Greg Kyle coles

Living week to week

Kiwis are poorly equipped for a financial emergency with one in three having less than $1000 stashed away.

Sort your family finances

Worried about pocket money or budgets? Do your kids think money grows on trees? We've got money experts from Sorted here to answer your questions.

Time the best investment

Talking to kids is a subtle art; it's not about telling them what to do, it's about telling them stories.

Fame doesn't mean fortune

She lives in the glitz of showbusiness but is still learning about money.

Are you hostage to 'stuff'?

Confession time: I own too much stuff. I bet you do, too.


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Holiday budget blues

How to hold onto the purse strings when the kids are on vacation.

good food, vegetables

Budgeting not pie in the sky

Healthy eating might seem prohibitively expensive - but it is possible to do it on a shoestring budget.

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Looking after your money

Finances may not be as cute as a newborn, but with many women’s working arrangements changing post-baby, monetary matters need attention too.


Mortgage mistakes to avoid

Hot deals and low interest rates are enticing, but watch out for pitfalls before you sign on the dotted line.

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Keep baby costs down

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

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The best age to get kids saving

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

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Income protection not cheap

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

Jake Dawson

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.

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Saving for kids' education

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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