Guilt-free Ways to Say No
Saying no is always difficult, especially if it’s a friend or close family member asking for help. We’ve been so conditioned to conform to social norms that we feel guilty if we don’t try to please other people. We worry that no one will understand, that we will let someone down or that they will be upset if we say no. Sometimes we just can’t do it all. By constantly saying yes, we’re pl…
What’s behind your financial decisions?
Our spending habits reveal a lot about what we care about. How we spend our money or time says something about us. It says something about our values and what’s important to us. Our spending habits can connect us to values that are not our own. We find ourselves being influenced by our friends’ posts on Instagram or Facebook – showing their exotic holidays snaps or their seemingly perfec…
How to create Savings Goals and follow through on them
Saving money is one of the most basic money tips you’ll ever get, but many of us don’t know where to start – especially when you don’t have much left over after you’ve paid all your monthly bills.
Setting a saving goal is a great way to give yourself direction, focus and remain motivated. Goals also help you track your progress, overcome procrastination and hold you accountable – even o…
5 Important Questions to Ask Yourself About Money
Unless you’re living somewhere very far removed and off the grid, money affects all of us every day of our lives. We need it to pay our rent or bond, buy essentials such as food and electricity, pay for petrol or transport – the list goes on! That’s not taking into consideration the things we may rather want to be spending our money on.
Reaching your money goals means taking the time to…
Dealing with Financial Stress? Here’s How to Cope
Debt, work, marriage, children – these can be some of life’s biggest stressors, especially when it comes to finances. If you’re feeling stressed, you aren’t alone! At some point in life, almost everyone worries about money. Whether it’s money owed due to debt, or worrying about how you will manage in the future (for your child’s university education, or your retirement), it’s a part of l…
Financial Goals for the Decades: Your 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's
Every decade of your life brings fresh challenges, and as your experience, education, and expertise increases over the years of working, so too should your income. As such, the financial goals of your 20's, when you’re finishing up your studies and getting your career established, are substantially different to those of your 30's and so on and so forth throughout the decades.
Five Ways to Protect Yourself from Fraud
In today’s highly digitized age, we have become directly exposed to fraud on a daily basis, be it through spam emails, unsolicited telemarketing phone calls, and fake online ads or posts from strangers on your social media pages. With so much of our lives being accessible via the internet, now more than ever, it’s important to protect yourself, your identity, and your wealth from fraudst…
The Four Pillars of Financial Literacy and Why They’re Important
To many, the world of finance is incredibly intimidating; filled with complex terms and concepts not intended to be understood by mere mortals. This, thankfully, is a misconception. Financial literacy is well within the reach of anyone of any level of education.
What is financial literacy?
Financial literacy is having a basic grasp of money matters and its four fundamental pillars: deb…