6 money tips to get you through the festive season

Money-Festive-Season

When December swings around, it’s easy to get caught up in the Christmas spirit, but there’s a fine line between feeling festive and feeling like you’ve just broken the bank.

Each year, people all over Australia head into the holiday seasons with mixed feelings of excitement and total and utter fear that they’ll come out the other side with debilitating debt that they’ll be paying off until Easter.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Here are six tips to help you avoid breaking the bank this holiday season.

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Are you getting the most value out of your bank?

Getting Value From Bank

A lot of us inherit the financial institutions of our parents, mainly because they set up our bank accounts for us when we were just little tackers who were too young to do the comparison shopping ourselves.

As a result, a lot of us sail through our young adult lives with a bank we didn’t actually choose, and which may not be giving us the best deal on the market. Fortunately, the advent of the Internet has made finding the best banks infinitely easier. The secret is knowing what to look for.

Here’s what to look out for when choosing a bank.

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Investing 101: Everything you need to know about bonds

What are bonds

Before you can dive headfirst into the world of investing, it’s important to gain an understanding of how things work. Bonds are one method of growing your money through investing and they come with a lot of options and factors that you should wrap your head around before wrapping your money in them.

Here’s everything you need to know about bonds.

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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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