5 Smart Ways To Spring Clean Your Finances

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Spring is a great time to dust the cobwebs and organise the linen cupboard. It is also a great time to check in with your finances and make sure everything is running smoothly. Here are some strategies for checking you are getting the most out of your money.

Spruce up your mortgage

Unless you have a fixed rate mortgage, you might want to check in with your broker to make sure you are paying the most competitive mortgage rates.

A lower interest rate might mean you have a lower repayment each month. But, if you are happy with your repayments, keep paying the same, and you will pay off your mortgage faster on a lower interest rate.

Dust the cobwebs off your budget

Checking in with your budget on a regular basis means you know where money is coming in from, and where it is going to. Are your expenses and your income balancing out?

Reviewing your budget helps you recognise when the balance is off. A slow earning month might mean you have to tighten the belt for a few weeks. Consider spending less on non-essentials and luxury items until the balance evens out.

Reviewing your budget helps you see where cuts can be made, so you have more money in your pocket. If you are in surplus, think about redirecting new found cash into your loan, or your saving deposit.

Freshen up your insurance

Insurance is important when you own your own home. And insurance is a competitive market. Check in with your insurance broker, to make sure you are getting the best value for your money.

If your area has recently been affected by flood, fire, or storm, it’s worth making sure your insurance cover is still current. Insurance premiums may be affected by recent weather-related damage in your area, which is all the more reason to ensure your insurance is working for you.

Clean up your paperwork

Preparing tax at the end of the financial year can drain time and resources. But if you keep on top of your expenses and income throughout the financial year, it’s easier to tie it all together at the end.

Use financial programs like MYOB and Excel spreadsheets to account for your money. Make sure your receipts and invoices are filed, and easy to access. Keeping digital records is a tidier and more environmentally friendly way of staying organised.

Check your super and investments

If you’ve worked for a number of employers, it’s possible you’ve paid superannuation to different companies. If your super is spread across a number of providers, you could be paying more fees, and aren’t necessarily getting the best return on your dollar. Talk to your Financial Planner about maybe consolidating your super into one place or other options open to you in regards to your investment portfolio.

Likewise, go through your investment portfolio, and make sure your investments are working for you. It might be time to do a serious cleanout.

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