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How to make better financial decisions. What impacts your Budget?

Discover how Australians are managing the cost of living pressures through spending and saving strategies and making better financial decisions. Learn how your savings could impact your household budget and financial goals. 

How are Australians saving their money?

While the cost of living is still a major problem, many Australians have made some adjustments to the way they handle their own money, making better financial decisions, according to the NAB Consumer Sentiment Survey for Q1 2024.

Among the 2000 Australians polled, some were found to be cutting back on:

  • Eating out at restaurants (57%)
  • Treats like coffee and snacks (52%)
  • Entertainment (49%)
  • Car journeys to save on petrol (46%)
  • Holidays (45%)
  • Food delivery services (43%)

Australians are reportedly saving over $3800 year, or over $320 per month, as a result of these reductions. It was discovered that Gen Z respondents were saving even more, with an average monthly contribution of $370.

According to the poll, over 40% of Australians were contributing additional funds to savings and offset accounts, whilst only 1 in 5 were focusing on debt repayment.

According to Rachel Slade, executive in charge of NAB’s personal banking business, Australians are growing more affluent as they use the bank’s available budgeting tools and refine their spending and saving habits.

“Australians are embracing ‘smarter spending’ to help them manage the cost of living and keep their budgets under control. Carefully cutting back might mean a small tweak to spending on coffees and food delivery or making holiday plans that are more budget conscious to prioritise things for themselves, their kids or their family.”

What impact may savings have on your budget?

How can you ensure that your savings have an impact on your personal finances after you start saving money? Let us perform some calculations.

Assume you were saving $320 a month, using the average savings from the NAB poll, and putting those funds into a savings account with a 5% interest rate. If you made the same amount of contributions each month for a year, you would have saved $4266, which includes $106 in interest. Based on the $370 monthly average for Gen Z, you may end up with $4932, which includes $122 in interest.

This kind of saving might be a useful strategy to meet your financial objectives and help you make better financial decisions. However, other solutions could better fit your needs depending on the financial status of your home.

Mortgage holders, for instance, might use the additional funds to lower the interest they pay by placing them into their offset account. This might eventually help you pay off the loan more quickly and save more money overall, all the while keeping your money easily accessible for when you absolutely need it.

In certain situations, paying off debts like credit card debt can also be beneficial since the quicker you pay off a loan, the lower the interest and other costs you may incur overall.

Your excess funds may also be invested in the assets of your choosing, but before making any commitments, it’s crucial to understand the possible risks and returns. Prior to making any big adjustments to your personal money, think about getting independent counsel from a financial consultant. For more information on using a finance broker click here

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