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Advice on saving – the best savings tips

How can you ensure you can always set some money aside at the end of each month? Our savings tips will help you to put money away for the things that really matter to you.

We all spend money in day-to-day life on things that are unnecessarily expensive: food, accommodation, fees and insurance policies. There’s often nothing left over at the end of the month. That’s why putting money aside regularly over a long period of time is worthwhile. Not only will this allow you to live less expensively but also to turn long-cherished dreams into reality. We provide you with simple tips and highlight ways in which you can save effectively. This will help turn your dreams into reality.

Find the savings solution that suits you best

Before trying to save large amounts of money over a short period of time, work out a budget. Your budget allows you to keep track of your outgoings each month. Whether you spend money on health insurance, food, accommodation or everyday living – a budget allows you to keep an eye on your money.

Save small amounts regularly

Set up a standing order to transfer money from your private account to a savings or e-savings account. It’s much better to transfer smaller amounts regularly than large amounts on the odd occasion. The best time to transfer the money is shortly after your salary is paid.

Save when shopping by rounding up

This allows you to save every time you make a purchase. And not just thanks to the lowest prices. Use the PostFinance Card’s e-moneybox function. This rounds payments up to the nearest franc or CHF 10 when making purchases. Arrange for the rounding difference to be transferred to your savings, e-savings or gift savings account.

Save with your retirement planning

Saving money is also a way of providing for the future. With the fixed pension plan (pillar 3a), you benefit in two ways: by making regular payments into a retirement savings account 3a or into a life insurance 3a plan, you provide for old age while also enjoying various tax benefits. The retirement fund especially designed for retirement planning also allows you to take advantage of the opportunities of the stock market.

Accrue assets with securities

You don’t have to leave your money in a savings account. There are more attractive alternatives offering higher returns, especially if you’re looking to make a long-term investment. A funds saving plan means you benefit from the performance of the financial markets. You systematically build up your assets by making regular payments. You also benefit from the The link will open in a new window cost averaging effect: When prices are high, fewer fund units are purchased but more are acquired when they are low. This pays off over the longer term. The online funds guide helps you to determine your personal investor profile and the most suitable fund for your funds saving plan.

Start early and keep going for as long as possible


The longer the period over which you save, the greater the increase in the impact of the The link will open in a new window compound interest effect each year. This means the later years generate the greatest return. The compound interest effect comes into play when the interest on the interest paid is added to the savings capital and the higher amount then bears further interest. The compound interest effect is small with the currently low interest paid on savings accounts. Here it’s worth considering alternatives, such as a funds saving plan, if you have a long-term investment horizon.

Saving for your godchild

Would you like to give your godchild a flying start to adult life? With a gift savings account, you can regularly put money away in their name. If you contribute CHF 15 a month from birth to their 18th  birthday, you’ll accrue CHF 3,406 at an interest rate of 0.55%. CHF 166 of that amount comes from interest and compound interest. The money and power of attorney for the account are transferred to the godchild when they turn 18. They also benefit from the preferential interest rate of the gift savings account until they reach their 20th birthday. 

Saving for a trip around the world

Would you like to fulfil your dream of a round-the-world trip when you retire? A funds saving plan is a good way of systematically saving to achieve this goal. If you set up a standing order to pay CHF 100 a month into a fund via a funds saving plan, you will have contributed and saved CHF 24,000 after 20 years  –  and that does not even include your potential return. Depending on how well the financial markets fare and the fund performs, you have the opportunity to achieve a higher return than on a savings account.

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