Saving Money in New Zealand & How to Save Money NZ

How to save money on your wedding day

The words “I do” must be some of the most expensive ever spoken in New Zealand. The average Kiwi couple splurges $30,000 for the privilege of pledging their love with a party in a fancy venue – and that’s not including the honeymoon.
But before you mortgage the house to pay for your special day, there [...]

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Get the best deal on car insurance and save

The debate about whether New Zealand should have compulsory third party car insurance has been going nowhere fast for a while now –in the meantime, it’s vital that you make sure you’re covered, if only to protect yourself from all those uninsured drivers on the road beside you.
Here are some tips for negotiating the best [...]

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Keep your credit card habit under control

A former flatmate of mine once cured her out-of-control credit card addiction by putting a freeze on her account – literally.
After running up $8000 worth of debt she finally realized she had to take action so she dropped the offending plastic into a container of cold water and banished it to the freezer.
The way she [...]

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7 common credit card traps to watch out for

If you’re disciplined and pay off your credit card in full each month, it can be a really useful tool – providing a backstop for emergencies or unexpected bills and essentially giving you interest-free shopping until payment falls due.
The problem is that most of us don’t use our Amex or Visa in that way at [...]

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Saving money on electricity and power

We set a new record with our power bill this winter. The cost of heating, feeding, cleaning and entertaining two adults and one child for a month during the cold season set us back a staggering $500.
We were so shocked we applied for an Energywise grant – www.energywise.govt.nz – to insulate our house and install [...]

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