All my plans and ambitions disappeared in a matter of minutes

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Erin Benjamin had just celebrated her 30th birthday. She was working in a fast-paced, high profile job in financial services and recently married with plans to start a family. Then Erin had a stroke.

“All of my plans and ambitions disappeared in a matter of minutes,” says Erin. “My work, my possibility of becoming a mother and my ability to do three of my favourite things – run, read and write – were gone, without any clear idea of what I ...

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You don’t need insurance until you do

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You might remember that last month one of my tips for what to do with your money during the Covid-19 crisis was NOT to cancel your insurance (if you want to re-read that blog, click here). Well, this month I wanted to reiterate that message by sharing just how close one of my clients came to making this mistake.

The client (we’ll call her Jane) was a woman in her fifties who had held cover for quite some time. However, ...

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What to do with your money in a corona-crisis

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Are you like me and suffering from serious information overload at the moment? It seems like everyone you speak to has an opinion about how quickly things will return to ‘normal’, what the economic impact is going to be long-term, and whether you should invest in a lifetime’s supply of toilet paper.

Let’s face it – none of us have been through anything like this before. So no-one is going to have all the answers. But what you can do is ...

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How much is too much?

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I know I’ve previously shared my thoughts on asking strangers to pay for your medical bills (see: Is crowdfunding your medical bills fair?), but a recent story has persuaded me to revisit the issue again. This article highlights just how much people underestimate the cost medical treatment in Australia, which is ultimately one of the main reasons that people turn to crowd-funding sites.

You might have heard about Milli, a 12 year old from Perth whose family was trying ...

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Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans

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“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”

You’ve probably heard this John Lennon quote before. But have you ever noticed how true it really is? You could have your ideal milestones all mapped out, from your first career steps to the age you think you’ll be ready to get married and have kids, right through to when you’d like ...

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Don’t underestimate the value of a second income

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I was chatting with a friend over dinner the other night and she was talking about how she had dropped back from full-time to part-time work so she could pursue her goal of opening an online kid’s clothing store. She is still bringing in an income (and hopes to eventually leave her part-time job and just work on the store), but ...

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Are you self-employed? You might be putting your family at risk!

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Self employedI read an article recently that said of all people in the workforce tradies are among the most likely to need life insurance but also least likely to have any cover in place. It got me thinking that there are actually a lot of people out there in a similar boat – I’m talking about people who are self-employed.

Don’t get me ...

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Is Crowd-Funding Your Medical Bills Fair?

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This post is probably going to ruffle a few feathers, but I’ve noticed a trend emerging over recent years that I find really disappointing. Every few weeks, I see a post on my Facebook feed or a story pop up in the news about someone calling on the general public to help fund the cost of their medical bills. You know the kind I’m talking about: a mother with a debilitating disease who needs money to fly overseas for stem ...

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