Personal lending between friends and family can be fraught with pitfalls. Particularly for those who find it hard saying no even when loaning the money puts pressure on their own bank balance. In an ideal world, we’d all love to help out the important people in our lives, however we can. But, in reality, it’s…

Money certainly can be the subject of some awkward situations – even with (and often more so) those closest to us. We have a look at some of the common tricky money moments and make a few suggestions on how to handle them with style. “Whoops! Haven’t I paid you that back yet?” It’s one…

Take stock of what you know and give your money mojo a boost with these three key principles: Principle One: You know more than you know It’s common for people to think they don’t know much about money – something that has been exacerbated by the overuse of jargon by the finance industry. Of course,…

Some of the most problematic myths about money are the emotional ones. Things like: I don’t understand money; I’m just no good with money; money is boring; money is scary; I don’t earn enough to be in control of my financial future. Like anything in life, the more we feel comfortable with something, the more…

You know, it’s not that you wait for a guy to come along, and then all things money will be rosy. It’s just that often we fall into the trap of thinking the guy has to come along first before we do any of those grown up money things like buying a house, investing, planning…

It might sound old fashioned, but it is probably still largely true that most of us grew up thinking we would do the big money things – like buying a house and getting enough together for a comfortable retirement – with a significant other. Today, the story for many women is quite different. Either by…

Better money management is not just about spreadsheets and bank accounts. A lot can be achieved by setting goals and changing your mindset. With that in mind, if one of your 2011 resolutions is to manage your money better, here are a few tips for you: (1) If you only do one thing to help…

Not all things money and love relates to romantic relationships. Increasingly we are seeing single women and men teaming up with mates to get ahead, for example buying property together. But just like in a relationship, setting some clear boundaries before signing on the bottom line with a friend is essential for fiscal harmony. Increasingly,…

The ms money personality quiz isn’t about changing your money type – it’s about creating new habits to help you make the most of your dollars and cents. Grab a pen and paper and jot down your choices A – D. Then read about your money type. Have fun! Q1: Having just been told you…

In order to get smarter with your money, it helps to understand your behaviour patterns. The key ususally lies in the way we grow up with money… Was money a negative or positive influence in your family? This is a pretty general question that can clarify a lot about our money personality. If money was…

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