My Money December Newsletter

It's been a massive year...

And it is certainly time for a break. I would like to say a huge thanks to all our clients, our preferred partners and support people for helping us thrive this year.

Please note that we will be closed for the holidays from 24th December 2021 and re-open on 10th January 2022. For any urgent support during this time, please contact Stephen directly on 027 5408 900

Dad Jokes...

On the lighter side, I asked my kids for some Dad Jokes and here are some samples:

  • Why did the chicken cross the lake? To get to the other tide….
  • "Singing in the shower is fun until you get soap in your mouth. Then it's a soap opera."
  • "How do you follow Will Smith in the snow?" "You follow the fresh prints."
  • "Dear Math, grow up and solve your own problems.
  • "I only know 25 letters of the alphabet. I don't know y."
  • They said a mask and Double Vaccine Pass was enough to get out of Auckland. They lied, everyone else had clothes on.

Something different this Season – Waste-free Christmas

Some friends of mine who relocated from Auckland to Wanaka recently appeared on Seven Sharp.

They are making reusable gift bags and reusable Christmas crackers right here in New Zealand. 

In June 2021, they opened a second sewing circle in Auckland. Emma had been an aid worker living in Afghanistan for many years, and knew Afghan women to be awesome seamstresses. 

With the help of Fahima Saeid from NFACT (New Settlers Family and Community Trust), the group of Afghan women volunteered to take on the work of sewing for Christmas. The goal of NFACT is to promote social cohesion and interfaith harmony as well as creating educational and employment opportunities for refugee women in New Zealand.

Check out Waste Free Celebrations here - https://wastefreecelebrations....

Santa in da House

I recently saw this statement:

Men follow four steps in life:

1. They believe in Santa
2. They don’t believe in Santa
3. They become Santa
4. They look like Santa

I would like to think I have only just achieved level 3

– see attached picture from a Playcentre party with my second son as my helper! 

Christmas Spending

With all the hype and lead up to the Christmas season, the retailers are hoping we will make up for lost time in the stores.

Here are a few tips to help you with your budget during this festive season: 

Write down all of the people you intend to buy a gift for

Against each of their names, write the gift you’d ideally like to get them

Once you've done this, then and only then, may you shop

Leave your cards at home! Spending cash will help you keep track of your spending limits 

Hit the shops! But, ensure you keep your list handy, have checked out the seasonal specials, and read consumer alerts to make sure you are getting the right product for your money.

The holiday season is a time for family, not financial pressure. Focus on making memories, not gifts that people will forget in a month’s time.

Online Consults

We are here for you and will continue to provide you with the best service that we possibly can. 

As always, if you'd like to discuss anything or you feel that we may be able to assist a family member, friend or colleague via an initial no-obligation call, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

We look forward to helping you now and into the future.