Further info and resources for A Current Affair readers

Top 5 Financial Tips for Generation Y – Given to A Current Affair

  1. Save before you Spend – Building Wealth

Create an automatic transfer of 10% of your salary into another bank account (such as a high interest account).

It is important to do this when you get paid. You should pay yourself first.

When the gym takes their fee directly from your bank account – do you manage to survive – Yes.  Put in an automatic transfer and don’t ever stop it.

Even if you get a credit card debt. Pay off your credit card debt after the 10% (OK this part is debateable- some prefer to pay credit card debt first).

Saving 10% of your salary is like your parents getting you to eat your vegetables – you will enjoy the financial dessert some day.

Resources

http://nomoney.com.au/2009/09/29/the-one-trick-to-saving/

 - Book: The Richest Man in Babylon by George S Clayton (click on Right hand side to buy through Amazon.com)

2. First Home Saver Account – Saving for A Home

If you are 18 and plan to buy a home -start a First Home Saver account with your local bank.  It is a special account – Commonwealth Bank 4.25% & ANZ have them 4.5%

 You need $1,000 to start, and $1,000 a year deposited over 4 non-consecutive years.

 You get 17% contribution from Government + Bank Interest and only pay 15% tax (automatically deducted & sent to ATO).

 The Traps (MAKE SURE YOU READ THIS) – you need to have deposited $1,000 into the account for 4 years- otherwise it goes into your super fund. So if you buy a house after 2 years then the money is transferred to super.

 So start off slow – You could transfer $100 a month into this account for the first few years then up to $5,000/yr ($416/month) to get max Gov contribution benefit.

 Note that can still get FHOG if it lasts!

 Resources

Fido main site http://www.fido.gov.au/firsthomesaver

 Home Saver Calculator http://www.fido.gov.au/fido/fido.nsf/byheadline/First+home+saver+account+calculator?openDocument

 ATO re: First Home Saver http://www.ato.gov.au/content/downloads/MEI00155253n72406082008.pdf

 First Home Saver accounts

ANZ http://www.anz.com/personal/accounts/savings-accounts/home-saver-account/

 CBA -http://www.commbank.com.au/personal/accounts/firsthomesaver/default.aspx

(Westpac & NAB probably have them too but I couldn’t see when I flicked through their sites – maybe someone from Westpac and NAB want to email me nomoneyau@gmail.com and I’ll update this blog with your links)

 First Home Owner Grant -NSW $7k still available until 30/06/2010

http://www.osr.nsw.gov.au/benefits/first_home/  (Other states check go through fido links)

3. Spend less on having a good time

 Watch what you drink -if possible buy first round or avoid rounds of drinks altogether

 If you are not feeling it – go home or don’t go out

 So many fun things don’t actually cost that much

-Hanging out at a friends house, having a few (a few!!! like 3) drinks at the pub.

-Having coffee

-Going to the beach

 4. You can live cheap without being a tightarse (not sure if they’ll say tightarse on Channel 9 – but I’ll say what I want on my website!)

 A few quick ideas - Buy items on sale or 2nd hand, Sell unwanted items on www.ebay.com.au, Bring your lunch to work

 5. Clear that debt & don’t make stupid decisions

 If you have a credit card debt make it a priority to pay it off. As credit cards charge 20% that is better than almost any investment.

 Pin your credit card statement to your fridge and look at it whenever you are about to go shopping.

 Don’t enter flexirent, etc.

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