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According to a pre-Christmas survey by Finder.com.au, Australians planned to spend about $25 billion this Christmas. The likelihood though, is that they will spend more. Last year, as a nation we racked up $28 billion in spending.

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The First Home Super Saver Scheme (FHSS) was introduced by the Federal Government in the last budget as a measure to assist with housing affordability and to help first time buyers get ahead with saving a deposit. It lets people save from their pre-tax income via super, rather than their after-tax income. Which, in theory makes saving a little easier. And it is a good idea, but there’s a lot of fine print to be navigated.

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With Christmas looming, now is the time to think about allocating yourself a budget. Too many Aussies get themselves into unnecessary debt during the festive season. Here how you can avoid the money trap.

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If you’re a single Mum or Dad, managing family finances can be difficult when you’re suddenly working with a single income. But there are some simple strategies you can put in place to ensure the bills are paid, enabling you to also put some money away.

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While many surveys suggest that money is one of the factors couples in marriages and long-term relationships fight about the most, it doesn’t have to be that way. Most money experts and psychologists say that the easiest way to avoid money problems is to talk about them.

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The phrase ‘invisible money generation’ has been thrown around a bit lately. It refers to the young children of today growing up in a predominantly cash-less society. But, no matter what the financial future holds budgeting basics will remain the same, and kids need to learn these fundamental skills.

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Anyone, no matter what their income, no matter what their stage of life, no matter how big the debt, can do just one simple thing to begin to create wealth.

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Research that received a fair amount of media attention recently paints a pretty bleak picture for many Australians. The research, by ME Bank suggests that Australian households are in more financial duress than ever before.

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We all want the best for our kids. But with many adult children living at home longer, the cost for parents often impacts retirement savings. If you’re in this situation, there are some strategies you can put into place.

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There are always bills to pay and most of us keep them well under control. But there are times in life when we feel some pressures, especially if a big expense comes out of the blue, or we’re faced with a reduced income through job loss or changing life circumstances. Building financial resilience will give you the ability to bounce back from financial shock.

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