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01 Aug Escaping winter? How to save money at the airport!

For me, fleeing Melbourne’s often bitter winters and getting some much-needed respite from sub-15°C daily temperatures is an absolute necessity. Maybe I’m just getting old, but I’m really feeling it this year. In my defence, the daily temperature literally just topped 9.8°C as I’m writing this. If you can avoid travelling during peak periods like school holidays, there are some great flight deals floating around...

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04 Jul Has the Melbourne property market peaked?

Auction clearance rates in Melbourne have been on the wane for the best part of the year now. So much so, they hit a five-year low last weekend, dipping under 60 percent. If you own property, you’d be forgiven for thinking the market’s year-on-year growth would continue shooting up for the foreseeable future. It’s had an incredible run, that’s for sure. Right now, it’s certainly a...

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19 Jun Three simple steps to avoid getting hacked online

Banks lose tens of millions of dollars to online fraud every year. They may be loathed to publicise it, but it’s true. To say this is a massive issue is an understatement. For me, it really hit home recently. A relative of mine was hacked a little while back and lost $50,000. Let me repeat that. Fifty. Thousand. Dollars. Not $1,000. Not $5,000. But $50,000. Just let...

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31 May Don’t blow it…what to do with a financial windfall

Okay, picture this. You’ve just come into a significant amount of money. Could be a sizeable redundancy package or inheritance, a bumper tax return, you may have just won Saturday’s Powerball – I’ll leave that to your imagination. Now, what would you do with it? Use your windfall to treat yourself and blow it on something you don’t necessarily need or would you see it as...

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15 May The subtle art of getting 25 percent off a new car

I bought a new car recently. I know, right? There’s just something about that new-car smell. We ended up picking up a Range Rover Evoque. Really nice car – I’m really digging it. More importantly, though, my wife absolutely loves it. In the grand scheme of things, a car’s a hefty purchase. Next to a house, it’s a big one, particularly if the bulk of the...

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02 May Who’s in for heading to LA for free?

Everyone loves free stuff. It’s a fundamental part of human psychology. Mention reward and frequent flyer programs, though, and most people roll their eyes, questioning the value of what you actually get versus what you typically need to spend to, say, net a free flight to the Gold Coast, for instance. And fair enough. Unless you’re a global jet-setter racking up frequent flyer points or absolutely diligent...

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12 Apr How 3 people started a side hustle and Why you should consider a side hustle in 2018

If you’ve been reading my blogs for a while, you’ll know that I transitioned from the world of corporate to starting Orange Wealth with my brother, Jason. It’s a cliched thing to say, but making that move was one of the smartest decisions I’ve ever made. To be honest, though, making the jump into a new business can be tough, particularly if you’re leaving the safety...

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28 Mar How I saved an extra $10k in 2017 without changing my lifestyle

Think savings and you typically equate squirrelling money away with having to curb your lifestyle, depending on what your savings goals are, obviously. This time last year, my wife, Kim, and I set ourselves a goal: to put away an extra $10K in savings over the course of 2017 without impacting on our day-to-day lives too much. Not an easy feat when you have two young...

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19 Feb The three books that changed my life in 2017

There are three books I read last year that left a lasting impression, particularly around the way I work and organise my life around it. Now, I've never been an avid reader. In truth, I always struggle to find the time. Last year, I switched to audiobooks and it made a big difference – I listen in the car, when going for a run, gardening, you...

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31 Jan Out of control debt. Is it time to cut up your credit card?

Being in debt on your credit card isn’t much fun. If it’s manageable and you’re confident you can pay it down quickly, fine. On the other hand, if you have a couple of cards and you’re heading into the five-digit territory, there’s always an inescapable feeling that lingers around until you’re in the home straight of paying it off. It’s a feeling you wake up to every...

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