The Myth of Bad Spending

the myth of bad spending- how spending money isn't good or bad

When we talk about spending money it’s usually in absolutes. There’s good spending and bad spending. Spending money that you have budgeted for on healthy food is good and spending money on daily coffee is bad. Impulsive purchasing of consumer items and clothing is going to kill you in your sleep. That’s bad spending. But is it really this simple when we talk about spending? or are we simply missing …

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How Much Time Do You Waste- and How Much is it Worth?

Wasting time- is it worth it in the long run

How much time do you “waste”? I’m not talking about time wasted at work skiving off, or taking an extra-long lunch break- I believe that to get ahead in your career you can’t waste time at work. You need to provide value at work to get ahead. So far this attitude has worked for me. I’m talking about wasting your own time. I waste a lot of my time. Especially …

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Do You Have a Vision for Your Retirement?

Do you have a dream for early retirement

Do you dream about early retirement? The definition of retirement is the action of leaving one’s job and ceasing to work. That is why the term retirement and financial independence are often used interchangeably. Both, retirement and financial independence, are achieved when you have enough retirement savings and investment incomes or NZ super to cover your expenses. The History of Retirement Retirement hasn’t actually been around for that long- it …

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Longheld Myths about the Share Market

Long Held beliefs about the sharemarket that are not true. Investing in New Zealand

Certain myths seem to persist over time. For instance- there’s the myth that there is a dark side to the moon. I blame Pink Floyd for this one! There is no dark side to the moon- it’s just the far side. Which has the same light and dark as the side we can see. The share market is like the dark side of the moon for many Kiwis. Mysterious and …

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Are Bonus Bonds Any Better than Lotto?

Are bonus bonds better than lotto tickets

Are Bonus bonds better than buying Lotto tickets? Probably… In a previous post, I tried to visualise the odds of winning the Lotto’s Powerball– and how it doesn’t really make sense to buy lotto tickets at all. The odds are so small that almost anything is more likely to happen than you winning Lotto. And yet- I still purchase the odd Lotto ticket now and then- it’s interesting how illogical …

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Lotto- The Odds Are Against You!

Odds of winning lotto powerball it's maths- why you shouldn't play lotto.

I buy lotto tickets- there, I said it. Not all the time, just occasionally. I usually buy them when the jackpot gets really high- like the recent $32 million Powerball- for some reason, I have convinced myself to only buy tickets once the Powerball jackpot goes beyond $20 million. Because you know- anything below 20 million just isn’t worth my time. But why? Only buying tickets when the Powerball is …

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Where Should You Invest Your Hard Earned Money?

Where Should You Invest Your Hard Earned Money? advice for New Zealanders, Kiwis, and people from NZ

One of the most asked questions, when it comes to investing, is generally along the vein of “I have X amount of dollars, where should I invest it”. And it’s a hard question to answer with just that much information. There are two other pieces of information that you need to know when deciding where to invest your money. One being, what is your investment time frame- how long are …

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The Intimidating Aspects of Money- Budgeting and Raises

The intimidating aspects of money- budgeting and raises

Generally us humans don’t like intimidating things, and we don’t like things that give us a different answer than we are looking for. It’s typical for us to ignore these things completely. It’s kind of like that for money. If you really look at your finances for the first time it might be intimidating. You might find that you really can’t afford that new car you want, or you might …

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The Risk in Not Quitting: Opportunity and Sunk Costs

The risk in not quitting

So there’s one idea that I’ve recently brought into my life that has completely changed how I look at both long-term commitments as well as short-term failures. It’s reshaped how I think about success and how I make commitments going forward. It’s not being afraid to quit. Most people, like me, don’t follow through with their aspirations because we’re afraid. We’re afraid about what other people might think. So instead …

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My Favourite Kiwi Money and Personal Finance Podcasts

My favourite NZ personal finance and money podcasts

Everyone might find themselves with a lot of time on their hands currently. So why not spend some time learning. I love learning. I ‘m a life-long learner. Ever since I can remember, I loved learning about things and ideas. I continued to learn as I grew. I went to university and then post-graduate degree, followed on with a 4-year registrar position That’s an extra 9 years of study after …

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