The financial strain on the Australian economy continues to worsen as troubles in Europe compound
and Chinese growth slows. Job losses are a common theme throughout Australia and can be seen
nightly on the news. What are things you can do to try and avoid or minimise financial stress and
potential money issues?
A good place to start is with a detailed budget outlining all of your expenditures. This will quickly
and easily provide a clear view of what is important and what is wasteful. Once you understand your
spending practices, you can easily cut back or rearrange how you spend your money.
In addition to a budget, research and look for areas to help with savings on purchases and bills.
Essentially do an audit on your current living expenses/utilities and make sure you are on the best
deal available for your personal or family situation.
There are a number of great savings based websites to help with living simple but comfortable. In
addition, the government also have great financial based websites to not only let you know about
government based initiatives but general savings tips as well. See https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/