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When the unexpected happens: take cover

It’s hard to know what your family will need when the unexpected happens. we asked the experts for their advice on how best to insure against life’s risks. There’s nothing like starting a family to make you more aware of your responsibilities! The …

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10 creative gifts you can make for under $20

Get budget-savvy this Christmas! With a little craft know-how and your own creative flair, you can make these beautiful - and useful - gifts yourself for under $20! Looking for some non-toy gifts this Christmas? Check out these fantastic ideas and …

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Credit card tips for surviving Christmas

Christmas is a time of giving and we all know how easy it can be to get carried away with holiday spending. That time of year can also be stacked with a load of other financial demands too, such as paying your holiday deposit, paying for more petrol …

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10 ideas for affordable family fun

Does your budget have a ‘fun allowance’? It’s easy to lump having fun in your ‘miscellaneous’ category where it can get overshadowed by unexpected expenses. We’re not talking about spontaneous holidays overseas or buying designer gear, just that …

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Great ways to save around the house

There are numerous ways to save around the house without resorting to digging down the back of the couch to pay for your groceries. It’s just a matter of budgeting, smarter spending - and recognising the difference between our ‘wants’ and ‘needs’. …

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Buying a home: three mortgage scenarios

Your long-awaited bundle of joy is due very soon, and you’ve bought the bassinet, the buggy and the baby batman onesie. Perhaps you’ve re-examined your budget and found that a new house is achievable. Or you’ve realised your little nest just isn’t …

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Ways to save before baby arrives

Are you planning to have a baby? Even before you need a pregnancy test, it’s a good idea to make a budget. Write down everything you spend over a month, and note the areas where you could potentially save money. The key to successful household …

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Teaching kids about money

If I stop and reflect I can still clearly recall the sound of a coin dropping into my piggy bank when I was child. It was a soft kind of ‘thunk’ if the piggy bank was empty, as the coin bounced off the rubber plug at the bottom. It was an extremely …

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Childcare options and their cost

Choosing childcare can be a daunting experience for a parent. Maybe it’s best to tackle this task as you would a job hunt: be thorough, do your homework, and start your quest early – as in at least six months before you'll need it. Before you dive …

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Tips for reducing your credit card debt

Paying via plastic can bridge the gap between bills coming in and the arrival of your monthly pay cheque. It can also help pay off larger items over time, and can be good for getting rewards. The key words here are ‘pay off’. Neglect those monthly …

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Essential spending in pregnancy

Congratulations, you’re pregnant and walking on air! Before you rush off to buy the latest in maternity wear and designer baby gear, stop, take a breath and read this article. Babies pull on the purse strings as well as the heartstrings, and you may …

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KiwiSaver tips for parents

Save with ease and retire in comfort. Joining KiwiSaver is a quick, hassle-free way to start building your retirement nest egg or to start saving for your first home. If you're employed, you can choose to contribute 3%, 4% or 8% of your gross …

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Budgeting for Baby

Feeling broody? Then now’s the time to start considering the dollars and cents of adding to the family. In an ideal world, the only currency you'd need to increase the size of your family would be love. But the reality is, the financial costs of …

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Tips for decorating kids' bedrooms on a budget

A child’s bedroom is a perfect space to use a save and splurge approach to design and decorating. Deciding where to save and splurge can be a challenge, so we’ve come up with some inspiration and tips that won’t break the budget.  So, how is your …