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How Interest Free Deals Work

Have you ever wondered how interest free deals work?  On the surface they all sound pretty attractive, who doesn’t want to get what they want now and pay it off interest free over 1, 2 or even 4 years?  Maybe you think it sounds too good to be true?  Well, here are some of the things you should know when considering one of these deals:

  1. Using one of these deals will most likely reduce your ability to negotiate.
    Cash is king when buying big ticket items, generally speaking retailers will not negotiate once they know you require finance. Taking up one of these deals might push you to spend more than you initially expect.
  2. Quite often interest free deals are not available on the cheapest products in each range, this means you might have to end up spending more than you initially thought.
  3. Interest free doesn’t mean fee free. Yes it is true that you are […]
By |April 9th, 2015|Debt|7 Comments

Why We Need To Warn Our Children About Lenders Like Nimble And MoneyMe

I am sure you have seen the ads on TV: having problems with paying your gas bill/phone bill/car repairs/nursery for your new baby?  “Why don’t you Nimble it?” says the guy dressed in a rabbit suit.  Nimble call themselves “smart little loans” but in reality there is nothing smart about them, as behind the humor and quirky advertising, lurks the most insidious form of lending the ‘payday loan’.

But what is a ‘payday loan’?  Typically a payday loan is for a small amount of money, usually less than $2,000 and which is lent for only a short period of time.  Traditionally it was until your next payday and hence the name.  The other trademark of a ‘payday loan’ is the extra ordinate interest and fees interest they charge.   In Australia, fees are regulated at 20% of the value of the loan and a maximum interest rate of 4% per month.  Yes, you […]

By |January 17th, 2015|Debt|11 Comments

How Much Your Credit Card Debt Is Really Costing You

Us Aussies have a love affair with the ‘plastic fantastic’.  According to The Money Smart website Australians in total have about $34 billion in credit card debt or an average of $4,400 per credit card holder.  But how much is that credit card debt really costing us?

Assuming you have the average credit card debt of $4,400 and decide to buy nothing else on the card and your interest rate is 18% (most cards range between 17%-19% depending)… here are the numbers:

Repayment Made Total Cost Time Taken to Pay Off
Minimum (2%) $14,883 over 31 years
$100 $7,056 5 years & 11 months
$150 $5,725 3 years & 3 months

 

Yes, you read it right!!!  If you only make the minimum repayment it will take you over 31 years to pay off the $4,400 debt and cost you a total of […]

By |July 16th, 2014|Debt|24 Comments

Investing Basics – How Do I Get Started? The Money Mummy Guide to Investing Part 1

Yesterday I posted an article which showed that women are better than investors than men, but knowing you have the potential to be a good investor is of no use, unless you know where to start.  So welcome to the Money Mummy school of investing!  Every Thursday I am going to publish a post which guides you through the key principles that you need to know when making your first investment decision.  Successful investing is not difficult and has nothing to do with luck.  There are a few fundamental ideas that you need to know which will greatly increase your chances of success and help you avoid disasters.  So let’s get started.

Before you invest a cent, there is one very important thing you must do and that is make sure your “financial house” is in order.  You must be very clear about how much debt you owe and what type […]

By |April 18th, 2013|Debt, Investing Basics, Saving|2 Comments

Top tips for getting rid of your credit card debt

Credit card debt is a major issue for a lot of parents.  Let’s face it having children is expensive and income is often reduced as parents take a break from the work force or return to work part time.  However, like most things, when used wisely credit cards can be a handy tool in managing your finances.

My number one tip and the key to success when it comes to using credit cards, is to ensure that the balance is paid off in full every single month.  For us, we have found setting up a direct debit through internet banking as the best way to ensure this is done.  My other key strategy is to only ever have one credit card.  This makes it easy to keep track of our spending.

But if you already have a credit card debt what is fastest way out?  Here is my simple four-step plan to get […]

By |March 28th, 2013|Debt|5 Comments