Your friends might not want to talk about money, but I do! Hi, I’m Ruth and I’m a blogger on Personal Finance and in this podcast I tell the stories of Kiwis and their experiences with the money in their lives. How do they use it or how does it use them? Where do they save and invest it and does it work? What are their financial triumphs and financial train wrecks? How can you extract the most out of life and spend as little as possible while doing it? Join me as I ask the questions everyone else is too polite to ask, but is dying to know about New Zealanders and their money. Happy Saving! Ruth
58. Leaving the big city for the Good Life
This week I’m sharing the story of a central Hawke’s Bay couple Rach and Becks. They made the bold move to leave both of their families behind and move out of Auckland, headed for Hawke's Bay so they could get ahead both financially and for a better work-life balance. With careers in IT and Health Advisory, whanau and friends warned them of career setbacks but they have happily proved them wrong, both securing dream jobs and higher incomes. I heard from them when they wanted to share their absolute joy at the fact they had become mortgage-free, at the age of just 35.
57. You can plan not to be broke
Over the years Janet, who is 59, has worked out that other people can be unreliable, so she is better to plan for her own success, instead of relying on others. She is a huge forward thinker and she spends time gently tweaking all aspects of her financial life to gently steer her waka where she wants it to go. She does not earn a lot, just $798 a week, but as she said to me “I guess it’s what you do with it that matters right”? She knows her exact costs and she pays cash for them, then from her take-home pay at any one time she is saving up for a number of things that she has coming up, PLUS she is supporting her daughter through university. You can plan not to be broke and she is pretty keen to share what she has learnt so those walking along beside her can also achieve the financial peace that she has.
56. House Rich, Cash Poor
Today I’m introducing you to Fatima. By working hard and being at the right place at the right time, she had managed to buy several properties but there was a tipping point one day when despite the net worth she had built up, she found herself seriously short on cash and having to borrow money from whanau. Fatima is not one to muck around, so after listening to these very podcasts, she decided to implement some change and reintroduce some balance into her life.
55. Steep Grade Charge Down - Leaving Debt in the Rearview Mirror Forever
I’m starting out this series of six new episodes with a woman that I know pretty well, the reason being that she is one of my sisters! It took a little convincing to get her to appear on my podcast and I’ve changed her name for a bit of anonymity, but the reason I wanted to share her story is that it is an excellent example of steady and consistent attention to detail over a long period of time. As you will soon hear Rachel (48) has had a few downs and ups but it was careful planning and setting of goals that has helped her stick to her teaching career, weather the Christchurch earthquakes and the subsequent insurance battle and, with her now teenage daughter, thrive after a divorce. I was particularly keen to catch her at an important milestone and we spoke on the eve of her last ever mortgage payment.
54. Where are they now? A revisit with Lucas, Callum and Bradie.
For the last episode in this series, I have once again reconnected with a few people that I’ve interviewed before. I like to check in on people and get a feel for the progress and changes they have made and I know you do too. A lot of people ask me, ‘what happened to so and so’? So, I’ve got three revisits for you this time: There is Lucas who was feeling the burden of a $1,200,000 mortgage in Auckland. Callum, the now 26-year-old from Christchurch who has just jumped boots and all into housing and gone from zero houses to five in just three short years. And Bradie and her husband Paul who climbed their way out of a tonne of mortgage debt and are now investing hard out for their futures.
53. On a flight path to financial independence.
When Julian and Sophie met in 1999 they each had a car, a very small amount in savings and no debt. Just 21 ‘short’ years later they have an approximate net worth of $1,500,000. So, how did they do it? Their current wealth is the combination of good budgeting, steady investing into retirement accounts, timely house purchases and aggressive debt repayments meaning they are now in a position for Julian to reduce to part-time work so he can spend more time with their two young children.
I have been listening to Ruth’s podcasts now for a few weeks and BOY it has really made me start to think about our finances. Your a fabulous host/interviewer so easy to listen to. Thanks for sharing your own and other people’s journeys to becoming debt free!! Hopefully one day we will be, with the changes we are slowly making. Highly recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It’s so great to listen to a money/investing podcast that is NZ based. Ruth you are so knowledgeable and easy to listen to. I love hearing the real life stories. I highly recommend this podcast!
Learning so much
Loving this kiwi podcast. I take something away from each episode giving me new knowledge, tips, ideas and confidence to make my own money changes! Thank you.