1. Articles in category: Money Matters

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    1. How to Make Ends Meet Despite the Coronavirus Lockdowns

      How to Make Ends Meet Despite the Coronavirus Lockdowns

      Here's a great addition to your quarantine reading. It's called What To Do If You're Having Trouble Making Ends Meet.

      It's got some really great advice on what to do with your finances so that you don't have to be in too much of a sticky situation once the coronavirus panic dies out. Here's a few that we think you'd love: 

      • Research high interest savings accounts online and opt for one of the sharpest providers on the market;
      • Set up a direct debit to transfer money from your everyday transaction account to your ...
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    2. Tax Deductibles That You Can Claim for Working at Home

      Tax Deductibles That You Can Claim for Working at Home

      Did you know that there are certain tax deductions that you can get by working from home? Liz Russell tells us all about it in this fascinating piece.

      Here's one gem that we thought we should share:

      As businesses around Australia respond to the threat of a COVID-19 outbreak, more and more are taking a safety-first approach and moving some or all of their staff to working remotely.

      For people who are used to working only at their workplace they may not be aware of the possible tax deductions they may be entitled to when working from home.

      To ...

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    3. How to Keep Yourself Financially Healthy During The Coronavirus Outbreak

      How to Keep Yourself Financially Healthy During The Coronavirus Outbreak

      Thought we'd share these valuable reminders from the Australian financial services website Mozo called 5 ways to stay financially healthy during Coronavirus.

      In it, Olivia Gee gives us some useful information that can help us with our finances during this Covid-19 outbreak. Here's one that we found to be really useful:

      Unfortunately, people in certain industries aren’t able to take their work home with them. Many casual workers also don’t have leave entitlements, and other workers may have to take unpaid sick leave. 

      If you find yourself in this situation and you’re a mortgage holder ...

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    4. The Importance of Budgeting

      The Importance of Budgeting

      As you implement and track your budget, you’ll notice patterns over time. These will help you make changes as needed to your budget and figure out what is important to you.

      There are some gems in this article from Forbes waiting to be plucked. It's called How to Budget in 7 Simple Steps.

      In it, financial adviser, Emily Guy Birken shares an intriguingly simple 7 step process to budgeting. Here's one poignant point that we just couldn't help but share:

      As you implement and track your budget, you’ll notice patterns over time. These will help ...

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    5. How to Afford That Next Big Travel Goal

      How to Afford That Next Big Travel Goal

      Travelling has become a passion for some of us. However, not everyone can afford it. Luckily, this podcast episode from Women Who Travel can help us get to where we need to be in order to finally be able to get to our dream destination.

      Here's a fascinating excerpt from Travel Channel's Oneika Raymond: 

      We have all these pipe dreams, these travel pipe dreams, but it's really important for us to know how much money is coming in and realistically budget for the type of trip that we want to have. So I recommend, first off, getting ...

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    6. Personal Finance Tips That'll Help You Save More Than You Spend

      Personal Finance Tips That'll Help You Save More Than You Spend

      The Balance hits the nail on the coffin in this really thought-provoking article. It's called 5 Keys to Successfully Managing Your Personal Finances.

      It's a really detailed piece. Here's a short excerpt that we picked out just for you: 

      If you are married, you and your spouse need to work together on the budget so that it feels fair to both of you, and you both have the same level of commitment towards achieving it. This can go a long way towards helping you prevent money-related arguments. Below are some tips for married couples who want to ...

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    7. Budgeting Pitfalls That You Need to Avoid

      Budgeting Pitfalls That You Need to Avoid

      Thought we'd share this fascinating article from the Motley Fool. It's called 5 Ways Budgeting Can Go Wrong.

      In it, Dana George shares some really thought-provoking insights. Here's one that we just couldn't help but share:

      Head-in-the-clouds budgeting is when you create a budget that would be awesome -- if it was at all accurate. Say you normally spend $4,000 a month, but optimistically plan to spend $3,500 next month. Unless you have a real plan for cutting that $500, it's just a pipe dream.

      Take a look at the rest of this interesting ...

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    8. Australians Consumers and Why Their Rush for Debt Consolidation

      Australians Consumers and Why Their Rush for Debt Consolidation

      Came across this thought-provoking article by Anthony Keane. It's called Aussie consumers are rushing to consolidate their debts.

      In it, he shares some really interesting details on the state of Australian finance. Here's one that we thought was particularly interesting:

      The credit card trap is an absolute vicious cycle. Paying fees and high interest rates across multiple cards is not just enormously financially damaging to many Australians, but it’s also mentally damaging too.

      Take a look at the rest of the article to learn more...

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    9. The State of Financial Literacy in Australia

      The State of Financial Literacy in Australia

      Thought we'd share this really insightful article from In the Black. It's called Half of all Australians struggle with financial literacy. Are you one?

      It shares some really interesting ideas. This one's particularly thought-provoking: 

      In recent years, a number of national studies have consistently shown Australians’ financial literacy is generally poor. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s (ASIC) 2017 Financial Capability Survey reveals only 35 per cent of all Australians know the exact value of their superannuation.

       There's a lot to be dissected in this piece so do give the rest of it a read.

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    10. The Importance of Tracking Your Expenses

      The Importance of Tracking Your Expenses

      Here's a fascinating article from Get Rich Slowly Blog. It's called Why you should track your spending (and why Quicken sucks).

      There's some interesting insights shared here. This one, in particular, was thought-provoking and worth the share:

      Tracking your spending demystifies money. You begin to perceive it as a tool. You gain a sense of power; you no longer feel that money controls you, but that you control money. Your awareness of your money habits is heightened, allowing you to make changes to improve your situation. You begin to understand how your one-DVD-a-week habit affects other parts ...

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    11. Tax Season Tips and Tricks That'll Help You Save Some Money

      Tax Season Tips and Tricks That'll Help You Save Some Money

      It can be a bit of a bugger when you realize that you could have claimed a benefit during tax time but you didn't. Luckily, this article from the Australian Broadcasting Company has got our backs.

      It's got some fascinating tax and accounting tips and tricks that we could easily have forgotten about. This one's particularly thought-provoking:

      One of the big items people miss is income protection insurance — so, not life insurance, but the component related to their income.

      The insurance, also known as salary continuance, is meant to help you manage your expenses if you are ...

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    12. How You Can Save Some Money on Groceries

      How You Can Save Some Money on Groceries

      Thought we'd share these helpful tips from Savings.com. It's by Emma Duffy and she has some really interesting ideas here.

      This one, in particular, is a thought provoking one:

      Seems pretty simple, right? Planning what you’re going to eat and only buying exactly what you need or using what you already have will not only reduce wastage, but save you lots of money too. When you’ve got a plan, you’re a lot less likely to spend money on convenience meals during the week, like Uber Eats. 

      Learn more tricks on how to save money ...

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    13. How to Deal With Financial Abuse

      How to Deal With Financial Abuse

      This thought-provoking article from In the Black shares some really poignant ideas about financial abuse. It's titled The accountant's role in stamping out financial abuse.

      In it, Carolyn Bond of the  Economic Abuse Reference Group shares some important information. This one, for example, should be really helpful:

      Lots of businesses and professionals will see a couple as a unit and not think beyond that. You must always be checking in with yourself that you’re actually paying as much attention to one as the other. It requires a bit more work to make sure both partners understand everything ...

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    14. The Hidden Costs of Parents Helping Their Kids Out With Milestone Purchases

      The Hidden Costs of Parents Helping Their Kids Out With Milestone Purchases

      There are some hidden factors to consider in having parents help their kids with big purchases. This article shares some great perspectives on this. It's called The real cost of getting your house deposit from the Bank of Mum and Dad.

      In it, financial adviser Chris Carlin shares:

      Most of my examples of using the Bank of Mum and Dad have been quite negative, not so much from a financial perspective but from an emotional and relationship experience. Upon getting the arrangement set up, there is quite a lot of 'pressure', whether perceived or actual, from the parents to ...

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    15. How to Be Financially Responsible

      How to Be Financially Responsible

      Thought this interesting article would make a good read. It's called Tips for Financial Responsibility.

      It shares some tips that make a lot of sense. Here's one of them:

      When you build your budget, prioritize two things: First, your immediate needs. This may sound selfish, but the truth is that you’re no good to anyone if you go hungry, leave an infected tooth untreated or let your car get repossessed. Keep yourself functional and available and spend the money necessary to meet those needs. (This includes your retirement contributions, otherwise you’ll become someone else’s problem ...

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    16. Tips for First Time or Prospective Investors

      Tips for First Time or Prospective Investors

      There are very little barriers to entry in the investing business this article from Entrepreneur tells us. But it is, admittedly, a little intimidating to start.

      Luckily, Imran Tariq, the author of the article and founder of Webmetrix Group, has some fascinating insights for us. Here's a truly thought-provoking one:

      You are never too young and it’s never too early to start investing. In fact, the sooner you learn how to make your money work for you, the better. What all investors will tell you is to use time as your best asset, because a dollar today is ...

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    17. Simple, Easy-to-Follow, Money Tips for the New Year

      Simple, Easy-to-Follow, Money Tips for the New Year

      This Yahoo Finance Australia has some really interesting money tips here! It's called 7 money tips to supercharge your finances in 2020 and we thought that it would be an awesome read.

      Here's one tip that really stood out to us:

      Yet it’s not easy to change ingrained habits and the approaches to life that you’ve been practicing since childhood, but once you’re aware of the importance of the concept of delayed gratification, it’s entirely do-able.

      The problem is the average Australian focuses on survival and instant gratification. They don’t think beyond the ...

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    18. How to Rid Your Finances of Stress for the This New Year

      How to Rid Your Finances of Stress for the This New Year

      Financial stress can take its toll on you. This is why it's important to try to eliminate it as much as possible.

      This Business 2 Community post shares some interesting ways on how to do this. Here's one that totally makes sense to us:

      You end up playing the game of “keeping up with the Joneses” and stressing yourself out more thinking you are behind what your peers have.

      Remember, social media doesn’t show the whole picture and many of those images and captions hold half truths.

      Additionally, unfollow brands that may trick you into buying something ...

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    19. What are Lateral Financial Moves and How to Avoid Them

      What are Lateral Financial Moves and How to Avoid Them

      Are the financial moves you're making merely lateral? Or are they really contributing to your moving forward? These are questions that we must ask ourselves before making any sort of investment be it time or money.

      Here's an interesting perspective on this:

      Side hustles, investment returns and saving money all all part of being successful financially. For the majority of the world, our main income is out largest income. Our best chance at success is to grow this income. Dead end jobs or failing to capitalize on opportunities to move up in our current career will set us ...

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    20. Move Over FOMO, JOMO is Here to Occupy The Psyche of Millennials and Gen Z

      Move Over FOMO, JOMO is Here to Occupy The Psyche of Millennials and Gen Z

      Here's an interesting read. It's called Younger Australians are embracing the joy of missing out as financial anxiety takes its toll and it's got a lot of interesting things to say.

      Here's one that we just couldn't resist sharing:

      Sixty-nine per cent of Generation Z have cut back on “guilty pleasures” like eating out and entertainment in a bid to save money.

      For many, though, that is not enough to save money for home ownership goals, in particular, with the high cost of living citied as the biggest barrier to saving.

      Take a look at ...

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    21. Money Saving Tips That You May Have Missed

      Money Saving Tips That You May Have Missed

      Here are some noteworthy suggestions from the Entrepreneur that we thought we should share here. They come in the form of an article called 9 Ways to Save Money This Year.

      It shares some fascinating perspectives. This one, we thought, was one of the more intriguing out of all of them:

      Don’t just spring a money conversation on your partner. Instead, let them know a few days in advance that you’d like to sit down and discuss finances. Then, when the day comes, ask them about their financial story -- give context to their current situation. Asking about how ...

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    22. Guide to Investing in Your 20s

      Guide to Investing in Your 20s

      The youth have become more investment savvy than they've ever been. This is why it's important to learn how to invest right.

      This piece from Addicted 2 Success has some interesting tips for investing in your 20s that'll surely strike a chord. Here's one of the many good points that we gleaned from it:

      To underscore the importance of investing in oneself, financial advisor Matthew Jackson, quipped that the investment which you can control is the investment you must prioritize. The investment czar added that oneself remains that investment that you can control anytime any day ...

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    23. Maximizing Teachers' Tax Benefits

      Maximizing Teachers' Tax Benefits

      Are you a teacher? This fascinating piece from Teachers Mutual Bank tells us all about the tax incentives that you can enjoy. It's called Tax Tips for Teachers. 

      It's got a lot of helpful adviceHere’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking: 

      As we all know teachers spend a great amount of time working from home, marking exams and designing lesson plans. If you spend time working from home, you may be able to claim a deduction for the costs you incur in running your home office.

      It’s important to keep a diary of these hours, as ...

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    24. How to Audit Your Personal Finances

      How to Audit Your Personal Finances

      We should all make it a point to audit our own financial health from time to time. This piece from the money blog, Harmoney shares with us how. 

      It's titled How to conduct a complete audit with your personal finances by Bessie Hasan and it's got some really interesting talking points. This one was particularly interesting: 

      Once you’ve completed your financial audit by taking time out to understand your relationship with money, refining your expenses, negotiating for better financial deals, and consolidating debt, come up with a long-term plan to keep your finances on track.

      So, what ...

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