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Tips to start saving

If you’ve got something you want to save up for – a trip, a car, a wedding or a fancy new TV – put a plan in place to make it happen. Take a look at your spending habits, set some goals and start saving for the future you want.

  1. Look at your spending

    Before you can start saving, take stock of what money’s coming in and what’s going out. Once you’ve done this, you can create a budget and work out how much spare cash you could be saving. Make sure you're realistic and allow some spending money for fun things, otherwise you might not stick to it.

  2. Set a deadline

    Rather than just aimlessly popping money aside, set yourself a goal and a deadline to reach it. Get an idea of what your goal will cost and work backwards from there, working out how much you can afford to save each pay and how long it'll take to reach your target. Goal Tracker can help you track your progress.

  3. Make a plan

    As the saying goes, it won’t happen overnight, but it will happen. Write down your plan and spell out the steps you'll need to take. For example, if you want to go on holiday, it might be: clear your debt, build up an emergency fund, set a savings goal, go on holiday.

  4. Pay yourself first

    Rather than save what’s left at the end of the month, set your savings aside as soon as you’re paid. Treat your savings as a bill that has to be paid, so you’re not tempted to skip it. Set up a direct debit or automatic payment to divert money to a savings account straight after pay day or set up PayStream to automatically split your pay into different accounts.

  5. Every little bit counts

    Don’t be put off if you can only afford to save a few dollars a month. Set up a separate savings account, consider one that doesn't allow instant access to your money or that earns bonus interest if you don't make any withdrawals in a month.

  6. Stay on track

    It’s worth reviewing how you’re going every few months. If you’re slipping off the wagon, take a look at why, you might need to take a fresh look at your budget and adjust how much you're spending or saving. It's better to tweak things than give up completely.

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Tips for financial peace of mind

Building up a financial buffer can stop you from having to dip into debt if life throws you a curve ball. Putting aside money to help you cope with hard times or unexpected expenses is a big step on the road to financial peace of mind.

  1. Work out how much you need

    Three months’ worth of expenses is considered a good rule of thumb, but the size of your emergency fund will depend on your circumstances. Use our bills calculator to work out your regular bills and expenses and how much you might need to save.

  2. Separate your savings

    Consider setting up a separate bank account that isn’t linked to your EFTPOS or debit card so it’s harder to dip into. Take temptation out of the equation with PayStream, which lets you automatically channel money from your pay into a separate account. You could also set up a direct debit or automatic payment into a savings account.

  3. Don't be daunted

    It might sound like a big number, but don’t be put off. You don't need to build up your rainy day fund overnight, you just need to get started. It’s easy to fritter away money on small things that don’t seem like a big deal, but our savings calculator can help you see how quickly daily treats add up to fairly decent sums of money.

  4. Define 'emergency'

    You need to be clear about what constitutes a financial emergency for you – that way you’ll be less tempted to dip into your emergency savings to pay for a holiday, a new gadget or an outfit. It might be job loss, car repairs, replacing a broken fridge or washing machine or facing a larger than normal power bill.

  5. Choose the right account

    Find a savings account, term deposit or a Managed Fund that suits your needs and circumstances. Online Call gives bonus interest if you have a minimum balance of $2,000 and don’t make any withdrawals in a month. Notice Saver doesn’t give you instant access to your money – removing easy access and temptation to spend.

  6. Consider insurance

    The kind of insurances you have will also impact how much you need in a rainy-day account. Take a look at our insurance cover options if you don't already have it. If you're already insured, review your policies to make sure they're still enough for your circumstances.

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Tips to get you on the road (or in the air)

Whether you’re heading off on a holiday of a lifetime, or you’re chasing some winter sun, you need to budget for your trip and plan how you’re going to pay for things while you’re away.

  1. Start saving

    A concrete goal, like a trip and a deadline of when you want to go can be great motivation when it comes to saving. Once you know how much a trip is likely to cost and when you want to go, set up Goal Tracker to help you visualise your progress.

  2. Get your budget right

    Whether you’re backpacking or going five-star, it could add up to more than you expect, so make sure you’re being realistic about how much things will cost. Work out a budget, make sure you include as many costs as you can think of – flights, insurance, accommodation, food, drinks, entertainment, public transport, shopping, or taxis.

  3. Choose the right accounts

    If your trip is coming up soon, then instant access to your money might be most important to you, so take a look at our Online Call account. If you don’t need to withdraw your money instantly, Notice Saver or a Term Deposit might work for you. Compare our savings accounts. If your trip is a while away, a Managed Fund could be worth looking into.

  4. Let us know your plans

    It’s important that we know when and where you’ll be travelling, so we can keep an eye on your cards and accounts. If we don’t know you’re overseas, we might think your card has been stolen and block it when international transactions start showing up.

  5. Before you go

    Stay safe and check out travel advisories for the countries you’re travelling to. Make sure you have the right travel insurance for your trip. If you have a Platinum Visa or Air New Zealand Airpoints™ Platinum Visa credit card, you may be eligible for built-in travel insurance.

  6. Manage your money from afar

    Manage your accounts while you're away with internet banking or our mobile app. Keep an eye on your balances and transactions, transfer money if you need to and make sure that any payments you've set up have gone through.

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Laying the groundwork for your kids

It can be tough watching your children struggle with steep student loans or battle to get a big enough house deposit. See what you can do to give your kids a financial head start.

Make sure you’re secure

The first thing you need to do is make sure that helping out your kids isn’t going to leave you in the financial lurch. Get independent financial advice before you commit to any major decisions and always make sure you understand what you’re signing up for and the potential consequences.

For example, guaranteeing a loan means that you'll be required for repayments if your children default on their payments. You might think ‘my child would never do that’ but it does happen – life has a habit of throwing curve balls, whether it’s job loss, illness or just bad luck, so make sure you consider how you’d cope with worst-case scenarios.

Teach them young

If your children are still young, then lay the groundwork while they’re still little and think you’re the font of all knowledge. Talk about money when you’re shopping or paying the bills and encourage them to save for stuff they want.

Most of all, set a good example. Your children will listen to what you’re saying, but they also watch what you’re doing. You could tell them all the right things they should be doing, but undo all that good work if you’re not being careful with your own money. The First Saver account is designed for children and has no account management or transaction fees while they're under 19.

Save for the future

If you’ve got young children and are able to put aside money for them, then look at setting up savings accounts, term deposits, a KiwiSaver account or even a Managed Fund in their name. If you want control over what happens to the money, you can open these in your name, other than a KiwiSaver account.

Term Deposits could be a good option if you don’t need the money immediately, with options to lock in competitive interest rates anywhere from 30 days to five years. Notice Saver is another possibility, set-up under your name if you’re after competitive interest rates and don’t need immediate access to your money. See all savings accounts and term deposits.

Start investing

Managed Funds could also be worth looking at, and they’re not nearly as daunting as you might think. With Kiwi Wealth’s Managed Funds, you can start investing with as little as $100 and make further contributions of any amount you choose. These contributions can be one-offs, or you can set up regular payments.

With Kiwi Wealth you can open an account on behalf of your child, in their name, in which case once they turn 18, they’ll have authority over the account and can make withdrawals when they like. Or you can open an account in your name, in which case you’ll always be in charge of what happens to the money.

Living at home

If you think you’ll be able to cope living with your kids as they transition into adulthood (both in terms of your finances and your nerves) then encourage them to stay at home while they’re studying or saving for a house. If they’re reluctant to stay at home, sit them down and show them the expensive reality of flatting, using our bills calculator.

You can also help them choose the best bank accounts for their age and stage.

Onto the property ladder

If you want to help your children into their first home, there are a few ways you could go about it. You might set up a KiwiSaver account for your child, which they could access for their deposit. You could also gift or lend them a deposit (or part of a deposit), guarantee their loan, or, if you have an investment property, you could use some of the equity you’ve built up in that property.

If you do want to help them out, talk to one of our home loan specialists about your options. It’s also important that you get independent advice, so you know exactly what you’re getting into and whether it’s the right option for you.

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Create a financially comfortable retirement

New Zealand has a universal retirement pension that's paid to eligible Kiwis when they reach 65. While the pension provides a safety net, if you’re wanting a few creature comforts in your dotage, then you’ll have to save up a nest egg to supplement these payments.

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