Spring clean your finances

Spring is in the air. Which means a lot of people are getting out the mops, vacuums and dusters for a little spring cleaning. But don’t forget about your finances.

The new season and the warmer weather are the perfect opportunity to clean out your financial cobwebs and set yourself up for success as we roll into Christmas and the New Year.

Here’s how to get started.

1. Declutter your bank accounts

If you have several accounts spread across multiple banks you’re doing it wrong. It just means more statements, more fees and more confusion. Which makes it harder to keep track of your finances.

An easy way to start your decluttering process is to close bank accounts that no longer serve a purpose. And if you’re going to consolidate with a single financial institution make sure you choose one with the right mix of benefits, convenience, fees, and features for your needs.

2. Reclaim lost money

Is there an unclaimed pile of cash with your name on it? Only one way to find out. Visit the Government’s MoneySmart website and you’ll be able to search for unclaimed money, including lost bank accounts, shares, investments and life insurance policies in your name.

3. Consolidate lost super

There’s approximately $21 billion in unclaimed super sloshing around in government coffers. Some of that could be yours.

Consolidating multiple super balances into a single fund lets you save on fees and unnecessary life insurance premiums.

You can search for lost super and consolidate it by logging into the MyGov website.

4. Shine a light on your home loan

Home loan interest rates may be at record lows, but that doesn’t mean you’re getting the best deal.

Have a close look at your statement and the interest rate you’re currently paying. In a competitive market it’s likely you could do better, especially if you’ve had your home loan for several years

Either way, it pays to check in on your home loan.

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