5 ways to take control of your finances in your 20s

For many, your twenties are the years in which your finances are the most stretched. You’re probably trying to save for a house, a new car or a trip, as well as trying to keep up appearances at all the social events. But it’s also the time in your life when you should be setting yourself up to be financially secure for years to come.

So how do you balance it all and learn to take control of your finances?

We asked Bessie Hassan, money expert at finder.com.au for her 5 tips on how to get yourself on the road to financial freedom.
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Australia’s housing affordability woes: Part 1

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Australia’s home affordability woes have impacted a whole generation of young Australians now facing the daunting challenge of breaking into the property market.

Clover Co-Founder Harry Chemay explains why ownership rates among young Australians, particularly those under the age of 35, have experienced a significant decline over the last four decades.

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5 ways to avoid debt in your 20s

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Ah, your sweet 20s. It’s absolutely guaranteed that you will have one sack full of adventures and another full of mistakes.

But that doesn’t mean you don’t need to think about what financial shape you’ll be in once you do say hello to that inevitable 30th birthday. Because it’s about then that you may be wondering about buying a house, starting a family, and perhaps even planning for the future with healthy personal finance habits in the bank.

Saving in your 20s is hard, and racking up a mountain of debt is easy. But don’t fret – it’s never too late to start blasting that 20-something debt and setting off on the road to a bright financial future.
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What your favourite wine says about your investing style

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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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The case for being frugal (and how to make it happen)

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‘Frugal’.

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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6 investing mistakes young Australians make

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Ask a seasoned Australian investor, and they will have little doubt about why they put their money to work. They’re thinking about retirement, paying off homes and giving their kids a financial boost, building great businesses – building wealth.

But when it comes to younger Australians, it’s more challenging to encourage them to start making smart investment choices. The vast majority don’t invest at all, with many saying they can’t afford it or simply don’t know enough.

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Three worthwhile ways to grow your money

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One thing people tend to forget when they’re trying hard to save money is that it isn’t just about budgeting and cutting back your expenses. You can and should also explore ways to earn more money as well.

Finding ways to increase your income can help you grow your wealth and even hit financial goals faster. There are several ways you can earn a bit more money on the side, like asking for a raise or doing a bit of freelancing in your spare time.

However, the best forms of additional income are low maintenance and effort, because unlike money, you can’t grow your time.

Here are three ways to earn more money while keeping your day job.

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The best apps to solve share house money woes

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It’s a fact: Living with housemates can be stressful, even at the best of times.

Waiting for your turn in the shower, people pinching your food or the pile of dirty dishes always cluttering up the kitchen sink are just the tip of the share house nightmares iceberg.

On top of these common pain points, shared living often comes with awkward conversations surrounding the splitting of shared expenses.

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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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