Initial balance
$
Monthly deposit
$
Interest rate
%
Term
yrs
mos
Final balance
$

Savings Calculator

By Mateusz Mucha and Piotr Małek

This, Savings calculator, also known as a "savings account calculator" is a versatile tool that helps you create a savings plan to allow you to save up enough money to buy your dream car, trip, etc. It works in both directions - go ahead to either find out how much you'll save OR how much you need to deposit monthly if you have a certain amount you want to save. It operates on a few variables: initial balance (how much can you put in as an initial deposit), monthly deposit, interest rate and term (how long will you be saving for, be it months or years). Moreover, should you be saving for years, there is a table underneath the savings calculator that will show you what your balance will look like at the end of each year. It's a special kind of a compound interest calculation, with a little twist - monthly deposits.

How savings account calculator works

Because savings account calculator works in different ways, first let's focus on the most basic use - let's say we are saving for our dream bike:

  1. Find out the price of the bike. Let's say it is €2000 - and this is our final balance that we want to achieve.
  2. Determine your initial deposit. Let's make it €1200.
  3. Find out the interest rate. We've found a savings account with a 5% interest rate.
  4. Last but not least, decide how long you want to save for. Let's say we are not in hurry and can save over 2 years.
  5. By entering this data in our calculator, you will calculate that you only have to deposit €26.76 monthly to buy that bike in 2 years. Congratulations!

The other way to use savings account calculator is to find out the initial deposit you need to put down once we know how much we can deposit monthly:

  1. Determine the final balance. Let's make it €3000.
  2. Find out monthly balance. Let's say we can deposit €120 monthly.
  3. Find out term. Let's say 9 months is the deadline.
  4. Finally, enter the interest rate. Let's use 7%.
  5. By entering these data you will find out that you will need to put down a €1797.84 initial deposit.

Additional information

In the advanced mode, you can see what's the total contribution and total interest will be. The variable compounding frequency introduces some noise to calculations, so you can go ahead and use the annual percentage yield calculator to get a more standardized picture. The investment calculator does essentially the same thing as the savings tool, but the wording is a bit different, so some people might find it less confusing and more appropriate for their own situation.

Mateusz Mucha and Piotr Małek

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