All in Money Education

Book Review: The Total Money Makeover

It was inevitable that one day I would write a blog post about Dave Ramsey, but it has taken me over three years to get around to it. This month I finally read his book The Total Money Makeover. He created a simple plan which he called The 7 Baby Steps to help others change the behaviours that were keeping them poor and to help them get out of debt and stay out of debt, forever.

Calling all Net Worth Millionaires!

Are you a net worth millionaire? Do you want to help me help other people reach this important financial goal? Before you become alarmed that The Happy Saver is trying to sell you something, fear not! I’m not! For quite some time I’ve been mulling over HOW I can add a section to my website where I let readers of my blog share how they have achieved their own financial success. I want to hear from all of the New Zealand millionaires, please.

When is the right time to get your child an Eftpos card?

Those of you who have read my blog for a long time have been on a journey with me as I teach my daughter, now 11 years old, about how money works. Like every parent, I’m just making it up as I go along and I’m slowly working on her education around how money and life interact. So far, I’m pleased with how things are going and the time has come for her very first bank account.

How I Help My Daughter Invest

Every week I receive one or two emails specifically asking about how to help children invest and there are often comments on various social media about whether you even should help your kids and if you do, whether you should tell them about it. Over the years we’ve evolved an investment methodology for our daughter that appears to be working so I thought I would share with you what we do in our own whare and that might give you some tips for what you can do in your own household.

Time in the market is your money’s best friend.

I interviewed a bloke for an upcoming episode of my podcast and he had a lot to say about investing in individual shares and why he used to buy them, but now no longer does. He took the advice of a good friend when she told him, back in the 1980s, just buy into today’s equivalent of an index fund and let time in the market be your money’s best friend. Low and behold, she was correct.