13 commonsense tips to help manage your finances

13 commonsense tips to help manage your finances   Key points Getting your personal finances right can be a challenge. Here are 13 tips that may be of use: shop around when it comes to financial services; don’t take on too much debt; allow that interest rates can go up as well as down; allow for rainy days; credit cards are great but they deserve respect; use your mortgage (if you can) for all longer …

Digital payment options could see you spend more this Christmas

Digital payment options could see you spend more this Christmas With the festive season just weeks away, Australians are gearing up for the annual peak spending period, and the growth of digital payment options could be widening the gap between what we regard as our spending limit and the balance of our bank account. The disconnect between cards and cash Credit cards make spending (and overspending) very easy, and a new breed of “digital wallets” …

Go easy on the plastic over Christmas

  Go easy on the plastic over Christmas With the silly season fast approaching, it’s time to start planning how you pay for Christmas. From gifts to food, the tab can add up quickly. If this year is anything like last Christmas, on average we’ll each spend an extra $1,079 over the December/New Year period, and that’s on top of regular expenses. That makes now the time to draw up a Christmas budget. In addition …

How Can You Repay the Debt on Your Credit Card Faster?

How Can You Repay the Debt on Your Credit Card Faster? When people get their first credit card, they assure themselves that they will not use their credit card for unnecessary purchases. However, they have just lied to themselves, as in the coming months; they find themselves in debt. If your credit cards are maxed out and the interest rates are through the roof, you are in a desperate need to get out of debt …

Tips and traps of credit

  Tips and traps of credit Starting out with a HECS debt is bad enough, but abusing a credit card can also mean trouble. Admittedly it’s tempting to spend with interest rates at current levels, but most credit cards still have double-digit rates.1 Of course a card is useful when you don’t have ready cash, but unless you pay off the balance in full each month the interest costs add up. Credit card statements today …

3 Steps To Get Your Credit Card Charge Back

3 Steps To Get Your Credit Card Charge Back With the end of the season of festivities over, it is time for most of the people– who’ve spent lots of their fortune on making holidays fun for their family and friends – to look back at their credit card bills and go through their expenses. Often during this process some people are likely to come across expenditures that have been deducted from their credit cards …

5 Reasons Why You Are Still Stuck Knee- Deep in Credit Card Debt

5 Reasons Why You Are Still Stuck Knee- Deep in Credit Card Debt With the credit card bills piling up, you know you have created a ditch for yourself unwillingly. The events that led you to this point are a blur, mostly because you may not be willing to admit your mistakes. When someone point blankly tells you where you are going wrong, it dawns on you that it may be time to fix the …

5 Rules to Use Credit Cards. Rules to use credit cards prudently.

5 Rules to Use Credit Cards. Rules to use credit cards prudently. Credit cards are a norm in the society today and it would be unfair to say that credit cards come without their benefits. They allow their carrier an effective way out of a rough financial situation. If you need cash for your utility bills and yet can’t seem to manage these bills because you are short on cash, credit cards help ease these …