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Daylight saving started, check. Spring school holidays on, check. Less than a month to Labour Weekend, check. It's starting to feel a lot like spring! And although most of New Zealand hasn't had too bad a winter who isn't looking forward to the longer and warmer days ahead? Continue Reading »
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Rents going up, old news you might say? Well you’d be wrong. According to Statistics New Zealand, rents were less affordable in the late 1990’s than they are today. Obviously, the rents have gone up in the meanwhile, but average wages have risen faster. In 1998 the average... Continue Reading »
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Dave Ramsey's Guide to Budgeting Ramsey runs one of the larger budgeting/savings blogs in the US. This well-written book is the basics of how to setup a budget to help you achieve your savings goals. Note, this book is pushing Ramsey's paid products including the Financial... Continue Reading »
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Whether you are driving across the island, or flying across the world, going on holiday is something we all look forward to. Then there can be risks. A girl I knew arrived in Ireland, and her and her travelling companion were robbed of everything when their old dunger of a car,... Continue Reading »
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Here is an excellent infographic showing how much Kiwis actually earn, it is done by Joe McGowan from SaveMyBacon.co.nz, here is what he says: Being in finance for most of my life, it's not really a surprise to know that data flicks my switch! I enjoy taking quite boring data... Continue Reading »
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The newspapers are full of a government working party looking at whether New Zealanders who buy goods overseas, should pay GST on their imports. The New Zealand retailors think it’s a fantastic idea, purely, of course, in the interests of being fair! Continue Reading »
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At first glance, the new retirement commissioner, Diane Maxwell, seems a bit young for the job. After all at her age of 46 most New Zealanders are still trying to figure out how to pay the mortgage and wrangle the kids, retirement seems a very long way away. However, Maxwell,... Continue Reading »
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July is often not the best of weather in New Zealand, and the school holidays fall during the month. The question on every parent's mind is; what to do with the whole family without blowing the budget? Well it's rare for the weather to be absolutely miserable for the whole time... Continue Reading »
Michelle's picture
What an emotional roller coaster buying a house is.That’s not too surprising – after all it is probably the biggest purchase you will ever make! Depending on the market, many purchasers will at least try to reduce the asking price by negotiating with the vendors. You might end... Continue Reading »
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Being on tight budget is not a crime but when you don’t know of any money saving tips that would help you make the most of your situation, then it could mean real trouble for you. I’m not trying to scare you and for that reason, I have listed below some of the tips that would... Continue Reading »