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Financial planning, Personal May 19, 2014

The advantages of a spending plan.

Most of us do not make use of a disciplined spending plan. The availability of credit allows us to purchase what we want, when we want it – regardless of whether we can afford it or not. Read more to learn about the benefits of using a spending plan.  Here are some advantages of using a spending plan: 1. Financial stress reduction. A disciplined spending plan allows you to control your spending and debt. This relieves a great deal of financially-related stress 2. Saving. A spending plan makes saving simple, encouraging you to save on a regular basis. This not only provides you with a financial cushion to cover any emergency situations that may arise, but also sets you up for a com...

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Financial planning, Savings and Investments April 9, 2014

5 Major ways to save money.

There are two main roads to improving your personal finances: increasing income, and cutting costs.   There are two main roads to improving your personal finances: increasing income, and cutting costs. Increasing income is the harder road to travel. After all, you can't always get a raise or a new job when you need one. But cutting costs, that's a different story! You're in complete control in this area. And all it takes is some imagination and discipline – both of which are free.   Below are five major ways to save money in the basic areas of food, shelter, clothing and transportation. They're major expenses in your life – and places for major savings.   ...

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Must Reads, Wellness October 1, 2014

Gym: get back on track

Many people give up exercise because they don’t see results. More often than not, the lack of results stems from some common gym mistakes… Here’s how to get your gym relationship on course. There are several reasons why gym members quit their membership, says Planet Fitness’s National Wellness Manager, Niamh McGuirk, and quite often this reason is due to lack of results. “This is a legitimate reason, but lack of results is related to misuse of the gym or common mistakes,” she says. McGuirk advises on some of the top dos and don’t when getting your relationship with the ...

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Money, Must Reads September 26, 2014

Investment 101

Compound interest, assets, unit trusts… If these terms confuse you, read our handy guide to understanding financial terms. Plus, use our tips to make your money grow. Compound interest This is interest earned on interest. It arises when your investment earn interest, and then interest is earned on that interest. Rumoured to have been described by Einstein as “the most powerful force in the universe”, compound interest is one of the best ways to truly grow wealth. In simple terms, it means leaving the money you make on your money in your investment rather than withdrawing it. ...

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