How to avoid banking costs and pay off your home loan faster.

Save on your banking and pay off your home loan faster

For many getting your first home loan is a key milestone of a long journey of saving and sacrifice. And once you have one? Well… then attention turns to how to get rid of it!

There are many ways to save money. The problem is… most of those ways require you to sacrifice something you enjoy.

Give up that morning coffee. Cut the vacation short. Hold off on the new car.

And that’s fine. We probably should make some tweaks here and there to get something more in the future.

But what if, on top of that, there was something we could do now that would help us pay off our home loans faster without having to sacrifice anything more?

Save without sacrifice

At Finspo we’re all about helping Australians build better banking habits and cutting the cost of banking. You might be surprised to know that sometimes all it takes is a little knowledge, a bit of a nudge and a few changes, to potentially make yourself $4,500 better off each year.

Finspo conducted some research in early 2020 on a sample of Australians with home loans and that’s the median amount we worked out they could potentially save on their banking.

$4,500 is a lot of money and it can go a long way towards helping you pay off your home loan faster.

Consider the following example.

If you were to pay an extra $4,500 per year ($375 per monthly payment) on a new $400,000 home loan with an interest rate that stays at 3% p.a. you could pay off your loan nearly 8 years earlier and save almost $60,000.

Wow, it certainly makes a difference.

So, if you want to get started and save without sacrifice read on for Finspo’s top tips to save on your banking today to pay off your home loan sooner.

Tip 1: Avoid or reduce banking fees

Banking fees really do add up. In fact, Australian households are paying billions ($3.9 billion last year to be precise) in bank fees to the banks each year. Yes, billions!

That’s an average of around $425 in bank fees per household.

The problem with banking fees is they can be hard to find. There are lots of them. And they can sound… well, kind of scary and official.

That’s why we have written Finspo’s Top 11 tips to be free from unnecessary banking fees. Find the article here.

Tip 2: Avoid the loyalty tax and get a better rate

Loyal customers are probably paying lenders more than they need to, without realising it. That’s because some lenders give new customers a better interest rate than existing customers who have been quietly whittling away at their home loan for years.

To find out how you can avoid the loyalty tax and ask for a better rate, read our article here and try Rate my Rate to see how your current rate stacks up.

Bank better and save

At Finspo, our mission is to help Australians pay off their home loans faster. One way we do this is helping you save on your banking.

The Finspo app shows Australians the fees and interest across their linked accounts. Our alerts show you how much you could save by banking differently. When you are ready to take action, we’re ready to help. We’ll be with you step-by-step showing you how you could save.

All it takes is a little #finspo.

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