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February 21, 2024

Curing your post-holiday financial hangover with three age-old tips

Back from a holiday and nursing a killer financial hangover? Read on.

What's the key learning?

  • Start by assessing the damage and laying out how much you've spent.
  • Use the 50/30/20 rule to split out your spending.
  • If you've got some smaller debts, prioritise paying them off.
  • Try switching from using card to cash to help rein in spending.

It’s officially Spring! Or hayfever season for the unfortunate ones.. 

In Winter you ran off to Sunshine Coast or Europe or perhaps even South America to escape the cold, surfing, sipping cocktails, and making idyllic plans to live there forever?

But now that you’re back, the post travel blues are hitting like never before.

And to make matters just a liiiiittle bit worse.. There’s also the post-holiday financial hangover.

You’re not alone if you’re avoiding your bank balance more than your boss’s side eye… when pulling a sickie.

But getting your budget and your spending back on track is actually easier than you think.

And no, you won’t have to give up on music festivals to make it happen.

We’ve got three, simple tips to get you started. Take yourself out for a coffee at your favourite cafe and one vanilla oat milk latte later, you’ll be all over your finances.

  1. Let’s assess the damage:

The first step is to assess your financial position, and yes it can be confronting to see how many drinks you shouted this month, but don’t sweat it, there are exxy periods in everyone's lives.

Remember your banking app? Start by re-acquainting yourself with it. Yep, it may be rough, but you can do this. 

Go through your bank transactions and have a look at how much was spent on your ‘needs’ and ‘wants’. 

This will give you an idea of where you’ve overspent, and where you can try and cut back. 

And before you ask, as much as it feels necessary, your Disney+ subscription to rewatch The Avengers again is not a need, it’s a want. Soz. 🙁

Try the 50/30/20 rule:

You might have heard this one before, but have you actually tried it?

A great tried and tested way to set up your finances when you need a reset is the 50/30/20 rule.

It’s where you allocate 50% of your take-home income to your needs, 30% to your wants and 20% to savings. 

And the secret to success is putting this on auto-pilot. 

  • Once you have worked out your 50/30/20 split, set up an auto-transfer
  • Your take-home income will then split across different bank accounts for your needs, wants and savings. 

This means you’ll be saving consistently over the year without even needing to think about it.

And come next time you travel, you can spend from your ‘wants’ account for all your holiday fun without feeling like you’re burning through your paycheck!

Dilute those debts:

You might have some smaller debts, slowly piling up that you occasionally lay awake thinking about.

Take account of all your minor debts like credit cards and BNPLs, then set up a plan to slowly pay them off. 

For example, you might allocate 5% of your take-home income each week to repaying smaller debts. Working at these debts bit by bit helps ensure you don’t get ‘bit’ by things like credit card interest payments. 

Switch to cash:

Tap-and-go has made spending money a little too easy. One minute it was a quick grocery run, next minute you’ve dropped $150 because Bed Bath N’ Table had a sale.

Take yourself back to the ‘good old days’ and switch to cash. You’ll be much more aware of how much you’re spending and prioritise your spending when you physically see the money leaving your wallet. 

Plus, you’ll naturally become a gun at quick math from all the cash handling.

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