Budgeting tools & calculators
For when I want to do some maths. Like how much more I’ll take home when my salary changes or what happens when I save more or which ETF is best for my needs.
Make sure you see my guide on budgeting which these tools all complement.
Input income and expenses, irrespective of if they are weekly monthly or yearly and it'll work out your end of month surplus or defecit. You can download as a spreadsheet to save and reference then at anytime.
You put in a starting amount, a recurring investment (if any), a rate of return and time frame. It’ll then tell you the total savings you accumulated over that time.
You can see the difference an extra $50 a month saved makes over 10 years or a change in % of return.
Get an idea of what your take home pay will be after tax.
You can work out what that new job or pay increase will actually mean to your back pocket.
You can also adjust your super, tweak your hours worked should a number of different scenarios be required.
Banking is one area I find people either totally neglect or try and optimise every single week. Spend time setting it up, keep it simple and automate.
Aa great app, good savings rates and fast transfer turnarounds. ING has one unique feature I love - You get ATM fees reimbursed straight away from ANY atm in Australia.
No matter if it costs $2 or $25, you get your money back straight away. No other bank does this (some reimburse you at the end of the month).
I refinanced from ANZ to loans.com.au a few years ago. The process was all online and over the phone, simple and hassle free.
I got a good rate, which is all that matters. There might be others that have interest rates .01% of .02% better, but I am happy to stay with a competitive business.
If you have some leftover money every month and are looking to grow it these tools can all help.
This is a fantastic product for investors of markets and equities.
It’ll show you real returns and chart the performance vs benchmarks if you wish. You can search any share or fund over a period of time to see how they really performed.
If you are looking to make larger, irregular investments or need some trading flexibility then a broker account like Selfwealth would be the go. I use SelfWealth to invest in the ASX via ETFs or direct stock selections.
Using an online broker like this you are all on your own here. You need to make the calls as to what you add to your portfolio.
You will also pay fees for each trade. SelfWealth charge $9.50, so if your invest $1000, that is a .95% trading cost.
Before apps, before ETFs, before the internet there was Vanguard.
They offer Traditional Index Funds which you invest with the need of a broker , can make small ongoing contributions and let the fund do the rest.
I opened an account with Vanguard, dropped in the minimum investment ($5k) and then each month added in more via a scheduled BPay.
Ok, so I'm not actually a customer of Stockspot. I use their resources in two ways.
1) They have a tonne of information and research on ETFs as well as
2) I like to mimic their portfolio constructions.
I believe they have a great mix of assets in their portfolios, but they are a do it for my investment service and I like to do it myself so benefit from their information.
Your best money tool is knowledge.You are lucky cause there are so many books out there on personal finance and investing .
I have a handful picked that I’d like to share. These are all fantastic reference guides that I keep on my bedside table for easy reach.
Blogs & Forums
I like to read up on finance through one way or another. Either on social media, forums, news sites or blogs. I get a better perspective learning from how others think about money.
Obviously you would have read all my articles before needing to visit any other site.
I love reading the different stories that get posted here. Most of it I take with a grain of salt but there are some great posts on investing, asset allocation, super and what not to do.
A quick way to find articles users share on local finance news. Whether it be property or stock market, or how to construct a portfolio – it’s another good place to hear stories.