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How to Maximise your Fixed Income

When you are on a fixed income, looking for space to increase your savings can be tricky. Every cent counts on the road to a better financial position. 

Here are some ways that you can maximize your savings on a fixed income. 

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Expenses

If you have been with the same insurance company and utilities since you can remember, how do you know you are getting the best deal? Make a list of all of your expenses that could be compared. 

  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Mobile phone contract
  • Car insurance
  • Home insurance
  • Life insurance

Once you have your list, start running comparisons on other brands, you might find that the savings add up, and you can have a decent amount trimmed off your yearly bills. 

Safe Storage

Leaving your money in the bank is a safe bet most of the time. But banks have different rates, and you might not be making the most of the possible interest. Ensure that your savings are in a bank that is covered by governing bodies. Financial governing bodies will have your saving covered should anything happen to the bank that holds your money. 

According to Bankrate, almost a quarter of Americans aren’t earning any interest on their savings. Compare your current bank with other options and see where you can make an increased percentage of interest. 

Long term options

Money can work harder, depending on where you put it. There are several options that you can consider depending on how much you have to invest; here are some worthy options to research. 

  • Pension funds
  • CFDs
  • Stocks
  • Perr-to-peer lending
  • Real estate

In some cases speaking to a financial planner is the best thing to do if you have some money to invest. 

Big debts

More significant debts have a lot of interest and can be the difference between making minimum savings and getting the most from your money. The issue is that with fixed income, it is difficult to find room to pay extra. 

Creating a strict budget is one of the best things you can do to find room to leverage your money. Rigid budgets don’t always mean that you can’t have fun and treat yourself with your income. 

It simply means that you need to be a bit more particular about where you spend your cash. 

Budget

If you want to save, you need to budget. Budgeting isn’t always about cutting back, although it can often make the most significant difference. 

A budget shows you your financial landscape and often highlights areas that you can make significant improvements. 

You may have several subscriptions that could be combined into one, or none if you aren’t getting maximum usage of it. Any money that can be saved on subscription costs can go directly into paying more towards debts. 

When creating your budget, go through and look at spending outside of any regular outgoings like car, house, and other essentials too. Use your bank statements to help you get a clear picture of where you are spending your cash. 

Read more: How to make the upcoming national minimum wage increase go a long way. 

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