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, havingan open and honest conversation with your partner about money management and financial goals is an important step in any relationship.
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.
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:
Straight after Christmas and right as the new year starts is often a time for a bit of reflection and self-evaluation.
While most years we might spend this time throwing together a list of unachievable resolutions that sounds a little something like ‘stop eating entire tubes of Pringles’ and ‘run five kilometres every morning’, we’ve come up with a list of 10 New Year’s resolutions that are not only achievable, but worthwhile and fairly simple.
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.
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?
Technically speaking, having debt means you’ve spent money you don’t have. Sometimes this isn’t such a bad thing, as long as you’re getting long term value out of it and you’re not racking up debt to the point where you can’t see a way of ever repaying it – this is always bad debt.Continue reading “The difference between good debt and bad debt”