I escaped a life sentence!

  • Ruth
  • 26th of October 2017
  • Property
  • work life balance
The Happy Saver

I grew up living with my parents and five siblings on a variety of lifestyle properties in the lower South Island.  They were not called that then, the term ‘lifestyle property’ had not yet been created by the marketing team at the local real estate office.  We just always lived “a bit out of town”. …

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4 ways to reduce your monthly expenses

  • Emily Doran
  • 9th of October 2017
  • energy saving
  • saving money
  • tips

Life is expensive, there is no getting away from it. Arguably the four biggest expenses we have each month are, power, food, accommodation and petrol. Depending on your situation and / or family make up you may also include insurance, daycare, school fees, activities or socialising as part of your top four but these are…

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Opinion: Fighting rising house prices is akin to fighting gravity

  • Guest Contributor
  • 7th of September 2017
  • economy
  • Guest blogger
  • house prices
  • housing market

Fighting rising house prices is akin to fighting gravity. Gravity will always return you back to earth. It’s just the velocity of that return that determines the resulting mess. Curbing property prices now will result in a rapid rise down the track. There is one way to rapidly reduce house prices and that is to…

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Honey, let’s talk about money…

  • Ruth
  • 23rd of August 2017
  • credit cards
  • debt
  • finances
The Happy Saver

Making financial decisions when single and then being in a relationship where you make financial decisions together is a bit like signing up for a three legged walking race with your partner. Independent of each other you are both clearly awesome and have got this walking thing down pat! You have your own style and…

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