10 Of The Most Effective Money Saving Tips For Your Deposit

Saving for a deposit can be a long, hard process and unfortunately, a lot of us fall short because we don’t have an active budget or savings plan in place. While it might seem impossible, there are actually a number of highly effective ways you can be better with your money in order to achieve your deposit goals. That’s why I’ve put together my top 10 tips to help you save your deposit faster!

  1. Shop Smarter

While grocery shopping, there are a large number of products you can substitute with the home-brand version without noticing any significant change in quality or taste. To make this work for you, start substituting various products in your weekly shop so you can figure out which ones you’re happy to use on a regular basis. Remember that it’s okay to buy the more expensive brand when it’s genuinely better – don’t make yourself miserable by depriving yourself of your favourite things. Just be wiser with how and when you purchase them.

  1. Take It Straight Out Of Your Pay

One of the easiest ways to overspend on things you don’t necessarily need is by keeping your full paycheck in your account each month and only saving what’s left over at the end. Instead of living for the month and being disappointed that you didn’t save as much as you would have liked, try taking the amount you want to save straight out of your pay and put it away, then live off the rest. You’ll find you make money stretch a lot further when there is less of it to start with. Always make sure though that the amount you’re putting away to save vs the amount left to spend is realistic in terms of your living expenses.

  1. Create A Second Income

One of the hottest commodities for businesses right now are skilled freelancers. Do you have skills or passions that aren’t currently being utilised in your workplace? Why not offer them on the side and create additional income? Whether it’s graphic design, jewellery making, candle making or even writing, you can nab yourself some extra dough by offering your skills on a freelance basis.

  1. Use Your Super

Did you know that you can use a self-managed super fund to buy property? Instead of letting the money sit there until you’re ready to retire, use it to invest in your future! This option doesn’t always work for everyone though, so it’s important you consult with the right experts who can give you sound advice on your personal situation before you make any decisions.

  1. Encourage Your Spouse

Couples often have one person who handles all of the money and thus will be handling the budget and savings. Unfortunately, when only one person sees the budget and understands the ins and outs of spending habits each month, it can result in the other person overspending without realising. If you’re the budgeter, make sure you include your partner in the process so they understand the numbers better and can help you save more effectively.

  1. Earn Commissions & Save Them

If you work in a sales role or a role that allows for commissions, actively work hard toward earning these. If you are in one of these roles, you’re often given a target number to reach. Instead of settling simply for reaching the required goal, why not set yourself one that’s slightly higher (but still realistic)? Anything you earn as a commission is on top of your base salary, so you should try as much as possible to put your entire commission earnings directly into your savings.

  1. Downgrade Your Car

Most families own two cars, or at least one really nice car. If you can live realistically with only one car, or even a slightly less fancy car than make the switch! While having multiple cars or a really nice car is an awesome luxury, sometimes you have to make sacrifices, especially if you want to save your deposit faster. Remember, you can always upgrade again once you’ve bought your home!

  1. Rent Out A Room, Or A Garage

Do you have a spare room? Is it just sitting there collecting cobwebs or being used as your dumping grounds for junk you don’t know what to do with? A room can be rented out anywhere from $50-$200/week. Sure, you might have to sacrifice a little bit of storage, but think about how much quicker you’ll be able to save your deposit if you have that extra bit of money coming in each week! If you live in a busy area you could also consider renting out a parking space in your garage. You could get anywhere from $30-$70/week for one of these, depending on demand.

  1. Sell Your Stuff

How much stuff do you have that just sits around not being used? A second TV that’s not even plugged in? An old laptop you upgraded years ago? Why not sell your unused items and put the money straight to your deposit? Ebay, Gumtree and even Facebook Marketplace are all fantastic platforms for selling second-hand goods. Trust me, if you weren’t using it to begin with, you won’t even notice it’s gone!

  1. Lower Your Rent

If you’re living somewhere where rent is medium-high, chances are you could move to a place that is quite a lot cheaper, allowing you to put the difference in price straight toward your deposit. One thing to remember is that you’ll likely be renting for a few more years before you have enough saved to fully finance the deposit for your first home, so it’s important that you make sure you’re happy with the downgrade and will be able to live there for an extended period of time before you go ahead and do it. There’s no point making yourself miserable!

There you have it! 10 awesome, actionable tips that you can start implementing straight away. Do you have any tips or tricks for saving that you’ve been using? Make sure you leave me a comment and let me know what they are!

Until next time,


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Rachel Willis
Rachel Willis
6 years ago

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on how to raise money for a property deposit. I’ve been told that a good way to raise cash could be to borrow from family. Do you recommend this?

Sasha Holland
6 years ago
Reply to  Rachel Willis

Hi there Rachel ! Great question 🙂

It certainly can help get on the property ladder a heck of a lot faster with the assistance of family. The most popular way that family can help is through a parental guarantee. In simple terms a parental guarantee is where your parents provide the deposit and costs for your purchase, which is secured against the equity in their home. Once the property has increased in value you can refinance and your parents will have this equity released so to speak. There is a few conditions as I am sure you would expect however, I will be looking at these in detail next month, so keep a look out 🙂

Sasha Holland
6 years ago
Reply to  Rachel Willis

Hi there Rachel, Great question!

Yes, you can raise deposit funds by either partnering with friends/ family or by what they call a parental or family guarantee, whereby, you can obtain the deposit and costs for your purchase by ultilsing the equity in your families existing property. Once your property has gone up in value you can refinance and release the equity back . I will be writing more about this next month, so stay tuned !

6 years ago

Great article! I have been buying in bulk online from catch of the day and in store at Aldi, saving hundreds of dollars on my monthly grocery bills.

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