How to find money for investing?
In Finax, we believe that investing should be taken for granted. However, people often try to persuade us that even though they have investing in mind, there are simply no funds in their budget for it. So far, no one has managed to convince us that this was actually the case. Whether you earn thousands of euros per month or the minimum wage, there are always available funds in your budget for investing. You disagree? Read on, you may be pleasantly surprised.
Ján Tonka | Personal finance | 12. December 2018
The area of personal finance is generally not complicated. To achieve your goals, whether they are small or big, just follow these two simple rules:
- spend less than you earn
- invest the difference
The first point can be achieved by reducing consumption or increasing income. This decision is up to you. We are glad to help you with the 2nd point. First things first, let’s have a look where can you find funds for investing.
You can save the most on the biggest expenses
First of all, focus on the biggest expenses in your budget - mortgage and other loans. Do you still have a mortgage with an interest rate that is exceeding 2%? Consider refinancing it, it can save you tens of euros per month. However, do not unnecessarily accumulate saved money in your current account for early repayment of the mortgage. It is not worth it, it is better to invest them.
Also, do not overlook consumer loans, credit cards and other debts. If you are repaying loans with rate exceeding 10% or 20%, consider consolidating them. Merging the loans can reduce your regular monthly payments as well as your total overpayment greatly.
If you live from pay check to pay check due to huge debts, merging old debts into a new one with a lower rate will give you tens or even hundreds of euros per month, which you can use to build up an emergency fund, so that you never find yourself in this situation ever again.
Even small expenses can hide lots of money
Money can be also hidden behind the seemingly small, daily consumption spending. Find the time to study your bank account activity, or write down your expenses for a few months. Do not skip over small items with the justification of “it’s just a few euros per month”.
If cholesterol is considered to be a silent heart killer, regular monthly expenses are the killer of your wealth. There are numerous expenses on which you can save money: unused newspaper / magazine subscriptions and services (Spotify, Netflix, HBO GO, etc.), bank account maintenance fees, expensive or unnecessary insurance, dining in restaurants, excessive spending on the internet, TV and mobile phone plans, gym membership that you never use, a car with high fuel consumption...
It may seem unnecessary to contemplate over € 7 for bank account maintenance fee, € 20 for TV services or € 30 for a mobile phone plan. However, the real cost of these expenditures is much higher.
The difference between the € 10 and € 30 mobile phone plan is not only € 20. You can also invest these € 20 every month. Only this one choice can earn you € 37,000. This is how much you can achieve, if you regularly invest € 20 a month in equity index funds over 30 years. This is the real cost of an expensive mobile phone plan.
Do you pay your bank 7 or 9 euros for current account maintenance? Today, you can have bank account for free. You can either qualify for an account maintenance discount in your bank or you can use the services of Internet banks such as mBank, 365.bank, German N26 or British Revolut.
If you manage to reduce or even eliminate some of the smaller expenses, you will probably find out that you are suddenly able to save tens of euros per month. In 20 or 30 years, you will not even remember these small spending cuts. Thanks to them, you can have tens or even hundreds of thousands of euros in your account and your life can look completely different.
When you can’t save more, focus on income
If you do not see any room for saving and investing, even after a thorough analysis of your spending, then you need to address the other side of the equation. Sometimes, it may be easier to achieve a pay raise at work, rather than trying to bloodily save a few euros on (really necessary?) expenses.
The evaluation interview and salary negotiation are certainly not favourite activities of most employees. Many have avoided them for a very long time. However, they are unknowingly depriving themselves of really big money.
If you negotiate a pay raise of € 100 per month and you manage to save and invest half of the “new money”, you can have more than € 30,000 in your investment account in 20 years. Isn't that uncomfortable hour with the boss worth it?
Start investing today
Do not delay this talk. There will probably be no better time than today. Wages are rising, the economy is doing well and there is a lack of skilled people in the labour market. For many employers, it is easier and cheaper to increase (from their point of view) the salary of employees, than to seek and train a new person without prior experience.
You must learn to save a part of your income as soon as you receive it. Investing only the account balance at the end of the month, does not work. This way, you will never manage to get out of the vicious circle of living from pay check to pay check. The ideal ratio is to save 20% of income for yourself and your future - to create an emergency fund and wealth building.
If you can save even more, good for you. Start slowly. In the beginning, try saving 10% and gradually increase the amount. You will see how quickly you will get used to it and make investing a daily part of your life.
Bonus tip - free money
You managed to get here and you are still convinced that there is simply no room for investing in your budget and the chance of a pay raise at work is equal to zero? Nothing is lost. Even in this situation, you can regularly invest tens of euros a month and secure a better future.
The solution is II. pension pillar. If you joined II. Pillar, and you have set it up correctly, you can invest almost 5% of your gross wage each month in funds in II. pillar. Some of them can earn you around 8% p. a. in the long term. If you have not joined the II. the pillar yet, or you have not set it up correctly, do something about it quickly.
Even if you earn minimum wage, which for 2019 was set at 510 euros per month, you can, thanks to II. Pillar, invest nearly 25 euros every month. It does not cost you anything, you only have to redirect part of your compulsory social security contributions to your personal pension account.
How much do you want to save? Are you ready for unexpected events? Do you invest your hard-earned money where it earns you the most?
Whatever your goals may be, you can make them easier and reach them faster with us – whether you plan to make an emergency fund, save for a nice retirement or just invest intelligently for a better future.