4 hacks to get you back on track after a budget blowout
Surprise!!! No matter how well you plan, unexpected expenses are a fact of life.
But that’s no reason to feel like your good budgeting intentions have gone to waste. If you’ve experienced a blowout, here are some helpful hacks to get you back on track.
Check your budget
Life is constantly changing, and your budget is no exception. So if your expenses are getting hard to balance, it could be a sign you need to take stock and check that your budget still meets your needs and goals.
To make life easier there are plenty of free budgeting tools online.
Reset and rebuild
If your savings take a hit with a big expense, it could be time to rethink your savings strategy so you can get back on track fast.
A dedicated savings account like ING’s Savings Maximiser not only gives you a competitive standard rate but could earn you ING’s highest available variable rate when you hold an Orange Everyday and meet the monthly eligibility criteria. Terms and conditions apply, more details can be found here.
You can also add up to 9 accounts and name them how you like, such as New Car or Rainy Day Fund. That way you know exactly what you’re savings for and what’s available to spend.
Start small, go big
Starting small is a great first step for getting back on your financial feet, and it’s even easier when you can set and forget your savings.
For instance, you could set up a regular transfer from your pay to your savings account or turn on ING‘s Everyday Round Up.
Once turned on, every eligible card purchase you make will be instantly rounded up to the nearest $1 or $5 and the extra amount shifted from your Orange Everyday to your Savings Maximiser.
Be tough on bills
Finally, it always pays to see if you can cut the cost of your regular household expenses such as utility bills.
Comparison sites like Finder, iSelect and Compare the Market can be a convenient place to start your search but they don’t always include all available providers.
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