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Episode 320 | Are those Qantas Points Really Worth It?! The True Cost of Your Money Habits – Chat with Megan

Using a credit card to earn Qantas Points… is it even worth it?!

Folks, joining us today is listener Megan – and not only is she going to help us answer this exact question (… just wait ‘til you hear the reason it came up in the first place!), she is also living proof that your money backstory does NOT have to be your financial destiny!

This is a financial transformation no one should miss – we cover a LOT of ground, including… a backstory of Financial Hardship, learning the hard way about bad debt, setting new money habits, investing as a parent… you name it!

Megan was an absolute joy to interview and is extremely generous and transparent when it comes to sharing the truth of her story so others can benefit from it.

Highly recommend this one, folks!

And, yep, it might make you think twice about how you use a credit card!

 

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Here’s What We Cover…

  • 03:12 – Megan’s Money backstory!
  • 04:54 – Was it simply inferred that money was “tight” growing up?
  • 06:53 – Money differences between siblings…
  • 08:04 – Money differences between partners…
  • 10:52 – Using the same bank account from the age of 6!
  • 12:41 – How to have separate living and lifestyle accounts for each partner
  • 14:45 – Things to remember when comparing yourself to your friends
  • 15:56 – Who takes the lead on the finances?
  • 16:27 – Where does the “Why” come from?
  • 17:41 – When credit card debt spirals out of control…
  • 19:07 – How did she pay off all that debt so quickly
  • 20:15 – Techniques and tips to remove bad debt
  • 20:35 – Before Money SMARTS!
  • 20:44 – How much did they spend on going out for dinner?!
  • 20:50 – After Money SMARTS!
  • 25:25 – #1 Tip so you DON’T have to keep transferring money back and forth!
  • 26:11 – Are those Qantas points really worth it?
  • 28:33 – How is Megan running her provisionings?
  • 29:32 – Why was Money STRETCH so important for Megan and her partner?
  • 34:07 – When the mindset goes backwards…
  • 39:07 – The benefits of the MyWealth Portal
  • 41:27 – How many icy poles is too many icy poles? 🤣
  • 43:30 – The power of setting a long term goal/s for yourself…
  • 44:33 – How did they upgrade their home?
  • 46:43 – Considerations for a PPOR that will eventually be turned into an investment property
  • 50:05 – The importance of diversifying your portfolio!
  • 51:14 – Understanding the timing of our ABCD pillars of Mastery
  • 50:54 – What does Megan want you to know about Money SMARTS?
  • 58:28 – GREAT take home message!

 

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Episode 319 | From Poor Dad To Rich Dad – How To Wipe Out Financial Trauma Learnt In Childhood – Chat with Michael

What if you grew up in an environment where money was extremely tight? And what if this experience carried on into young adulthood, this time from your OWN financial decisions… up until something finally cracked and you said, “That’s it, I’ve had enough!”

What if you went from DROWNING in debt to FLOATING on Financial Peace… and finally cracked the code to break the family’s financial trauma cycle once and for all?!

Well folks, joining us today is listener Michael – and he knows EXACTLY what this financial transformation feels like… because he’s lived it!!

Here’s the deal…

On the last day of one of the most interesting years we will probably ever experience (good riddance 2020!!), we are interviewing someone who has, through no fault of his own, faced money challenges as a child… but then went on to become a young adult who survived on one can of tuna and slices of bread while snowed under some seriously bad debt…

… and now, through sheer grit and a reversing his money habits (and money mindset), OWNS three properties and has wiped out the financial trauma he learnt in childhood!

Yes… Michael went from having a Poor Dad…. to becoming a Rich Dad.

So, how did he do it?!

Tune in now to listen to learn how you can go from struggling to pay the bills to being an investor in complete control of your finances!

 

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What We Cover…

  • 03:04 – What was money like for Michael growing up?
  • 05:20 – Was his dad explicit about the money issues?
  • 06:06 – How did this background flow into Michael’s own money habits?
  • 08:34 – What sparked the desire to finally change?
  • 09:58 – The danger zone credit card story…
  • 12:51 – Where did he seek help to get on top of his debt?
  • 14:52 – “Psychological Sense” vs “Mathematical Sense” for what debt to pay off first
  • 16:02 – A tip to break negative habits
  • 17:35 – How did they afford a house deposit?
  • 19:35 – How did he discover The Property Couch?
  • 20:10 – Michael’s favourite property investing books!
  • 20:42 – Lessons Learnt From The Richest Man In Babylon…
  • 21:44 – What does Michael’s spreadsheet track?
  • 23:03 – What motivates Michael to be so “hands on” with his money management?
  • 23:34 – Why is Michael investing in property, anyway?
  • 25:26 – … The Big Rocks in The Jar!
  • 28:32 – Financial Trauma: Conscious & Unconscious Consequences…
  • 30:35 – How to resolve underlying money mindset patterns
  • 34:55 – What is Debt Recycling?
  • 35:36 – How to get the balance right to work out what’s really “enough”
  • 36:48 – Why No One Wants To Be The Richest Man In The Cemetery…
  • 37:34 – How to make compromises while still rewarding yourself so you stay the course
  • 38:12 – The property story!
  • 38:47 – Now, that’s sacrifice!! (Delayed Gratification in its finest form)
  • 40:20 – How many properties is he aiming for?
  • 40:37 – Asset Selection Mistakes
  • 44:38 – How does Michael’s Dad feel about all this? 😊
  • 44:56 – Should you take advice from friends and family?!

 

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Episode 318 | 3 Investment Properties, 1 Family Home & Nothing Left To Do But Retire! – Chat with Dennis

Want to meet an investor who has FINISHED their Acquisition Phase?! That is, they’ve purchased ALL the properties they need to earn a passive income for life… so now there’s nothing left to do but retire!!

Here’s the deal… today we are speaking to a “TPC Veteran” – someone who has listened to the podcast since the very beginning… and in that time has actioned on all the teachings and built their own property portfolio from start to finish!!

… Meet Dennis, a property investor who proves it’s entirely possible for “Mums and Dads” to build a portfolio in their 40s… and not only that… but purchase THREE investment properties in less than five years!

So… how on earth did he do it?!

Even better, how did Dennis and his wife, Glenda, invest without completely impacting their family budget?! (… and without earning massive incomes!?!)

Tune in now to hear the full transformation and hear how it feels to be “at the end of the line” of the property investment journey!

 

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Here’s What We Cover…

  • 03:32 – What was Dennis’s money backstory?!
  • 05:22 – What were the family money rituals growing up?
  • 05:55 – How did he manage his money when he first started earning an income?
  • 06:11 – Getting a loan for a car…
  • 06:43 – How did he chose his first bank account?
  • 08:00 – Was he always considering investing in property?!
  • 10:24 – Using a credit card to pay for everything…
  • 11:05 – Conscious vs Unconscious spending
  • 12:43 – Money alignment with your life partner…
  • 14:02 – How old was he when he discovered The Property Couch?!
  • 17:16 – When did the shift to getting serious about creating a passive income happen?
  • 19:40 – Purchasing property during a boom…
  • 22:06 – How has Money SMARTS played a critical role in all this?
  • 26:19 – How do they use their 7-day float?
  • 32:28 – Is it too late to invest in property?
  • 33:42 – The Game-changing Mindset Shift!
  • 35:50 – When (and how) did they purchase each property?
  • 36:20 – What’s it like being a Borderless Buyer?
  • 37:53 – The Passive Income Target!
  • 40:11 – Should you EVER buy sight unseen?
  • 42:21 – When your need to calling on Defence…
  • 49:22 – Dennis’s advice for YOU!

 

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Episode 317 | Crushed By An Underwater Missile… And Still On The Road To Financial Peace! – Chat with Max

Some stories need to be told. And today’s guest listener owns one of those stories.

Here’s what happened…

While working in the Navy, Max Roman literally had his legs crushed when a torpedo unexpectedly fell from a submarine’s storage shelf, instantly trapping him.

Obviously, that’s quite a full-on story, right!?! And definitely not something you hear every day.

But it gets even more “Wow.”

… Despite all this, Max held true to his commitment to create something more for himself. He stayed the course because YEARS BEFORE all that happened, he’d embarked on a journey few folks take… he’d started upon the road less travelled to Financial Peace!

And what a trek it’s been!!

… ‘cos there’s SOMETHING ELSE to Max’s story that surprised the heck out of us…

… low and behold, it turns out he actually went to the same high school as Bryce – just the year below!

Like we said, some stories just need to be told…

Tune in now to hear it.

 

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Here’s What We Cover…

 

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Episode 316 | From 12 Bank Accounts To A Sigh Of Relief! – Chat with Renae

Yep. She once had TWELVE bank accounts open… but now her money management story looks very different indeed!

Joining us today is listener Renae Brandsema… and we’re about to unpack how she said goodbye to financial stress once and for all.

Because what’s interesting about Renae is she has known what money is like as a stressor – and she’s previously tried to control this stress by counting every single dollar that went out the door – which at face value might seem like it’s smart money management, but in actual fact does more harm than good… often contributing (or perhaps even causing) the stress in the first place!

We mean… Can you even imagine trying to manage all those bank accounts!?!

Thankfully, Renae has a very different relationship to money now… and while she’s kept some of her positive money habits – like being frugal when it comes to “wants” versus “needs” – she now knows what it’s like to be in REAL CONTROL of her money.

… And with that comes the best reward – Financial Peace.

Tune in now to hear how Renae took total control back of her money management (and got rid of all those accounts 😉)!

 

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Here’s What We Cover…

  • 02:53 — Meet Renae and her money background…
  • 07:12 — What’s she like with shopping?!
  • 07:50 — What’s “holes in socks” got to do with all this?
  • 09:47 — The transition to marital life…
  • 11:00 — Who handles the money in the relationship?
  • 11:49 — What were the early years of managing money like?
  • 12:38 — 12 bank accounts!
  • 16:30 — The reconciling system…
  • 18:36 — What was causing all the money stress?
  • 19:39 — What triggered her to look for a different system?
  • 23:01 — The “A-ha” moment…
  • 24:40 — The biggest change (and how it impacted Renae’s husband)
  • 30:19 — The Money Transformation!
  • 31:23 — What was the property planning process like?
  • 35:07 — Why does Renae think you should use Money SMARTS?
  • 26:39 — What does their weekly “kitty” look like?
  • 39:40 — #1 Tip for paying for petrol!
  • 44:08 — How long does their monthly check up take?
  • 46:39 — How to get The Big Rock in The Jar…
  • 53:53 — What do you do with business profits inside the MyWealth Portal?
  • 55:36 — What do we think about financial education in schools?

 

 

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