Budgeting can help you plan your spending, feel more in control of your money and identify where savings might be possible. Here are some of the Starling tools and features that you can use to budget.

Our Budget Planner

When making a budget, step one is taking a magnifying glass to your finances. That’s where our Budget Planner comes in. This free online tool is available through our website and can be used by anyone, not just Starling customers. It has been designed to help you understand where your money is going each month and should only take 5-10 minutes to complete.

Use our Budget Planner to analyse your spending

A spotlight on spending

Starling customers can check how much they spend on various spending categories, including rent, bills, childcare, groceries, shopping and entertainment, by going to the Spending Insights section of the Starling app. Whenever you spend from your Starling account, we automatically categorise the transaction for you.

If needed, you can amend the category to make it even more accurate. For example, if you buy flowers for someone, this transaction may show up under ‘Groceries’ or ‘Shopping’, depending on where you purchase them. With a few taps, you could change the category to ‘Gift’.

Check your spend

Budgeting with Spaces

The Spaces feature enables you to keep money separate from your main balance. You can set up multiple Spaces, which makes the feature ideal for budgeting using the digital envelope method.

To try this method, look back at your results for the Budget Planner and decide on an amount that you plan or expect to spend on rent or mortgage, bills, nights out, pets - whatever spending categories make sense for you. Then create separate Spaces for each of your chosen categories.

You can name each Space, add a photograph and transfer money into your Space as you go, or set up automatic transfers for just after pay day. Each Space becomes an ‘envelope’ with allocated funds for a particular purpose.

The digital envelope budgeting method with Spaces

Bills Manager

To take your budgeting to the next level, you can use Bills Manager to pay Direct Debits and standing orders straight from a Space. For example, if you have a ‘Home’ Space, you could pay your rent or mortgage directly from this Space, as well as council tax and household bills. If you have a ‘Dogs’ Space, you could use Bills Manager to pay your pet insurance.

Virtual cards

You could then set up a virtual card to pay for dog food, veterinary bills, or toys and treats from your local pet shop, straight from your ‘Dogs’ Space.

A virtual card is similar to a normal debit card - it has a card number, expiry date and CVV - but only exists on your phone. When you set one up, you won’t receive a physical debit card in the post, but you will be able to use it to make online payments, or payments with a digital wallet, for example using Apple Pay or Google Pay.

Spend directly from your ‘Eating Out’ Space with a virtual card

Each virtual card is connected to a Space of your choice and enables you to spend directly from that Space. You can create up to five virtual cards.

The Starling Fixed Saver

For longer-term saving, you could look into setting up a Starling Fixed Saver. As of 10:00 on 21 September 2023, the interest rate on Starling’s one-year Fixed Saver is 5.53% AER/gross for Starling personal current account customers. This product can be opened with a minimum deposit of £2,000, (see our Summary Box). You can set up multiple Fixed Savers at the same time. Terms and conditions apply.

It’s important to make sure you have easily accessible savings for emergencies before putting money aside in a Fixed Saver. The money you put into a Fixed Saver will be set aside for 12 months, during which it will earn interest.

The Starling Fixed Saver at 5.53% AER/Gross

Whether you’re a budgeting newbie or very experienced, get started with our Budget Planner and dive into the Starling app to discover our simple money management tools for budgeting.

Article updated: 21 September 2023

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