Nine ways to make your rental property feel like home

Published: June 22, 2015

There are many reasons why we rent. For some people it’s a short-term fix while they save up to buy a home or renovate a new property. For others it’s a long-term solution while they invest their savings elsewhere. But the cost of buying a home can be a significant factor. And with Australian house […]

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Ticking off your bucket list

Published: June 22, 2015

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro…shopping at Macy’s in New York…seeing the Northern Lights over the Norwegian fjords…skydiving over Rio de Janeiro…or touching your toes! If you’re like many Australians, you may have your own personal bucket list, especially if you’re approaching retirement when you may finally have the time to achieve your dream. It’s easy—and fun—to sit […]

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A will can save more than your money

Published: June 22, 2015

A recent news story reminded me of the importance of having an up to date will. Like me, you may have read that the Sydney Swans club is arranging a memorial plaque for one of its long term supporters—a man named Royce Skinner who died in 2014. What makes the story so interesting is that […]

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Tips & traps of working part-time

Published: June 22, 2015

Australia has one of the highest rates of part-time, temporary or self-employed workers in the world (over 35%)1, who earn more per hour than their full-time colleagues. Traditional part-timer workers include women (over 43%), people caring for elderly relatives, pre-retirees and those pursuing their studies. But perhaps you don’t fit this mould? Maybe you’re a […]

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10 reasons your kids won’t listen to your money advice

Published: June 15, 2015

Every parent wants the best for their children but kids often won’t listen to the wisdom of your experience, especially when it comes to money. Don't give up! Here are some of the common beliefs and misconceptions kids have about managing money—and how you could get them to take your advice.  1. Money buys happiness […]

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Is free credit-card travel insurance really free?

Published: June 15, 2015

The June long weekend heralded the start of the ski season and that means plenty of snow-loving Australians will head to the slopes either locally or overseas. Taking out travel insurance is a no-brainer and if you’re relying on complimentary insurance provided by your credit card, new rules make it easier to know what you’re […]

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Going the distance in retirement

Published: June 10, 2015

For many of us, when we hear the word retirement, we’re likely to think of travel, family and relaxation. It’s a reward after many years of working hard. But with increasing life expectancy, Australians may need to work longer to save more for retirement. The thought of more years at work won’t be welcome news […]

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Renovate your way to a better property

Published: June 3, 2015

Granite bench tops, sleek Euro appliances, free-floating staircases, a marble bathroom or a new pool…the possibilities are endless. But sadly your budget is limited. So where to start? The first question to ask is—are you going to sell up or stay where you are? Renovating to live If you’re renovating for the long term with […]

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Seven tips to travel on a budget

Published: June 3, 2015

Does it feel like ages since your last holiday? Maybe with responsibilities like paying off your credit card, saving for your first home, or paying back your university fees, your next holiday still seems a long way off… Well, don’t despair. There are plenty of ways to take a break without breaking the budget. Go […]

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Seven steps to cutting debt

Published: June 3, 2015

You enjoy a challenge – right? Then step towards financial fitness by cutting your debts this year. Understand and embrace your debt. Firstly, work out where and what type of debt you have and start to plan how you’re going to cut it down. For example, if you roll multiple debts into one, you may […]

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