Tip 1: Get on it!

  • If you're currently employed, talk to your boss - you could have signed on to KiwiSaver without even realising it!
  • If you're freelancing, contracting or self-employed, you might have to set it up yourself.
  • Check My KiwiSaver to find your provider, if you don't know who they are.

Tip 2: Up, up, up your contribution!

  • If you've a financial goal in mind, like saving up to buy a house in the next few years, push out to a higher contribution rate.
  • Rates are 3, 4, 6, 8 or 10%.
  • Calculate, based off your current income, what you can afford to put into your KiwiSaver vault.
  • Don't be afraid to put in extra bits of cash to it over time - you don't always have to wait for your automatic contribution to kick in.

 

Tip 3: Treat your KiwiSaver like interest.

  • KiwiSaver is not a savings account, really - it's an interest scheme.
  • Choose your KiwiSaver provider based off the rate of interest they offer.
  • Get familiar with the different types of interest - defensive, conservative, balanced, growth and aggressive.

Tip 4: Read your KiwiSaver report.

  • Your provider will send out KiwiSaver statements - make sure to take an interest in these reports.
  • Check for the following; your balance (overall savings), any difference (the change between opening and closing balance for the year) and withdrawals you've made.
  • Note what gets taken up in tax and fees (yep, your provider takes a slice out of your KiwiSaver interest!)

 

Tip 5: Only withdraw if you answer the following…

  • Serious illness (you or a dependant family member).
  • Declaring bankruptcy.
  • Needing a suspension, due to financial hardship.
  • Looking to buy a home (you can still keep the account going though!)

 

Tip 6: Check what else you're owed.

  • First home buyers can get between $5-10,000 through the First Home Grant, depending on whether they're buying an existing home or planning a build.
  • You can also get $1,000 a year in subsidies, from the time you first open KiwiSaver.
  • Don't rely on any scheme though. There are caps on income, house price, existing debt and other factors, that could count you out of the running!
  • But that doesn't mean you can't take a sneak peak, to see if you can't get some free money. So check your eligibility first.
  • If you can, factor it into your budget. If not, you've still got a KiwiSaver that's building up interest!

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