Valentine’s Day is regarded as a romantic but expensive occasion by most couples, and this is mostly due to retail companies jacking up their prices during the celebration. As soon as February starts, one can expect the costs of flowers, chocolate arrangements and dinner plan to be more expensive than usual. With that said, you do not need to burn a hole in your wallet to celebrate the occasion well. It is possible to have an enjoyable, budget friendly Valentine’s Day with these following tips. 1. Cook The Meal There’s nothing more attractive to a woman than a man who[…]

Myth #1: Financial planning is only for the rich Misconception The general perception of having financial planning is that it is for the wealthy. The middle class and the poor do not have the surplus or the allocation in their financial state to think about financial planning and savings due to their circumstances. A person who is living from paycheck to paycheck would have to think about stretching what little income they have into paying bills and surviving from month to month. The thought about financial planning would not be their priority. Most low-income earners are mindful of the fact[…]

It’s that time of the year, bring out the pen and paper for new year resolutions. If you are planning on making new year resolutions that are financially relevant in 2020, then stay on board and let’s look at the options. Thinking about improving your financial state and to have good financial health for 2020 is a great mindset to have for the new year. On your own, reflect on 2019. Are you happy with how it went? If you could do things differently about your finances and lifestyle in the previous year, what would they be? Now it’s a[…]

A couple of months ago, someone asked this question on one of the Personal Finance groups on social media, “Do you need money to be good with money?” And it made me think… Do I really need money to be good with money? Or should it be the other way round? Is it because I have no money, therefore I should learn to be good with money? Could it be, because I have money and therefore I know how make even more money? Or maybe because I don’t have money, and therefore I am bad with money. OR is this[…]

I grew up in a middle-class income family. Money was certainly not something my mother would coin as easy. If there’s anything I remember about money as a child, it would be her favourite phrase – “You think money grow on trees ah??” in a typical Asian mum fashion. With two working parents, we had enough growing up. It wasn’t luxurious, but we weren’t entirely deprived either. There were enough to eat, we had a decent roof over our heads and the privilege of going to school. There were occasions where my parents gave in when I relentlessly wanted something,[…]

Overspending. Why do people still do it, if it’s so detrimental to our financial health? Could it be that temporary high, that euphoric moment and the rush of adrenaline? How many of us are familiar with these feelings whenever we purchase something? But oops, bummer. It all dies down the moment the parcel arrives. That 3rd bag goes into the closet – never seeing daylight again, and you convince yourself you’ll need it – “just in case”. Is this behaviour more common than we think? A study done in 2014 shows that we make 40-80% of our purchases on impulse,[…]

“Never talk about money at the dinner table,” they used to say. For a long time, it was considered extremely impolite to discuss about money with others. This taboo originated from the British. Back then, if you happen to be wealthy and you were freely discussing money, you would come across as gauche and extremely tacky.  If you were financially struggling, on the other hand, talking about money was useless and only creates more stress. Hence, parents were reluctant to expose their children to that burden. Today, the taboo still exists among us. Whether it’s with your family or friends,[…]

Credit cards are extremely useful financial tools that can be helpful during emergencies. However, there can be long-term consequences that will affect your life and financial stability if it’s mismanaged. Working out of the shackles of credit card is no easy task and it will take a good amount of time and dedication. It is an arduous process, but certainly not impossible to achieve. If you feel you have reached a point with your finances where you are unable to manage, then it wise to seek professional help. In this case, credit counselling is highly recommended.  Credit counselling is also[…]

Expecting a little bundle of joy to join the ranks of the family soon? Congratulations and welcome to the world of parenthood! Being a new parent is all about exploring and learning about new boundaries. Most lessons about being new parents start with the preparation process for the little one to arrive. If you and your partner are feeling a little overwhelmed by the amount of things needed to be purchased for the child, then perhaps this cost breakdown might be helpful to budget your potential childcare expenses. 1. Hospital Visits Your prenatal checkups are important as you will be[…]

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