5 ways to save more than $500 in 2018

Tom Watson   |   16 Jan 2018

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There’s no doubt about it - finding ways to increase a savings account stash has been a difficult task for many Australians, thanks to stagnant wage growth and record low interest rates.

The good news is that there are always small opportunities that savers can take to get their balance looking healthier again. So read on for five simple ways to save over $500 throughout 2018.

1. Grab a fee-free banking deal - $48

One of the easiest places you can start is with your own bank account. Every month, plenty of Australian customers fork over $4, $5 and even $6 in account fees, despite there being plenty of fee-free alternatives on offer. In fact, by making the simple switch from a bank with a $4 account fee to one without any fees at all, you could be end up saving $48 in 2018 alone.

2. Compare your travel insurance - $68

An overseas holiday will top of plenty 2018 wish lists, so when you go to book your flights and accomodation don’t forget to do due diligence on your travel insurance as well, because even a simple search could put more dollars back in your pocket to spend while you’re away.

For example, according to the Mozo travel insurance comparison tool, the difference between comprehensive insurance policies can be as much as $68 - even for a quick two week trip across the ditch to New Zealand in July by a 32 year old. Just remember, it’s always important to check the details of your individual policy to ensure you’re covered for everything you need.  

3. Review your car insurance - $73

One of the best saving opportunities for many Australians during 2018 could be on their comprehensive car insurance, especially when premiums can cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars each year. But with big expenses, come big opportunities to save.

According to a recent Mozo car insurance mystery shop - which featured five insurers from New South Wales - the difference between comprehensive insurance policies for a 45 year old woman can be as great as $510, with even the difference between the cheapest providers a tidy $73.

4. Swear off a vice - $208

While it might seem like a tiny expense, giving up a vice like your weekly take away or Friday night wine could seriously add up over the course of 2018. Don’t believe it? Well as the Mozo Vice Calculator shows, even saying goodbye to your $4 morning coffee just once each week could net you $208 over the course of the year!

5. Ditch your credit card interest - $226   

One of the most frustrating expenses for many Australians, and one they will be most eager to do away with, are credit card interest payments. According to a Mozo study, the average Aussie hands over $226 in credit card interest payments each year, which just goes to show the benefit of making monthly repayments on time. Alternatively, if you’re finding it hard to shift your post-Christmas credit card debt, it might be worth your while checking out a balance transfer deal.  

To start saving on credit card interest repayments, take a look at some of the standout balance transfer credit card offers below.

Say goodbye to credit card debt with these balance transfer deals - rates updated daily

  • Woolworths Everyday Platinum Credit Card

    0% p.a. for 14 months and then 21.99% p.a.

    19.99% p.a.

    $49 $0 in the first year

    Perfect for practical spenders, pay no annual fee in the first year and save up to $50 on your Woolies shop each month. Plus new cardholders can score a $50 Woolies eGift Card when you spend $150 a month for the first 3 months. Too easy!

    • 0% p.a. for 14 months and then 21.99% p.a.

    • $49 $0 in the first year

    • 19.99% p.a.

    • 55

    • 21.99% p.a.

    • 3%, minimum $5

    • Woolworths Money Shopping Card sent every 4 months if enough points have been accrued.

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Everyday Platinum Credit Card

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  • Apply By 28 February 2019

    Qantas Money Qantas Premier Platinum Credit Card

    0% p.a. for 18 months and then 21.99% p.a.

    19.99% p.a.

    $299 $149 in the first year

    Receive 70,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,500 within 90 days of card approval, and an additional 30,000 bonus points after the first anniversary of the card.

    • 0% p.a. for 18 months and then 21.99% p.a.

    • $299 $149 in the first year

    • 19.99% p.a.

    • 55

    • 21.99% p.a.

    • 3%, min $3.00

    • Points are automatically credited to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Qantas Premier Platinum Credit Card

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  • American Express Explorer® Credit Card

    0% p.a. for 12 months and then 20.74% p.a. (1.00% balance transfer fee)

    20.74% p.a.

    $395

    Generous perks include a massive 50,000 bonus points when you apply online and meet the spend criteria, a $400 Travel Credit each year, 2 complimentary Amex Lounge passes and more! Note: point redemption rates will change as of 15 April 2019, please visit the Amex website for more information. Credit Card Provider of the Year in the Mozo Experts Choice Awards 2018.^

    • 0% p.a. for 12 months and then 20.74% p.a. (1.00% balance transfer fee)

    • $395

    • 20.74% p.a.

    • 55

    • Transfer points to a range of airline programs or redeem your points for travel, gift cards, retail rewards and shopping gift cards.

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Explorer® Credit Card

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  • CUA Low Rate Credit Card

    0% p.a. for 13 months and then 21.74% p.a.

    11.99% p.a.

    $49 $0 in the first year

    0.0% balance transfer rate for 13 months & up to 55 interest free days. No annual fee for the first year and $49 after.

    • 0% p.a. for 13 months and then 21.74% p.a.

    • $49 $0 in the first year

    • 11.99% p.a.

    • 55

    • 21.74% p.a.

    • 2.00%, Min $3.50

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Low Rate Credit Card

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  • Australian Military Bank Low Rate Visa Credit Card

    0% p.a. for 12 months and then 11.99% p.a.

    11.99% p.a.

    $49

    A great card for everyday spending, with a competitive low interest rate and up to 45 interest free days on your purchases. A great choice for savvy spenders in a hurry, apply online for a quick assessment. Mozo Experts Choice Awards 2018 - Balance Transfer Credit Card.^

    • 0% p.a. for 12 months and then 11.99% p.a.

    • $49

    • 11.99% p.a.

    • 45

    • 19.99% p.a.

    • $4.50

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Low Rate Visa Credit Card

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