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What the hell just happened?

The other week I watched a group of telegenic twenty-somethings absolutely fall to pieces.

Otherwise referred to as ‘Blockheads’, they worked tirelessly for an entire twenty weeks, and yet failed to walk away with hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits (well, actually, two teams did but that’s beside the point – the whole outcome was a ‘tragedy’). Read More...

The Day I Was Locked Up in Jail

A bloke with a buzz-cut who smells of cheese sandwiches pats my inside leg, then snorts at me to go through the gate.

I’m entering the Melbourne Remand Centre.

For those of you who don’t know, that’s the place where people who are waiting to be sentenced are locked up. And, as I would soon be told, every single one of them is innocent. Read More...

Copping an eyeful of Medibank’s Privates

There’s a photo somewhere of me stark-naked being dunked into the Murray River. No, it wasn’t part of the Apple iPhone hack — the incriminating picture lays behind the sticky cellophane of a photo album at my parents’ home. Read More...

The financial advice I give AFL footballers (and why most of them hate it)

Given it’s the business end of the footy season, today I’m going to walk you through the financial advice I give to AFL players.

It’s a little different from what they normally get. After all, experience has taught me that there’s no point in kissing their Sherrins — god knows they have enough people doing that already. Read More...

Here’s what to do if you’re just starting out.

Let me tell you about one of the best letters I’ve received this year. Read More...

I got my tax return back in the mail this week – and I got quite a shock.

I got my tax return back in the mail this week – and I got quite a shock.

Attached was a statement that read:

“Dear Mr Pape

“The Australian Government thanks you for your tax contributions for 2013-14.

“The following statement details Australian Government debt levels, and where your personal tax was spent, based on 2014-15 budget estimates.” Read More...

How to become a sophisticated investor

Picture this:

You get a Facebook message from a random hook-up you had a couple of months ago (which was totally out of character, and a direct result of cosying up with Mr Jägerbomb).

It reads:

“There’s no easy way to say this … you need to go to the clinic and get yourself checked out.” Read More...

go on, buy yourself a latte everyday

This week I did an interview for a women’s magazine.

It did not go well.

Journalist: “So what are the biggest money mistakes people in their 20s and 30s make?”

Barefoot: “Plenty.”

filling in the blanks.)

Journalist: “Well … is it … buying lattes each day …?” Read More...