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How I saved an extra $10k this year without changing my lifestyle

Think savings and you typically equate squirrelling money away with having to curb your lifestyle, depending on what your savings goals are. This time last year, my wife Kim and I set ourselves a goal: to put away an extra $10K in savings over the course of a year without impacting on our day-to-day lives too much. Not an easy feat when you have two young...

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Three books that changed my life

There are three books I read last year that left a lasting impression, particularly around the way I work and organise my life around it. Now, I've never been an avid reader. In truth, I always struggle to find the time. Last year, I switched to audiobooks and it made a big difference – I listen in the car, when going for a run, gardening, you name it....

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Out of control debt | Is it time to cut up your credit card?

Being in debt on your credit card isn’t much fun. If it’s manageable and you’re confident you can pay it down quickly, fine. On the other hand, if you have a couple of cards and you’re heading into the five-digit territory, there’s always an inescapable feeling that lingers around until you’re in the home straight of paying it off. It’s a feeling you wake up to every...

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Calculating your net worth and why it’s so important

Everyone has a net worth. Whether you’re a small business owner or CEO of a blue-chip company, each and every one of us has a dollar value on paper. Small or large, the only difference is what that number is. Knowing your net worth is a necessity, in my opinion. In fact, I’d argue it’s the most important number you need to know when it comes to your financial...

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The implications of not having enough in retirement

How many people have you heard talk about travelling the world in retirement? And how many people past retirement age do you know who are still working part-time? Or forced to reach out to family and friends for help? Depending on whether you’ve already started to get the jump on retirement, not saving enough for your post-working-life dream can have dire consequences. When you break it down, ‘retirement’ effectively...

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Regular holidays: why you shouldn’t skimp on your leave

When was the last time you took a holiday? And I’m not just talking about a long weekend out of town. I mean an actual holiday? If you’re perpetually flat out with work and, say, family, it’s hard, I know. It’s easy to fall into the trap of putting work before yourself. If you run your own business, it becomes even more difficult. Often, you can convince yourself that...

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Cryptocurrency: what is it and should I be investing in it?

We’ve had a few clients asking us about cryptocurrencies, or ‘digital currencies’, recently and whether they should be part of their investment strategy. While it’s not something I’m personally investing in, it’s certainly a space I’m keeping an eye on. More out of interest than anything. For the uninitiated, there’s a lot to get your head around. In fact, there are three key concepts you need to have...

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How good is your credit rating?

To say your credit rating’s important is an understatement. Interestingly, though, the majority of Australians have no idea what their credit score is. If you happen to be in the ‘no idea’ camp, you’re not alone – you’re one of the 90 percent of people who don’t know what their credit rating is, according to Australia’s credit-reporting agencies. Now, your credit rating isn’t something that’s typically top of...

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The four lessons I’ve learnt from being a dad

Being a dad. Where do you even begin? It’s a mix of being the most amazing experience and the most challenging at the same time. In fact, it’s difficult to put it all into words, actually. Parenthood’s something that you don’t fully appreciate until you experience it. The joys, the trials, the tribulations, the challenges – things you can experience together all in the space of half-an-hour. As clichéd as it sounds,...

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Why you shouldn’t blow your tax return

It’s that time of year. If you’re like me, chances are you’ve done your tax return by now and are waiting on a potential return. Going by the stats, you’re likely one of the 82 percent of Australians who’ll get a refund this year. On average, Australians typically get a return of around $2,112, give or take. Now, it’s easy to fall into the trap of seeing your tax...

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