How to deal with financial stress

– nearly 1 in 3 affected Close to one in three Aussies is feeling the pinch financially, with money worries reportedly leading to sleep loss, conflicts in relationships, isolation, as well as a range of other things.i These were the findings from the inaugural Financial Stress Index, compiled by global research firm CoreData on behalf […]

Covering the cost of your kids’ education

Education is expensive. Particularly if we’re talking secondary school and university. Everyone wants the best for children – that’s a given. Invariably, though, it comes at a cost, and I’m not just talking outright dollar value. There are often implications on family lifestyle and, more pertinently, retirement. Let’s say you’re in your Forties and have […]

Money saving tips for your wedding

Many of us have been fantasising about our dream wedding for a long time, but that doesn’t magically make us all millionaires. How do you save money but still get the wedding you’ve been planning in your head all these years? We’re here to help you with some tips on cutting costs for the big […]

Are you eligible for school subsidies?

Get up to speed with the government subsidies you may be able to claim before the kids go back to school. With 2018 now in motion, many parents and carers are looking at how they’ll cover school fees for the year ahead, not to mention other costs, such as uniforms, shoes, stationery and equipment. The […]

Have your cake and eat it come retirement

Retirement. It’s one of those things that always feels like it’s on the distant horizon, far enough away to think, ‘there’s plenty of time’. In your Twenties, retirement’s typically something that’s far from top of mind. Hit your Forties and Fifties, though, and all of sudden, it’s something you become acutely aware of. Fine if […]

Bitcoin – is it really for you?

If I could sum up the contents of my junk emails over the last 12 months in a single word it would be: Bitcoin. I can’t tell you how many unsolicited invitations I’ve received to start trading bitcoin – you may have experienced the same thing. This alone is a concern but when heavy hitters […]

How to sleep easier as a small business owner

  Owning your own business can free you from the nine-to-five grind, help you fulfil your passion, create financial opportunities and give you more control over your life. It can also keep you awake at night. Just ask the two million or so Australians running small businesses1.   So what are some of the traps […]

Navigating the volatility of the Australian housing market

There seems to be near-endless talk and speculation of a property bubble in Australia. Something you’ve no doubt noticed if you keep abreast of the news week in, week out. Okay, the Melbourne and Sydney property markets are hot, let’s face it. Depending on which side of the fence you’re on, that’s fantastic news, or, […]

12 ways to enjoy summer without spending a fortune

If you’re wondering how you’ll make ends meet this silly season, check out these tips on how to spend, without spending every cent. Summer in Australia can often be one of the busiest times of year with end-of-year work parties, Christmas, family gatherings, mini holiday breaks, not to mention New Year’s Eve and New Year’s […]

Going back to work after having a baby

Combining work commitments with family responsibilities can be something of a balancing act. We look at some of the expenses you might encounter as well as some of the financial benefits. The cost of childcare For most parents, the first thing that comes to mind when contemplating returning to work after having a child is […]