With the cold grip of winter now here, it’s no surprise if you’ve started to think about a dream getaway somewhere a lot warmer. Whether sipping Mai Tais on a beach or feeling the warm rays of blue skies in Sicily, you may be ready to ditch the winter blues.
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You know the feeling – keep on the bed socks, tie up the fleecy dressing gown, and start the day in the worst possible way by being greeted at the letterbox by your new power bill.
Just about any offensive four-letter word will capture the moment well when you take in that number after the $ sign.
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As you’re answering emails or responding to Slack notifications on the go, you may wonder if devices like the smartphone really make your life better. But, there’s little doubt that in many ways, they can make life easier.
Need to know what time it is in New York? “Hey Siri!”
Like it or not, our phones and tablets mean that answers are in the palm of our hands.
So why should it be any different for our finances?
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This Sunday 22 April is Earth Day – the world’s largest environmental movement that makes an awful lot of awesome noise about how great our planet is – and how important it is that we as its guardians take better care of it.
If you value being sustainable, your financial practices can also have an impact on the world (and your wallet).
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First things first: if you’re sipping on a beautiful red or white right now, that already says a lot about your awesome personality. Cheers! But it turns out that your favourite tipple gives a lot more away about what type of person you really are – the wine you love might say an awful lot about what sort of investor you are.
Don’t believe us? Let’s get straight into it:
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With Valentine’s Day coming up this week, loved up couples everywhere are talking dinner plans, presents and romantic gestures. But there’s one other thing you might want to bring up with your special someone and that’s money.
Because, ok, while financial discussions might not seem like the most romantic topic under the sun, having an open and honest conversation with your partner about money management and financial goals is an important step in any relationship.
But, since it can also be a tricky subject to bring up, Kirsty Lamont from comparison site Mozo has shared five money conversations that you might need to have with your significant other and her tips on how to tackle them without killing the mood. Continue reading “5 important financial conversations to have with your partner”
Call us romantics, but if you have someone special in your life, you should be celebrating that love on a regularly basis – not just on Valentine’s Day. The smaller gestures make a big difference. However, we don’t blame you if you want to take that special someone out for a date this Valentine’s Day. But no need to spend a fortune because that’s not what romance is about.
Here are 6 budget-friendly ideas on how to spend your Valentine’s Day. Continue reading “6 budget-friendly ideas for Valentine’s Day”
So you’ve scrimped and saved, whipped your investment portfolio into shape and now you’ve finally saved up a decent-sized home deposit. That’s the hard bit done, right? Well, not exactly.
Don’t get us wrong, saving up a home deposit is no small feat – but when it comes to the process of buying your first home, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Now it’s time to think about all the other things you should know when making your first property purchase.
We’ve asked Steve Jovcevski, property and home loan expert at comparison site mozo.com.au to share some of his top Dos and Don’ts when it comes to taking your first step on the property ladder.
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The 106th Australian Open has been served, volleyed and aced to victory right here in Melbourne, and that’s why it’s forehands, breakpoints and double faults are on our minds.
The combination of Aryna Sabalenka’s ridiculously loud grunting at Melbourne Park and the tantalising $4 million taken home by the men’s and women’s singles champions really got us thinking. Winning big sports tournaments like the Australian Open and succeeding in investing really are similar in many ways.
Both the Australian Open tennis champion and a successful investor …
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It’s a word many of us associate with being cheap, mean with money or stingy – just like Scrooge McDuck. Although wealthy, Disney’s Scrooge is a particularly greedy, cruel and selfish miser who keeps his cash in a giant money bin and is reluctant to even pay Donald a mere 5 cents an hour to polish his coins.
But Scrooge gives the word ‘frugal’ a very bad name. Taken out of the Disney world, some might think a frugal duck is one who is paranoid about money, stealing everything not nailed down from a hotel room and stashing 25 cafe satchels of sugar in their pockets after a coffee.
But frugal just means fiscally conservative – or smart with money. And who doesn’t want to be smart?
Here are the real benefits of being a bit more frugal:
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