We have all dreamt of being financially independent and never having to work again. To have enough money to do the things we want to do – without borrowing it from others.
However you define your own version of financial freedom, here are 5 general steps that will help you get there.
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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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While many young people nowadays have already hot footed their way into the stock and property markets, for the majority, ‘investing’ is still a daunting word.
If you’re interested in growing their wealth, there are a number of ways you can work out if redirecting a portion of your income or savings into a financial growth vehicle is something that fits your current lifestyle and position.
So, here are 10 signs you’re ready to start investing.
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Whether it’s early days or it’s been a while, have you given some thought to how you and your partner manage money as a couple? Money can be a huge source of tension in any relationship – Harry explains how to best handle it.
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Why bother saving for retirement when it seems so far away? The trickiest thing about retirement planning is that we simply don’t know how long we’re each going to live.
A typical 30 year old male can expect to live another 51.3 years according to recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, while a female of the same age can expect to live another 55.1 years. And that’s the average person. If you have longevity in your family, earn an above-average income and don’t add to risk factors such as smoking, inactivity or a poor diet you could live well into your nineties.
Here are 7 quick steps to getting your super sorted in a jiffy.
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Sometimes it’s not about where you spend your money, but rather how you manage it. While it may pay to be strict about what you can and can’t buy, such as cutting down on your daily Mango Passion Boost Juice so you can save for that new car, it can often be more effective to simply change your approach to spending.
An alternative to cutting specific items out of your budget, is simply changing the way you think about and handle your money.
So, here are five habits you can adopt that make saving money easier.
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Have you ever attended a dinner party where you covered all sorts of intimate topics from past relationships to your last blood test results, but then there were crickets once someone mentioned money, their difficulty with saving or the perilous state of their credit card debt?
We don’t bat an eyelid before sharing pictures of holidays we’ve been on or dishes we’ve enjoyed, but when it comes to personal finances most of us find it too uncomfortable to share.
Why is money such a taboo topic? We did some investigating.
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It’s one thing to know that you should save a portion of your income, but how much should you actually be saving? Do you still save if you’re paying a mortgage off? Relax, Harry’s got your answers. Continue reading “Ask Harry: How much money should I be saving?”
There are some discounts you will never use, like those on the back of your Woolworth’s shopping docket. And then, there are those are truly hidden gems. Sharing is caring, so here are the our top money-saving hacks that you could benefit from.
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Compounding is a financial concept that’ll turn your life on its head. So profound is its effect that Albert Einstein reputedly referred to compound interest as “the eighth wonder of the world”.
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