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Flipping the switch: Why it’s easier than ever to switch banks

So you’ve been sifting around on CreditSimple.co.nz and seen some sweet deals, but you’re thinking it’s wayyyyy too hard to switch banks, right? Errr, pull up a chair and sit down for a moment. Actually, switching banks is easier than ever. Thanks to internet banking, our bank accounts capture loads of information – think about how many automatic payments or preloaded payees you have on your account (mum, dad, utilities, the local pie shop and so on) – and having…

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Your business credit score: what it is and why you should care

By this point, you’re probably aware that you have a personal credit score – you know, that number that tells lenders how good of a borrower you’d be? But did you know your business can have a score of its own?  That’s right. If you’re the director of a company registered with the New Zealand Companies Office (NZCO), lenders can use your company’s business credit score to determine if it is creditworthy. Doesn’t matter if you’re a scrappy startup, small…

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How to find the best home loan for your needs

Of course you want a home loan with low interest rates, minimal fees and an offset account that lets you deduct 100% of the balance from the amount owed. But other than that, the definition of the “best” loan varies based on your personal circumstances. Ready to apply? Check out our offers page for a range of home loan offers to suit your needs. See offers The basics As described in the intro, there are three basic things all hopeful…

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Everything you need to know about online home loan calculators

Online home loan calculators can be among the most valuable tools you’ll find as you seek to maximise your borrowing capacity, nab the best deal and work out the most cost effective way to pay the darn thing off.  What is a home loan calculator? “Home loan calculator” is actually a catch-all term that applies to an entire category of calculators that each has its own function.  For example, one type of calculator will estimate how much you can borrow,…

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3 steps to instant savings

There’s a lot that you can do to make big savings, and sometimes, it’s the little things that can make a big difference. You can make significant savings by doing these 3 things right now: Calculate your weekly income Calculate your weekly spend Automate your current savings For example, let’s say you take home $750 a week after tax. And let’s say last week, you spent $733. The simplest thing you can do right now is set up a weekly…

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This could be the secret to better budgeting

If you’ve never had a budget, or if you’ve tried and given up on one before, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Visions of complicated spreadsheets and living on nothing but 2 minute noodles make the idea seem at best, snore-inducing and at worst, overly restrictive. But the truth is it takes very little effort to get a basic system – ‘money buckets’ – in place. This is great news, as it can mean the difference between major savings…

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6 personal finance podcasts to change your money mindset

Ready to change your money mindset? These fantastic money podcasts may be just the inspiration you need… My millenial money This Aussie podcast is perfect if you want to sort out your financial future but aren’t sure where to start. Join Glen James and John Pidgeon for a laidback discussion on heaps of financial themes particularly relevant to those in their 20s, from HECS debts to ‘rentvesting’. So Money In this daily podcast, financial expert Farnoosh Torabi interviews people from…

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7 tips to save money in 10 minutes
7 money saving tips you can complete in 10 minutes each

It can be all to easy to chuck anything money or finance related in the too-hard basket. But the truth is, spending a few minutes sorting out just one aspect of your finances can make a big difference. If you’ve got 10 minutes to spare, complete one of these money saving tips and you could see instant financial results. Empty your spare change into a jar Then pop on the lid. Now every time you’ve got a few bits of…

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How to enjoy a low-spend long weekend

As the long weekend kicks off, it can be all too easy to fill your time with fun and frivolous spending. But before you know it, Monday night rolls around and your bank balance is looking more than a little depleted. Luckily, it doesn’t take much to reset your default setting from ‘spend’ to ‘save’ for a few days, and the savings can be pretty significant. Read on for our tips to boost your savings in just a few days.…

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5 super fun (and frugal) school holiday hacks

If the school holidays have you fearing those dreaded words, ‘I’m bored!’ but you know you don’t have cash to spare, never fear – a quick Credit Simple brainstorm is all you need. Check out our top 5 tips to help you survive – and thrive – during these school holidays, with your budget and savings well and truly intact. 1. Get out and about – for free Whether you’re planning a vacation or a staycation, the school holidays are…

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