Make a plan for your tax refund

Some ways to use your tax refund for a stronger financial future Not sure what to do with your tax refund? Strategic financial decisions for your tax return begin with a strong plan. Whether you breeze through tax time or dread the extra admin, receiving a tax refund makes the effort worthwhile. For many of us, getting a financial boost will be even more welcome this year, and you might be looking around for the …

Borrowing money: When and how to do it right | Money & Life

We all know getting into debt isn’t really desirable. So are there times when borrowing is justified? And what’s the best approach to keeping repayments within reasonable limits?   We spoke to Sandy Hopps CFP® from Strategic Planners to get expert advice on smart ways to borrow money. Recent reports and statistics show we’re no strangers to debt in Australia. According to OECD data from 2015, Australia is 4th in the world – behind Denmark, the …

Helping grown-up children with their finances

Helping grown-up children with their finances It’s only natural to want to help your kids with big ticket items to give them a good start in life—particularly in an era when tuition fees and house prices make higher education and owning a home less affordable than in previous generations. But it can be difficult to know when to start turning off the tap. If you have an adult child who isn’t very good with money, …

How to save money

How to save money Saving money doesn’t just happen, but these steps could help you to reach your saving goals sooner. How Australians save Research has found that almost three quarters of Australians surveyed save by putting spare money into a savings account, whether they do this themselves or via an automatic transfer. Other popular savings methods include keeping savings money in an account they can’t touch, building up extra savings in their transaction account …

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 …

How to adult—a quick guide to personal finances in your 20s

How to adult—a quick guide to personal finances in your 20s Getting to grips with debt, budget and cash flow It’s a pity there’s no handy ‘How to’ book to teach you about adult life, especially when it comes to finances. It’s something that you need to learn on the job. To make the task easier, here’s a breakdown of the three trickiest areas to get to grips with in your twenties – debt, cash …

6 ways to reduce your credit card debt once and for all

6 ways to reduce your credit card debt once and for all Here are some tips to start paying off your debt $45 billion. That’s how much Australians owe on their credit cards.i Now, perhaps that’s no drama if we’re not paying too much to access credit and we’re managing to avoid interest charges by paying back what we owe on time. But we paid a collective $1.5 billion in fees in 2016-17.i And we’re taking …

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 …

Your festive finances

Your festive finances Debt isn’t a welcome guest for any family at Christmas time. And yet blowing the budget and paying it all back next year is tempting when we’re trying to make it the best festive season ever. Get tips on how to keep your finances in the best of shape as you get ready for Christmas so you can enjoy a debt and stress-free new year. The festive debt hangover Getting into debt …

Debt – just how big a problem is it?

Debt – just how big a problem is it? Recent figures show personal debt levels in Australia are among the highest in the world. So does this mean we’re heading for a debt disaster? Or are we doing the right kind of borrowing to get ahead with finances? Find out what kind of debts can be a problem and how to keep borrowing within safe limits. Top five in the world for debt In Australia, …