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An estimated one million employees in Aotearoa will benefit from the increase in paid sick leave this year. Employment New Zealand is encouraging employees and employers to make sure they know how it needs to be implemented. From Saturday 24 July 2021, the sick leave entitlement increased...

Alleviating the stress of high interest debt can have a lifechanging impact on people’s lives – a story some of Aotearoa’s microfinance lenders know only too well. Microfinance lenders offer people who are unable to access traditional lending the opportunity to access a no or low...

Dunedin Budget Advisory Service assistant manager Charlotte Whitaker says while clients can be reluctant to go through a financial dispute resolution service, the process can be supportive and rewarding. Financial dispute resolution services are free, independent services for consumers to seek guidance or make a complaint...

Financial freedom is achievable – that’s what the team at Jubilee Budget Advisory Service want everybody to know. While they’re based in Invercargill, Jubilee helps whānau all over Southland from Te Anau to Bluff. They offer free financial mentoring services to everybody in the community. Building financial...

Kaitaia Family Budgeting Service manager Raewyn Flay knows there is a lot of stigma around the word budgeting. Budgeting is just one small part of what her and the team of financial mentors do. Based alongside the Kaitaia Community House, the service has been helping whānau take...

There are plenty of options to eat good food, even on a tight budget. Here’s 8 ideas to help you spend less money on food. 1 – Try online shopping Online shopping can help you stick to your shopping list and only buy what you need. You’re more likely to spend within...

We are all looking to save money on our power. So, here are 10 ideas that will help you start saving today. 1 - Have shorter showers Hot water is one of the biggest uses of power in the house, so finding ways to have shorter showers...

$150 cash back sounds pretty great right? In fact it probably sounds too good to be true; surely they don't mean they will literally give you $150 cash in exchange for buying this one fridge with a specific credit card...

Unless you’ve ever lived on a farm, hooking up a rainwater tank probably isn’t something you’ve ever thought about. After all, you’re hooked up to the main water grid, why tamper with it? Well, if you live in a city like Auckland where water usage is...

We’ve probably all heard of payday loans, and we’ve probably all heard of why they’re a bad idea. But when we’re in a desperate situation we’re often willing to take more risks, and ignore future problems just to alleviate the immediate pressure. So let’s look...