Money saving hints and tips
9 ways to help you save
From reviewing your direct debits to switching energy supplier, there are lots of great ways you could save money each month. It might help give you a bit of extra cash to save for a rainy day. Here's some of our top tips.
1. Set a budget
A good habit is to set a monthly budget to plan your spending. It could help you spend less and save more. With the Ulster Bank app, you could categorise your current account transactions (e.g. household bills, groceries, eating out, travel, etc) to give you a more detailed picture of where you spend your money and help you to spot opportunities to save each month.
Our App can be used on compatible iOS and Android devices. You'll need a UK or international mobile number in specific countries. Spending Tracker is available to customers aged 16+ who have a Personal or Premier account with us.
2. Start small
Focusing on small changes in order to save could make a world of difference when it comes to managing your money. Cutting back on a few of those non-essentials, like eating out or takeaways, could help you save a little bit each month – too drastic and they’ll soon creep back in. Slowly does it.
3. Set a savings goal
Make a list of short and longer term goals to work towards and watch your savings grow. On average, customers save twice as much when they save towards a goal. Get ahead of the game and set-up a standing order to save a little each month too before all your bills come out. A great strategy.
Our savings goal tool is available to existing customers with an instant access savings account.
4. Reduce your energy, go greener
Reducing your carbon footprint has never been more important. But we spend a lot of money on gas and electricity. That's why we've pulled together our top energy saving tips. We want to help save you money, and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.
5. Switch energy supplier
Between 1 July 2020 and 31 December 2020, people who switched energy supplier for both gas & electricity with Uswitch saved an average of £216 (Source: Uswitch February 2021). With Uswitch you simply enter your postcode, a few details about your current supplier and Uswitch will do the rest. Save on your carbon footprint too by switching to green energy provider.
Uswitch is an Ofgem accredited, free and informative comparison tool. It is the UK's leading energy switching service and has helped UK consumers switch their energy deal more than 9.2 million times, saving over £2.3 billion since 2006. NatWest receives commission for each switch. When you select 'Compare energy deals' you'll be taken to the Uswitch website.
6. Shop around when it comes your TV, broadband and phone contracts
From your mobile tariff, broadband to TV packages. There are deals out there, if nothing else, challenge your current provider to match what you may have seen elsewhere to see if they can match it.
7. Ditch that old Direct Debit
If you take some time to scroll through regular payments on your app, it’s possible you’ll discover at least one Direct Debit or standing order you no longer need. For most, you can cancel these online or over the phone, but it’s worth checking any contracts you may have to avoid any cancellation fee or penalty.
8. “Do I really need this?”
If you're asking yourself that question, there is a good chance you already know the answer. From gym memberships to online subscriptions, if you’re not using it, cancel it. If that feels a bit drastic you can often pause payments to test the water first. Be strong.
9. Get rewarded for spending
It makes sense to do your research to find the best price but there are also ways you could earn some money back when you spend too.
We're proud to introduce Ulster Bank Rewards in partnership with Visa. Register your Ulster Bank Visa debit card with our Rewards programme and you'll enjoy great cashback bonuses when you shop at some of Northern Ireland's favourite retailers.
To avail of Ulster Bank Rewards you must be a personal Visa Debit card customer over the age of 16 years and resident in the UK.