How much should I save?

When it comes to savings and saving habits everyone will have a different idea about how much they should be saving and how much they should have in savings to protect them for unexpected emergencies.

Scottish Widows discovered in their research that when faced with financial difficulties or dealing with a reduction in our disposable income the following would be most likely to occur

  • Cancel paid for TV subscription
  • Stay in more often
  • Cut back on eating out
  • Cancel gym membership

Getting into a savings habit can be tough and with increasing household bills it can sometimes be hard to find money to put aside.

Research by Scottish Widows also found that buy saving just £3 a day, you can cover yourself against the cost of unexpected bills.

Below are some hints and tips to help you on your savings journey.

Can you afford it?

It is always better to pay off debt before saving as in most circumstances your debt will be costing you more than your savings will be making you.

Set a realistic goal

Small changes are sometimes all that is needed to make a big difference and get you into the savings habit. By setting a realistic goal you won’t find yourself dipping back into your savings after only a short period of time.

Review your account

If you haven’t looked at your savings account for a while, now is the perfect time to review it. There are a variety of different savings accounts available to suit a range of savings needs. For more information about the saving accounts we offer visit

Don't forget to spread your money

It is important you protect your savings and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) are a free service that helps to protect you up to £85,000 or £170,000 for a joint account. When opening a new account, check that your savings will be protected by the FSCS so that if anything does happen to your bank, building society or credit union you will automatically receive a refund of up to £85,000.

Visit for more information on the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.


Source: Scottish Widows 2014 Savings Report

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