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How to turn your New Year’s resolutions into results!

For most of us, the New Year is a popular time to set personal goals and look back on the what we’ve achieved in the last 12 months. But with all the goodwill in the world, it can be hard to turn resolutions into results. People who study behaviour for a living reckon that for a resolution to actually work, it needs to tick five boxes. Happily, the five boxes spell “SMART,” making them not just easy to remember but…

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Identity fraud and what can happen

I’m not who you think I am. Sure, you probably don’t think of me at all, which is fine (I won’t judge you for it) but what surprised me is I’m not who I thought I was either. I got an email from an Aussie guy out of the blue asking me if I was investing in a ceramics factory in Thailand. A curious opening gambit, for sure, but having checked my portfolio and discussed matters with my business manager…

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7 steps to perfect credit card use

New Zealand’s collective credit card debt was nearing $7.2 billion in June this year. Your contribution to this growing national burden may be miniscule, but it probably doesn’t feel that way when your credit card bill thuds ominously onto the welcome mat. So, how can you avoid credit card debt in New Zealand? Many people believe using your credit card is always a bad idea. However, if you’re savvy and organised, paying on plastic doesn’t have to be the road…

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Are you signing away your privacy? Know your rights

Privacy is important, especially when it comes to your money. There are certain personal financial details Kiwis don’t want falling into the hands of hackers, or for that matter their partners, children, employers and others. Some things are just personal. Most reputable Kiwi organisations do their best to stay within laws such as the Privacy Act, Human Rights Act, and others. However there are a whole heap of ways they can breach your privacy. But first, you need to understand…

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Should you consolidate your debts? We weigh up the pros and cons

Debt in New Zealand has been slowly increasing over the past few decades, and household debt is higher than it’s ever been in 2018. If you have a lot of debt, you may be considering debt consolidation, which has its benefits – as long as you’re aware of the risks. Pros of consolidating your debt If you pursue debt consolidation, you’ll be able to combine all of your debts into one loan, giving you just one payment to make each…

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Top tips to avoid over spending at Christmas

As we approach the silly season and our bank accounts begin to bear the brunt of it, Kiwis should aim to be careful shoppers and only spend what they can afford. We commissioned research which reveals nearly one in three New Zealanders put their Christmas and holiday spending on their credit card and are potentially facing a New Year hangover, saying they won’t pay the full bill before the due date (29%). CreditSimple.co.nz spokesperson Hazel Phillips said the holiday season was…

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Have you ever felt too lazy to budget? (We may have the answer)

It’s a more common feeling than you might think. According to our recent survey, nearly one in 10 people say they don’t budget because they simply feel too lazy to. Beyond that, one-fifth started a budget but gave it up because they felt it was too difficult. That’s understandable – and it’s okay. But it doesn’t have to be the way things go. At Credit Simple, we speak to people every day who face the same issues – and that’s…

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Want to track your spending across multiple bank accounts?

There are 26 banks registered in New Zealand, at the Reserve Bank’s last count. While you’re unlikely to have accounts or credit / debit cards with every single one, many of us will have arrangements with at least two or three. And there is nothing wrong with that! We often find that the most suitable option for a home loan comes from a different source than our preferred credit card, while insurance may be with someone else entirely. That’s all…

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5 hobbies you don’t have to spend a fortune on

Everyone wants to go fishing without spending money, right? But how do you manage that? You need fishing rods and tackle, a boat (or a lucky spot on the coast) and bait. If you’re new to the game, you’ll have to invest in the equipment, and that expense can really add up. Taking up a new hobby on a budget is possible, but it requires forethought. We all want to try new things (golfing, fishing, off-roading) but don’t have the…

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Why did my credit score change?

Due to the amount of information that is used to calculate your credit score, it’s easy to see how your score can fluctuate. Still, if you don’t believe much has altered in your financial habits and your credit score still has changed, it can be confusing. Here are a few common reasons why credit scores change: You applied for a new loan or credit card Any new applications you make for credit will directly affect your credit score. Keep in…

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