baby food

Keep baby costs down

The ''baby industry'' exploits parents - you don't need to pay through the nose for food and healthcare.

The best age to get kids saving

Kids are more willing and able to learn good money habits than parents think.

Income protection not cheap

OPINION: Derek was baulking at the $3500 price of income protection insurance and reconsidering the whole idea.

In no hurry to fly the nest

Adult offspring are returning to the comforts of home, or refusing to spread their wings in the first place.

Saving for kids' education

Ask an Expert

How can we save for our child's university costs without disadvantaging ourselves?


what's in this section?

A purse with cash.

Time running out for bargains

If you've got money to spare then now is a great time to be a consumer but the good times won't last.

kiwisaver for kids

KiwiSaver for kids

Do you think it's worth setting up KiwiSaver accounts for our kids?


KiwiSavers warned on fees

Fees are easier to compare under a new reporting regime, and big differences have been found.

interest rates

Managing your mortgage

If people discussing whether to fix or float their mortgage makes you feel dumb, you are not alone.

Get a better grasp of KiwiSaver

Not all of us are great extracting our information from printed material. Fortunately, there is another way.

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Learning the value of a dollar

My children grew up thinking money grows on trees. But my eldest has finally learned to appreciate a dollar - thanks to her new job.

LVR, interest rate, mortgage, money

Kill your mortgage faster

Want to repay your mortgage faster? Of course, you do.

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Disparity over finance literacy

NZ students' understanding of finance is linked to whether they are rich or poor, an OCED report suggests.


Win: An art pack

Share your best money tips and be in to win a great art pack for your kids.

Crockpot vegetable gumbo.

Save cash with your crockpot

The cost savings slow cookers offer make them a must-have item for any aspiring Budget Buster.

School uniforms

Cutting the cost of teens

"I wish I had been to a budget adviser when my first kid started high school," says Paul, a father of three.

Halle Tapatu, financial literacy

Money lessons

Schoolchildren around the country are getting to grips with what money is and how to use it.

financial literacy

Launch a financially savvy adult

What if, despite your best efforts, your adult children can't sustain themselves financially?

Cash, money

Get over the overdraft

They might have been a lot of help as a student, but they are no longer your best friend.

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Be happy, grow rich

"I have everything I need." That's quite a statement. Could you say the same?

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