Simple lifestyle changes could help Millennials save £10.5bn

With millennials often finding it hard to save, Barclays3 has come up with some suggestions that could help them meet their financial goals.

Those who fear that this could mean giving up on nights out or regular treats, will be pleased to know that the solution could lie in making just a few simple swaps.


The survey outlined that millennials spend on average £3,312.72 a year on socialising with friends, eating out and takeaways. Three quarters of those who took part in the survey said they would be willing to make a few lifestyle changes if it would help them reach their financial goals, like a deposit for a home.


Suggested swaps included replacing every fifth takeaway with a home-cooked meal, having a regular night in rather than always going out, avoiding the coffee shop once in a while, and joining a local running club rather than paying for gym membership. It’s estimated that these simple tactics could add up to a saving of around £600 a year or even more.


Developing a savings habit and sticking to it requires discipline. That’s why many people find that if they adopt the principle of ‘paying themselves first’ they manage much better. When they get paid, money is automatically transferred into their savings account on the same day, helping to remove the temptation to spend.

Thinking long and hard before making purchases can also work. Asking yourself questions such as “Do I really need it? What impact will it have on my savings goal? Can I get the same thing much cheaper by shopping around or buying second-hand?” can all act as a wake-up call that will help keep expenditure under control.


For those looking to save and get tax breaks, ISAs are a great solution. The annual allowance is £20,000. Contributions into a pension attract tax relief too.

3Barclays, Feb 2019

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