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How do you ‘feel’ about money?!

Here’s a question I bet you’ve never asked yourself: “how does money make me feel?” It’s a tricky one to answer, right?!From my experience, there’s always an emotional attachment to money. No one’s ever truly rational when it comes to spending.In fact, most of our behaviours around spending have a degree of recklessness or exuberance.Ever bought a big-ticket item online on a Friday night after having...

Don’t have a will? Here’s what you need to know

 This week I want to touch on something I haven’t covered in previous blogs. Nearly half of adult Australians don’t have a will. That’s a lot. If you don’t have a will, that’s certainly no criticism, but more to say that you’re not alone. To be fair, it’s not something that’s really top of mind for your average Joe. And fair enough – no one likes to...

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Setting up a kids’ bank account

  Have young kids? Well, now’s the time to introduce them to the concept of saving, and there’s no better way to do that than opening up a bank account for them.  As parents, we play a critical role in educating our kids around money and, within that, establishing positive habits around spending and, more importantly, saving. To this end, if you’re good with money, chances are,...

How to get out of debt, pronto

Being in debt ain’t fun.  Particularly if it’s credit card debt and the compound nature of interest (in reverse!) means you can see no end in sight in terms of paying it down. I met someone recently who has racked up close to $30K between two credit cards over the past 18 months.She also has close to $3K on Afterpay. Both cards, I’m guessing, would be...

Rent-vesting. The good and the bad.

If you’ve been close to the property market over the past few years, you’ve no doubt come across the term ‘rent-vesting’ in your travels. If you haven’t, it’s basically where you’re both a landlord and a renter at the same time.  Rent-vesting’s a concept that’s exploded in recent years. So much so there was even a rent-vesting expo held in Sydney a couple of years’ back....

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Renovate, detonate or move?!

Let’s face it, renovating or knocking down a house is a daunting proposition. Whichever way you look at it, it’s a huge decision. Same goes for selling up and the arduous task of then moving, particularly if you’ve been living in the same spot for a while. Many families arrive at a point where their home doesn’t quite meet their needs anymore. It could be...

Get smarter, don’t work harder to buy your family home

Buying a home for the first time, particularly if it’s your family home, is a massive financial decision. And for good reason – buying your family home quite possibly could be the biggest purchase you’ll likely make in your lifetime. I know because I’ve been there myself.Throw in the pressure of having a young family (or if you’re planning on starting a family in the...

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Achieving a work-life balance: can you have your cake an eat it too?

Having it all is a subjective thing. Everyone measures success in different ways, and through their own filter of what it actually means.Same goes for work-life balance. In fact, I’d argue that, for society’s high achievers, the notion of work-life balance falls by the wayside in pursuit of the upper echelons of success.If I’m completely honest in asking the question, can you really have it all? I’d say...

A tasty and economical family recipe – Move over, Jamie and Heston

Okay, let me get this out of the way first: I’m no Jamie Oliver or Heston Blumenthal. In saying that, though, I love to cook and, along with my wife, we’re always on the hunt for new recipes. Sure, we have our weekly staples, but we also like to mix it up. We have two girls under three, so finding the right recipes that everyone enjoys is often...

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4 things you must know about life insurance

Insurance. We all need it in one form or another, whether that’s for the house, the car, or the family dog. Often, it’s a case of protecting our hard-earned assets and, like in the case of pets, minimising the blowout of (vet) bills. Add health insurance for the family to the bill, and it starts to get expensive.Interestingly, though, there’s one form of insurance that many people typically...

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