Saving for your goals can sometimes feel like a bit of a juggling act, especially when you’re not sure which money needs to be going towards your South America trip, which should go to your home deposit, and which should be for that new car.
It can seem overwhelming, but don’t fear! That’s where our savers can help. We’ve looked at a great day-to-day budgeting technique with Jason, now meet Sarah, who sets up different savings accounts and names them as a practical way of organising her goals.
Here’s how you can set up your big goals and keep track of them.
Step 1: Decide what you’re saving for
The first step to defining your goals is getting clear on what you want, and often that means doing more than just thinking about it. Write down what you want to achieve with your saving plan as well as how much you need, and have each goal at the front of your mind during the savings process.
Step 2: Choose your account type
When you consider where each savings goal is going to go, consider which type of account will help you best achieve your goals.
With ING, you can chose between a Savings Maximiser and a Savings Accelerator, which both have different benefits.
• Savings Maximiser – Offers our highest variable rate for eligible customers on one account for balances up to $100,000, and there are no penalties on withdrawals. All your money goes towards reaching your savings goals.
• Savings Accelerator – This is a good choice when you already have a large sum saved up towards your goal. The interest rate gets higher the higher your balance is, with the highest variable rate coming in at balances of $150,000 or more.
Step 3: Set up your accounts and name them
With ING, it’s an easy process to set up a new account online. Check out how to do it step by step in our last edition of Meet the Savers.
Once you’ve got your accounts up and running, name them after your goals, like “New Car,” “Tasmania Honeymoon” or ““Fishing Boat”.
Step 4: Plan your contributions
Decide how much and how frequently you need to contribute to each of these accounts, and be realistic about it. This will help you keep your goals separate.
Use timelines to prioritise. Maybe one goal is more pressing than another, so you can intentionally focus on this over others.
It’s worth mentioning that the highest variable interest rate you can earn with your Savings Maximiser can only apply to one of your savings accounts on balances up to $100,000, with the remainder earning a lower variable rate. Make sure your priority savings goal receives it. You can give us a call on 133 464 to change which account receives the high variable interest rate.
For more information on setting up accounts, read on here.
Information and interest rates are current as at the date of publication and are subject to change.
The additional variable rate currently 1.30% p.a. (that is added to the Savings Maximiser standard variable rate) applies on one nominated Savings Maximiser per customer for the next calendar month when you also hold an Orange Everyday account and in the current calendar month you do the following:
• Current Eligibility Criteria:
o deposit at least $1,000 from an external bank account to any personal ING account in your name (excluding Living Super and Orange One); , and
o also make at least 5 card purchases^ that are settled (and not at a ‘pending status’) using your ING debit or credit card (excluding ATM withdrawals, balance enquiries, cash advances and EFTPOS cash out only transactions).
• Eligibility Criteria Effective 1 March 2021:
o in addition to the Current Eligibility Criteria, from 1 March 2021 you must also ensure that the balance of your nominated Savings Maximiser account at the end of the month (excluding interest) is higher than it was at the end of the previous month.
Each customer can nominate a maximum of one Savings Maximiser account (either single or joint) to receive the additional variable rate (where eligible). You can check and change your nominated Savings Maximiser account via online banking or by calling us on 133 464. If no nomination is made, the additional variable rate (where eligible) will be applied to an account nominated by ING at its sole discretion.
Any amounts above $100,000 are subject to the Savings Maximiser standard variable rate applicable at the time. If you do not satisfy the conditions to receive the additional variable rate, the standard variable rate applies. ING can change or withdraw the additional variable rate at any time. The additional variable rate is not payable in conjunction with any other promotional rate.
^Card purchases includes in store credit or EFTPOS purchases, online purchases, regular card payments, payWave, Apple Pay, and Google Pay transactions made with an Orange Everyday Visa card, Orange One Low Rate or Orange One Rewards Platinum Visa card or Nil Interest Visa card provided with an eligible ING home loan. When using the phrase ‘settled’ card purchases in a calendar month, we mean that the purchases made on your card must be fully processed by the end of the last day of that month. Card purchases made in store or online this current calendar month which are at a ‘pending status’ and do not settle until the next calendar month do not count towards the 5 card purchases needed this current calendar month.
When determining if you are eligible under the offer, we also take into account the behaviour of any of your joint account holders or additional cardholders.
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