Debt- It’s an Emergency

The longer you take to pay off your debt, the more it will cost you. This is why having a debt is an emergency. So you have to make room in your budget to pay your debt off as fast as possible. If you are managing several debts, the fastest way to pay off your debt is to pay off the debt with the highest interest rate first.

Here are some recent blog articles related to Debt that will get you started.

Get Your Personal Finances Sorted in Five Stages

Get your personal finance sorted in 5 stages

It takes time to get your personal finances sorted. And often you don’t know where to start. And the thing is that no one can really show you how you should sort your personal finance, after all, personal finance is exactly that- Personal. However, there are several key stages in personal finance that you do need to get sorted. These…

Creating an InvestNow Portfolio: Let’s get things Started

the ins and outs of creating an investnow porfolio

When it comes to DIY investing in New Zealand it’s hard to look past the InvestNow platform. And there’s a good reason for that. InvestNow has zero fees and you can start investing a minimum investment amount is $50, when part of a Regular Investment Plan, or $250 for one-off investments. InvestNow is a fund platform that offers you access to a variety of…

Net Worth- How Do You Calculate It? And is it Worth Tracking?

Net Worth how do you calculate it and is it worth tracking

It’s common to hear about the net worth of billionaires and famous people. Forbes calculates a list of the richest people in the world every year. Take the top 5 in 2019’s list; Jeff Bezos– $113.0 billion Bill Gates– $107.1 billion Bernard Arnault– $106.6 billion Warren Buffet -$86.9 billion Mark Zuckerberg– $74.9 billion Those 5 people nearly have $500 billion…

Financial Advisers: Do you need one and how can they help you?

Financial advisors- do we need them? or do they cost too much in fees

Do you need a financial adviser? Do you need a financial adviser? or to put it another way- can you get more value from a financial adviser than they charge? Every day the FIRE community is promoting the lowest cost index fund investment for a number of reasons. One of which is that you will avoid paying extra in fees-…

What is AfterPay? and should you use it?

afterpay- should you use it or avoid it- is it better than a credit card

If you’ve been shopping online recently you may have noticed something different when you go to pay. 6 new words below the buy now button. “or 4 easy payments with afterpay”. What do these six words mean, and should you use them? I’m not sure how long afterpay has been around. And I didn’t know much about it. To be…

How Long Does It Take To Switch Your kiwisaver

How Long Does It Take To Switch Your KiwiSaver

Now some of you might already know that I decided, back in August, that it was time to move my KiwiSaver fund away from the big bank and high fees and switch to a low fee provider. I decided this after looking into a few low fee KiwiSaver providers and decided Superlife was for me. I like to be hands-on…

The Cost Of Housing: to Rent, or to Buy- Regional Data

The cost of housing in New Zealand- Regional Data

One of the cornerstones of managing money is to focus on the big three. The three areas in your life that you spend the most money on. They are housing, transport, and food. If you optimise these three aspects you of your life, you can really speed up your journey towards financial independence. Note I deliberately didn’t say you need…

How To Save Money on Your Car Insurance in NZ

How to Save money on your car insurance

The team at Cove has offered to pay for the first month of your car insurance if you decide to switch to them using this link. They’ll cover the first month (Up to $100), and they’ll even offer to help cancel your current car insurance policy. Why switch to Cove? I’ll tell you below. I had to renew my car insurance…

The Value of Education- Net Worth and Income Statistics

The value of education networth and income statistics

Whether or not you should go to university is a big question to ask of someone when they are 17 or 18 years of age. And I don’t think anyone can answer this question for you. It’s a personal decision. The problem in recent years is that the price of university or higher education has been increasing year on year-…

What are you Actually Investing in? Vanguard, NZX50, and S&P500

what are you actually investing in NZX50 vanguard and us500

The talk around the personal finance water-cooler is that you should invest in low-cost index funds, such as the NZX50, S&P500, and the Vanguard fund offered by InvestNow. But how many people who are invested in these funds actually know what companies they are investing in? Either directly, or indirectly? In reality, when I invested in them really only knew…

Investing Won’t Make You Rich

Investing won't make you rich- saving over time will make you wealthy

Today, I’m going to share a truth about investing that some people might not like. One that might not be as obvious to people in recent years. Especially with the rapid rise value in Bitcoin, and weed stocks, and the bull market in tech stocks. There have been a lot of stories around of investment doing very well in recent…

Lessons Learned After One Year of Investing

Lessons Learned After One Year of Investing

Since early 2018 I’ve been drip-feeding money into InvestNow. I’ve scheduled an automatic payment the day after I get paid so I don’t get tempted to spend it. I thought it might be interesting for you to see how my investments are going, and to share with you some lessons I have learnt along the way. In the Begining with…

Debt Elimination Plan: Snowball or Avalanche

Make a debt elimination plan. do you use the snow ball method or avalanche method

If you don’t have debt, you need to recognize that you one of the fortunate few. Our whole society relies on fast credit and “buy now, pay later” loans to operate. It seems normal for everyone to be in some sort of debt. And once people stop taking on debt, often economies can be plunged into recession due to less…

The Downsides of Kiwisaver- What You Need to Know

The down side to KiwiSaver What you need to know

April has been about all about the proposed capital gains tax. Everyone was talking about it and what it would mean. While there was a lot of focus on capital gains tax on housing, there was also a capital gains tax that could have been imposed on KiwiSaver and shares. I’m glad that capital gains tax on KiwiSaver is off…

What’s the Difference between Income and Wealth

What's the Difference between Income and Wealth

In personal finance Income and Wealth are two very different things that are weakly correlated with each other. Having a high income does not mean that you are wealthy, and having a low income doesn’t mean you are penniless. In personal finance, wealth is your net worth. That is the value of all our assets minus your liabilities. Assets being…

Managing a Debt Problem

How to manage a debt problem

Before you read on, I want to make you aware of a few key points; There are many free services in New Zealand and other countries to help you deal with debt- more about that later. Debt problems only get worse if you don’t address them. If you are hiding your debt from your family, you know it’s a problem….

The Cost of Your 2-ton, Dinosaur Exploding, Transportation Machine

The Cost of Your 2-ton, Dinosaur Exploding, Transportation Machine. Car ownership costs

The general advice to anyone starting to optimism their life is to cut out spending money on coffee and other daily expenses that are not providing true value to their life. I’ve said it multiple times. But in reality, you should start by optimizing the big expenses first. And the two biggest expenses in your life are housing and transportation-…

The Inner Workings of a Mortgage- What you weren’t Taught at School

What I was never taught in school about personal finance and mortgages

The schooling system in New Zealand is great, but the one thing it doesn’t tech (at least when I attended) is personal finance. When I finished I knew more about ancient Greece than I did about mortgages and how they work. Sure, I get why learning history is important, but wouldn’t it be better if the schooling system taught more…

6 Money Pits to Avoid in Your Thirties

Six money pits you should avoid in your thirties

I’m nearing in my thirties, and I know that generally, you’re thirties are the most expensive years of your life. So instead of spending on what is considered socially normal in the next decade, I’ve come up with a list of 6 money pits that I’m going to avoid like the plague. You see, once you hit your thirties you…

Get Rid of Your Debt ASAP!

Get Rid of Your Debt ASAP!

Let’s be blunt if you have debt you need to pay it off as fast as possible! A little debt, a lot of debt. It doesn’t matter, pay it off!. Maybe your debt’s even gotten to the stage that it has become crippling. There is a way out for everyone with debt. All you need to do is put together…

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