Recession proof your life

Top tips to avoid your own economic downturn.

According to research by finder.com.au more than 11 million Australians are living without adequate savings and would have to beg or borrow their way out of a crisis.
 
The survey of 2026 adults showed 57% don’t have enough spare cash to survive a $5000 emergency.
 
Personal Finance Expert Kate Browne said people need to tighten their belt and rein in their spending habits.
 
“We all have guilty pleasures and know we spend too much on them at times,” Ms Browne said.
 
“We also need to stop paying the ‘lazy tax’ on things like health insurance, home loans and energy and shop around for a better deal.”
 
Ms Browne said people should consider second jobs and refinancing their loans as ways to bring in extra cash.
 
“If your home loan rate doesn’t have a ‘3’ in front of it, there are better deals out there,” she said.
 
“With wage growth slumping, it’s also a great time to pick up a side hustle to make some extra cash and build up your nest egg.
 
“You could look at picking up some extra work offering your services via sites like Airtasker or even consider driving for a car share service like Uber.”

Top tips to recession-proof your finances

Refinance 

  • The home loan market is incredibly competitive and better deals could be out there.

Consolidate your debt

  • Try to eliminate debt on multiple credit cards and consolidate it in to centralised place at a low rate.

Cut down on guilty pleasures

  • Look at your bank statements and identify if you can scale back your spending on non-essential items.

Shop for a better deal

  • Just because you have been with a service provider for years, doesn’t mean it is the best deal. Look around and you may save.

Pick up a side gig

  • If you have some spare time, why not put it to use and get paid for it.

Stash some cash

  • Start squirreling some cash away now in case of an emergency. By saving $50 a week for a year, you could have $2600 in savings.

Make your credit card work harder for you

  • Check to see if your card carries any benefits such as rewards points you can redeem later.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

  • Try investing in different areas and don’t rely on your home as your only asset.

Buy in bulk 

  • You can save by stocking up on non-perishable items at sales or shopping at warehouses like Costco.

Streamline your super

  • Nearly one third of Australians have superannuation in multiple accounts and are being charged fees and insurance on each account.

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