to re-evaluate your finances, you’ll start to realise that setting aside even the smallest of dollar amounts can really add up over a lifetime, and budgeting is a key way to achieve this.
We’ve put some pointers together to get you started.
Three key numbers – 50/30/20
- Use up to 50% of your income for what you need
- Allow for up to 30% to spend on the fun stuff
- Save 20% for a rainy day, invest or your savings goal.
These numbers aren’t necessarily fixed; however, they provide a strong foundation for building healthy financial habits to help you achieve your goals.
Pay yourself first
When you get your paycheck, many people make the mistake of spending first, and then saving what is left over. The problem with this is that it doesn’t guarantee any savings; your savings become dependent on how much you spend each month (and often in a rather unplanned fashion).
A better strategy is to pay yourself first by setting aside a fixed percentage of your income towards saving and investing (for example the 20% from the numbers above), and then spending with what is left over.
Automation is your friend here, which can whisk the money straight out of your spending account before you have a chance to spend it. Setting up a recurring deposit into your Raiz account is one way to do this.
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Trimming the fat on your budget.
If you take a bird’s-eye view of your budget, you’ll soon see that there are a few types of outgoings from your pay. You can think of them as this:
- Investment/Rainy day funds
- Essential expenses you cannot change.
- Essential expenses that you can control.
The key is to make your essentials are lean as possible by finding alternatives or shopping around. For example:
- Remember that household bills like electricity, gas, internet, and insurance can all be shopped and swapped. By switching providers, you can easily save hundreds off your annual spend! Raiz Energy can be of big help when comparing, and you’ll get up to $112 invested back into your Raiz account for switching. Raiz Broadband is giving $56 back for switching your internet provider (accurate July 2022)
- Buy in bulk (within reason): you may look like a madman for a moment, but it really pays off to buy non-perishable essentials in bulk.
- Try to pay for things upfront or on time – some providers will give discounts for on time payments or bulk payments (e.g. annual premiums for insurance can at times be cheaper than monthly)
Our My Finance Tool can help keep track of your spending
Some Raiz users have reported they have previously used Pocketbook to help keep track of their finances, but did you know Raiz Invest has our own budgeting tool in-app that can act as a saving and expense tracker?
The My Finance tab is a useful tool within Raiz to help track and categorise your spending, which can assist in creating and sticking to your budget. My Finance will only analyse transactions made from your linked spending accounts, but you can link as many as you like. Check out the Raiz App Guide for tips on how to usethis helpful tool.
Every bit counts
Start small, think big! Every step will help you on your path to your financial goals.
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