The Chinese New Year: Renewing your financial health in 2023
The Lunar New Year marks the transition of the Chinese zodiac sign from one animal to the next with 2023 seeing in the Year of the Rabbit. In Chinese culture, the Rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace and prosperity and as a result, 2023 is predicted to be a year of hope.
With the significant time of year being celebrated by Chinese and various other Asian countries, the yearly occasion is celebrated with traditional family feasts and festivities over a two week period.
Much like the regular New Year, you’ll find resolutions and goals setting common place and a great way to make important changes to your personal and financial life. So if your intentions for the new year have fallen through, here’s your chance to wipe the slate clean for the Chinese New Year and do a “take two” on your intentions.
Need a little help making wiser decisions that could help you create healthier financial habits? See our top picks for creating a more prosperous 2023 for you and your wallet.
1. Get a loyalty discount on your home loan that increases each year
Unloan Home Loan
- 4.44% variable rate (4.35% comparison rate*)
- Enjoy zero upfront or ongoing fees
Unloan is a stellar new digital home loan offering built by CommBank. Owner-occupier refinancers receive a low variable rate along with a loyalty discount that shaves 1 basis point off your interest every year for up to 30 years. Loan features include free extra repayments and redraw, and there are no pesky fees to pay. Available for refinance loans of up to $3M. Minimum 20% deposit.
2. Cash-in on a high interest savings rate
Rabobank High Interest Savings Account
- 4.50% p.a. for the first 4 months (3.25% p.a. ongoing)
- Best Kick Start Savings Account Winner 2022^
This award-winning account from Rabobank offers a cracking introductory rate of 4.50% p.a. for the first four months on balances up to $250K, and the ongoing rate is a competitive 3.25% p.a.. There are no pesky minimum balance or minimum deposit requirements, and as there are also no account fees you can enjoy both hassle-free and fee-free saving.
3. Buy car insurance online and get a 15% discount
Budget Direct Gold Comprehensive Car Insurance**
- 15% online discount on your first year’s premium
- Mozo Experts Choice Value Insurance Provider of the Year - 2022^
Budget Direct is offering drivers a super easy way to save with a 15% discount on your first year’s premium when you purchase a new policy online. You’ll also get tailor-made cover, new-for-old replacement, 24/7 claims, a highly-rated claims service and a hire car if your car happens to be stolen. It takes 2 minutes to get an online quote and see how much you could be saving.
4. Pay zero interest on balance transfers until 2025
NAB Low Rate Credit Card
- 0% p.a. on purchases and balance transfers for up to 32 months
- $0 annual card fee for the first year
The award-winning NAB Low Rate Credit Card has a 0% p.a. balance transfer rate for a whopping 32 months (then 21.74% p.a.) and there’s no balance transfer fee either. The annual fee is also waived for the first year (usually $59). The standard purchase rate is a low 12.49% and the card comes with up to 55 days interest free on everyday purchases.
5. Use your excellent credit rating to secure a low rate loan
OurMoneyMarket Low Rate Personal Loan
- Unsecured rates from just 6.69% fixed (7.31% comparison rate*)
- Free extra repayments and fee-free redraw
OurMoneyMarket offers low rate personal loans for borrowers with excellent credit, with a speedy online application process that guarantees you a decision in just 1 minute. You can borrow between $2,000 and $75,000 at a simple fixed interest rate that can be repaid weekly, fortnightly or monthly over 1 to 7 years. There are no monthly account keeping fees, no exit fees and no early repayment fees.
If you’re looking for more ideas on how to save for the Chinese New Year, check out our guide on making your income go further that could help you on your way to a prosperous 2023.
* WARNING: This comparison rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan. The comparison rate displayed is for a secured loan with monthly principal and interest repayments for $150,000 over 25 years.
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**** WARNING: The Comparison Rate combines the lender's interest rate, fees and charges into a single rate to show the true cost of a personal loan. The comparison rates displayed are calculated based on a loan of $30,000 for a term of 5 years or a loan of $10,000 for a term of 3 years as indicated, based on monthly principal and interest repayments, on a secured basis for secured loans and an unsecured basis for unsecured loans. This comparison rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may inﬂuence the cost of the loan.
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