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October 2017 Spending and New Habits

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! Yet another huge surprise this month because we stayed below our target. “Big deal, Mrs. ETT,” I hear you say. “Why wouldn’t you?” Because our food spending was “YUUUUUGE”. It was beyond yuge, it was stratospheric. … Show Me More!

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A Comparison of Australia’s Credit Reporting Bodies

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!

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September 2017 Spending and New Habits

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!

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Life Insurance Isn’t Just About You – Or Is It?

Life insurance. As with all insurance, the question becomes: how much do you need? Economists and statisticians can put a price on human life, but most people I know generally don’t tend to do so. And as long as you can afford the premiums, you can find some policies that will allow you to insure yourself for a very large sum indeed. Our History of Life Insurance As I spoke about in my goals post last year, we have two policies. We are each insured for $125,000 through our superannuation. This is the standard offering given to all new members, and being default cover, is unlikely to be anywhere near … Show Me More!

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Life Insurance – Making An Unhappy Future Easier

Very early on in my working life, a colleague and I had a conversation about life insurance. She was totally against the prospect, saying that she would never want to profit from the death of her husband. She had a moral objection to the idea. I see life insurance as a safety net. No amount of money will ever replace a loved one, of course. But to me, that isn’t the purpose of life insurance. The purpose is to enable those left behind to continue to live the standard of life they had while you were alive. Imaging dealing with the most stressful event in life, while also having to … Show Me More!