Family and legacy

The Ultimate Father’s Day Present

Every Mother’s Day, my wife and her girlfriends have a tradition: They book a fancy restaurant and get all dressed up, looking a million bucks … And then? They offload the kids onto their husbands and spend the rest of...

Family and legacy

How Much Will Really Make You Happy?

Before we got married, we signed up for pre-marriage counselling at the local country church. The pastor asked about our thoughts on work, which was a sticking point: at the time I was working around the clock getting Barefoot up...

Family and legacy

I’ve been a little low this week

I’ve been feeling a bit low lately. My grandmother died last week, at the grand old age of 92. My other grandmother died a few months ago, aged 93. These two women shaped my life, and this week I’ve spent...

Family and legacy

The Ambulance Ride from Hell

Last year my two-year-old decided to do a swan dive off his highchair. He landed on our wooden floorboards. On his head. As he lay in my wife’s arms, concussed, I rang triple zero, and then quickly jumped in my...

Buying your first home

A $25,000 Gift to First Home Buyers?

Should first home buyers be allowed to raid their super to fund a house deposit? “No”, declared Malcolm Turnbull boldly in 2015, before adding that it was “a thoroughly bad idea”. Then again, in 2015 the Minister for Networth also...

Money Management

How a Single Mother Made $17,000 in 7 days

I’m not proud of what I did this week. I used my position in the media to blackmail a man. (And it worked.) What follows is the true story of how I made a single mother $17,000 in 24 hours....

Kids and money

How Not to Raise a Spoilt Brat

Recently, I received the following email: “Hello Scott, We’re a PR firm representing a toothpaste company. We’ve commissioned some research on how much Aussie kids get from the Tooth Fairy. Can we pay you to comment on the research for...

Family and legacy

How Much Does it Cost to Have a Baby?

About four years ago, my wife entered our living room waving a pregnancy stick above her head like she was Mitchell Johnson triumphantly screaming HOWZAT! at the umpire. “We’re pregnant!” she cheered. I was like a defiant Indian batsman disputing...

Money Management

The Power of a Simple Plan

A couple of years ago my wife dragged me along to the opening of an art exhibition. Dutifully, I stood there with a glass of bubbly in one hand and a quizzical look in the other. I felt as out...

Money and relationships

Barefoot, should I call off my wedding?

My column last week — why engagement rings are a scam (and why you’ll buy one anyway) — went off like a drunk uncle on the dance floor. I was flooded with emails. Perhaps it’s because we’re in the peak...

Family and legacy

Why Won’t He Marry Me?

I’ve had a convicted murderer ask me for share tips from jail. I’ve had a wife ask me about life insurance payouts (while they were still married, and he was still alive). I’ve even had a few first division TattsLotto...