50 Cheap And Fun Activities To Do With Your Kids

50 Cheap And Fun Activities To Do With Your Kids

Let’s face it, it’s easy to fall into the trap of spending lots of money trying to provide entertainment for your kids in this day and age. I remember when my parents would pretty much open the front door and say “Be home before before dark, don’t get it trouble” and leave us to make our own fun (maybe not viable today but there is merit to this). However these days just going to the movies almost requires you to…

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Book Review: The Barefoot Investor – Scott Pape

Book Review: The Barefoot Investor – Scott Pape

Scott Pape has been voted “Australia’s most trusted finance expert.” He’s the money guy for Channel Seven and Triple M, and writes two weekly national newspaper columns. He has advised AFL and NRL teams about money, and consults to the Australian government on financial education in schools. Scott lives on a farm in country Victoria with his wife, two sons and three dogs. Source: https://barefootinvestor.com/about/ Scott Pape is a well known and trusted personality in Australian finance. His third book “The…

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6 Great Reasons You Should Start Meal Planning Now

6 Great Reasons You Should Start Meal Planning Now

Food plays a huge part in our lives. Of course it provides nourishment, but beyond that can bring love, joy and happiness to a family. For some it will be fond memories of large family gatherings with copious amounts of food, stuffing yourself silly. For others it may be the joy of teaching our kids to cook pancakes on the weekend. On the flip side it can also be the cause of stress and take up considerable amounts of our time. As a father who cooks I quickly learned how important being prepared can be, particularly the evening meal. Meal planning can help solve the age old question many parents have heard around 4-5pm… “What’s for dinner?”

Net Worth Update Feb-17

Net Worth Update Feb-17

Over on my Downloads page there is a link to download The Spreadsheet Dad Net Worth Tracker, which is what I use to measure my Net Worth, please feel free to use and share this resource. Since I am from Australia all the numbers below are in AUD. I’ve had a slight dip in Net Worth this month on the back off some planned expenses and some not so planned expenses. However to be totally honest I did not take a…

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6 Travel Budget Tips and Spreadsheet Template

6 Travel Budget Tips and Spreadsheet Template

Travel is always something that I will budget to save for, no matter how tight money may be. You do not need to spend thousands of dollars or to be rich to enjoy a family holiday and the life experience and bonding that come with it. To help you design your family holiday budget I have uploaded the TSD Travel Budget spreadsheet to my downloads page. This is the spreadsheet that I use when I am planning my family holidays…

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7 Reasons You Should Have An Emergency Fund

7 Reasons You Should Have An Emergency Fund

You will find that nearly every personal finance blogger and financial expert you speak to will recommend that you have an Emergency Fund. Your parents or friends have also probably told you to put away money for a “rainy day”. That’s because it is a great idea. Usually it will be a dollar figure that represents your expenses over a period of time. Sometimes it is simply a number that makes you feel comfortable knowing it is there if you…

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What is Financial Freedom?

What is Financial Freedom?

Financial Freedom can mean many things to many different people. For me, I want to get to point where I can wake up in the morning at whatever time I please without having to worry what time the bus or train is coming, what meetings I have today or reports I need to prepare. I want to make my coffee and go for a walk or read book without having to think about when I am being paid next and what…

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Net Worth Update Jan-17

Net Worth Update Jan-17

Hi there! Well here it goes, I am going to share my Net Worth with you all for the first time. Over on my Downloads page there is a link to download The Spreadsheet Dad Net Worth Tracker, which is what I use to measure my Net Worth, please feel free to use and share this resource. Since I am from Australia all figures below are in AUD. Assets I break my assets down into a few key areas as per the…

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Net Worth vs Self Worth

Net Worth vs Self Worth

Just a quick note – something I wanted to share and will no doubt write some more about in the future. As personal finance bloggers we are compelled to write about ways and means of increasing our Net Worth. There are many blog posts with fantastic ideas for side hustles, money saving tips and investment ideas, however there is not so much mention of the idea of Self Worth. I am certainly not implying that I have read anything that…

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The Spreadsheet Dad Origin Story

The Spreadsheet Dad Origin Story

As a child I never really thought about money, seemingly I had everything I needed, I never wanted for anything. My parents were low income earners and worked hard to ensure there was also a roof over our head, clothes on our back and food in our cupboard. I learnt a great deal from my parents in regards to hard work and providing for your family, however I always knew that I did not want to be like my parents,…

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