Money savvy resolutions to save you a bundle in 2018

Kelly Emmerton

16 Jan 2018

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If your main resolution for this year was to finally save up enough cash for that overseas holiday, new set of wheels or kitchen renovation, then we have some news for you. By committing to just one of our list of financially savvy resolutions, you can save hundreds - stick to all of them, and you could have almost $30,000 in your bank account by next Christmas.

“By making a few changes to your everyday routine - some as small as making your own coffee instead of buying it - you can save a big chunk of cash over 2018,” said Mozo Director Kirsty Lamont.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, quitting smoking was not only good for your health, but lead to the biggest savings for your wallet as well, with $12,848 up for grabs for those who commit to going cold turkey.

Banning booze for two nights a week also represented big savings of $4,160 for beer lovers and $3,640 for those who prefer wine, while taking leftovers for lunch instead of shelling out $10 for a takeaway could save you $2,400. Ditching a $4 coffee every morning could mean an extra $960 in your rainy day fund.

Resolving to pay off lingering credit card debt was another resolution set to save Aussies money, with room to save $443 in interest by switching the average debt of $4,200 onto a balance transfer card.

“By snagging a balance transfer offer with at least a 12 month interest free period and then paying off just $80 a week, cardholders could get their balance down to zero, and save over $400 on interest,” Lamont said.

Balance transfer cards to save you money in 2018

Rates updated daily. Advertiser disclosure.

  • Apply By 31 May 2021

    Bendigo Bank Low Rate Credit Card

    0% p.a. for 18 months and then 11.99% p.a. (2.00% balance transfer fee)

    11.99% p.a.

    $45

    0% p.a. balance transfer for 18 months (Reverts to 11.99% p.a). Low annual fee of $45 and no fees for additional cardholders.

    • 11.99% p.a.

    • -

    • 0% p.a. for 18 months and then 11.99% p.a. (2.00% balance transfer fee)

    • 13.99% p.a.

    • 55

    • 3.00%

    • $45

    • $15.00

    • 0.50%, Min $3.25

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  • Bankwest Breeze Mastercard

    0% p.a. for 26 months and then 10.99% p.a. (2.00% balance transfer fee)

    10.99% p.a.

    $49 $0 in the first year

    Enjoy 0% p.a on balance transfers for 26 months (2% BT fee applies) then 10.99% thereafter. No annual fee for the first year. Limited time only. Other fees, T&Cs apply. New Mastercard Breeze customers only.

    • 10.99% p.a.

    • -

    • 0% p.a. for 26 months and then 10.99% p.a. (2.00% balance transfer fee)

    • 21.99% p.a.

    • 55

    • 0.0

    • 2.95%

    • $49 $0 in the first year

    • $25.00

    • 2%, Min $4.00

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  • St.George Vertigo

    0% p.a. for 24 months and then 21.49% p.a.

    13.99% p.a.

    $55 $0 in the first year

    0% p.a. for 24 months on balance transfers requested at card application. No balance transfer fee. Rate then switches to applicable variable cash advance rate. First year annual card fee waived for the first year ($55 thereafter). Available to new cards only, Eligibility criteria and T&Cs apply. Offer ends March 2nd 2021. Mozo Experts Choice Balance Transfer Credit Card Winner 2020^.

    • 13.99% p.a.

    • -

    • 0% p.a. for 24 months and then 21.49% p.a.

    • 21.49% p.a.

    • 55

    • 0.0

    • 3.00%

    • $55 $0 in the first year

    • $15.00

    • 2%, Min $2.50

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Vertigo

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  • Hot Deal Limited time balance transfer offer

    Westpac Low Rate

    0% p.a. for 24 months and then 21.49% p.a. (1.00% balance transfer fee)

    13.74% p.a.

    $59

    Enjoy 0% p.a. interest on balance transfers for the first 24 months. Get $200 cashback with $1k minimum spend on eligible purchases within 90 days of card approval. 55 interest free days and low on-going rate of 13.74% on all purchases.

    • 13.74% p.a.

    • -

    • 0% p.a. for 24 months and then 21.49% p.a. (1.00% balance transfer fee)

    • 21.49% p.a.

    • 55

    • 3.00%

    • $59

    • $15.00

    • 2%, Min $2.50, Max $150

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Low Rate

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  • St.George Amplify Platinum

    0% p.a. for 22 months and then 21.49% p.a. (1.50% balance transfer fee)

    0% p.a. for 7 months then 19.74% p.a.

    $99 $0 in the first year

    Get 0% p.a. for 22 months on balance transfers requested at card application. 1.5% balance transfer fee applies. Rate then switches to applicable variable cash advance rate. Bonus 0% p.a. on purchases for 7 months. Rate then switches to applicable variable purchase rate. Get your first year annual card fee waived for the first year ($99 thereafter). New cards only, Eligibility criteria and T&Cs apply. Offer ends March 2nd 2021.

    • 0% p.a. for 7 months then 19.74% p.a.

    • 0% p.a. for 7 months

    • 0% p.a. for 22 months and then 21.49% p.a. (1.50% balance transfer fee)

    • 21.49% p.a.

    • 55

    • 0.0

    • 3.00%

    • $99 $0 in the first year

    • $15.00

    • 2%, Min $2.50

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Amplify Platinum

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^See information about the Mozo Experts Choice Credit cards Awards

If you like a challenge, check out Mozo’s list of resolutions below and see how many you can stick to in 2018 - and how much cash you can save!

  • Quit smoking - quitting a pack-a-day habit at a cost of $32.50 per pack could save you $12,848

  • Pay off credit card debt - clearing the average credit card debt of $4,200 using a 12 month balance transfer deal could save you $443

  • Ban the booze - giving up beer two nights a week could save you $4,160, while wine lovers stand to pocket $3,640

  • Ditch the morning coffee - break the habit of grabbing a takeaway $4 coffee each day to save $960

  • Junk the junk food - between swapping a morning muffin for a muesli bar brought from home ($561), eating yummy leftovers instead of buying lunch ($2,400), replacing the afternoon choccy with an apple ($360) and swearing off takeaway for three nights a week ($3,120), you stand to save a whopping $6,481.

  • Exercise and socialise - instead of paying for a gym membership and catching up with friends over Sunday brunch, make going for a walk or a swim your social activity of choice and save $780