One-third of Australians plan to up their emergency savings

As businesses are forced to shut up shop alongside a stream of predictions about rising unemployment, you may feel less frazzled about your finances if you have an emergency savings fund

Supporting this sentiment, a new report has revealed intentions to grow a rainy day savings pool have increased since the beginning of the pandemic.

Around 32% of Australians plan to knuckle down and start contributing more to their emergency fund once the COVID-19 crisis has passed, according to the most recent joint report from tech company Toluna and digital research consultants Harris Interactive.

So why are savers waiting to get cracking on their emergency fund? What stands out is low confidence in the current climate. 

Half of the 1,046 Aussies who were surveyed from April 9 to 14 said they weren’t confident in their personal finances since lockdown measures were brought into effect and only 24% feel secure in their jobs.

Post-coronavirus resolutions

If you feel like your financial dreams are on pause right now, planning ahead can be cathartic. The report detailed a few post-lockdown resolutions for inspiration:

  • After weeks stuck inside attempting living room workouts to stave off lethargy, 39% of Australians plan to be more health conscious post-pandemic
  • 35% are planning to go out to restaurants, bars and cinemas more than their pre-pandemic selves
  • In light of the environmental impacts of COVID-19 lockdowns, 23% plan to be more sustainable.  

If you want to get on top of your future emergency fund asap, head to Mozo’s savings account comparison page, or check out the high interest savings account options in the table below.

High interest savings accounts - last updated 23 October 2021

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  • Boost Saver with Go Account
    Maximum rate
    standard interest rate
    Govt Deposit Guarantee
    1.50% p.a. (for $0 to $250,000)
    0.10% p.a.(for $0 and over)
    Yes up to $250,000

    Intro bonus rate of 1.50% for first 3 months, reverting to 1.20% after. Deposit $2,000 each month and make 5 eligible payments from your Go Account. If you are between 18 and 25 deposit $1,000.

    Enjoy a savings account bundled with a spending account. No monthly fees. New customers can earn up to 5000 bonus Virgin Money points on purchases (conditions apply). Benefit together with a joint account

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  • Online Saver
    Maximum rate
    standard interest rate
    Govt Deposit Guarantee
    1.10% p.a. (for $0 to $500,000)
    0.35% p.a.(for $0 and over)
    Yes up to $250,000

    Bonus rate for the first 4 months from account opening

    No account keeping fees. No minimum balance required. Unlimited phone and internet transactions.

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  • Grow Saver
    Maximum rate
    standard interest rate
    Govt Deposit Guarantee
    0.65% p.a. (for $0 and over)
    0.10% p.a.(for $0 and over)
    Yes up to $250,000

    Make at least 1 deposit and no more than 1 withdrawal, including internal transfers or external payments.

    Earn a maximum interest rate of 0.65% per year. Pay no monthly fees. Set up in-app savings goals. Benefit with joint account options.

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  • High Interest Savings Account
    Maximum rate
    standard interest rate
    Govt Deposit Guarantee
    1.35% p.a. (for $0 to $250,001)
    0.25% p.a.(for $0 to $250,001)
    Yes up to $250,000

    Bonus rate for the first 4 months from account opening

    Kick start your savings with the 4 month introductory variable rate. No fees, no minimum balance, no minimum monthly deposit and no minimum term.

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  • Fast Track Saver Account
    Maximum rate
    standard interest rate
    Govt Deposit Guarantee
    1.05% p.a. (for $1 to $250,000)
    0.05% p.a.(for $1 and over)
    Yes up to $250,000

    Ongoing bonus rate applied if in the previous month $1,000 or more is credited to the linked Day2Day Plus account and 5 eligible transactions are made by the linked account.

    Earn 1.05% p.a. Bonus Interest in the following month on your Fast Track Saver Account balance. Earn Bonus Interest on your savings, with no minimum balance required.

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