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Leaving home: How to make it on your own

Leaving home successfully.

It is a big occasion in anybody's life when the time finally arrives for you to move out of home to start a life on your own. Sometime it is not planned, it is thrust upon you by circumstances, on other occasions it can become necessary if you are to take up a job offer. Whatever the reason, it is undeniably a life changing moment.

The important thing about leaving the family home to make it by yourself out there in the wide open world is that you must be able to pay your own way. You will have to have an income stream of some kind so that you can pay your bills and be able to support yourself. This could come about with help from your parents such as would occur if you have had to leave home in order to pursue further education. Otherwise you will have to have a job that pays you a sufficient amount whereby you are able to meet the rent, pay your power costs, buy adequate food and generally be able to 'keep your head above water.' To do all this you will need the following arrangements:

  • You will need a bank account of your own. Having your own bank account goes hand in glove with branching out on your own. When you have to fend for yourself you will find that money takes on a whole new perspective. Basically everything you do will depend on whether you have the money to do it with or not. If you haven't the funds available you simply can't do it and this means going to that certain party you have been looking forward to, accepting a dinner invitation, or spending a weekend away with friends. Before you flew the coup mum or dad probably would have fronted the cost for you but now you have chosen to become independent you have to assume the responsibilities that go with it. This means opening a bank account in your own name and budgeting.
  • You will need to make and stick to a budget. You have probably heard it before and you can be certain that you will hear it again but the best way to handle your money is by budgeting. When you make a budget and stick to it you will be living to a certain discipline. You will have a set amount of money coming in and in order to live you will have to pay a certain amount of money out. The secret to your short term and long term financial success isn't all that complicated. All you need do throughout your life is to make sure you are always earning more money than what you are spending. Make that your lifetime rule number one right from the start, to always live within your budget means.
  • Link your accounts for added functionality. Many people leaving the comforts of their family home to make it by themselves prefer to have all their earning placed into their bank savings account. By doing this you are able to link a debit card to your savings account and pay all your bills either through the use of the card or online through internet banking. Online banking and debit card use gives you an up to date record of your transactions that are readily available at any time of the day or night. Although a credit card can be handy in an emergency it is best avoided, especially when you first branch out on your own. It is far better to save for the things you want and start off small, buying pieces of good furniture only as you can afford it. In the meantime you can always get by with cheap furniture from a second hand shop. Even a cheap second hand car will get you to all the same places as the latest model Ferrari.
  • Saving for the future should start right from your first pay. Once you have your budget and bank account sorted out there comes the matter of 'saving for a rainy day.' None of us can predict our futures with any certainty but what we can assume is that at some stage something is sure to go wrong and when it does you should be ready. You can protect yourself by having enough in reserve to get you over a tough time such as losing your job or falling ill and becoming unable to work. To ensure you give yourself a chance to avoid the worst of such a situation occurring you should aim to put some money away each pay day. Have this included in your budget so that it can grow into a deposit on your own home in the future, or help you to buy a better car. The important thing is to start building a reserve so that it will always be there as a cushion should you need it.
  • Never ignore the importance of insurance. You are now in your own flat, or apartment and everything you have in there with you will have a value if lost, stolen or destroyed in a fire. To ensure you are not out of pocket should any of these events happen to you should have all your possessions insured under a content insurance policy. The same goes for your ability to keep earning as you can only remain independent while you can earn an income. To ensure your cash flow will be retained you should take out income protection insurance that includes trauma and death cover.

Do all this and you will be giving yourself the best chance of succeeding in your endeavour to 'go it alone.'

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months
Name Product Maximum Variable Rate p.a. Standard Variable Rate p.a. Bonus Interest p.a. Fees Min Bal / Min Deposit Interest Earned Product Description
RaboDirect High Interest Savings Account
3.05%
1.80%
1.25%
$0
$0 / $0
Maximum variable rate of 3.05% p.a. for 4 months, reverting to a rate of 1.80% p.a. No deposit or withdrawal conditions. Available on balances below $250,000
HSBC Serious Saver
3.10%
1.40%
1.70%
$0
$0 / $0
Receive a maximum variable rate of 3.10% p.a. for 4 months, reverting to an ongoing rate of 1.40% p.a. for each month you don't make any withdrawals from the account. Available on balances below $1,000,000.
UBank USaver
2.87%
1.81%
1.06%
$0
$0 / $0
Earn up to 2.87% p.a. by linking your USaver account to a UBank Ultra transaction account and transferring at least $200 per month into either account. This offer is available on balances up to $200,000.
Bankwest Hero Saver
2.60%
0.01%
2.59%
$0
$0 / $0
Ongoing, variable 2.60% p.a. rate when you deposit at least $200 each month and make no withdrawals. Available on balances up to $250,000.
AMP Saver Account
2.55%
2.10%
0.45%
$0
$0 / $0
Introductory rate of 2.55% p.a. for 4 months, reverting to a rate of 2.10% p.a. Available on balances below $5,000,000.
Citibank Online Saver
3.05%
1.70%
1.35%
$0
$0 / $0
Introductory rate of 3.05% p.a. for 4 months, reverting to a rate of 1.70% p.a. Available on balances below $500,000.
HSBC Flexi Saver Account
2.50%
1.25%
1.25%
$0
$0 / $0
Ongoing, variable 2.50% p.a. when you grow your balance by $300+ per month. Earn bonus interest even if you make withdrawals during the month. Available on balances up to $5,000,000.
AMP Bett3r Account
2.25%
1.50%
0.75%
$5
$0 / $0
With AMP's bundled Bett3r account, get three linked Pay, Spend and Save accounts. Earn a competitive, ongoing rate of up to 2.25% on your Save account balance when you deposit $2,000 into the Pay account each month from a source that is not another AMP Bank account.

Please note: The 2.25% maximum variable rate is earned only on your Save account balance. To calculate interest earned, enter your initial and monthly deposit amounts for the Save account only, not including any money that’ll be in your Spend or Pay account.

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Name Product Debit Card Access ATM Withdrawal Fee Fee Free Deposit p.m. Monthly Account Fee Product Description
HSBC Everyday Global Account
Visa
$0
$0
No foreign ATM or transaction fees.
$0 monthly account fee.
Enjoy no minimum ongoing balance or transaction requirements and the flexibility to hold up to 10 currencies. Apple Pay and Google Pay available.
UBank USaver Ultra Transaction Account
Visa
$0
$0
Earn up to 2.87% p.a. interest on your linked savings account. No foreign ATM or transaction fees.
$0 monthly account fee.
You must open the UBank USaver savings account in order to get this account. Enjoy access to ATMs in Australia and overseas for free and a 0% foreign transaction fee for online purchases. Manage your spending with a built-in sweep facility that automatically moves money between your linked accounts based on the limits you set.
NAB Classic Banking
Visa
$0
$0
Enjoy convenient, unlimited access to your money.
$0 monthly account fee.
Tap and pay with your NAB Visa Debit card, NAB Pay for Android or NAB PayTag for iPhone. Temporarily block your card at the touch of a button if you lose it.
Citi Global Currency Account
Mastercard
$0
$0
Hold up to 10 currencies.
$0 monthly account fee.
Enjoy one linked debit card to hold up to 10 currencies and receive foreign currencies for free. Earn up to 2.25% p.a. interest on your AUD balance.
CUA Everyday Account
Visa
$0
$0
Enjoy flexible payment options and access to a wide network of ATMs.
$0 monthly account fee.
Access to Google, Samsung and Apple Pay. Enjoy fee-free cash withdrawals from 10,000+ ATMs across Australia. Deposit $1,000+ into this each month and receive bonus interest on a linked CUA eSaver Reward Account.
NAB Classic Banking with Platinum Visa Debit Card
Visa
$0
$0
$10 cashback on contactless purchases, $0 foreign transaction fee and complimentary travel insurance.
$10 monthly account fee.
Receive $10 cashback when you spend $1000 on contactless purchases. Complimentary travel insurance, transport accident insurance, purchase protection insurance and more when you meet eligibility criteria.
AMP Bett3r Account
Visa
$0
$2,000
Earn 1.50% interest. Manage your budget effectively with a bundle of accounts.
$5 waivable monthly account fee.
Earn 1.50% interest on your balance. Monthly account fee waived if you deposit at least $2,000 a month from a source that is not another AMP bank account. Reach your savings goals with a bundle of linked Pay, Spend and Save accounts.
MyState Bank Glide Account
Visa
$0
$0
Simplify your everyday banking with these sleek digital features.
$0 monthly account fee.
Choose the way you pay with access to Google, Samsung and Apple Pay plus Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay. Send and receive money in less than 60 seconds with PayID.

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Name Product 3 Mths p.a. 4 Mths p.a. 6 Mths p.a. 12 Mths p.a. 24 Mths p.a. 36 Mths p.a. Min Deposit Interest Earned
ME Term Deposit
2.60%
2.60%
2.75%
2.75%
2.85%
3.00%
$1,000
UBank Term Deposit Account
2.70%
2.70%
2.75%
2.75%
-
-
$1,000
AMP Term Deposit $100,000+
2.65%
2.65%
2.75%
2.75%
2.75%
2.75%
$100,000
AMP Term Deposit $25,000+
2.65%
2.65%
2.75%
2.75%
2.75%
2.75%
$25,000
AMP Term Deposit $5000+
2.45%
2.45%
2.55%
2.55%
2.55%
2.55%
$5,000
RACQ Bank Term Deposit
2.35%
2.35%
2.60%
2.70%
2.80%
3.00%
$1,000
MyState Bank Online Term Deposit
2.60%
2.60%
2.76%
2.75%
2.80%
-
$5,000
Firstmac Term Deposit
2.55%
-
2.75%
2.65%
2.75%
-
$5,000

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Rates are displayed for the terms and minimum deposit sizes listed in the table above. The rate you receive could vary depending on your deposit size and interest payment frequency.

Shirley Liu

Shirley Liu is a program manager at finder, formerly the publisher for Banking and Investments. She is passionate about helping people make an informed decision, save money and find the best deal for their needs.

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