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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How to Get the Most out of your Travel Money

How to save money on currency exchange while traveling

Do you like to travel? We tend to travel abroad every few years to experience new cultures and visit amazing natural wonders. And I normally travel to Australia to attend conferences or training courses every year. I know, travel is counterproductive towards our goal of becoming financially independent. You might say that travel is our spending vice. Even though spending money on travel will increase the time it will take …

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How to Get Rich by Driving a Cheap Car

buying a cheap car can make you rich in New ZealandHow to Get Rich by Driving a Cheap Car

In the last few weeks, I’ve read a few posts about how much you should spend on a car. Specifically- the question goes like this- how much should I spend on a car given that my net-worth is x. Personally- I think this is an illogical question, more about that later Optimise your Car, Optimise your Life Lets go back to the basics on how to optimising your life. The …

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Can You Grow Wealth on an Average Salary?

Can you grow wealth on an average salary in New Zealand

In an earlier post, I talked about the difference between income and wealth. I claimed that an average person can retire early if they want to. Now I want to elaborate on that point I was trying to make. The point being, you don’t have to have a high salary to create wealth. In fact, you can earn an average household salary and still create enough wealth to provide a …

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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 spending. The New Zealand and Australian economies are currently at …

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Simple Money Saving Tips for Everyday Kiwis

Simple Money Saving Tips for Everyday Kiwis

Over the years I have learned about and use many money saving tips that are relevant to living in New Zealand. I want to share these with you! To help you on your journey to becoming financially independent. So here are some money saving tips that will get you off to the right start. Pay insurance annually Insurance is necessary. But remember that insurance if for big unexpected life events- …

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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 things you own, such as your house and shares in …

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Compound Interest: Make it work for you!

compound interest. make it work for you new zealand! compound interest is amazing

When I started out learning about finance I was taught the concept of compound interest. I learnt how it works and how to calculate the compound return. Once I understood that I relinquished the concept to the back of my mind. That was nearly a decade ago. It is only now that I have grown wiser that the concept of compound interest really blows my mind. It’s didn’t seem to …

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The Tax Working Group and the Current New Zealand Tax System

The Tax Working Group and the Current New Zealand Tax System

The Tax working group came back with their report last month. And the national media went crazy. Everyone was speculating about what impact a capital gain tax would have on ordinary people. It all reads doom and gloom for some, while others are championing the ideas. The terms of reference of the tax working group were to determine if our tax system was efficient, fair and simple and if it …

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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. Never borrow more to get out of debt, unless you …

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