Mandatory Comprehensive Credit Reporting and what it means for you…

Mandatory Comprehensive Credit Reporting and what it means for you… The Australian Government has proposed a change that mandates Comprehensive Credit Reporting (CCR) from 1st July 2018. Also known as positive credit reporting, the proposed CCR legislation mandates the reporting of positive, as well as negative, credit history – from Australia’s largest financial institutions. So what does this change mean for you? Today your credit history includes credit enquiries (such as applications for consumer credit and credit contracts) and negative information (such as significantly overdue accounts, defaults, serious credit infringements and public record information). Essentially, previously your credit reports only […]

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Teaching children good financial habits

financial habits

The best way that parents can pass on good financial habits to their children is to be in good financial habits themselves. Children pick things up from their parents by osmosis. If a child grows up in a family where finances are a drama because money keeps running out, the chances are that they will continue that financial roller coaster ride into adulthood. If they experience a childhood in which energy does not get wasted on day-to-day financial transactions because everything just flows, this ease and flow is likely to be reflected in their own finances later on. It’s a […]

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2018 Victorian Car Registration Initiative | Personal Budget

Victorians will now be able to pay their car registration in quarterly or half-yearly instalments from January, two years after the Government flagged introducing the measure to help low-income families struggling with their bills.   This initiative gives all Victorians options (annually, 6-monthly or quarterly payments) regarding what has traditionally been one of the biggest single payments people make throughout the year – one which has been described by Emma King, CEO of the Victorian Council of Social Service, as an “annual wrecking ball through the family budget.” It’s these type of one-off large payments that people often struggle to […]

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Who’s Who in the Financial Zoo? | Budgeting Advice

budgeting advice

If there is something you don’t understand about your finances, or something you wish to change, you might well turn to an accountant or a Financial Planner (aka a Financial Advisor), as these are seen as our society’s financial oracles. The only problem with this approach is that the solutions they give you will have a narrow focus – reflecting their respective areas of expertise. Accountants are tax minimisers. Financial Planners are product specialists in the areas of investments (including superannuation) and insurance. So the solutions you get from them will be based on tax, investments or insurance. Which is […]

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“I don’t earn enough to afford personal budgeting” | Seeking budget help

budget help

As experts in both personal and business budgeting, we understand that’s it’s easy to establish and maintain some negative beliefs regarding money. One of the most common concepts we hear is, “I don’t have enough money to be able to save”, “I don’t earn enough to seek budgeting help” or “I don’t make enough money to be able to save any” – we hear these comments all too often from potential clients. When you’re not earning a large amount of money, or you have a lot of outgoings and expenses, it’s easy to feel like you’ll never save or reach your financial […]

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Five quick tips to save on your weekly shop | Family Budgeting

Family Budgeting

PLAN YOUR MEALS (OBVIOUSLY!) It’s the most obvious tip around. But planning your meals is imperative when you’re wanting to stick to a budget. Don’t be wasteful, elements of certain meals can be transferred to others. If you’ve planned a meal that only uses half a tub of cream, make another meal with similar ingredients in the days after, so there’s no waste. GET CHOPPING! As soon as you get back from your regular shop, wash, chop & store your fresh fruit and vegetables! Instead of buying pre-cut (and wasting your money!) chop and divide your fresh fruits and vegetables into […]

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