Settlement Guide

Settlement Guide: 5 tips for household budgets

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While Australians enjoy some of the most liveable cities in the world, the cost of living is high. Here are some tips on how to effectively manage a household budget.

1. Set realistic financial goals

The best way to start saving is by budgeting and knowing where your money is going.

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2. Save, save, save

It is good to set aside a proportion of your income to achieve your goals.

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3. Have different bank accounts for different expenses

Keep your savings accounts separate from general transaction accounts to isolate money for different needs.

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4. Plan for unexpected bills

Keep money aside as a contingency to pay for unforseen expenses.

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5. Make sure family goals are aligned

Regularly review your family budget plan and your savings plan.

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ASIC’s MoneySmart has publications, audio and video recordings in 26 languages, including Arabic, Dari, Dinka and Swahili.

ASIC also offers different online resources and can assist in finding free financial counselling.

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