How to avoid a travel debt hangover

How to avoid a travel debt hangover You don’t want to arrive home with a spring in your step and a hole in your wallet. Here are some ways to budget for your holiday. We’ve all had the feeling. You step off the plane from Bangkok still buzzing, images from your holiday flitting through your mind—the Parthenon, Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower. What a trip…you’re not going to kiss the tarmac or anything but it’s …

Fussy buyers snub houses that don’t present well

Fussy buyers snub houses that don’t present well If presentation isn’t on point, many buyers keep looking, which is an important point to remember for those wanting to sell in the current market. When property prices boomed, buyers would look past the 1970s bathroom and the untidy garden, but with prices coming down, those looking to sell need to go the extra mile if they are to maximise the sale price. As prices move down …

Holiday budgeting tips— How to avoid a travel debt hangover

Holiday budgeting tips— How to avoid a travel debt hangover We’ve all had the feeling. You step off the plane from Bangkok still buzzing, images from your holiday flitting through your mind—the Parthenon, Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower. What a trip…you’re not going to kiss the tarmac or anything but it’s good to be home! You post the final selfie to Instagram on your mobile but as you flick back to the home screen you …

Caring for our elders at Christmas

Caring for our elders at Christmas We can all feel the pressure on our household budget during the festive season. But when that pressure gets passed on to older family members as a request for a handout or loan, financial abuse can end up being the outcome. Find out more about elder financial abuse, what to watch out for and what to do about it. What is elder financial abuse? According to the World Health Organisation, …

12 ways to avoid waste this Christmas

 12 ways to avoid waste this Christmas Embrace the spirit of Christmas by giving back to the environment this festive season. If ever there is a time for excess, Christmas is it. But it’s important not to forget about the waste you create amidst all the good times, feasting, gifts and celebrations. You’ve heard of the 12 days of Christmas, but here’s 12 ways to avoid waste this Christmas. 1. Go solar. Turning your house …

Supporting Women’s Economic Progress

Supporting Women’s Economic Progress AMP Financial Planning practices are showing their support for women’s economic progress through a new sponsorship of the Financy Women’s Index. The Financy index is a unique gauge of women’s economic progress in Australia. It incorporates many of the key statistics on women’s wealth and employment into an overall measure of their economic well-being that can be tracked over time. As a group, women still have a long way to go …

Home to roost: Advice for parents with adult kids living at home

Home to roost: Advice for parents with adult kids living at home Do you have adult children living with you? Thanks to housing affordability and stagnant wage growth, more kids are relying on Mum and Dad to keep a roof over their head well into their 20s and 30s. Get some advice on how to foster financial independence in your kids, so they’ll be ready to stand on their own two feet when they leave …

Pocket money? There’s an app for that

Pocket money? There’s an app for that Can technology be a friend to busy parents and teachers looking to educate kids about finances in the invisible money age? We speak to Spriggy co-founder Mario Hasanakos about the pocket money app that’s turning an old-school family tradition into an essential teaching tool for kids and parents. As digital natives likely to spend more time online than watching TV, kids learn a lot from their devices. They’re …

Here’s how to lead a happier life

Here’s how to lead a happier life From our beaches and outdoor lifestyle to our democracy and cultural diversity, there a lot to feel happy about in Australia. However, living a happy life doesn’t always come easy. Concerns about money, relationships and the future can often stand in the way of living the life you want. The good news is there are ways to take charge of your happiness. Measuring happiness It may sound simple …

Are you living your dream life? (Video)

Are you living your dream life? (Video) Financial planning starts with understanding what’s important to you and your family. If you are not living the life that you have always wanted, so far, then talking to a financial planner to identify what you want and map out a plan, is a good place to start. People who plan have more control of their lives because they can see options to move forward. This provides them …