What comes first, the HECS debt or the mortgage?

Women with CentsBlog, Budgeting, Mortgage

Hi Tash, I’m wondering what the best thing is to do, prioritise buying a house or pay back my HECS debt first? Is being completely debt free better than having a HECS debt and a mortgage? Or is HECS not something I need to worry about paying back so quickly? Great question! First of all, HECS-HELP is essentially a government … Read More

Women are awesome, and yet…

Women with CentsBlog, Budgeting, Investment, Mortgage, Superannuation, Uncategorized

Women. Are. Awesome. In case you need it, here’s proof. On top of it all, we work, cook, clean, shop, chauffeur, pay bills – often all simultaneously. You do it, I do it, together we kick some serious butt! Unfortunately, despite how awesome women are… we still tend to pass the buck on important money matters. Divorce, which is becoming … Read More

I’m a single parent, will I ever own a house?

Women with CentsBlog, Budgeting, Mortgage

Tash, I feel gypped! I built a house with an ex a few years ago, using my first home buyers grant and he ended up with the house. Now five years later I have full time job and I’m a single parent and it’s a lot harder getting a house the second time around. Do you have any tips to … Read More

New or used? Don’t miss this important step in your research!

adminBlog, Budgeting

This week we tackle another common dilemma, this time on the subject of cars! Hi Tash – I hope you can help! My car is plagued with issues and is a total money drain, not to mention it also has a loan attached to it! I’m currently working on clearing a smaller loan which has an interest free period until … Read More

I’m ready to invest… now what?!

Women with CentsBlog, Investment

A managed fund is a fund that invests in a variety of shares (and other investments such as cash and property). Your money is pooled together with other investors, and an investment manager buys and sells shares (also called stocks) on your behalf. When you buy into the fund, you effectively buy small portions of each of the stocks the … Read More

The cents-ible way to spend your tax return!

Women with CentsBlog, Budgeting

It’s tax time! This time of year many of us are eagerly anticipating our tax refund and already planning how to spend it. Ok, so you can if you want, but before you do, I suggest having a read through some of the more sensible ways to use your tax return. Of course, your spending ability will depend on the … Read More

Should I pay my current debt or invest in property?

Women with CentsBlog, Investment

  With the housing markets booming, property is looking like a very attractive investment. But when you already have a mortgage, is more debt the right answer? Well, as you know I like the idea of diversification. So, for me a bit of both makes sense: paying extra on the mortgage AND investing. But wait, not so fast! Before you … Read More

Help, what do I do with my spare cash?

Women with CentsBlog, Investment

Help! I am a single parent working part time earning 30k annually and studying part time. I own my car, I own my home, I have no debt and I have three months of emergency savings in a high interest account. It’s not all sunshine and lollypops though, I do suffer from anxiety and depression. So how should I best … Read More

What NOT to do if you are saving for a wedding or a holiday

Women with CentsBlog, Investment

Hi Tash, I’m renting and looking to build up a deposit to eventually buy a property and pay for our wedding and holidays. I’ll have paid off my uni and car loans soon so I’ll have some extra cash to start investing and saving, and I’d like to start thinking about where to invest this money so I don’t just spend it! I’ve … Read More