moving-out

Starting a new life and moving out of home

A guide for young people: starting a life of your own.

Moving out of home can be one of the most exciting times of your life to date. It is not so much the physical act of moving as this can be met with a certain sadness, not to mention a little apprehension of not quite knowing what is ahead, but it an important symbolic time. It means you have left the protection of your parent's home and are ready to make it on your own. Much like a bird standing on the edge of its nest looking at the ground far below and not knowing whether to trust its wings to keep it from the impending disaster of hitting the rocks head first. It finally builds up the courage and flies away. That is exactly what you are about to do yourself. Your wings represent your ability to fend for yourself and you now feel you are ready to do it.

It won't be a big deal if you have properly prepared yourself but it is not only the fact that you will be able to come and go as you wish, make your bed or leave it, put on dinner or go to Maccas, it is that you have taken on a responsibility. A responsibility to be an independent citizen, a responsibility to look after yourself and a responsibility to pay your own bills.

The little things that mean so much

It might sound a bit like mum talking but there are some obvious little things about looking after yourself that can go a long way to making the whole exercise that much easier. Little things that you will come to learn one way or the other but if put into your awareness right from the start could make the transition that much smoother, these are:

  • If you have an electric dryer don't use it continuously. Dryers use a lot of electricity and can run up your power costs to an alarming level. Only use them when you have to, otherwise hang your washing out in front of the fireplace or heater. Preferably on the clothes line if it’s not raining.
  • Don't advertise to all and sundry that you have moved out of home. This can be easily seen by all if you leave peg marks on your clothing. Hang your clothes out to dry by their hems or bottom edges.
  • Take a moment to empty out all your pockets before placing your clothes in the washing machine. If you don't do this you will find how much of a mess tissue paper can make to your clothing.
  • Ignore what the washing powder box tells you about how much to add to each wash. Whatever is says use half. If you don't believe this do what the packet says and watch the bubbles take over.
  • Take out contents insurance immediately. You don't want to start living independently by losing any of your property to a thief or a fire.
  • Find a drawer or box of some kind to keep your receipts. Now you are living independently you will need to do your own bookkeeping. Especially if you are sharing the accommodation and you need proof to show you have been keeping up with your share of the costs.

Finding the best accommodation:

  • Start looking early. It is not easy to find good rental accommodation so you will not want to leave it to the last minute and have to accept something sub-standard. Get out and about early. Put the word out that you are looking for somewhere to live. You could be surprised how many friends might know of a vacancy somewhere. Get the morning paper before sunrise if need be and be the first to ring a potential landlord. Do whatever it takes but don't expect a landlord to be ringing you offering you a city penthouse while you lounge about at home sipping coffee in your nightgown.
  • Don't forget that you are now entering a world that revolves around money. Before you can enter rental accommodation you will have to pay at least four or six weeks rent as a bond and four weeks rent in advance. Make sure you have it ready to pay over as soon as you get lucky. If your accommodation is unfurnished you will have to furnish it yourself. Don't go all out and spend a fortune on the best furniture available. You will find second hand furniture shops are everywhere and their prices are usually quite affordable.
  • Food is a high cost item that you probably never spoke to mum or dad about much before leaving. It is even dearer if you eat out too often. If you have many friends who are also living independently you might like to eat out at a different persons home every now and again, as well as inviting them to your place to return the favour. There are cheap recipes available and you can discuss these types of things with friends to learn the best way to save money in this area.
  • Look after your health. What you don't want to risk is what would you do if something was to happen to your health. Now you are by yourself you will need to protect your earning capability with income protection insurance, preferably include trauma insurance with a death cover. This type of protection will ensure your rent will still be paid even if you are too ill to attend work. If you came down with a serious illness or injury your financial affairs would all be protected and if you were to die nobody would have to pay your debts for you, including your funeral costs.

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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
Rabobank Online Savings High Interest Savings Account
2.75%
1.30%
1.45%
$0
$0 / $0
Maximum variable rate of 2.75% p.a. for 4 months, reverting to a rate of 1.30% p.a. No deposit or withdrawal conditions. Available on balances below $250,000
UBank USaver
2.41%
1.35%
1.06%
$0
$0 / $0
Ongoing, variable 2.41% p.a. when you link your USaver account to a UBank Ultra transaction account and transfer at least $200 per month into either account. The linked transaction account has no monthly fees and no international fees. Bonus interest available on balances up to $200,000.
AMP Saver Account
2.75%
1.65%
1.10%
$0
$0 / $0
Introductory rate of 2.75% p.a. for 4 months, reverting to a rate of 1.65% p.a. The bonus rate offer is for new AMP Saver customers only, and applies to the first $250,000 deposited.
Suncorp Growth Saver Account
2.05%
0.20%
1.85%
$0
$0 / $0
Ongoing, variable 2.05% p.a. when you make a total deposit of at least $200 and make no more than one withdrawal. Available on the entire balance.
HSBC Flexi Saver Account
2.15%
0.65%
1.50%
$0
$0 / $0
Ongoing, variable 2.15% 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.

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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
Special offer: $100 bonus for new HSBC customers.
Earn 2% cashback on tap and pay purchases under $100.
Enjoy no foreign ATM or transaction fees and the flexibility to hold up to 10 currencies. Apple Pay and Google Pay available. T&C's apply to $100 bonus and 2% cashback offers.
Suncorp Everyday Options Account
Visa
$0
$0
Monthly account keeping fee waived for life.
$0 account keeping fee: Applies to all new accounts opened from 3 December 2018.

Save for your individual goals by linking to interest-earning sub accounts. Google and Apple Pay available.
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 or your phone using Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay or NAB Pay for Android. Temporarily block your card at the touch of a button if you lose it.
ING Orange Everyday Account
Visa
$0
$0
No fees for any ATM in Australia or overseas.
$0 monthly account fees.
Enjoy $0 ATM withdrawal fees when you deposit $1000 and make 5+ card purchases per month. Get a competitive ongoing variable rate when linked with the ING Savings Maximiser.
Westpac Choice
Mastercard
$0
$2,000
Special offer: $50 cash bonus for new customers (T&Cs apply).
$5 account fee waived each month the deposit condition is met.
Monthly account fee waived if you deposit at least $2,000 a month, are under 21 or if you meet other eligibility criteria. Access more than 50,000 ATMs globally for free via the Global ATM Alliance.
Suncorp Everyday Basics Account
Visa
$0
$0
A simple everyday account with low fees.
$0 monthly account fee.
Enjoy no monthly account keeping fees as well as the option to pay using Google and Apple Pay. Free ATM withdrawals at 3000+ Suncorp and rediATMs.
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 1.75% p.a. interest on your AUD balance.
Bank of Melbourne Complete Freedom
Visa
$0
$2,000
Special offer: $50 cash bonus for new customers (T&Cs apply).
$5 account fee waived each month the deposit condition is met.
Monthly account fee waived if you deposit at least $2,000 a month, are under 21 or if you're a student. Access ATMs overseas via Westpac's Global ATM Alliance.
St.George Complete Freedom Account
Visa
$0
$2,000
Special offer: $40 cash bonus for new customers (T&Cs apply).
$5 account fee waived each month the deposit condition is met.
Monthly account fee waived if you deposit at least $2,000 a month. No account fees for students and customers under 21.
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.
BankSA Complete Freedom Account
Visa
$0
$2,000
Special offer: $50 cash bonus for new customers (T&Cs apply).
$5 account fee waived each month the deposit condition is met.
Monthly account fee waived if you deposit at least $2,000 a month, are under 21 or if you meet other eligibility criteria.

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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Rates last updated August 21st, 2019
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Name Product 3 Mths p.a. 4 Mths p.a. 6 Mths p.a. 7 Mths p.a. 12 Mths p.a. 24 Mths p.a. Interest Earned
UBank Term Deposit Account
1.95%
1.95%
1.95%
-
1.95%
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ANZ Term Deposit
1.00%
1.00%
1.00%
1.00%
1.05%
1.45%
Citibank Term Deposit 250K
2.40%
-
2.40%
-
-
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ANZ Advance Notice Term Deposit (31 days notice required for early withdrawals)
1.60%
1.45%
1.60%
1.45%
1.70%
1.60%

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