Emergency savings? Check. Now what?

Women with CentsBlog, Budgeting, Investment

“Hi Tash, I often hear that I should have an emergency fund which could be three months to a year of my expenses. Does that mean when I have more than this I should be spending, or investing, the money?” Well, most people tend to want to dive in head-first into investing (or spending!) their money, without really having a … Read More

The rules of saving

Women with CentsBlog, Budgeting

There are a few questions that I get asked very frequently. How are you? How’s your little boy? What’s the weather like in Canberra? And what percentage of my income should be going into savings? I get it a lot! And I put it down to the endless rules of thumb that are being exchanged at Sunday barbeques around the … Read More

Should I set up an SMSF?

Women with CentsBlog, Superannuation

“Hi Tash, what is the deal with self-managed super funds, are they the way to go? What are the pros and cons of doing it yourself?” So for those who haven’t heard of the concept, a self-managed superannuation fund (or an SMSF) is a private superannuation fund that you manage yourself, instead of it being managed for you by a … Read More

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!

Women with CentsBlog, 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