8 family finance tips to have more money

8 family finance tips to have more money How can you make a difference to your family finances in the year to come? By acting on even one of these eight tips you could be finding yourself a lot better off in 12 months’ time. And if you do all eight, the sky’s the limit. Cameron McLean is a Financial Planner AFP® with Acumen Wealth Management in Perth. His special area of interest is helping families to be …

Troubleshooting family finances

Troubleshooting family finances Are your family finances a battleground where good and bad habits collide?  Find out how to support your family towards better financial wellbeing without risking your relationship. Sometimes money can really drive a wedge between family members. When you have a parent, sibling, child or maybe even a partner who seems determined to sabotage their finances, it can be difficult to know how to help or where to draw the line with …

Get your finances ready to start a family

Get your finances ready to start a family Preparing for parenthood is an exciting time, but don’t let the cots and cuddly toys distract you. Your finances (and everything else) are about to change in a big way, so use these pre-baby days to plan ahead. Here are the key financial tasks to tick off before, and after, baby arrives. Before the baby: 1. Understand your health insurance Before you even start trying to conceive, …

Role-reversal: When parents are relying on you

Role-reversal: When parents are relying on you As your parents get older, your whole family will be facing lots of changes. Supporting them during this time can be challenging, with lots of choices to be made. Get some tips to help you prepare for this role-reversal without it becoming a burden or a cause of family conflict. In the later stages of life, many seniors want to stay independent for as long as possible, but …

Balancing career, family and time (Video)

Balancing career, family and time (Video) Australians who are living their dream are planners. They believe in their ability to create the life they want and they are not afraid to ask for help or seek advice. Balancing career, family and time …. Here Christina and Richard Taylor explain how meeting a financial planner opened their mind to new possibilities for their careers, family and love for travel.  If you have a question you’d like answered …

So you’re… starting a family

So you’re… starting a family Starting a family will bring you plenty of joy, but it will also create many challenges. In addition to possible sleepless nights and changes in your lifestyle, it could also affect you financially. First, there are the costs of raising a child. Research published by the Australian Institute of Family studies in April found the minimum weekly cost of one child in unemployed and low-income families ranges from $140 to $170 a …

How can I prepare my finances for having a family? (Video)

How can I prepare my finances for having a family? (Video)  Louise Lakomy CFP® Louise has a wide range of experience and depth of knowledge in all facets of financial planning providing advice over 15 years specialising in retirement strategies. As part of the Financial Planning Association’s Ask a Planner video series, Louise Lakomy CFP® answers the commonly asked question, “What can I do financially to prepare for having a family?” If you have …

Money and other family values

Money and other family values At a time when spending is becoming ever more streamlined, it’s even more important for kids to understand the value of money. But how can parents and schools teach important money lessons without making kids feel anxious about not having enough or want more than they really need? Discover tools and concepts that can help with financial literacy, at home and in schools. As kids, we learn a great deal …

Family activities to do on a budget

Family activities to do on a budget If your little angels are bleeding you dry, here are some cheap and effortless ways you could have fun at home. If you’ve ever taken the kids for a game of ten pin bowling, you’re probably not alone if the budget you set yourself was quickly squashed on the back of a second game, pizzas, soft drinks, and various arcade games on the way out because you know …

The blended family balancing act

The blended family balancing act When one family becomes two – or more – financial stress can multiply too. Get expert tips from CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional Fran Hughes about how blended families can work together on a straightforward and fair approach to managing money. Whatever your marital status, your 40s can be a challenging time financially. Growing kids are costing more, especially if you have to factor in school fees. And on the other side of the equation, …