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BLOG: Things to Do in Sydney this June

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07 June 2019

vivid light festival is on june in sydney

The call to bunker down and stay cozy is being heeded by many across the state as temperatures drop and motivation to do much more than stare at a screen and eat comfort food plummets.

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BLOG: Finding More Balance in Autumn

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10 May 2019

find a more balanced path to walk this autumn

It feels like it was January just yesterday, and yet in actual fact we are half way through May and heading toward the middle of year within just a few weeks. The year seems to speeding by and it feels like, just overnight, it got kinda cold too. 

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BLOG: Applying For Your First Credit Card

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03 May 2019

know the benefits and pitfalls of applying for your first credit card

For many young people, receiving their first credit card it is a right of passage, representing a new responsibility as well as a new world of opportunity. A credit card will allow you to purchase items such as TVs, travel packages and other big ticket items if you don’t have the cash yourself. In addition to this convenience a credit card will also give you the chance to build a credit record, a crucial step toward eventually buying your own home. 

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BLOG: First Home Buyers Gain Confidence as Market Slows

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18 April 2019

get into your own home sooner thanks to the slowing housing market

With the federal election looming, the housing market continues to be a timely discussion topic amongst politicians and the general public. While it’s not ideal for everyone, a softening housing market is good news for an entire generation of young people who have been waiting for their chance to pounce. 

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BLOG: How to Save Money as a Student

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12 April 2019

how to save money while studying

Getting through tertiary education is financially tough, and it's even tougher if you're a student living away from home. Whether you’ve just begun your new life at Uni a few months ago, or you are continuing an existing degree or course at TAFE, here are some money saving tips to get you through the year with enough food in your belly, strategies to still have fun, and hopefully even some savings left for an end of year treat or to build towards some exciting financial goals.

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BLOG: Make Like a Leaf and Let Go

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28 March 2019

make like a leaf and let go

Autumn is here with its cooler days and longer nights. To some, it means time to organize the yearly camping trip or make plans for the April school holidays, to others it's time to do a declutter and a sorting through of what 'sparks joy'.  Regardless of your plans for Autumn, a new season brings with it opportunity to regroup and re-assess your goals and life.

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BLOG: How Much Does a Car Really Cost?

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28 February 2019

the true cost of owning a car

So you’re finally ready to buy a new (or used) set of wheels to get around town. Whether it’s a brand new hot off the boat buy or a second hand budget buster for a few grand, the cost of the purchase price is only part of the expenditure for a car. Here’s an easy guide to keep track of all the costs of having your own mode of transport. 

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BLOG: Why You Shouldn't Pay for 'Credit Repair'

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21 February 2019

don't let debt wear you down

Having a good credit rating is essential to take out a mortgage and in some cases just to get a mobile phone contract. But that one time when you were between jobs…or were a poor student…and you let the repayments or bills fall behind, you were left with a permanent red mark on your credit history.

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BLOG: Money Skills for Kids - High School

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14 February 2019

empower your kids to manage their money early on

High School means a lot of new experiences for kids. Learning not just lessons inside the classroom, but life lessons too. Being a teenager is not one of the easiest life phases, most of us will agree, and for many it is fraught with anxiety and hormonal swings. There's so much for kids to learn during their high school years that it can be easy for parents to miss one very crucial thing. Understanding money and how to manage spending it responsibly. There’s an increased awareness of consumerism (think fashion and electronic gadgets and wanting to keep up with their friends), and the increased need for access to cash (be it pocket money or earnings) to spend on socialising and shopping. And while they will learn valuable lessons through making mistakes with money, as their parent you can help to minimise their mistakes and instead empower them to see the true value of being financially free.  

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BLOG: Money Skills for Kids - Primary School

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07 February 2019

Invest in yourself for the best return on investment

Schools don’t tend to teach kids much about money other than recognising currencies and learning how to add and subtract using money transactions as examples. But what kids need is financial skills early on to empower them to make sensible decisions regarding money. Skills that will last them a lifetime.

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BLOG: Why You Should Invest in Yourself

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31 January 2019

Invest in yourself for the best return on investment

The term ‘invest’ is more often than not used in reference to property, shares, some kind of financial commitment, or the purchase of an asset which is intended to increase in value over time or improve an outcome. 

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BLOG: How to be Happy at Work

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24 January 2019

you can be happy at work if you make it a priority

The year is already in full swing, with the end of January almost here. After the mad rush of Christmas and the sultry heat of Summer holidays, getting back into work mode can be a challenge even for the most conscientious worker bee.  

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