10 Sep 2020 • 5mins • Yolt

7 spending habits sabotaging your savings and how to get back on track

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We all want to save more money for the things that matter most to us, but sometimes when it comes to putting the pounds away, we’re our own worst enemy.

We know it's easier said than done. It’s all too simple to fall off the wagon on our savings journeys, but not to worry – we’re on hand with some helpful tips.

1. Dipping into your savings

We've all done it. You need a bit of extra cash for something nice you’ve spotted, so you use your savings – just this once. But before you know it, you’ve made a habit of using your savings for everyday purchases and then you feel stuck in a spending spiral.

Yolt tip
You don’t need to lock all your money away in a vault, but making your savings a little harder to access could be the key to stronger savings. Set up a dedicated account for savings, and hook it up to your Yolt account. Then, you can check up on how your savings are growing, with less of the temptation.

2. Failing to keep it frequent

You’re topping up your savings every week, but then a few months go by and you realise you haven’t added anything for far too long.

Yolt tip
When it comes to savings, routine is key. Even if it’s just a small amount each week, it’ll rack up rapidly. Before you know it, your budgets will be in the black and you’ll have a healthy pot of savings. Nice one. We have a handy blog all about this mindful approach to your money – check it out here.

3. Putting off planning

You’ll start tomorrow, no wait, next week. OK, this week for real.

You want to save, but you just keep putting it off. Making a plan of where you want to be with your money just isn’t on the top of your to-do list right now...

Yolt tip
We’re a big fan of having a plan. We call it future-proofing your finances. Getting your goals in early means more time, and more potential to grow. Remember – compound interest is your friend, so push the procrastinating aside, and get planning. What's that about future-proofing your finances?

Want to hear more? Here's how to future-proof your finances, with top tips from our experts.

4. Neglecting your emergency fund

Yep, back to that point about dentists and car dents. Putting a bit of money aside should things go awry might be a low-priority. But life’s full of unexpected and expensive events, and should something crop up, it’s likely that your savings will have to come to the rescue.

Yolt tip
Make sure you have some money set aside for a rainy day -- saving expert, Maria Nedeva, recommends three months of your salary. We realise that's a lot, so just start with what you can. Every little bit helps towards establishing your emergency fund. This Emergency Fund should sit separately from your other savings, reserved for short-term and long-term savings goals.

5. Forgetting about your goals

Why are you saving? What’s your end goal? Maybe it’s something big like a wedding or house deposit, or maybe it’s just for that peace of mind. But not having a clear goal, could really be muffling your motivation to save.

Yolt tip
Write down your goal and how much you want to put away. Then check in regularly to remind yourself why you're saving. If habit #1 is creeping up on you, keep reminding yourself of the end goal and why you're saving in the first place.

6. Overspending here and there

Lots of little purchases may seem like innocent spending, but chances are you don't plan for them in the same way you do for larger expenses like holidays or a new TV. A coffee every day? Lunch out a few times a week? The little costs can really rack up.

Yolt tip
Track your spending so you can see your true money habits. Try and identify those spending triggers and find cheaper alternatives, where possible. It may not seem like much, saving a few pounds a day here and there, but if you put that towards your savings goal you’ll get to where you want to be much more quickly.

7. Losing track of your money

If you have multiple bank accounts, keeping track of them all can be like herding cats. Your budgets too. You might have a main account with one bank, and your savings account with another. But not knowing where you’re at can wreak havoc on savings.

Yolt tip
Get a clear overview of your money
– that’s everything that’s coming in and everything going out each month. Now you know how much you can really afford to save and where you could be cutting back. Hooking up your accounts in Yolt, is a great way to get a true over view of your money.