9 episodes

Welcome to Real Money with Effie Zahos, powered by Canstar - a podcast about real people and their real money stories.
Effie has been writing and talking about money issues for more than 20 years. One thing she has discovered is that we can all learn from people‘s experiences.
The first season of Real Money will tell the stories of real Australians who tell their experiences with money, including overcoming spending addiction, divorce and financial deceit and internet scams.
The good news? These experiences have made them all stronger and they‘ve graciously agreed to share their stories for all of us.
Subscribe to Real Money with Effie Zahos, powered by Canstar today.

Real Money with Effie Zahos Effie Zahos, Powered by Canstar

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Welcome to Real Money with Effie Zahos, powered by Canstar - a podcast about real people and their real money stories.
Effie has been writing and talking about money issues for more than 20 years. One thing she has discovered is that we can all learn from people‘s experiences.
The first season of Real Money will tell the stories of real Australians who tell their experiences with money, including overcoming spending addiction, divorce and financial deceit and internet scams.
The good news? These experiences have made them all stronger and they‘ve graciously agreed to share their stories for all of us.
Subscribe to Real Money with Effie Zahos, powered by Canstar today.

    How a real life Brady Bunch family juggles their finances with three adult kids at home

    How a real life Brady Bunch family juggles their finances with three adult kids at home

    On today’s episode, we meet a real life Brady Bunch family with four adult children from different relationships. The parents, Craig and Suzette, reveal what it’s like having three of the kids still living at home. We also hear from their youngest, Nicola, about how she is making the most of the opportunity. And David Wright, founder of the Spending Planners Institute, also joins Effie and offers his tips for families.


    Podcast resources:
    What is the average age to move out of home in Australia?

    Valuable money lessons for children at every age group

    How much do you really need for a home loan deposit?


    *We are Australia’s Biggest Financial Comparison Site. Click here to learn more

    This advice is general and has not taken into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Consider whether this advice is right for you. Consider the product disclosure statement before making a purchase decision. Canstar provides an information service. It is not a credit provider, and in giving you information about credit products Canstar is not making any suggestion or recommendation to you about a particular credit product. Research provided by Canstar Research AFSL and Australian Credit Licence No. 437917. The views, opinions, and positions expressed in this piece are the views of the guest author(s) or interviewee(s) alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Canstar.

    • 28 min
    How Carolyn’s gambling addiction landed her in prison

    How Carolyn’s gambling addiction landed her in prison

    On today’s episode, we meet Carolyn. She shares how she ended up in prison at age of 64 after stealing $400,000 to pay for her gambling. Effie is also joined by financial counsellor Annette Devereaux who works with people experiencing gambling harm. She offers tips for anyone struggling with a gambling addiction and their loved ones.

    Podcast resources:

    How financial counsellors can help Australians in difficulty

    Gambler’s Help
    1800 858 858

    Alliance for Gambling Reform

    If any issues on today’s episode raise concerns for you, help is also available through services such as Lifeline (13 11 14).

    *We are Australia’s Biggest Financial Comparison Site. Click here to learn more

    This advice is general and has not taken into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Consider whether this advice is right for you. Consider the product disclosure statement before making a purchase decision. Canstar provides an information service. It is not a credit provider, and in giving you information about credit products Canstar is not making any suggestion or recommendation to you about a particular credit product. Research provided by Canstar Research AFSL and Australian Credit Licence No. 437917. The views, opinions, and positions expressed in this piece are the views of the guest author(s) or interviewee(s) alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Canstar.

    • 29 min
    Jess shares the financial impact her mum’s bipolar disorder had on the family

    Jess shares the financial impact her mum’s bipolar disorder had on the family

    Jess shares the financial impact her mum’s bipolar disorder had on the family

    On today’s episode, we meet Jess. As a teenager, she noticed a change in her mum’s spending behaviour. She went on a year-long shopping frenzy that saw her spending $250,000. It turned out to be a result of bipolar disorder. Jess recalls the effect this overspending had on the family. Effie is also joined by Dr Alexis Whitton from The Black Dog Institute. She offers her insights about the financial impact mental health issues such as bipolar can have and offers tips on safeguards that can be put in place to minimise the potential damage on finances.

    Have you got a money story you think someone could benefit from hearing? Contact Effie at effie.zahos@canstar.com.au

    Podcast resources:
    Tips to help overcome a spending addiction

    How financial counsellors can help Australians in difficulty

    Black Dog Institute Online Clinic free mental health assessment tool

    If any issues on today’s episode raise concerns for you, help is also available through services such as Lifeline (13 11 14).

    *We are Australia’s Biggest Financial Comparison Site. Click here to learn more

    This advice is general and has not taken into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Consider whether this advice is right for you. Consider the product disclosure statement before making a purchase decision. Canstar provides an information service. It is not a credit provider, and in giving you information about credit products Canstar is not making any suggestion or recommendation to you about a particular credit product. Research provided by Canstar Research AFSL and Australian Credit Licence No. 437917. The views, opinions, and positions expressed in this piece are the views of the guest author(s) or interviewee(s) alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Canstar.

    • 21 min
    Samantha reveals the fallout an abusive relationship had on her finances

    Samantha reveals the fallout an abusive relationship had on her finances

    On today’s episode, we meet Samantha. She spent years in a bad relationship but didn’t realise she was experiencing abuse until after she left. Samantha reveals the toll this relationship had on her finances. Then, Rebecca Glenn from the Centre for Women’s Economic Safety joins Effie to share the many ways economic abuse can present itself and where you may be able to go for help.

    Have you got a money story you think someone could benefit from hearing? Contact Effie at effie.zahos@canstar.com.au




    Podcast resources: 

    How financial counsellors can help Australians in difficulty




    Helpful organisations mentioned in this episode

    1800RESPECT

    1800 737 732

    Centre Against Violence
    Phone: 1800 806 292

    National Debt Helpline

    Ph: 1800 007 007

    Centre for Women’s Economic Safety




    If any issues on today’s episode raise concerns for you, help is also available through services such as Lifeline (13 11 14)

    *We are Australia’s Biggest Financial Comparison Site. Click here to learn more

    This advice is general and has not taken into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Consider whether this advice is right for you. Consider the product disclosure statement before making a purchase decision. Canstar provides an information service. It is not a credit provider, and in giving you information about credit products Canstar is not making any suggestion or recommendation to you about a particular credit product. Research provided by Canstar Research AFSL and Australian Credit Licence No. 437917. The views, opinions, and positions expressed in this piece are the views of the guest author(s) or interviewee(s) alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Canstar.

    • 25 min
    How Naomi was blindsided by her now ex‘s financial deceit

    How Naomi was blindsided by her now ex‘s financial deceit

    On today’s episode, we meet Naomi. She explains how she was blindsided by her now ex-partner’s financial deceit and reveals the red flags to watch out for. Relationship counsellor, Fiona Baillie, also joins Effie and shares where you can go for help. Plus, we hear from family law specialist Brett Hartley who runs through information you may want to consider if ending a relationship.
    Got a story you‘d like featured on the podcast? Contact Effie at effie.zahos@canstar.com.au
    Podcast resources:
    The pros and cons of prenuptial agreements

    What am I entitled to in a divorce?

    5 money conversations to have with your partner

    What to look for in a joint bank account

    If any issues on today’s episode raise concerns for you, help is available through services such as Lifeline (13 11 14).
    You can find a PACFA member counsellor or psychotherapist near you (or offering telehealth) via the Find a Therapist search directory at pacfa.org.au
    *We are Australia’s Biggest Financial Comparison Site. Click here to learn more
    The information in this podcast is not legal advice, nor is it intended to be used as a substitute for obtaining independent professional advice. Please consult your legal practitioner, professional adviser or the relevant government or statutory authorities before making any decisions.
    This advice is general and has not taken into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Consider whether this advice is right for you. Consider the product disclosure statement before making a purchase decision. Canstar provides an information service. It is not a credit provider, and in giving you information about credit products Canstar is not making any suggestion or recommendation to you about a particular credit product. Research provided by Canstar Research AFSL and Australian Credit Licence No. 437917. The views, opinions, and positions expressed in this piece are the views of the guest author(s) or interviewee(s) alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Canstar.

    • 36 min
    How Kathleen got over $40,000 debt under control

    How Kathleen got over $40,000 debt under control

    On today‘s episode, we meet Kathleen. She was forced to sell her music school business nearly ten years ago but was still left with significant debt. Over the years, as she started a new career, that debt steadily grew and she was told her bankruptcy was the easiest way out.

    Rather than going bankrupt, Kathleen turned to “spending planner” Carolyn Moes for help. Kathleen and Carolyn tell us the steps they have taken to turn Kathleen’s finances around, why ignoring debt is never the answer and what exactly a spending planner does.

    • 24 min

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