Saving money with loyalty points

How I saved $2200 on a weekend away using loyalty points

Travel is my weakness, using loyalty points my strength.   Getting ourselves into a good spot when it comes to money would be so much easier if we didn’t have the travel bug. There’s just so many places to see in the world and we’re not above treating ourselves to some luxuries along the way. Read More

John Kay The Long and The Short of It

The Long and the Short of It – John Kay Book Review

  The Long and the Short of It I found this book after following a link shared on twitter to an article penned by John Kay, who for many years, has been a financial journalist for the Financial Times in the UK. It was described as a book for people not in the industry who Read More

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Monthly Spend January 2017

The best yet! Not a bad monthly spend for December 2016. I was expecting a bad month for the final of 2016’s roundup. Tis the season to overspend on food and gifts for your nearest and dearest after all. We were doing things a little differently this year because we spent the Christmas period on Read More

Westpac

Using Term Deposits to maximise returns on saved cash.

Getting the Tax-man’s money to work for you Being self-employed I have to be careful to squirrel away enough cash to keep the tax-man happy at the end of the year. More accurately there has to be enough money months ahead to keep him from being nasty to me and the following year I have Read More

How to talk about money

How to talk about money – 6 steps for effective communication

Approaching the Money Taboo Nothing ignites tensions better than the subject of money. We have a very intimate attachment to our own money and the relationship we have with our own finances has implications for how we manage them. I have read a few theories on our relationship with money which range from a greed-like hoarding Read More

Shiny New Nissan 350Z from my past

Brand New Car Vs Used Car

  The age-old question of the lowly car buyer I have been interested to read a recent post looking at the commonly-held belief that buying a new car is a false-economy. Reasons for this are a certainty that prices for new cars drop like a stone when they leave the forecourt and are no longer Read More

Land Rover Discovery Sport

What are you looking for in a new car?

What are you looking for in a new car?   With our impending relocation back to the UK coming up I have started the process of planning some of the nitty gritty bits of setting up a household. A new start, whether that be in a new part of the country or overseas, is a Read More

December Monthly Spend

Monthly Spend December 2016

The best yet! Not a bad monthly spend for December 2016. I was expecting a bad month for the final of 2016’s roundup. Tis the season to overspend on food and gifts for your nearest and dearest after all. We were doing things a little differently this year because we spent the Christmas period on Read More

Milestone achieved - paying off the credit card

Milestone achieved – paying off the credit card

Paying off the credit card has been a long-term goal since I first started using one.  I got my first credit card after starting my first professional job so you could say I came to credit cards late in life. It has been on the financial plan since my Head Slap Moment and with this Read More

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How Lasagne can reduce your grocery bill by 60% 

Lasagne? Really? One of my efforts to reduce my monthly spend has been to reinstate the habit of cooking large meals on the weekend to portion up and serve during the week. This week’s family favourite was the humble lasagne. I’m lucky to be able to have the odd weekend off to have the time Read More