Couples take eight years to buy first home

Australian couples buying their first home are taking up to eight years to save for a deposit as rising property prices and low wage growth make saving a struggle. The time taken for young couples to gather a house deposit has increased by 11 months on last year as living costs increase and interest rates […]

How to build an emergency fund

If there’s one thing the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us, it’s that the unexpected can happen at any time. And, while there are many things in life you can’t control, you can make sure you have enough funds put aside to help you get by. Here’s how to build your emergency savings, even on a […]

Fewer seek help with mobile phone bills

The number of internet and mobile plan customers experiencing financial hardship has fallen in the past year but more must be done to alert people to available support, the communications regulator says. A report by the Australian Communications and Media Authority found 28,000 residential and more than 2000 small business customers took part in a […]

Should I invest my home deposit?

Money and Life (Financial Planning Association of Australia)   In the past year, national housing values have risen a whopping 22.2 per cent, adding around $126,700 to the median cost of a home. The rapid rate of growth has left many would-be homebuyers out in the cold. So if you’re saving for your first home, […]

Paying down debt: The smart strategies

Money and Life (Financial Planning Association of Australia)   To get on top of your finances, clearing debts is essential but how can you find a strategy that’s going to work for you and your money habits?  Explore some of the ways to go about tackling your debts so you can start working towards your […]

Budgeting and cash-flow tips for students

Starting or returning to study is an exciting time! But let’s be real, unless you’re also working full time, you’ll have less income while you complete your studies. That’s where a little planning can help make the most of your student budget. Surviving on a student budget isn’t easy, but don’t worry, it can be […]

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