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What to save money for

What is it you’re looking to achieve? From wanting a safety net to getting ready to head overseas, there are a range of reasons to save. Whatever you're wanting to do, having a specific goal in mind may help you get there quicker.

Saving for an emergency

There may be occasions where you’re faced with unexpected costs you need to cover, or as we’ve seen with coronavirus, a period where you’re not able earn as much money as you normally would.

This is where an emergency fund can come in handy. Experts recommend having around 3 months’ worth of savings to cover your outgoings, but this will depend on your individual circumstances. 

Once you have an emergency fund in place you can start to focus on other financial goals, like buying a property or investing, as you know that you’ve got security should something happen.

Saving for a home deposit

If you want to buy your own home, you’ll likely need to save a deposit between 5-20% of the value of the home you want. On average, first-time buyers put down a deposit of around 20%1, but some mortgage lenders may lend a 95% mortgage depending on your circumstances.

Keep in mind, the more you borrow the more you’ll have to repay and also pay in interest, so it's helpful to save as much as possible beforehand.

Saving for a family

If you’re wanting to start a family, putting some money aside early can reduce any struggle later on. From prams and beds to everyday items like food and nappies, the average cost of raising a child until they’re 18 is almost £75,000.2 And that doesn’t take into account childcare costs, or any other extras.

Building up your savings may help you stock up on essentials before your baby is born, or provide extra support if one partner is on maternity/paternity leave for a long period of time.

Saving for a holiday

Family holidays cost an average of £2,417.3 But where you’re going, how many people are going and how long you plan on going away for, will determine how much you need to save.

If you’ve already decided where you want to go, try looking at the price of flights and the cost of hotels online to give you an idea of how much you’ll need to set aside. It’s also a good idea to look up the cost of local attractions and food, so you can make sure you take enough money away with you.

Explore more: Should you use a card or travel money outside the UK?

What next?

Once you’ve decided on your reason to save and how much you’ll need, set yourself a plan. It may be beneficial to make your savings goal visible, so it stays front of mind. Use something like the background of your phone screen, or a picture on the fridge to keep your goal front of mind.

And from ISAs (individual savings accounts) to regular savers, there are a number of different savings accounts available to help you reach your goal. Finding the right savings account for your needs may be able to grow your savings faster with any interest you make. 

Try using our calculator to see how much you could save over 12 months with a Regular Savings Account.

This article provides general information and does not take into account the financial situation of the reader. For this reason, it must not be relied on as financial advice. All accounts are subject to terms and conditions.

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