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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[…]

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.[…]

Finally, after years of battling endless exams, teenage acne and crippling anxiety from the fear of being shunned by your peers, you’ve crossed the line into adulthood. You’ve just landed your very first job, one of the lucky few from your cohort to do so, and so soon after graduation. The rollercoaster is over, the intensity of your problems will soon pitter out because finally, you’re in the clear. Compared to the angst and grief of your teenage mutant (not quite a ninja) turtle years and the desperate frugality of college life, adulthood is going to be a breeze…right?  If[…]

Let’s be honest. Chinese New Year is a time where more expenses incur for those who are celebrating. This is especially true for 2020, where Chinese New Year is just a short, one month from Christmas last year. It’s not surprising if some of us are still recovering from the damage done to our wallets. However, is it necessary to go all out with our expenses to have a joyous and prosperous celebration? Some people might agree – quoting that it’s a ‘once a year thing’, or it’s customary to do so. From new furniture, new clothes to even new[…]

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[…]

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,[…]

What should you expect from your credit card statement? If you’re a beginner, getting a credit card statement is probably equivalent to getting back your test results. This is the time where you want to see your progress (how much you spend using the credit card) and the actions you need to take to cover any lacking areas (how much you owe the credit card issuer).  A credit card statement isn’t like your advanced math class. It is essentially just a periodic statement that lists all the purchases, payments and other debits and credits made to your credit card account[…]

Are you thinking of getting a credit card? It’s an intimidating decision, especially if this is your first time getting one. But never let that scare you! Credit cards are a great way to kick-start a blank credit record while teaching you proper money management. Before that, however, it’s important you have a good understanding of credit cards as well as what to look for if you’re getting your first one! First and foremost, the credit card terms you NEED to be familiar with: Annual fee is how much you will be charged on a yearly basis Interest rate is[…]

“Never talk about money at the dinner table,” they used to say. For a long time, it was considered extremely impolite to discuss the topic of 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[…]

How to help teenagers manage their money? When we talk about parental responsibilities, rarely does financial literacy come into the conversation.  Teaching your kids, especially teenagers, about proper money management skills should always be a priority. We don’t want them to struggle with their finances once they reach adulthood, do we? Nor do we want them to be financially dependent on us forever. But where do you begin with such a daunting task? Start with Tracking If you were to misplace one of your belongings – your smartphone, for example – what would be the first thing you do? You[…]

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