Buy that avo toast: Nine in 10 chase instant gratification

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on January 22, 2021
Buy that avo toast: Nine in 10 chase instant gratification

A recent survey found 90% of 'Millennials' believe small indulgences can be more important than long-term savings goals.

The most common reasons for indulging were because 'they need to enjoy themselves', 'buying small treats makes them happy', and 'they work hard so deserve rewards for their efforts'.

So, buy that latte everyday and spend your money on avo toast - after all, that's all Millennials are good for to some, despite the eldest ones now pushing 40.

Buying a home or looking to refinance? The table below features home loans with some of the lowest interest rates on the market for owner occupiers.

Lender
Advertised rate Comparison rate* Monthly repayment Rate TypeOffsetRedrawOngoing FeeUpfront FeesLVRLump Sum RepaymentAdditional RepaymentsPre-approval

VariableMore details
LIMITED TIME OFFER

Smart Booster Home Loan Discounted Variable - 2yr (LVR < 80%)

  • Fast turnaround times, can meet 30-day settlement
  • For purchase and refinance, min 20% deposit
  • No ongoing or monthly fees, add offset for 0.10%
LIMITED TIME OFFER

Smart Booster Home Loan Discounted Variable - 2yr (LVR < 80%)

  • Fast turnaround times, can meet 30-day settlement
  • For purchase and refinance, min 20% deposit
  • No ongoing or monthly fees, add offset for 0.10%
VariableMore details
ZERO APPLICATION FEESFEE FREE OFFSET

Owner Occupier Accelerates - Celebrate (LVR < 60%) (Principal and Interest)

  • We lower your rate based off how much you’ve paid down your loan
  • Automatic rate match
  • No upfront or ongoing fees
ZERO APPLICATION FEESFEE FREE OFFSET

Owner Occupier Accelerates - Celebrate (LVR < 60%) (Principal and Interest)

  • We lower your rate based off how much you’ve paid down your loan
  • Automatic rate match
  • No upfront or ongoing fees
FixedMore details
USE A MARKET LEADING APP TO HELP YOU PAY OFF YOUR LOAN SOONER

Fixed Home Loan 1 year (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

  • Make up to $20,000 additional repayments per fixed term
  • Redraw available – lets you access any extra loan repayments you’ve made
  • Choose to rate lock for 90 days (fee applies)
USE A MARKET LEADING APP TO HELP YOU PAY OFF YOUR LOAN SOONER

Fixed Home Loan 1 year (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

  • Make up to $20,000 additional repayments per fixed term
  • Redraw available – lets you access any extra loan repayments you’ve made
  • Choose to rate lock for 90 days (fee applies)
VariableMore details
REFINANCE IN MINUTES, NOT WEEKS

Nano Home Loans Variable Owner Occupied, Principal and Interest (Refinance Only)

  • No application or ongoing fees.
  • 100% free offset sub account.
  • Fast online application, approval in minutes not weeks.
  • Mobile app, Visa debit card, Apple and Google Pay
  • Refinance loans and variable rates only.
REFINANCE IN MINUTES, NOT WEEKS

Nano Home Loans Variable Owner Occupied, Principal and Interest (Refinance Only)

  • No application or ongoing fees.
  • 100% free offset sub account.
  • Fast online application, approval in minutes not weeks.
  • Mobile app, Visa debit card, Apple and Google Pay
  • Refinance loans and variable rates only.

Rates correct as of January 21, 2022. View disclaimer.

Three quarters of survey respondents also said they would be 'more likely' to achieve their health and fitness goals if they had the right financial motivations, whatever that may be. 

The recent survey of 1,023 Australians aged 25 to 39, commissioned by CommBank, also revealed 95% said they could do a better job of managing their 'self care'. 

The definition of 'self care' goes beyond just putting on a face mask at night and having a glass of wine.

Those in Western Australia had the highest monthly spend on 'less essential' items at $591, while South Australians spent the least at $449.

The breakdown on less essential spending between the other states was:

  • Victoria, $586
  • NSW, $567, and
  • Queensland, $509

Tasmania, the ACT, and the Northern Territory didn't make the cut.

Director of Habit Change Institute Dr Gina Cleo said occasional small indulgences can be useful.

“This generation of Australians are known for their hard work ethic and busy daily schedule, so it’s important to form habits that provide a healthy break from the grind," she said.

"Once we begin to set aside time in our day for things such as a short walk or home cooking, we begin to prioritise self-care and allow time to rejuvenate and motivate ourselves to stay on track and achieve our goals," Dr Cleo said.

Enjoy that avocado toast, and try not to think about median house prices tripling (even accounting for inflation) since 1992, and wages stagnating, with real wages even going backwards in 2020.

A price-to-income ratio of housing above 5.1 is rated as 'severely unaffordable' by Demographia - all of the Australian capitals are above this threshold, where upwards of 80% of the population lives.


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The entire market was not considered in selecting the above products. Rather, a cut-down portion of the market has been considered. Some providers' products may not be available in all states. To be considered, the product and rate must be clearly published on the product provider's web site. Savings.com.au, yourmortgage.com.au, yourinvestmentpropertymag.com.au, and Performance Drive are part of the Savings Media group. In the interests of full disclosure, the Savings Media Group are associated with the Firstmac Group. To read about how Savings Media Group manages potential conflicts of interest, along with how we get paid, please visit the web site links at the bottom of this page.

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Harrison is Savings.com.au's Assistant Editor. Prior to joining Savings in January 2020, he worked for some of Australia's largest comparison sites and media organisations. With a keen interest in the economy, housing policy, and personal finance, Harrison is passionate about breaking down complex financial topics for the everyday consumer.

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