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If you don’t know where your money goes each week, you’re not alone. Most people have no idea what happens to their money.

Focus Your Money is your very own money coach. Come to us and learn where your surplus money goes. Then use our tools to take control of your own finances.

We help you to change spending habits built up over many years and teach you new ones so that you can live the way you want AND achieve your financial goals.

Our Personal Money System program helps you get control of your money. You will learn:

    — seven ways to get more out of your money while reducing debt
    — how to reduce your debts and enjoy living without credit cards
    — how to minimize your interest costs.

We will:

    — help you to simplify those credit card-related complexities
    — help you to put together a personal budget planner that outlines all your liabilities, living expenses and entertainment
    — find out where your money may be leaking to so you can stop it before it’s too late
    — show you how to more effectively pay off your loans
    — show you how to work out the annual budget for your business without an accountant
    — show you how to work out the costs of buying and maintaining a new car
    — show you how to work out the costs of doing up your house and how to work out the estimated value of your property.

We will also send you a monthly newsletter full of great money-saving tips.

You can also download a CD on financial coaching and a book full of tips and information to turn around your finances.

Our Personal Money System program provides you with specific recommendations to suit your spending and savings abilities.

Learn how to develop a lifetime budget so you can see what you can afford to spend each year, and how much you should save.

See how you can enjoy a sustainable living standard every year of your life, both before and after you retire.

You also have the option of a two-hour session with a financial coach and money expert plus ongoing appointments to help you tailor your Personal Money System program and help you reach your financial goals.

Call me, John de Ridder, on 0419 427 419 and take control of your finances today.

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mcleodwealth 11:48 am 09 Aug 12

From my experience, one of the challenges is a lack of patience. Building wealth (or freedom as I prefer to call it) requires patience. Like gardening. Sometimes you just can’t make a plant grow faster, but you can do a lot of damage by trying to.

I think the issue I often see (sadly) is people leaving it too late and then feeling pressured to take on un-necessary risk, when they should be reducing risk and preserving their wealth if they had put as much priority on planning and budgeting, as getting the latest car or home theatre system. Budgeting helps of course too, and services such as the one advertised here can be very useful. It’s a small investment for a long term gain. Very small in fact when you consider how much we tend to blow on stuff these days. Often stuff we don’t even need.

And like with a personal trainer, you’ll get more results from from being pushed than with a year stuffing around in a gym.

I know because I’ve been there (in all of the above examples!).

And this kind of service really adds value to society. There are plenty of services and products that cater to short term appetite but this one can really help people.

Gambling is interesting too. I am often surprised how much trading is more like sport than investing. Emotions and investing don’t mix well. That’s what pokies are for. But at least pokies guarantee a rate of loss!

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 4:07 pm 26 Apr 12

Grrrr said :

Very Busy said :

don’t cross that blurry line from investing to gambling.

Every investment is a gamble, with varying degrees of risk.

There is no such thing as a risk-free investment.

The difference between gambling and investing is risk management, and knowing how to apply it. All investments have a degree of risk – it is how you link that risk to return and manage negative events that counts.

Grrrr 2:26 pm 26 Apr 12

Very Busy said :

don’t cross that blurry line from investing to gambling.

Every investment is a gamble, with varying degrees of risk.

There is no such thing as a risk-free investment.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 11:28 am 26 Apr 12

Very Busy said :

slowly but surely is the key……..and knowledge is power……and don’t cross that blurry line from investing to gambling.

This is how I have done things. The ‘get rich slow’ approach is not very exciting, but it does work.

Very Busy 10:12 am 26 Apr 12

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

milkman said :

Which means that if you want to get ahead, you need to borrow for appreciating assets?

You’re a very clever milkman!!!!

I certainly think so, but you do need to know what you’re doing, and how to manage risk.

True, slowly but surely is the key……..and knowledge is power……and don’t cross that blurry line from investing to gambling.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 9:09 am 26 Apr 12

milkman said :

Very Busy said :

My general rule: Never borrow money to buy a depreciating asset. Follow this rule in the first place, have a job, take an interest in where your money goes, and you’ll never need a “money coach”.

…….and have any riotact readers used the services of this mob? any good?

Which means that if you want to get ahead, you need to borrow for appreciating assets?

I certainly think so, but you do need to know what you’re doing, and how to manage risk.

milkman 8:04 am 26 Apr 12

Very Busy said :

My general rule: Never borrow money to buy a depreciating asset. Follow this rule in the first place, have a job, take an interest in where your money goes, and you’ll never need a “money coach”.

…….and have any riotact readers used the services of this mob? any good?

Which means that if you want to get ahead, you need to borrow for appreciating assets?

Very Busy 10:03 pm 25 Apr 12

My general rule: Never borrow money to buy a depreciating asset. Follow this rule in the first place, have a job, take an interest in where your money goes, and you’ll never need a “money coach”.

…….and have any riotact readers used the services of this mob? any good?

Jethro 7:22 pm 25 Apr 12

Are the ‘7 ways to get more out of your money while reducing debt’ the same as the 7 dot points underneath?

If so, I have scored a free path to richdom.

SusanV 6:11 pm 25 Apr 12

I’m also a big fan of saving while you are paying off debt. Behavior is a key element of getting out of debt. You want to establish a good overall financial habit rather than just paying off debt. It is mathematically inefficient to save while paying off debt, especially if you have high interest debt. Are you going to pay more interest in the long run? Yes, but you will have established a solid basis for when you are out of debt. The worst thing to do when you get out of debt is to get back into debt with some online loans no credit check, because you forgot about the saving portion of your financial habit while focusing on the paying off portion.

blindcommissioner 2:16 pm 18 Nov 11

Henry82 said :

Classified said :

Try this: spend less than you earn and save/invest the rest. Worked for me.

Yep, what he said.

Also, if you’re low on funds, don’t waste money on booze, cigarettes, flashy cars, consumer electronics, 42″ plasmas, junk-food, and fast-food.

Its all about spending between wants and needs. Most people I come across can’t tell the difference.

blindcommissioner 2:14 pm 18 Nov 11

Watson said :

– find out where your money may be leaking to so you can stop it before it’s too late –

It’s about 7 years too late for an abortion…

Its all about planning..you have at least another 14 years of spending to go.

poetix 8:24 am 15 Nov 11

Stevian said :

poetix said :

Grail said :

In addition to the “spend less than you earn” method of budgeting, here are some ideas for people who are struggling to make ends meet:

Get rid of the TV. No Foxtel, no TransACT, no Wii/XBox/PS3
Get rid of the telephone and Internet connection, switch to a mobile phone plan worth about half the monthly telephone/internet costs
Take up gardening instead of watching TV or playing computer games: this is especially useful if you grow your vegetables from seeds that you’ve collected yourself!

Never eat anything but gruel, although at Christmas you may eat your pet.
Shank’s pony is the only proper means of transport.
Each teabag to be used until the water is totally un-tead.
Cask wine is quite adequate for a birthday treat. Use the liner to scare birds from your vegetables, and the box to make fun Christmas presents such as ‘cask-people’.
The Chronicle was made for your anus’s more pressing demands.
KFC is a ‘restaurant’.
Holiday in Canberra! It has everything you’ll ever need.

We should be thankful we live in a world where frugality is a joke.

It wasn’t so long ago that such extreme economies were the norm. A few of us are willing to learn from history, but people like you seem intent on dooming us to repeat our mistakes.

‘People like me’ aren’t always serious, Stevian. You seem to notice this, than fade back into a tired little homily. I forget that some people are a bit frugal on the funny.

We are commenting on a thread leading from an advertisement; a way for people to be parted from their money, in order here, to save money. This struck me as slightly odd. Hence my ‘That’ll be $500’ that you didn’t reproduce. And lists of ‘good ideas’ are always slightly patronising, I feel.

How does my defending the enjoyment of good wine and food ‘doom’ *you* to making mistakes, anyway? Please go ahead and save as much as you like, and enjoy yourself as little as possible.

astrojax 8:09 am 15 Nov 11

MERC600 said :

” Most people have no idea what happens to their money.” Regret I know where a good deal of it went; Pies to win back to back.

c’arn those cats! sadly, had no money on that…

Deref 7:13 am 15 Nov 11

LSWCHP said :

I stood behind a woman in a bank one day. She was complaining that a credit card transaction had been refused. The teller explained that the transaction had gone hundreds of dollars over her $5000 credit limit, thus causing the problem. The woman said that her card had been maxed out for years, and she always went over her limit, but paid it back so it was slightly below the limit each month. She was really upset that things had gone wrong this time around.

[Facepalm] A fine example of stupidity being its own punishment.

EvanJames 2:36 am 15 Nov 11

Stevian said :

We should be thankful we live in a world where frugality is a joke.

If you’re a single hoping to own your own home in the age of the Working Family, you can try frugality before the maths have you subsiding into a gibbering jelly.

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