There are costs that can be eliminated, like the constant buying of disposable razors, and costs that can merely be reduced. When it comes to investing your savings, there are 3 costs that are unavoidable: taxes, inflation, and fees.
These 3 costs are especially repugnant because they add up to a lot. Bill Gates, still one the worlds richest people, claimed in 2013 that he had paid over $6 billion in taxes. You lose about 2 cents for every dollar you have in a regular bank account every year to inflation. And fees are baked in to nearly every financial service you can think of.
Though you can never be free of any of these costs, you can certainly reduce how much you end up paying. You could get a financial adviser or an accountant. Indeed, legally avoiding taxes is a giant industry. But the more help you get, the more fees you incur. Generally, fees are lower than taxes, but not always.
If advisers and accountants aren’t for you, or if you at least want to better understand all this stuff, there is, of course, this blog 🙂
In a nut shell, to minimize tax payments, put your savings in a Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA), where it can grow tax free. If you’ve maximized your annual TFSA contribution, there’s always Registered Retirement Saving Plans (RRSP).
The best way to avoid fees is to learn about how your money works on your own. The more comfortable you are with saving and investing, the less need you will have for more expensive services, like advisers or accountants.
Unlike the other two prongs of this trifecta, inflation is truly unavoidable. The only thing you can do is make sure your money is growing faster than inflation, which isn’t always the case with high interest savings accounts.