Australia’s credit reporting system doesn’t have as much of an influence on our everyday lives as the American system. However, in the “new normal” world of massive data breaches and identity theft, checking your credit report should form a part of both your online safety and financial strategies. Why Have a Credit Reporting System? If you were to lend money to a friend or family, you generally do so with the expectation that they will pay you back. You trust them, they’re good for it. Well, hands up if you’ve ever been disappointed? Maybe they didn’t pay you back. Perhaps they paid you back in dribs and drabs over a … Show Me More!
Six days after the job closed, I was offered an interview. Because I hate email, I don’t log in every day, which meant that: They sent me the invitation to interview on Tuesday afternoon. I opened it on Wednesday morning before work. The interview time was 10am Thursday! The Job Interview I was not expecting things to happen so quickly. I still had to go to work on Wednesday, so spent all my train trip time and lunch reviewing and preparing. That night I continued preparation, along with taking an hour to fill out all the paperwork. I also had to ask/notify my referees. I’d been holding off, because if … Show Me More!
After our expensive year in 2016, we set ourselves a goal to reduce our spending by 10% in 2017. We want to do this because it has a double effect. Firstly, it frees up more money to invest for our future. Secondly, if we can live on less, then it brings that future much closer. In 2016, we spent $80,000. To generate that using passive income and the 4% rule, we would need $2,000,000 invested! Urgh, this was a month of excess and things breaking down. Also, there was a mix-up with my pay at work, so it arrived over a week late. While this has no practical implications for … Show Me More!