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Managing Personal Finances in the Downturn

Everything that’s currently happening in the economy due to the Covid-19 pandemic is putting pressure on personal finances. It’s getting more difficult for some of us to stay afloat every day, with less or no money coming in. In this article, we share some practical ideas for how to take control of personal finances to make ends meet.  If you've ever looked at your bank account and wondered where your money's gone, this is a sign you are not in control of your finances.  In the boo...

May 28, 2020

Easy Japanese Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry

If you are wanting a great tasting, healthy meal that the family will love - try this recipe! It is one of our family favorites but even better it is quick and easy! Total Cost = $22.38 Serves a family of four.   270g                Hakubaku Udon Noodles Organic ($3.99)  500g                Skinless Boneless Chicken Thighs ($10.50)  3 x                &...

March 9, 2020

Minimalism boosts financial management and mental health

The clean, fresh, spacious feel that makes you feel inspired, happy and relaxed, a feeling you have been craving in your life. Then you walk into your home and feel overwhelmed a little stressed, tired – a feeling of endless jobs. It maybe the large number of “things” in your house which is giving you this feeling of a cluttered mind. There is research that supports the fact - a clear area and less mess around you allows you to have a clear mind, better concentration and less stress. ...

February 17, 2020

Your budget is a reflection of your values

What do you value? Creating your budget is the first step to designing your lifestyle and future life. If I picked up your bank statements and told you what I thought you valued, would I be right? Would you be gutted with what I thought your values were based on your spending? Is it coffee, takeaways, eating out, clothes, beauty, cars and luxury weekends? Or is it saving, investing, family holidays and trips, paying down debt, schooling or retirement? Here’s how you work out what you val...

February 10, 2020

Frugal February Challenge

This February is a short month – only 29 days so it is a good time to take part in the Frugal challenge! This challenge is a good way to start becoming disciplined with your spending and challenge yourself to save money, pay off debt and become as minimalist as you can. Reduce temptation by letting every know Get your household involved and inform your kids of the challenge you are completing. Try and get everyone to put in ideas on activities you can do for free – taking picnic lunches to ...

January 31, 2020

Do you have a spending addiction?

Businesses are constantly investing in strategies to help influence their target market (you) into buying their products. The purpose is to sell products to make money.  Competitions, discounts and sales are all marketing tools that are used to sell or promote products.  The rise of the influencer The growing trend of social media influencers is on the rise. It’s just another way to market products and it's the way the world is going.  Many people now spend a lot of time o...

December 17, 2019

Recipe: Mexicano Sausages

To make the Mexican Black Beans and Tomato Base, heat a dash of oil in a saucepan. Add onion and garlic and cook over a low heat until onion is soft. Add cumin, coriander and tomato paste. Stir and continue cooking a further minute.  Pour over Wattie’s Mexican Style Tomatoes. Add Wattie’s Black Beans and chopped oregano. Stir and bring to the boil. Reduce heat. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until sauce is reduced by a third. Stir in jalapeño peppers if desired. At the same time, g...

November 26, 2019

How to meal plan

Food is a large part of our lives - we celebrate with food, entertain with food, reward ourselves with food. But it’s astounding how much we spend on it. It makes up a large portion of our expenses, so it's one of the main categories I pay a lot of attention to when working with clients in coaching.  Everyone’s grocery / food expenses are different and determined by how many people are in the house, dietary requirements, time allocated to prep food, age of your household members and man...

November 25, 2019

How to do a budget

Your budget is one of your most profitable tools, telling your money where to go.  If you’re following our coaching process, once you've done your bucket list and set your goals, it's time to do your budget.  Start with a zero based budget. This is a method of budgeting in which income minus expenses = zero. So, it means that every dollar received into your bank account or cash received into your hand is allocated.  It doesn’t mean you have no money left in your account. It me...

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