How do you use Pots?


(Richard Cook) #1

Question time! :rotating_light:

We want to know: what do you use pots for? :honey_pot:

Savings? Holidays? Pocket money? Bills?

From the weird and the wonderful, to the everyday money-saving tips… how do you use Pots to manage your money?


Community Roundup - 23/2/2018
(Colin Robinson) #2

Ground Rent for the flat, monthly put away for the quarterly season ticket, and monthly put away for the Service Charge so far…


(Eve) #3

I’ve been manually adding “save the change” but whenever my balance is an odd number like £43.67 (I then put 7p into the pot) instead of rounding up my purchases. It mildly annoys me when the balance is an ugly number. I don’t have anything I need to save for eg car insurance or travel fund but would love to use the feature so that’s what I’ve been doing. I keep forgetting to do it when multiple transactions come out so would love rules for pots in later updates. And custom images please :ok_hand:t3:


(Danny) #4

Manual save the change coz well Monzo doesn’t do it automatically still
Skint Dad thing as per this
Rent
Money I don’t want to touch


#5

Not at all. Really, really, really don’t see the point in them …


(Sacha) #6

Rainy Day Fund
Wedding Fund

Also starting a Season Ticket Fund.

I decided against using loads of pots for smaller amounts as it seems overly bureaucratic to do so.


(Ben Green) #7
  • Rainy day fund
  • Weekly grocery shopping
  • Christmas fund
  • Holiday
  • Assorted bills (rent, phone, Netflix, etc)
  • Date fund to treat the girlfriend

I have other pots in my Squirrel account for specific birthdays and a Foo Fighters gig I’m going to later this year.


(Nic Dall) #8

I’m loving the way pots are allowing me to save!

My 1st pot is for my Bills. I get paid on the 25th of each month but my bills come out on the 1st of the month, so I pop the money in a pot and transfer it back the day before.

My next 2 pots are my savings for holiday (Milan in March and Florida in September).

The rest of my pots are my yearly sinking funds so my Car Insurance, Car Tax, iPhone Upgrade etc.

I’m fine transferring the money manually, but hopefully it’ll be automatic soon!


#9

I use pots to save for my monthly bills.
For example I have a pot for my monthly rent, and when EUR accounts are available I could save for my monthly mortgage and loan payments too.


#10

Money I know I shouldn’t spend because I need it for something else.

ie travel, monthly food budget has a pot for now (until I can switch to a DD pot :pray: )

targeted savings, as well


#11

Saving for my trip to Norway!
Holding my deposit on a property.
Keeping my credit card repayments to one side until the bill comes through.


(Kevyn) #12

I don’t use pots. They don’t serve a functionality right now for me. This is mainly because I would have to manually do things.

My banking structure for reference is:
Pay goes into current account ‘A’. Bills also come out of current account ‘A’, mostly on the day after payday. I have a standing order each week going from current account ‘A’ to current account ‘B’ for my weekly spends. Monzo is current account ‘B’. I have standing orders going from current account ‘A’ to my LISA, savings account and Nutmeg investment account. Any money left in current account ‘A’ at the end of the month is automatically swept into a savings account.

This is all automated each month and I get a text alert on current account ‘A’ if the balance drops below £50. This is usually fine a week before payday but it is helpful to alert me to any impending doom before then.

If Monzo could replicate this system somehow, I would be more inclined to use pots. If pots had more functionality like assigning certain payments, direct debits, account actions like standing orders or even their own sort code and account numbers, I would use them.

My ultimate wish, would be for you to replicate Bunq’s multiple current accounts. They give you 25 current accounts per month (they do charge this on their fee band but you can make them in the trial and keep them after it ends…). Each account has its own IBAN (sort code and account number equivalent). Your card is attached to the account you choose and can be changed in app. For my banking needs it would be perfect, its just a shame Bunq is in Euros and doesn’t work fully in the UK right now…


#13

I’ve only got a small savings pot that’ll only be a few hundred pounds at most. No automated movement of funds on pay day makes it too much effort to have more pots and the lack of any interest rate means there’s no point keeping any real value in them.


(Dan) #14

I use Pot’s for a few things…

When my salary is paid in on the 24th of each month, I move money to my bills pot, money to my piggy bank pot (this is how much I ideally want to save but can tap into it if needs be, then next payday I move this out into another pot), my Vault pot (a core savings pot), iPhone upgrade pot, Holiday pot

Pretty varied stuff, DD from pots I’d love so I don’t have to remember to move my Bills pot over before the 1st… also pot rules and move money from one pot to another pot without having to put it into the main account…


(Sebastian) #15

When created I’m using pots for holiday funds.


(Tim Banting) #16

It’s just a different place to move money- what I want is a way of paying directly from a pot (Say a “Car” pot where I can pay my car insurance and MOT from) and sweeping spare change (round to the nearest £) directly into another.

Without that- well it’s not that interesting to me.


(Tim Banting) #17

Thats one of the reasons I also have Starling- I get some interest, however small that might be. Ideally, I would like a savings pot that attracts interest and I would be happy if that is locked away for 6 months/1 year.


#18

I dont use them. Even with the miniscule amount of interest I get from my savings account, it makes more sense to put any non spending money in the savings account, rather than pots


#19

I’ve also got Starling for the better than 0% interest and generally keep much more in there. I still have several other legacy bank accounts for the better than 0.5% interest for the bulk of my cash. One day I’d like to be rid of them :frowning:


(Mike Oliver) #20

I’m only holding money in my pots that is likely to be spent during the year. I can sacrifice a few quid of interest for the convenience the pots provide(especially when we can start creating rules for pots). Longer term savings which I don’t need to access get moved to other providers