Managing your money

Simple ways to manage your money

From tracking how much you’re spending to saving for the future, we’ve got the tools, support and guidance to make managing your money easy.

Do you feel in control of your money?

If you find yourself running out of money at the end of each month, or if you regularly face charges for going over your limits, it’s worth creating a monthly budget.

It’ll help you to understand what’s coming in and out of your account, so you can stay in control and plan for the future.

Create a budget

The first step is to create a detailed budget. You can use our budget planner to note everything that comes in and out of your account, including your salary, any benefits, pensions, bills etc. It’s important that you’re detailed and honest – include things like your lunch at work and drinks on nights out. Ideally, you should be spending less than you earn each month. If not, use the planner to see where you could cut down your outgoings. If your income is low, or has been reduced due to a change in circumstances, you may be entitled to benefits that you are not currently claiming. You can use this benefits calculator to check.

Start saving

Setting money aside each month – no matter how little – is a good way to start saving towards your financial goals. So, whether it’s a big holiday, a house deposit or money for unexpected bills, you’ll be covered. You can open a Savings Account with as little as £1, and start earning interest. Alternatively, choose to save in an ISA (Individual Savings Account) to earn tax-free interest up to a certain amount.

Take control

Once you’ve created a budget, there are things you can do to organise and take control of it. Wherever possible, pay your bills by Direct Debit or standing order. Not only does it mean that your payments won’t be late, but you could also cut costs, as some companies offer discounts if you pay automatically. It’s a good idea to set these payments up 1 or 2 days after payday, so that you know you’ll have enough in your account. You could also try online banking and our app, so you can check your balances and account details 24 hours a day.

Does your income vary each month?

If you don't receive the same income each month, it's important to make sure you have enough to cover your essential living costs. Work out your monthly outgoings to see the minimum amount you’ll need each month to cover them. Once you’ve got that, you can also identify areas that can be cut back. If you find it hard to manage your outgoings, you could also set up a separate bank account specifically for regular payments, such as rent and bills. If the money is automatically taken from that account, you can ensure everything is paid on time.

Tools to help you manage your money

Budget planner

It’s important to know any payments you make will fit in with your other monthly expenses. Our budget planner will show you what you can afford.

Our alerts

Keep track of your cash with our free alerts – they’re secure, and you can set them up for both Business and personal accounts.

Do your everyday banking on the go

Make payments to new and existing payees, view your account balances and much more – all on your mobile.

Do your everyday banking on the go

Discover Online Banking for a secure way to access to your accounts, manage payments, check your statements and much more.