Your Financial Journey

And that’s what this is all about.  Knowing where you are right now financially and where you need to be, so you can be financially independent.

This is the last blog in our series Nearly and Newly Weds.   The guest blogger this week is Daniel Carney, an Authorised Financial Adviser from Goodlife Advice Ltd. Continue reading

Your Money Personality Affects Relationships

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Your ‘money personality’ is a behavioural pattern relating to your spending and saving. In a relationship it may appear your Money Personalities clash.  By understanding how opposing types can be complementary in a relationship, you will become a stronger team.

Your Money Personality is rarely just the one type.  The large majority of us are a blend of two and sometimes three.

At different times in your life and depending on circumstances, you will very likely see more than one money personality type in yourself and that’s quite natural. As a result, you’ll probably see a cross over between these – in other words, you can show parts of more than one money personality at the same time. Continue reading

Women Undervalue Themselves!

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Firstly, let me say thank you for being part of our community.  I know that we can help you achieve your goals, personally and financially and live a lifestyle you love.

You may have noticed that more and more women are going into business for themselves as consultants, coaches and small business owners.  Which is fantastic to see!  But there is a problem. Continue reading

The Other Side of Financial Infidelity

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We’ve read the stories in the media about financial infidelity where one partner has run off with the couple’s life savings, or has mortgaged the house without their partner’s knowledge to pay a tax bill.  That is, until the bailiff comes knocking.

The other week, calls to a morning radio show around financial infidelity were hilarious – you had to laugh otherwise you would have cried! Continue reading

Do You Know Your Numbers?

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What do I mean when I say you need to know your numbers?  Let me explain.

You pull out your favourite pair of jeans that you haven’t worn for a while and you can’t quite get the zip up.  No, they haven’t shrunk, you have expanded (put on weight…).  So you decide to do something about it.

Off you go to the gym (or Weight Watchers) and what is the one of first thing that happens?  You get weighed, then the measured and body fat pinchers come out.  At the end of that first session, you know your numbers! Continue reading

Let’s Talk About Money Honey

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I want to talk about and plan our money, but my partner doesn’t!

Are you feeling nagged or hounded by your partner about money?  It can be very frustrating for you both when one of you wants to talk about money and the other one doesn’t.

Here are a few reasons that this can happen and what you can do about it. Continue reading

Why Can’t We Make Saving Fun?

Saving money. We all know we should be doing it for retirement and have money tucked away for a rainy day.  But it is harder said than done.

The reality is, if you don’t pay yourself first, you will end up paying yourself last and there won’t be anything left!

But saving money just isn’t as much fun as spending it.  Saving money for retirement is just too far away when you are in your 20’s or 30’s, having the newest and latest piece of technology is much more exciting.

Gerry Mitchel in his recent article for The Meridian Star  ‘The Psychology of Saving’ makes some very interesting points. Here is a snippet. Continue reading

Three Critical Rules of Money Management

coins_2Happy New Year!  We hope that you have had a fantastic time over the Christmas/New Year period and enjoyed a least a few days off.

It’s (late) January, a time for reflection about last year and looking ahead at self-improvement for this year.  Once you have worked through the diet and exercise goals (they always seem to be fairly near the top of my list), there’s the money planning for the year.

Here are the Three Critical Rules of Money Management that you need to incorporate into your planning.

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Spring Clean your Finances

I woke up this morning with the urge to clean!  No, I don’t mean the usual push the vacuum cleaner round; do a bit of dusting clean.  I mean the empty the cupboards out, see what is lurking in the back of the pantry and have a good old decluttering session.

20140928_102029Maybe it has something to do with spring; the trees are just starting to blossom and the garden is coming back to life after winter.  So the urge is there to get ready for summer.  Or maybe I am just sick and tired of opening a cupboard and all this ‘stuff’ that I don’t use or need stares back at me and it is time to do something about it.

That got me thinking, we should also spring clean our finances on a regular basis as well.  Have a look at all the automatic payments and direct debits that come out of your bank account.

Do you know what they are for?

Do you still want the service you are paying for?

It is also a good opportunity to review other expenses like your insurances, phone and power provider to see if there are any deals you could capitalise on.

What about your credit card?  If you have a balance just sitting there that won’t go away, are there any options by changing credit card company that could help reduce the cost.

Don’t forget to look at your savings, when was the last time you increased your contribution to your savings plan?  If you got rid of a couple of unused subscriptions, you could divert the money to savings instead.

Oh well, it’s back to the kitchen cupboards for me…..

If you would like some help decluttering your finances, feel free to drop us an email or give us a call

 

5 tips to help you cope with Money and Depression

Robin_WilliamsIt was with surprise and sadness that we learned of the death of Robin Williams.  How could someone who gave so much to everyone else not realise that he was loved in return?  The answer of course was that insidious illness, Depression.

Then I saw this headline in the NZ Herald “Williams was depressed and broke”.  It was only a few months earlier that Charlotte Dawson also suffering from depression and ‘jobless and penniless’ ended her life as well.  It seems that depression and money problems are a dangerous combination.

I don’t know the details of either’s financial circumstances other than what has been in the media.  But both had been in the situation of earning very good incomes during their careers, they enjoyed the good things in life and were able to be generous to their friends and family.  Then for whatever reason the money stopped flowing and life became even more difficult when combined with depression. Continue reading