Our Top 10 lifestyle costs

Our Top 10 lifestyle costs Six out of the top 10 categories relate to just two things. Can you guess what they are, and could you be cutting back? As a nation, Aussies aged 18 and over spent approximately $145 billion on lifestyle costs over a 12-month period, with the average spend per person around $7,800, according to research1. While clothing and footwear took out the number one spot by a country mile on the …

9 money mistakes to avoid in retirement

9 money mistakes to avoid in retirement How to keep your finances on track once you leave the workforce When you’ve worked hard all your life to build up your nest egg, the last thing you want to do is fritter it away too quickly. In this article, we look at the common money mistakes people in retirement make, and how you can do your best to avoid them. 1. Not taking control of your …

What are the 3 biggest living expenses for households?

What are the 3 biggest living expenses for households? We check out the three largest contributors to household spending in Australia and where people would source additional cash if living expenses rose. If you worked a full-time job in Australia in 1975, the average amount you would’ve earned a year was about $7,600, whereas today, that figure would be closer to $72,000, according to research by McCrindle.i That’s welcome news, but while we’re earning more …

10 money conversations to have when your relationship heats up

  10 money conversations to have when your relationship heats up It’s probably not the sexiest thing the two of you have on the to-do list but putting it off could see you butting heads. Whether or not money issues got in the way of past relationships, you may be thinking, there’s no way you’re going to pull back on that long passionate kiss you might get after work today to drop the f bomb …

Planning for the unplanned in retirement

Planning for the unplanned in retirement It’s important to prepare for unexpected illness that could throw your retirement plans off course. When you close your eyes and think about retirement, what comes into your mind? Lounging on a pristine beach in the Whitsundays? Enjoying a croissant in a café on the Champs Elysees? Kitesurfing on the bay? If you’re approaching the finish line, chances are that you’re getting proactive and eagerly preparing for life after …

Finding your disappearing dollars

Finding your disappearing dollars Do you earn a decent salary but still find it hard to live within your means or save? If your strategy is to save what is left in your bank account at the end of the month, you probably won’t have any savings at all. Invariably there is nothing left at the end of the month, so this is not really a strategy. We talk to two CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professionals about …

Five ways money can wreck your relationship

Five ways money can wreck your relationship Although women are often portrayed in television and film as “shopaholics” – for example spending thousands of dollars on shoes – in reality it is more likely for women in relationships to be the conservatives and the men the risk takers, says Kane Jiang, managing director at AA Financial Planning in Perth. “From a financial planner’s perspective,” Jiang says that couples often argue due to their “different risk …

Could you go it alone? Making sure a man is not your financial plan

Could you go it alone? Making sure a man is not your financial plan Divorce is the leading cause of financial hardship for women1. So it’s important to take control of your money and plan for a time when you may become financially independent. Spending priorities  According to a 2014 survey of over 2,000 women conducted by RMIT, 59% have experienced financial hardship as a result of divorce2 and 80% chose providing for their family as …

How are Australia’s states and territories tracking?

How are Australia’s states and territories tracking? An end to the fall in mining investment is helping to stabilise growth in Australia’s mining states and territories (WA, Qld and NT to a lesser extent) while a slowing housing sector is starting to act as a drag on NSW and Vic. Tas is benefitting from a lift in population growth and housing “refugee” demand from Sydney and Melbourne. Growth in SA and the ACT has been …

5 lessons from a cash-only week

5 lessons from a cash-only week Will paying cash change my spending habits? What I learned when I could only pay with cash for a week. Firstly, an admission. I never – ever – have cash. I’m that annoying friend who doesn’t have cash to cover her share when spitting bills, that colleague who borrows money to chip into the birthday collection, the parent who gives her kids an IOU for their pocket money. It’s …