12 tips for a money wise 2022!

It’s been a tough couple of years, for some more than others, however, it’s always a great time to create habits that will make you money-wise for life! Here are our top 12 tips for getting the basics right in 2022.

#1 Use an Online Savings Account

An online savings account is a great way to grow your money faster. Unlike a transaction account, you can’t spend money directly from a savings account, so it’s harder to dip into your savings.

#2 Automate your savings

Transfer part of your pay into your savings account. You can ask your employer to do this for you or you can set up a direct debit. This way, you’re saving without even having to think about it.

#3 Round-up transactions

Some savings accounts or apps let you round up your daily transactions to the nearest $1 or $5. The change then goes directly into your savings account.

#4 Find quick wins

Look through your bank or credit card statements for the last two months. Identify anything that isn’t essential. This could be things like subscriptions or memberships.

#5 Reduce your grocery and utility bills

To reduce your grocery bills:

  • plan meals in advance and only shop for the ingredients in those meals
  • buy home or own brands where you can
  • buy fruit and vegetables that are in season or on sale
  • cook meals like soups and pasta sauces that have lots of leftovers you can freeze for later
  • meat can be expensive, so plan some meals that don’t include meat

#6 Compare Your Energy & Gas Supplier

Compare energy suppliers here to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

#7 Shop around for insurance

When it’s time to renew your insurance, compare premiums with other providers. Your current insurer may offer to beat competitors’ offers to keep your business.
You may also be able to save on your premium by increasing your excess or by bundling all your policies together with one insurer. Find out how to get the best price and protection when choosing car insurance or home insurance with money smart.

#8 Have a savings plan

The secret to saving is to start early and save often. Create a savings plan so you can manage your money and stick to your goal.

#9 Know where your money is going

Have a clear picture of your regular expenses and spending habits. This helps you see where you can cut back and save. See track your spending for practical ways to get started.

#10 Start a budget

Once you know how you’re spending your money, you can set a realistic budget. Your budget will help you to stay on track, review your progress and reach your money goals sooner.
See how to do a budget to get on the money smart website to get started.

#11 Set a savings goal

Setting a savings goal helps you stay focused. It doesn’t matter how big or small your goal is, work out how much money you need and make a start.

#12 Pay off some debt

If you can, make extra repayments towards any credit card debt or loans you have. Paying off your debts sooner can save you thousands in interest.

We wish you well in putting these tips into action, and if you need more advice on managing your money, please
give the team at STS Accounting Group a call. Just one conversation may change the course of your financial future.