Reach your savings goals
Setting a savings goal for yourself is exciting. Your goal could
be as simple as putting some money aside for emergencies or you may
want to save for a home deposit, car, holiday or a wedding.
Whatever your goal, once you start a regular savings plan you
may surprise yourself with how much you can achieve once you put
your mind to it.
How to achieve your savings
When you set yourself a savings goal it's important to get a
savings plan together so you can make your dream a reality. After
all, a goal without a plan is just a wish.
If you have borrowed money on a high interest rate, make paying
off that debt your priority before putting your money into
Here are some techniques used by confident savers:
- Know how much money is needed
- Have a clear savings plan
- Regularly review your progress
- Have a specific saving time frame
- Tell your family and friends about your goal
- Check your bank
Those who review, remind themselves and publicly commit to their
savings goals are more likely to achieve them.
How Australians save money
Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a successful
Our saving infographic shows how
Australians save money, people's different saving styles as well as
the techniques used by successful savers.
Know how much money you need
The first step to achieving your savings goal is to work out how
much money you need to save and how long it will take you to save
Set up a savings plan and set, track and meet your savings
You can also use our saving goals calculator to work out how
much you'll earn in interest if your savings are put in a savings
account or term deposit.
Work out how long it will take to meet your savings targets.
Savings goals calculator
If you prefer to write down your savings goals use this savings plan.
Make some cut backs
To achieve your savings goal, you may have to cut back on
optional expenses like entertainment, dining out and shopping.
Record your everyday expenses, so you have a clear picture of
what you are spending your money on, and where you can make some
Track your personal expenses on the go with our free and
You can also use our budget planner to see how much money is
coming in and going out each week, fortnight or month.
Stay in control of your money and plan for your future.
For tips on how to save for a specific goal, see:
Saving for a short-term
Short-term goals are things you want to achieve within the next
couple of years. These goals could be to pay off your credit card
debt, buy a new TV, go on a holiday or buy a car. Whatever you have
in mind, set yourself a realistic timeframe.
The best way to save for short-term goals is to reduce your
spending on non-essential items, like entertainment, dining out,
memberships or subscriptions. It is often easier to stay on top of
your spending if you use cash, EFTPOS or a debit card when shopping
instead of using your credit card. See spending for tips on how to keep track of
where your money is going day to day.
Make your savings work for you by putting your money into an
account where it will grow. Savings accounts are great because you
can earn compound interest on your
If you're on a low income, you may qualify for one of the
savings programs offered by some charitable organisations. For more
information see other programs for
low income earners.
Saving for a long-term
Long-term goals are plans you want to achieve in around 5 years
or more. This could include buying a home or paying off your
mortgage, paying for your children's education or saving for
For long-term goals think about investing some of your money. Get some financial
advice to work out a good investment strategy to reach your
Saving money for
Whatever your goals, it's a good idea to put some money aside
for emergencies. Keep this 'rainy day' fund separate to your
savings and everyday money. As a guide, aim to save up enough money
to cover your expenses for 1- 3 months. Remember to keep this money
for real emergencies and top it up again after you use it. See our
webpage on building an emergency fund
for tips on how to create a savings buffer.
Saving is easier than you may think. The trick
is to start small and start now. Set your goals, create your
savings plan and begin to make your dreams a reality.
Last updated: 20 Jul 2017