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Published: 17:39 EDT, 1 January 2019 | Updated: 04:56 EDT, 2 January 2019

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A new year is the perfect time to start a regular savings habit.

Saving money each month will help you build up a nest egg to protect against financial shocks.

It is also a good way to spread the cost of expensive purchases such as holidays.

Regular savings accounts with banks and building societies pay far higher rates than easy access deals — which will help your pot grow faster.

Saving money each month will help you build up a nest egg to protect against financial shocks

Saving money each month will help you build up a nest egg to protect against financial shocks

However, you must be realistic about how much you can afford to save each month.

One in ten savers who planned to put money aside regularly last year gave up after just one month, according to research by Britain’s fifth largest building society, Leeds BS. Four out of ten had quit by the middle of the year.

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The danger here is that some regular savings deals will slash your rate to a pittance if you need to access your cash before the end of the year.

Remember that with regular savings deals you only earn interest once the money hits your account. So if you save £100 a month for a year, your first payment will earn interest for 12 months but your final £100 will see just one month’s worth of interest.

To get an idea of how much to expect after a year, tot up the amount you hope to save. Then divide your interest rate by two and apply this figure to your total yearly savings.

Some accounts will let you dip into your savings during the year and continue earning the same rate of interest.

For example, Virgin Money Regular Saver, available through its branches, pays a fixed rate of 3 per cent on up to £250 a month.

You can take money out at any time without losing the 3 per cent rate. With a £100 monthly saving you’ll end up with £1,218, including £18 interest. Saffron BS’s Regular Saver is similar and pays a slightly higher 3.5 per cent. 

On each £100 a month, you’ll build up £1,222 including £22 interest. You could get a better return with your current account provider — but they are usually less flexible because you can’t touch your money unless you shut the account and you’ll lose the premium rate.

First Direct Regular Saver, available to its 1st Account holders, pays 5 per cent on sums between £25 and £300. A £100-a-month saving will be worth £1,232 after a year including interest. 

Marks & Spencer’s Bank offers a similar deal, also at 5 per cent, on up to £250 a month. 

At HSBC you will earn 3 per cent or 5 per cent depending on which current account you have. 

At Santander the rate is 3 per cent and differs in that you can take money out during the year without being penalised.

Halifax Regular Saver is open to all customers rather than just its current account holders, and pays 2 per cent.

Nationwide’s Flex Regular Online Saver pays 5 per cent. The rate is variable — so can change at any time — but it does let you take money out if you need to.

sy.morris@dailymail.co.uk

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Source : https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/saving/article-6545211/Kick-new-year-savings-habit-guide-picking-right-account.html

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