Family and legacy

Dead Broke in a Beamer

Christmas came early for my kids this year … Daddy finally got a job. (Well, to be accurate, 220 hours of community service as part of my Financial Counselling qualification.) On my first day, the three of them surprised me...

Kids and money

Here’s One For The Teachers

I looked at my bedside clock: 4:03 am. It was Monday night (actually, Tuesday morning), and I hadn’t slept a wink. Earlier in the week I’d launched the Barefoot Money Movement ‒ my free, independent, money school program. I’d made...

Kids and money

Barefoot’s Money Movement

Do you want me to come to your school … and teach your kids about money? Well, if you’re a teacher, a parent or a principal, this may be the most important column of mine you’ve ever read. For years...

Banking

When the Bank of Mum and Dad Goes Bad

Can you remember when you got your first credit card? Mine was automatically bundled into my NAB student banking package when I went to university. At the time NAB said it was a smart idea for students to have access...

Buying your first home

The Present I Gave Malcolm Turnbull

Last week I sat down one on one with the Prime Minister. A journo from a rival rag snivelled, “He’ll answer questions from hosts who aren’t wearing shoes” … which, unless Malcolm has been doing vox-pops with homeless people, is...

Getting out of debt

Why Young Women Are Miserable

The email subject line simply read: “Crisis”. It was from Jess, a 26-year-old, university-educated Melbournian who wrote that her life was “a disaster”. Her email was brief, punchy, and melodramatic. Just the way I like ’em. She also left her...