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Budgeting & Saving Money - March 23rd
The coronavirus could result in hundreds of thousands of job losses. Unfortunately those that are in casual positions or are independent contractors will find that there are few benefits that they may be entitled to. The...– Read more
Budgeting & Saving Money - March 9th
It's often said that starting out early on one's investing journey will deliver higher returns over the longer term. To use an old sharemarket adage, time in the market (taking a long-term approach) will invariably win...– Read more
Budgeting & Saving Money - March 2nd
Housing affordability in Australia is always a hot topic but how do we compare with the rest of the world? The 16th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey crunched the numbers on 309 housing markets in...– Read more
If you find your finances are stretched, our Budgeting & Saving section is a good place to start. When it comes to being motivated to budget and save, it all comes down to your goals – working out what you want to achieve, realising what you′re currently spending your money on, pinpointing ways to save, and setting money aside.
Parents with kids can save on your kids′ school fees wherever possible, such as buying secondhand uniforms and textbooks whenever possible. But buy good quality school shoes! Label all of their clothes and books so you can get them back from lost property if you lose them. Raise your children to be money smart kids and money smart teens.
Teenagers can learn about budgeting before they even get their first job. Uni students will find our guide to budgeting while studying useful. Getting a part-time job, buying secondhand textbooks, and getting government Youth Allowance or Rent Assistance can make a big difference.
Canstar has amassed a collection of invaluable household budgeting tips, such as:
If you already have bad money habits, never fear – there are ways to turn things around. Fixing your finances won′t just help your bank balance – financial fitness is even good for your health! You can also grow your savings by remembering the financial lessons you learned from your parents.