Three reasons why automated savings will make your life easier

Did you know a quarter of British adults have no savings? Or that one in 10 of us admits we typically spend more than we earn?

Imagine the scenario: pay day has been and gone, the bills have been paid and food is on the table. You know you should save a little of what’s left over for a rainy day. But you don’t. Instead, you visit your favourite restaurant a few more times and you splurge on another new pair of shoes. Before you know it your bank account is empty and your savings account remains dry. Then the car fails its MOT…

Sound familiar? If the answer is ‘yes’ than automating your savings by setting up an instantaneous monthly transaction could be the answer you’re looking for. 

Why should you consider automating your savings?

Below, are three reasons why:

Saving will become as regular as paying a utility bill

The easiest way to kick start your savings is to treat a monthly deposit the same as paying a utility bill. You can do this by setting up a standing order with your bank or building society so funds are automatically transferred from one account to another on pay day. By doing so, the cash is out of your account before you can touch it and over time you might not even notice it leave at all. 

Alternatively, see if your place of work will deposit your salary into more than one account so it doesn’t touch your ‘everyday’ funds.

Saving automatically becomes a priority

Saving money is usually deemed as a laborious chore. However, there are plenty of tools out there that can help you prioritise saving, especially if you have a goal in mind. Let’s take saving for a house deposit as an example. There are lots of specialist savings accounts out there that are designed to help you firmly stick to your savings path. 

Our Home Saver savings account is one such tool. It’s a restricted access account which encourages a regular savings habit. This means that once your money has been deposited, it is locked away until you need it. You also have to deposit anything from £10 - £500 on a monthly basis to keep the account activated. It may sound like a big commitment but don’t worry. We understand real life can throw up unexpected emergencies, so we allow you to access your pot of cash twice a year. This gives you the flexibility to regularly save as well as have peace of mind that the money is there if you need it to plug any unforeseen payments.

It’s good for your wellbeing 

The Government-backed Money Advice Service recently reported that more than half of UK adults have said that their mental health has been affected because of worrying about their finances – saving being one main concern. By automating your savings, you will have peace of mind that no matter what, a lump sum – big or small - is being transferred every month so you can quit worrying about your nest egg and focus on other important things. 

In addition, by telling your current account to move cash directly into your savings means you can rest easy in the knowledge that you are saving every month. This removes the guilt of forgetting to stash a few pennies away and also means that you won’t drain money on another pair of shoes. Remember: saving £10 is just as valuable as saving £100 as it all adds up in the end. 

Read our article ‘Smart savings: how to get millennials out of the money conundrum’ for tips on how to boost your savings power.

If you would like to talk to one of our qualified savings advisers about which of our savings accounts would be right for you, contact us or visit your local branch

For a full listing of our current savings accounts, click here.

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