Blogs: In Control of Your Finances

Importance of Cash Flow Forecasting for Parents Wanting to Start a Small Business

Importance of Cash Flow Forecasting for Parents

Parents are often inspired to start a small business to add income to their growing family. Having children to support, and then to educate in the best school they can afford, is a great motivator for parents to start a small business together. Continue reading »

5 Common estate planning mistakes

Common estate planning mistakes

Estate planning – it sounds like something only the super-rich need to worry about. Many people take for granted what will happen to their property and money once they pass away, sure everything will go to the right people without any fuss.  Continue reading »

What type of insurance does your family need?


Getting your insurance sorted can feel a bit like decluttering your home; you don’t usually feel like it, but once you’ve done it, you feel a calm sense of satisfaction, knowing something important’s been accomplished. But just what type of insurance does your family need? Continue reading »

How to buy your kids an apartment for just $25 a week

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With real estate prices absolutely soaring, and the average house price crashing through the $600k mark, the dream of our kids one day owning their own homes is fast evaporating. But our kids are young, very young, and they have that magic ingredient called ‘time’ on their side. Here’s how we’re using time to buy our kids an apartment for just $25 a week. Continue reading »

Why the government may owe you $479, and how to get it back

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Does the government owe you $479?

We know you love paying taxes about as much as changing your 2 year old’s diaper, after a massive poonami! Or, about as much as standing on the sidelines of a ripper rugby game in a wet, cold southerly, watching your 6 year old run around in circles, and occasionally stop to inspect a daisy… 🙂 Continue reading »

How we used online tools to save $57,653

How we used online tools to save

In this article you’re going to find out exactly how we used online tools to save $57,653. I’ve worked in the consumer information industry for more than 15 years, so these online tools are second nature to me. And I think most people will be familiar with some of them, but I doubt everyone uses all of them. Which is kind of crazy!

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The three most important investments a family can make


When you think about how passionate you are about your family, ask yourself this question: “What are the three most important investments you could make for your family?”  Would it be things like buying a house, buying health insurance or maybe setting up an emergency fund? All of those things matter but don’t have any meaning unless you have good health, good relationships and a good education. Continue reading »

Do your adult children have a back-up plan (other than you)?


Picture this: You’re aged 60 and semi-retired

Regular contributions to your retirement scheme over the years will soon pay off and you’re feeling quietly confident that in five years you’ll be ready to retire completely. You’ve worked hard during your long career; you’ve paid off your mortgage and made every effort to generate a good level of savings along the way. A comfortable retirement has been well-earned. Continue reading »

Healthcare: We all need to do our bit


According to statistics from the Health Funds Association of New Zealand (HFANZ), the health insurance industry funded close to a billion dollars in health claims in 2014. Continue reading »

Getting creative with your financial planning

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New Year is usually a mix of celebrations, well wishes and New Year’s resolutions.  New Year’s resolutions are typically something like: “I want to lose weight”,” I want to drink less “or perhaps “I want to stop smoking”.  But what if we got really creative and resolved to get our financial planning in order instead?  There’s a challenge don’t you think? Continue reading »

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