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People choose to live in frugality as a way to keep more of their hard-earned cash in their pocket. Well, there’s no wrong in saving to secure your future finances. But don’t be extremely frugal to the extent you’re being labelled as cheap by your friends. Being overly frugal can do more harm to your wallet than it actually helps. Here are a few ways of being too frugal can end up costing you more in the long run.  Getting the cheapest insurance Buying an insurance policy can be seen as a waste of money to some people since they[…]

When it comes to financial planning, there’s no such thing as too late or too early as everyone at their age could start planning their finances. The way to manage it might not be the same for everyone, as not all of us are at the same financial stage in life. Let’s take a look at how you can plan your finances at different life stages. The 20s (Building Foundation) Investing at a young age is not as easy as you are just starting to build your life and career. But remember, even though it is not easy, that is[…]

So you’re thinking of applying for a mortgage loan to make the biggest purchase of your life. But at some point, you are afraid of rejection. Well, who doesn’t? Being rejected by a bank can be daunting and frustrating. It is common for banks to avoid high-risk borrowers since it won’t do them good in case you default on your loan. Everyone has a different risk profile and some may be riskier than others. But what exactly makes you appear risky to the banks? How do you know if you are a high-risk borrower? Here are a few attributes that[…]

Experiencing setbacks is part and parcel of life and it’s no different when it comes to our finances. Be it a major financial setback like a layoff or a minor setback like an unexpected car repair, both can hit us emotionally and psychologically if you’re not financially well-prepared. If you find yourself dealing with any financial setback, consider following these steps below to get you back on track.  Assess your current situation Having an emergency fund worth at least 6 months of your expenses will be a big help during this dire time. But what if your savings is not[…]

Money can be an uncomfortable topic to talk about even among couples. There is a fine balance to keep when discussing financial matters as it can make or break your relationship. As unpleasant as it is for some couples to discuss their finances, managing your money as a couple is important – especially if you are planning for the future that involves children, college funds, and retirement plans. 1. Set A Time and Occasion to ‘Have the Talk’ It is easy to keep putting off uncomfortable discussions, especially when both parties would much rather avoid having the conversation. This could[…]

Keen to turn your hobby into a money-making venture? There are ways to do it if you can spare some extra effort and time to turn your pastime activities into generating some extra money. Monetizing a hobby is quite popular in this era of digital marketing and online businesses. Etsy is a prime example of a successful platform that helps individuals monetize their hobbies. If you have been thinking about turning your hobbies into a second income, then these tips might be able to help you. 1. Plan Do your research and set up a business plan. Find out how[…]

A credit card is a great credit facility to have, and it can be especially helpful during emergencies. But when using this facility goes unchecked, it can become dangerously addictive to the user. It is nice to have such a spending tool at your disposal, but most users are under the impression that the credit limit on the card is free cash; it is not. The credit limit provided by the bank is basically how much you are allowed to “borrow” on the card. Here are five signs to identify a credit card addiction. 1. Hiding Their Credit Card Bills[…]

We start budgeting to ensure that we always have enough money in advance for the things we need or would like to do. However, once in a while, have you ever find yourself running out of money even though you’ve created a budget plan? Many people do not realise that they’re making crucial mistakes in their spending plan which eventually ended up costing them more. These mistakes often seem small and perhaps not even seem like one which leads you to overlook. Are you on a budget? Let’s identify if you possess any one of these common budgeting mistakes. Being unrealistic People[…]

Covid-19 is a worldwide concern, and on a national scale it is no exception. Since Malaysia has implemented the Movement Control Order, #StayAtHome has become a trending hashtag among social media users. This order has left some of us with unpaid or half-paid leave and that is something to be worried about especially for those who have been living from paycheck to paycheck. How can you afford to pay bills or stock up your kitchen with 2-weeks worth of food supply in this dire time? Be it a movement control order or any other unexpected circumstances, you won’t have to[…]

Picture this: you’ve been queuing forever for your things, and as you finally approach the head of the queue after seemingly YEARS of waiting, you hear 3 horrifying words: “Sorry, cash only.”  How inconvenient! You scoff. Who even carries around cash nowadays? In the age of Paylah, Paywave, Grabpay and a plethora of other virtual payment options, carrying around cash could even be considered a faux pas in this generation.  And there’s certainly no reason to! Even our hawker centers are moving towards cashless options and all for good reason: virtual payments are safer, more convenient and even more effortless.[…]

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