New Year’s resolutions – top 5 tips

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Top 5 tips to achieve your money goals in 2020

Take control of your future by setting some financial goals this year. Here are our top tips to help make 2020 your best year yet.

Make a plan for your money

What are your money goals for this year? To give yourself the best chance at achieving them, your goals need to be SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. Setting timely goals means giving yourself a timeframe to achieve them.

With a SMART goal in mind, you now need to set up a plan for how you’ll achieve it. For example, if you want to save $5,000 by the end of the year, work out how much you can allocate to that goal each pay day.

Start with a budget

A budget will help you to map out your finances and work out where your money is going. Start with the essential costs like rent or mortgage, food, bills and transport, then allocate money for any debts you’re paying off. Anything left over can go towards your other money goals.

Our budget planner makes it easy to work out where your money is going.

budget planner

Home in on your savings

Having savings set aside will help cover you in case of an emergency and will also help you reach your bigger money goals. Set up an automatic recurring payment to regularly transfer money into a high-interest savings account that is easy to deposit into but hard to withdraw from.

We have lots of tips to help you zero in on your savings if you’re:

Check out our savings infographic to see what other people are saving for and how they are reaching their savings goals.

Work out how much you need to save each pay to reach your goal.

savings goals calculator

Knock out your debts

If you want to get on top of your debt in 2020, break down what you owe into manageable chunks by prioritising what you can pay first.

Smart tip

Stay on top of your credit health by getting a free copy of your credit report and correcting any details that are wrong.

You could start by making extra repayments on your smallest debt first. Once you have paid that off, move on to the next smallest, and so on. If you start small, by the time you get to your biggest debts you will be well equipped to knock them out.

Another option is to pay off the debt with the highest interest first.

Financial counselling is a free service you can use if you need help sorting out your debts. Financial counsellors are independent and confidential.

Take charge of your super

Make 2020 the year you get on top of your super. If your super is spread out across multiple funds, you are paying multiple sets of fees that are reducing your balance. Your super is your nest egg for your future, so why not start the year by