If you have more than one credit card, pay off the one that charges the highest rate of interest or the smallest debt first. For more information, see our webpage on
how to pay off multiple credit cards.
Paying off debts means you’ll pay less interest and save money. Find out how you can reduce your debts faster by
making extra repayments.
Work out how much you’ll save in interest by making extra repayments.
credit card calculator
Create an emergency fund
If you don’t already have one, start an
emergency savings fund. Open a high interest savings account and, if you can, aim to build up 1-3 months’ worth of living expenses, so the next time life throws you a curve ball, you’ll be ready to face it head on.
Compound interest will help your money to grow. For example, $3,000 in an account earning 3% interest would grow to $3,485 in 5 years’ time. If you deposit extra money into this account, your savings will grow even faster.
See how compound interest increases your savings.
compound interest calculator
How Australians spend their tax refund
Contribute extra to your super
Making extra contributions to your super can really boost the amount of money you’ll have to live on when you retire.
If you’re on a low income, the government will match your after-tax super contributions with 50c for every dollar you contribute, up to a maximum of $500. For more information on boosting your super see
Work out how contributing more to super can affect your final super payout.
Consider investing your windfall
Investing your windfall can help you grow your money and keep it safe. If you choose to invest, make sure you take the time to consider your investment goals.
If you’re new to investing, our section on
investing smarter is a great place to start.
If you would prefer to rely on professionals who are skilled in making investment decisions, you might consider a
managed fund. These types of products give you access to a range of investment types with the benefit of having a professional investment manager choose which individual assets to invest your money in.
Get financial advice
For large amounts of money, such as an inheritance or a redundancy payment, you might consider getting professional financial advice. An adviser can help you develop a plan to make the most of your money.
We have tips on what to look out for when you are
choosing a financial adviser.
Commit to making the most of your tax refund
Publicly committing to your goals is a great way to motivate yourself to achieve the things you’re aiming for. Decide how you’ll use this year’s tax refund to boost your finances,
and share it on your own Facebook page. I commit to making the most of this year’s tax refund, instead of spending it on something I don’t really need. SHARE TO Facebook