How to budget for that once-in-a-lifetime Eurotrip

Unfortunately, slotting a handful of gold coins in a piggy bank at the end of the day won’t get you much further than across the road for a coffee. In order to get that South of France tan, you need to know how to budget – and budget well.

Fortunately for you, we’ve put together a list of tips and tricks that’ll get you halfway around the world before you can say ‘Brexit’, simply follow these seven steps.

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How to solve four common money problems faced by couples

Even at the best of times, relationships can be difficult. Although most of us seek true love and that tale of ‘happily ever after’, it’s a total myth that if you find just the right person to spend your life with, you’ll never experience any conflict.

Even if you are with a very special someone who’s really suited to you, it’s never smooth sailing all the time. But there’s something that really can spell troubled waters for many, many couples:

Money.

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What you should know about buying and trading bitcoin

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If the surging popularity of Bitcoin has somehow passed you by, you may have been living under a rock. The cryptocurrency’s value has skyrocketed this year from $1,341 in January to a new high of around $25,000 (in Australian dollars) this month. It’s not a surprise Bitcoin is on everyone’s lips, and many are wondering if they should try their luck trading bitcoin.

Here are a few things you should be wary of before buying or trading bitcoin.

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7 ways to consider your finances over Christmas

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Well, 2017 may not quite be over, but as you start getting ready to taste that turkey and pull those crackers, the Christmas lull is definitely a good time to take stock of your personal finances and make some plans, changes and resolutions for the looming year.

Here are some things to consider to get your financial house in order before 2018 starts.

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Time is your biggest advantage

Relaxed Millennial

Millennials are under pressure and in a hurry. They face quite a few pressing issues in this meteorically fast-moving 21st century. The cost of living is high, job security is low, and it’s a fact that they are more stressed than the other living generations.

So what could be the antidote for these young Millennials and professionals who are looking into an uncertain future in this volatile world?

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10 reasons to feel better about renting in Australia

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Turn to any page of a newspaper real estate pullout and you’ll probably feel a hefty kick to the kidney. In case you haven’t noticed, Australian housing prices are high.

But what a lot of Australians don’t also realise is that right now in Australia, because of this insane seller’s market, renters are actually winners. Here are 10 reasons to feel better about renting in Australia.

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5 ways Australians can give back this Christmas

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The concept of ‘Christmas’ means something a little different for everyone. Famous positive thinker Norman Vincent Peale perhaps put it best when he said this special time of year “waves a magic wand” and makes “everything softer and more beautiful”.

Indeed: most of us slow down at Christmas and spend that extra time with those we really love, and those who are connected to us that we perhaps don’t see quite as much during the busyness of the working year. But many of us also feel the wider pull of that spirit of togetherness and gift-giving, and find ourselves thinking ‘how can I give a little something back?

In fact, giving up some of our time, thoughts and money can be nothing short of life-changing, both for the giver and for the recipient. So as another long and bustling year winds down, we’ve come up with five easy and meaningful ways young and busy Australians can give back this Christmas.

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How to invest for the first time

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Investing is one of the best things you can do for your money, but taking the plunge into the world of investments can be a daunting one, especially if you don’t know much about it.

The first step to investing well is doing the research, which means you’re basically halfway there. Almost. There’s still a bit to know before you buy your first share. Luckily for you, one of the greatest advantages young investors have is time.

Here’s how to invest for the first time.

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