Homeowners reduce spending but ignore biggest monthly outgoing

Instead they are focusing on cutting back spending on takeaways, clothes and using discount vouchers at the tills missing what could be their biggest savings opportunity.

The research shows that there is a clear disconnect with people failing to realise how much they can actually save by swapping their mortgage. A staggering 58% of homeowners say they have never remortgaged outside of moving home but the majority (74%) said that if they could save up to £50 a month they would consider doing so. Those polled thought swapping a mortgage could save them around £10 a month, but Barclays calculations show remortgaging could save homeowners much more.

With homeowners living in their homes for on average over 16 years , they are potentially missing out on years worth of decreased mortgage payments. In fact, Barclays’ data shows its range of fixed and tracker rate products could save homeowners £346million over the next two years alone.

Andy Gray, head of mortgages at Barclays, said: "The fact that around six in 10 homeowners have never changed their mortgage outside of moving house, suggests that they simply don’t realise the levels of savings to be had by remortgaging. As monthly outgoings rise, and Brits fight to cut their costs, it’s important that they consider addressing their mortgage."

Nearly half of those surveyed (44%) say they spend more time on cost-cutting over the past 12 months – with three-quarters of homeowners (76%) spending up to three hours a month on reducing their monthly costs which demonstrates that every £1 is important. Barclays is encouraging people to make their time, as well as their money, work hardest to ensure they prioritise which costs could achieve the greatest savings.

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