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Month: August 2019

Apple and Financial Independence

I should preface this post by saying I’m not looking to have an Apple vs. Android debate. The theme behind what I’m thinking is about how to get products you want without breaking the bank. Yes, I do like Apple and their approach to privacy and security compared to the more cavalier attitudes of Google and Facebook. I do think their products are just that bit easier to use and more intuitive than their competitors. But of course part of what makes this post an interesting one is the fact that their products are darn expensive when you buy them brand new!

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Do rewards credit cards work in New Zealand?

I’m turning 31 this year. I’ve made it this far in my life without a credit card. I’ve always viewed them as evil. My accounting teacher in high school told us having a credit card is fine as long as you pay it off in full at the end of every month, but I didn’t understand why you would do that instead of just using your EFTPOS card (for overseas readers, this is how us kiwis ditched cash long before debit cards became a big thing).

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Changing Checkout Lanes

I was at the supermarket a couple of weeks ago, waiting in line to have my groceries scanned and bagged, when I noticed a guy at the next checkout over anxiously looking around. Now, he could have been doing this for any number of reasons but what it looked like – and the conclusion I immediately jumped to – was that he was looking to see if he’d get through faster if he swapped to a different checkout.

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Environmentally Independent

This is a blog about personal finance, particularly looking at financial independence. When you start cutting expensive waste out of your life, it’s impossible to not also notice that you’re being a lot kinder to the planet. Now, I don’t know that we’ll ever be what I suppose would be called “Environmentally Independent”, which would be a mixture of being zero waste and also having net personal greenhouse gas emissions of zero or less. But I can share some examples of how our journey towards financial independence has made us much less harsh on the environment.

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Net Worth – August 2019

We saw some good net worth gains in July. I don’t know whether this is because our government KiwiSaver contributions arrived (I don’t think it was but haven’t bothered to look at the blow-by-blow report to see), but hopefully those are still to come this month.

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