How to deal with awkward money situations

awkward money situations

Sticky financial situations occur a lot between friends and it’s because Australians don’t like talking about money. In fact, most Aussies would rather talk about politics and religion than their own financial situations.

This lack of communication often results in a disconnect between how we handle our own money and how our friends expect us to, which can lead to a number of awkward situations…

We’ve picked out a handful of common money dilemmas encountered amongst friends and included some advice about how to tackle them without brushing anyone up the wrong way or making things awkward.

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8 things that are worth splurging on

things worth splurging on

While a lot of the time we may preach the thrifty lifestyle with all of our helpful budgeting and money saving posts (only so you can reap the rewards of good saving habits and profitable returns, mind you), there are definitely some things worth spending good money on (and we’re not talking about double shot lattes).

Here are eight everyday items worth splurging the extra cash on.

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Ask Harry: What’s the difference between a dividend and a distribution?

dividend distribution

People often tell me that they find investing intimidating because of all the technical language involved in becoming a competent investor.

Thankfully, for the most part you can be blissfully ignorant of 99% of the technical terms in finance and still beat the majority of professional investors out there.

I’d go so far as to say that keeping things uncomplicated is the key skill you need to develop if you’re going to get ahead financially.

That said, there are a few terms you really do need to familiarise yourself with on your journey to financial security.  Two of the more confusing are dividends and distributions.  Often these terms are used interchangeably, even though they have very different meanings.

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The ultimate guide to building an emergency fund

building emergency fund

The idea that you should be setting aside a portion of your income for an ‘emergency’ rather than banking it straight into your savings can be a hard one to swallow, particularly if you’ve got your eye on a new car or even your first home, but trust us – it’s worth it. The key is to start now.

Here are 5 steps you can take to start building your emergency fund.

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How to protect yourself from an investment scam

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The two most common type of scams used on Australians are dating and romance scams, and investment scams. Between them they accounted for almost $50 million of the $83.6 million reported to the  Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Scamwatch service during 2016.

While we’re not qualified to provide guidance on how to enhance your love-life, we are very much dedicated to improving your financial life, and that means providing you with the knowledge to avoid investment scammers. Here’s what you need to know.

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Saving up for a house deposit? Here’s what you need to know.

things to think about before buying first home

Remember when you could buy a three bedroom house with a rear garden within 20km of the CBD for less than $350,000? Yeah, neither do we.

According to CoreLogic’s latest property price data, the average Sydney house is now a whopping $1.08 million, with Melbourne not too far behind at $811,000, Canberra at $645,000 and Brisbane at $527,000.

Depending on the city in which you live, your income and saving capacity, it may take up to 10 years to save up for a deposit, especially if you want to avoid Lenders Mortgage Insurance by saving at least 20% of the total purchase price.

They say a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, so if your destination is property ownership, and ideally before your forties, read on.

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