We've put together some tips for those starting 2015 with a resolution to cut down on spending and to get their finances in shape.

Our tips for getting your finances into shape are:

  • Put together a budget – work out how much you’re spending and what on each month to put together a budget. Keeping a ‘Cash Diary’ and recording everything you spend (however big or small!) is a great way to take an honest look at your spending habits.
  • Where can you cut back? – spending ‘a little here and there’ often can soon mount up. What do you spend on lunch each day? How often do you eat takeaway food? Do you regularly spend more than you mean to on a night out? Think about how you could reduce these costs and if you really need to be spending this amount.
  • Shop around for a better deal – are you paying too much for your mortgage or utility bills? Reviewing these costs can make a difference to your monthly outgoings.
  • Plan ahead – if you have larger bills that come in annually or quarterly, you might want to pay them in smaller, manageable chunks with a direct debit (you might even get a discount for doing this). Setting up a separate account and paying in enough to cover your essential outgoings each month is a good way to manage your household finances.
  • Start thinking about Christmas in January – avoid financial hangovers that last longer than the festive period by planning ahead and saving enough each month to cover the cost of next Christmas. A regular savings account can be a good way to do this and is easy to set up.
 
Our Chief Executive, Mike Hanson, said: “It’s so important for people to take control of their finances as being in debt can be so stressful. It can seem daunting at the beginning but taking the time to review your spending and household budget now can avoid larger problems later.”
 
For more information about setting up a regular saver account to help you to save on a monthly basis please click here or visit your local Vernon branch. 
 
If you’re looking for impartial advice on managing your money visit the Money Advice Service website at www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk or contact them on 0300 500 5000.

 

Head office:

Vernon Building Society
19 St Petersgate
Stockport
SK1 1HF

Tel: 0161 429 6262
Fax: 0161 477 3303
Email: info@thevernon.co.uk

Telephone calls are recorded and may be monitored for regulatory and training purposes to help maintain service quality.

*The 'AER' stands for Annual Equivalent Rate and illustrates what the interest rate would be if interest was paid and compounded once each year.

YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE

Vernon Building Society is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority (registration number 195475).  You can check this on the Financial Services Register. We are also a participant of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). Details of the scheme can be obtained from www.fscs.org.uk

Telephone calls are recorded and may be monitored for regulatory and training purposes to help maintain service quality.

For independent information about financial products and services visit  www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk

© 2016 Vernon Building Society
All rights reserved