Adjusting your savings goals during the coronavirus pandemic

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In recent months, the coronavirus pandemic has brought a wave of change into all our lives, and you may be feeling a little overwhelmed about what’s right for you and your money right now. While there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, here are some things to consider when it comes to your savings plan, based on your current circumstances. 

You feel secure in your job and have some extra money to save

If you already have a solid emergency fund in place (three to six months of living expenses) and feel secure in your job, then you may be in a unique position to step up your saving. Maybe you’re able to save more thanks to lockdown-enforced lifestyle changes – staying inside, cooking more, and spending less on going out.

Why not allocate a certain amount of money each week that you would normally spend on eating out or on social activities, and instead put that into your savings?

You feel secure in your job, but have less than three months of expenses saved

Now may be the time to be diligent about putting money in your emergency fund.  To work out how much you may need to set aside, add up:

  • Your monthly rent or mortgage.
  • Utility bills.
  • Insurance, car or commuter costs.
  • Debt payments.
  • Other regular expenses.


Next, multiply that number by the number of months you want to save for (as a rule of thumb, this should be from three to six months).

If you need to cut back on other unnecessary expenses to bulk up your emergency fund, now may be the time. Although social distancing has its challenges, it also means many of us are saving on normal expenses like daily coffee runs, gym memberships, dining out, and other entertainment. Redistributing any money that you’d normally be spending into your savings can be an easy way to give them a boost. 

Once you feel confident about the money that’s in your emergency fund, consider focusing your attention on saving for retirement.

You recently lost your job, or are worried that you might

Losing your job in the middle of a pandemic can be incredibly stressful, but there are things you can do to help ease the financial strain.

If you’re still in employment, you could think about building up your cash savings as quickly as possible. Consider cutting back on your spending and try to focus on getting three to six months of expenses saved while you’re still earning a salary. 

Read more on why you need an emergency fund

You’re about to retire

If you’ve spent years saving for your retirement, the current climate can seem scary. But it pays to be prepared before you’re ready to retire, so if that day is getting close for you, it could be a good time to start thinking about the choices you’ll need to make.

How to prepare for retirement

The content in this article is for information only and is not advice. All content in this article was accurate on the date of publication shown above.


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