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How much does it cost to raise a child in Australia?

Raising a child will provide you with countless experiences that money can’t buy. But it is still an expensive business. Here’s your guide to the likely cost of raising a child in Australia. With over 300,000 babies born in Australia every year according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, more and more families are adapting to life with little ones. We run through a few of the big milestones to help you calculate the likely cost of kids. Parental Leave Generally, the financial impact of having a baby begins before it is born. A fantastic first step for

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International Women’s Day with Business Chicks

  In celebration of International Women’s Day this week, we invited ten of our amazing female clients to join our table at the Business Chick’s luncheon at Crown Palladium. The event was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the fantastic achievements of women around the world, represented by three incredible guest speakers; Marita Cheng, Susan Alberti AC and JoAnna Ferrari.   Marita Cheng, founder of Robogals & aubot, shared her inspiring journey of persistence which led her to be named the 2012 Young Australian of the Year at a tender age of 23. Along with running robotics workshops for

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Planning on a New Year’s revolution!

  It happens every 31st of December. Millions of people all over the world promise themselves to improve at least one important aspect of their lives and make it their New Year’s resolution to do so. The most popular resolutions remain unchanged year after year, drawn from a list that includes getting fit, reducing stress and importantly, saving money so that you can reach your dreams sooner. Sound familiar?These are all important and worthwhile goals, but here’s the sad thing. Research indicates that by January 7th, 25 per cent of these resolutions will already be broken. And this attrition rate

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How to Budget during the Silly Season

The Christmas holiday period is one of the hardest times of the year to stay within your budget, with presents to buy and parties to attend and host your spending can easily spiral out of control. This is why they call it  the “silly season” because people do silly things at this time of year which they may wind up regretting. Last year alone Australians spent over $45 billion on retail in the period leading up to Christmas and this year the total is likely to be even more. So where does all of this money get spent? The holiday

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How to become a morning person

The early bird catches the worm – or so the saying goes. But if you’re not a morning person, how can you become one? Just like every other creature on earth, we humans have an internal body clock which determines our 24-hour rhythms. Clinically called a chronotype, and often referred to as our circadian rhythm, each of us possess a different natural rhythm to our sleeping patterns. Rising early to make the most of the coming day is often touted as the one thing many successful people have in common. Oprah, Richard Branson, Michelle Obama and Apple’s Tim Cook are all reported early risers. And for good

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