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How to Avoid 'Debt Lag' when Travelling Abroad

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For many Australians, a relaxing holiday is followed up by stressful debt repayments when they arrive back home, as they struggle to pay off the loans and credit cards used to fund their trips away. If you don't want your holiday spending to spoil the rest of your year, following these 5 tips could... Continue reading

Tags:  Debt Advice,  Debt Management Tips

7 Common Mortgage Mistakes to Avoid

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The downturn in Australia's housing market is causing uncertainty for many first-time buyers and existing homeowners. Whether you're entering the property market for the first time or struggling to keep on top of your mortgage, learning from other homeowners' mistakes could mean you avoid making th... Continue reading

Tags:  Debt Advice,  Mortgate Repayment,  Mortgate Stress

7 Tips for a Debt-Free Christmas

debt free christmas

If you're already struggling with debt, Christmas can be the most stressful time of the year, especially if you feel pressured to buy gifts you can't afford and run up even more debt. According to the National Retail Association (NRA), Australians spend more than $1 billion a day on Christmas shopp... Continue reading

Tags:  Budgeting,  Debt Advice,  Debt Agreement,  Debt Management Tips,  Financial Plan

How to Cope with Record Household Debt

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While many developed countries have seen debt levels declining in the decade since the global financial crisis, Australia's personal debt is today among the highest in the world compared to GDP. According to the latest OECD data for 2016, Australians owe a combined $2 trillion of personal debt, wit... Continue reading

Tags:  Home Loan,  Mortgate Repayment,  Mortgate Stress,  Personal Debt Management,  Personal Loan

Australia's New Credit Card Restrictions Protect Borrowers from Spiralling Debt

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If you've heard about the changes to credit card rules that are being introduced this year in Australia, you might be wondering how they apply to you. The good news is that these reforms are designed to protect consumers by preventing banks, credit card companies and other lenders from using disrep... Continue reading

Tags:  Credit Card Debt,  Debt Advice,  Debt Management Tips

Don't Let Your Wedding Drive You into Debt

managing wedding debt

Social pressure for 'Instagram perfect' weddings is leading many Australian couples to begin their married lives deep in debt. Overspending on the big day can have consequences many years down the line if you don't plan and budget carefully, especially if you're already struggling to pay off a mortg... Continue reading

Tags:  Debt Advice,  Debt Management Tips,  Family Budgeting

Should You Buy a Car When You're in Debt?

should you buy a car in debt?

If you're already in debt, adding a car loan to the pile could create problems if it means you might struggle to meet all your monthly payments on time. But sometimes, there's no avoiding it. Here are questions to ask yourself and steps you should take before making the big decision. Do you really... Continue reading

Tags:  Bad Debt,  Car Loan,  Debt Stress

5 Excuses That Keep People in Debt

excuses that keep people in debt

From mortgages and credit cards to student loans, nearly all Australians are in debt at some time in their lives, but it doesn't have to stay that way. While there can be many factors keeping you in the red, sometimes a change of attitude and adjusting your priorities can go a long way towards gett... Continue reading

Tags:  Bad Debt,  Debt Management Tips,  Debt Relief,  Debt Stress

'Bank of Mum and Dad' Is Now a Top 10 Lender

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Rising house prices and stagnant salaries are causing more Australians to rely on their parents for help when financing their first homes. A recent study by Digital Finance Analytics found that the 'Bank of Mum and Dad' now finances over $20 billion worth of home loans and deposits nationwide &ndas... Continue reading

Tags:  Home Loan

Payday Loan Machines Target Australia's Most Vulnerable Communities

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Despite the ongoing controversy around payday loans, lenders are continuing to find new ways to make short-term, high-interest loans more accessible to borrowers in need. Their latest strategy is automatic loan machines popping up in shopping centres in some of New South Wales' most impoverished sub... Continue reading

Tags:  Debt Advice,  Debt Stress,  Loans

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