Category: Family

Probing Questions

Here are some questions that will help you identify and determine your internal set of financial values: What is important to me about money?  (or… when I think about money, what does it mean to me?) What would I like

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Does your money disappear?

One of the most common mistakes people make with their finances is not keeping track of money in and money out. I met a lady one time who was in desperate need of help with her finances. We sat together

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Who’s the Boss – your money or you?

When I ask people who the Boss is most guys just grunt and point an elbow towards their wife. When it comes to money, many blokes abdicate the responsibility of day-to-day money management and “leave it to the missus.” Whilst

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Let Your Kids Spend Your Money

Many, many years ago one of my favourite things to do was run errands for my mum or my dad. They would often ask me to “hop on my bike” and fetch something from the local corner dairy. Sometimes it

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Sorting the dirty laundry

When it comes to laundry I’m the first to admit I’m not an expert. Truth be told, I’m not even skilled in this area! But I am aware of the concept of sorting laundry and am somewhat familiar with the

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Is this the best way to start the year?

I am very grumpy. I’m irritable, light-headed and running with a pretty short fuse. Please forgive me if this column sounds a little insensitive, but I’m in that kind of space today. And I blame my wife. The problem (for

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Investing in your family and dreams

My family and I recently returned from a trip to Mexico that was a life changing experience for all of us. We partnered with 3 other Hamilton-based families to form ‘Project Purpose’ and together we built two houses for needy

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A fair weather rider can still have fun

One of the things I love to do is get out on my motorbike on a sunny afternoon and enjoy the freedom of quiet country roads. It’s a purely selfish hobby and one that my family graciously allow me to

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Emotional debt is a form of self-harm

Expensive debt is crippling many people by sucking the life out of their finances and leaving them with nothing. Imagine the devastation left by a plague of locusts and you’ll begin to see this endemic problem for what it truly

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Why couples fight about money

If there was ever something that might turn up the heat in a relationship it would have to be money. And no, I’m not talking about passion; I’m talking about tension. I don’t think I’ve met a couple who has

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