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Budgeting

How the 50/20/30 Budget Rule Could Help You Save

How the 50/20/30 Budget Rule Could Help You Save

More than 1 in 3 people in Australia live from paycheck to paycheck, according to UBank research. If you feel like there's never any money left at the end of the month, the 50/20/30 budgeting rule could help you to take better control of your finances. This rule of thumb was popularised by Elizabet..... Read more

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Budgeting for a Baby: How Much Do You Need?

Budgeting for a Baby: How Much Do You Need?

Having a baby is an exciting time, but it can also bring stress and worry if you haven't got your finances in check. On average, it's estimated that Australian parents spend around $10,000 in their baby's first year alone, but this can be reduced significantly with good planning. The earlier you pr..... Read more

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Credit Card vs. Personal Loan: Which Is More Affordable?

Credit Card vs. Personal Loan: Which Is More Affordable?

Whether it's paying for a holiday or Christmas gifts, Aussies are prone to reach for their credit cards when they need some extra cash. According to data from the Reserve Bank of Australia and Finder.com.au, the nation spent a total of $29.7 billion on credit cards in December 2018 alone, or $1,863..... Read more

Category: Budgeting, Debt Management

How to Avoid 'Debt Lag' when Travelling Abroad

How to Avoid 'Debt Lag' when Travelling Abroad

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..... Read more

Category: Budgeting, Debt Help

7 Budgeting Tips for New Parents

7 Budgeting Tips for New Parents

Having a child is a life-changing experience, and that extends to your finances. New estimates from the Australian Institute of Family Studies put the cost of raising a child at $170 per week for a low-income family ($680 per month) when you add up food, clothing, school and other expenses needed f..... Read more

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3 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Savings Habit

3 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Savings Habit

Embracing a saving culture is one of the most important decisions you can ever make in life. Saving enables you to prepare for the unexpected and plan for life after retirement. You need to do everything possible to develop a saving habit. It needs to be something you enjoy doing instead of a burden..... Read more

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How to Stay on Budget When you’re in Debt

How to Stay on Budget When you’re in Debt

All people should be taught the value of making a monthly personal budget. If handled properly, a good budgeting process can help people achieve their personal financial goals without an over-reliance on consumer debt (personal loans and credit cards). In some circumstances, people who fail to budg..... Read more

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Planning and Preparing for Retirement

Planning and Preparing for Retirement

As people head towards their late 50s or early 60s, they may be wondering about when it will be right for them to retire. The benefit of a compulsory superannuation scheme allows individuals to be somewhat prepared for this eventual outcome, whilst there are even cases of people who’ve been plannin..... Read more

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Top 5 Saving Tips before the Christmas Season

Top 5 Saving Tips before the Christmas Season

With Christmas fast approaching, is it time to think about how to best spend your money? The holiday ritual of buying presents and consuming copious amounts of food results in huge spending for a lot of Australian households. It’s important to be prepared and not over-stretch yourself, because Chri..... Read more

Category: Budgeting