So you’ve been able to get a tax refund this year or by being thrifty you have accumulated some extra cash in your everyday account, and you’re tempted to splurge on new shoes or celebrate with a lavish dinner. We’re going to be the fun police and advise you to resist the temptation and put your money to work instead.
Here are some places you can stash that extra cash which will pay off in the long run.
- Reduce your debts. As boring as it might sound, this is the best way to earn more on your extra cash. Focus on any high-interest loans such as credit cards and personal loans you have. While you’re at it, set up additional monthly payments towards these debts – even a few extra dollars each month will put more back in your pocket.
- Special savings. Do you have a special goal such as an overseas holiday or wedding? Use your extra cash to open a separate online bank account that earns higher interest and set up a monthly automatic transfer from your everyday account. By setting up automatic deductions, you won’t even notice the money going from your account and, thanks to compound interest, it will quietly grow behind the scenes and be ready for you when you need it.
- Invest it. Use your lump sum to set up a managed investment then make regular contributions to take advantage of dollar-cost averaging. If you’re yet to retire and haven’t already taken control of your superannuation, this might be an even better option for you as it is far more tax-effective. Talk to us for further guidance.
- Share it around. You don’t have to be wealthy to be a philanthropist. What is your favourite charity? Or share it between a few needy organisations of your choice. It will not only make you feel good, but you can claim your gift as a tax deduction. You can find more information about planned and tax-effective giving at philanthropy.org.au.
Each of these ideas will give you back far more than spending your extra cash on a whim.
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