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Build a Savings Habit and Turn £50 into £15,000Created by Arabela in Saving for you
We’ve all heard about bad habits that can keep us from achieving our goals: costly cigarettes that can keep us from a dream holiday abroad, or takeaway coffees that sneakily take away from our retirement. However, a savings habit is one that you’ll never want to kick, if you can muster up the determination to get started and save regularly.
Turn £50 into £15,000
It’s harder than ever to find money to put away at the end of the month, but the sacrifices are worth it. Saving just £50 a month for 20 years could leave you with a £15,000 nest egg – and that’s only assuming a 2 percent growth.
Over the next 20 years, interest rates are likely to go up from their rock-bottom levels, as the Bank of England is currently keeping the base interest rate at an unprecedented low of 0.5 percent. Still, a 2 percent interest rate projection is a useful figure because current, easy access and regular saver accounts can all be found at this relatively low rate. If you’re looking for tax-free savings, consider an account like a stocks and shares ISA, offered by providers like Shepherd’s Friendly.
Saving £50 a month for a decade, assuming 2 percent growth, would leave you with £6,647. Over 15 years, that number jumps to £10,503 – and over 20 years, you’ll find yourself with a nest egg of £14,764 to boost retirement income, pay down your mortgage, or take a trip anywhere in the world.
Saving even half of that, or £25 a month, is still worth it. Over 10 years you’d have an extra £3,324 in your pocket, while saving £25 a month for 30 years would mean £12,339 towards retiring in style.
It all depends on the goal
After you’ve decided how much money you can afford to put away each month – keeping in mind that any amount of money saved regularly can snowball because of compound interest – it’s time to decide where to keep your money. This depends on the goals that you are saving towards.
For example, if you’re saving for a short-term goal such as a car repair, an extension on your home, or a holiday, you’ll likely want an easy access account that will allow you to take out your funds without fees or waiting periods.
If you’re looking to save small amounts regularly for the long-term, consider a regular savers account, which often offer competitive rates after basic 20 percent tax is taken from the interest, or an ISA to avoid tax.
If you’re looking to save for your grandchild’s future, such as a university fund or their wedding, a Junior ISA or Young Saver Plan are both tax-free options that ensure that every penny you save is given solely to your grandchild when they come of age.