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15 Ways To Save Money In 2015

As most of you know my day job is to teach social workers about money so that they can then help their clients with their financial issues.  A big part of the course is exchanging ideas on ways to save money.  I love to hear everyone’s tips for saving money and it is one of my most favourite parts of the course.  So, given I have heard heaps of ways to save money, I decided to compile all the best ones into this list.  I am not suggesting you do all of the things on the list, but take a look and use the ideas that make sense to you.

  • Use a separate bank account that is hard to access.
  • Direct debit a set amount into your savings account as soon as you get paid.
  • Get your employer to directly put part of your pay into your hard to access savings account so […]
By |December 11th, 2014|Saving|17 Comments

Surviving Redundancy

I think I am in a pretty unique position to write about redundancy.  You see, I have been made redundant twice during my career and my hubby was made redundant at the start of 2014.  So a score of 3 for our family so far.  The first time I was made redundant was in 2004, when the British hedge fund I was working for packed up its Australian office and moved back to the UK.  One minute we all had jobs.  The next minute none of us did.  The model we were trading off hadn’t been performing, so we kind of saw it coming.  Even then it was a shock.  The second time I was made redundant was in 2012.  It was my 39th birthday and I was 11 months in from my return from maternity leave when I was taken into the little room and told my services were […]

By |October 22nd, 2014|Budgeting|19 Comments

10 Ways To Reduce Your Average Electricity Bill

Last year I wrote about my horror at receiving a $1400 electricity bill for winter!  I realise that my house is all electric but still the shock prompted me to search out a better deal.  A couple of weeks ago I received my winter electricity bill for this year.  I am proud to report that my winter electricity bill was down 28% from last year and is now around $1000.  Although a lot better than last year, $1000 still seems like a lot to me for a small house with 3 people living in it.  Surely there is more we can do?  So here are a list of some of the things we are going to implement in our household to cut our average electricity bill even further.

  1. Finish our move to energy efficient light bulbs

    We still have quite a few old light bulbs in our house. A move to energy […]

By |September 25th, 2014|Saving|16 Comments

Home And Contents Insurance: How Do You Know If You Have Enough?

This post is brought to you by Understand Insurance

Insurance is a funny product. It seems like a big fat waste of money until you need it. But when you need it, it then becomes invaluable. We bought our home six years ago. Like many people, our family home is by far our largest asset. However, our mortgage is by far our largest debt.

No-one wants to think about it, but what if something were to happen to our house? Without home and contents insurance we would be left with a small (and I mean teeny tiny) block of land in Sydney’s inner west and we would still be left to pay our mortgage. Yes, no couch to sit on, no TV to watch, no clothes to wear, no house to live in but our debt would still exist and the bank would still want its monthly repayment! For us it would […]

By |September 3rd, 2014|Insurance|38 Comments

MoneySmart Week – Come And Join Me And Take Up A Money Challenge!

The first week of September is a very exciting week in my calendar.  It is MoneySmart week!!!  For those who haven’t heard of MoneySmart week, it is a week dedicated to taking simple steps to make a positive difference to your finances.  It is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about your money and improve your money management skills.

To help us all do this, this year the people at MoneySmart Week have come up with seven FREE money challenges:

  • Ditch your debt (credit and debt)
  • Sort your super (superannuation)
  • Manage your money (budgeting)
  • Protect what’s precious (insurance)
  • Build your worth (saving & investing)
  • Plan ahead (estate planning)
  • Female financial fitness

There is also an eighth challenge for Under 18s called Start Early!

Each challenge gives you 3 easy steps to help you get on top of that issue.  All the challenges are completely FREE!!

So, don’t miss this opportunity to get you finances in order.  Pick an area (or two, […]

By |August 20th, 2014|Budgeting|27 Comments

5 Websites That Will Help You Make or Save Money

The best ways to save or make extra money are the easy ones.  So here are 5 of my favourite websites that I have used to save and/or make me a little extra money.

(1) The Centrelink Payment Finder

Dealing with Centrelink is hard and quite often it is really difficult and time consuming to figure out what you are entitled to.  The Centrelink Payment Finder makes it really simple and quickly allows you to figure out what you could receive.  It is one of my absolute faves and has alerted me to potential payments that I had no idea I could receive.  Click here to check it out.

(2) Unclaimed Money

I love to do an Unclaimed Money search.  It takes all of 20 seconds and is completely free.  Potentially it could find you any lost bank accounts, shares or life insurance […]

By |June 25th, 2014|Budgeting|45 Comments

The Superannuation Co-Contribution – How To Get An Extra $500 Superannuation For Free

I am so excited – this year I qualify for the government’s superannuation co-contribution scheme and I am absolutely going to take it up!!  Let’s face it, there are not many ways you can get $500 for free, particularly from the Government!!!  However, this is one of them and it is really easy!!! Who would have thought!!!

So here is how you do it!  Pretty much to qualify for the full benefit of $500 you have to earn less than $33,516 and put an after-tax contribution of $1000 into your superannuation fund by the 30th of June 2014.  As long as you have put the contribution into your fund and you file your tax-return, the $500 will automatically be paid into your fund by the government.  (Click here to see the full criteria).

If you earn between $33,516 and $48,516, you will still get […]

By |June 19th, 2014|Superannuation|13 Comments

How Much Can You Save By Shopping At Aldi?

When you speak to people about Aldi there are pretty much two camps.  There are those that love shopping at Aldi and those that don’t.   The truth be told I am in neither camp.  We live a five minute walk from a large name supermarket so that tends to be where we shop, more out of convenience and a bit of exercise, than anything else.   However, after hearing stories from my friends about how much they think they save from shopping at Aldi, combined with figuring out how much we spend on groceries every month(click here to find out more), I decided to see for myself how much we could save by shopping at Aldi.

In putting the Aldi’s to the test,  I chose 18 items at Aldi that would appear reasonably regularly on our shopping list and compared the prices to my local big […]

By |April 30th, 2014|Shopping|25 Comments

5 Ways To Save For Christmas

I know what you are thinking!  Hasn’t Christmas been and gone?  Yes, but I have decided that if the stores can start stocking Easter eggs and hot cross buns in January!  I can talk about saving for Christmas 2014.  Besides, the best time to start saving for it is now!

So, to get ready for Christmas 2014, the first thing you need to do is to set your goal.  You need to know how much money you would like to have saved by a set date in 2014 when you would like to hit the shops.

Next you need a plan.  As the saying goes, “a goal without a plan is just a wish”, so break your goal down into a weekly, fornightly or monthly savings amount.  So if your savings goal is $300 for Christmas by the 3rd of December 2014.  This calculates to 48 weeks from the 1st of January […]

By |January 21st, 2014|Christmas|3 Comments

How To Create A Budget

It is the start of the year and so it is time for those darn New Years resolutions.  Exercise more?  Drink less?  Lose weight?   All noble options but none of these are it for me this year.  (Mind you, I could probably do with all three!!!)   However, this year my New Year’s resolution is to develop a budget for the Money household.  What?!!?  I hear you gasp, surely with a name like ‘Money Mummy’ budgeting is second nature?  Well, actually no.  It is not to say I haven’t thought about it, but this year is the time to actually do it.  So this is how I have gone about making my family budget from scratch……

The first step to developing your budget is to figure out what you spend.   There are lots of ways of doing this from writing it all down, to using an app on your phone or keeping […]

By |January 15th, 2014|Budgeting|33 Comments